Disc Jockey (Radio)

Radio Disc Jockeys entertain by playing and mixing music for particular radio station genres and special events. They may host a time slot on a radio station and should be able to keep listeners tuned into the station and engage them by taking requests.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse listener ratings and be able to identify music changes necessary to keep listeners tuned in to the station
  • Create playlists based on radio station genre, most popular and requested songs and special times for particular styles of music
  • Engage radio listeners through requests, special announcements, introductions, etc. and build listener fan base to ensure future gigs
  • Understand technical use of disc jockey equipment and cables and speakers; quickly transition equipment and work through technical errors or problems
  • Work with radio talk hosts to coordinate changes in music and announce requests or times when listeners should call in

Skills required

  • Communication Skills
  • Musical and Creative Abilities
  • Problem Solving Abilities
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Technical Skills

Working conditions

Radio Disc Jockeys typically work varied schedules that include late evenings/early mornings and weekends, depending on their scheduled time slots for acting as DJ for particular radio stations. Many Disc Jockeys have regular, secured gigs at specific radio stations daily, weekly or monthly and are able to use fixed equipment at the station. They may accrue more gigs by creating a base of supporters.

Professional associations / Industry information

Creative Industry Skills Council 

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Announcer
  • Broadcaster
  • Media Presenter
  • News Reader
  • Radio Announcer
  • Television Presenter