North West FM conducts training courses regularly for members who are interested in becoming Radio Presenters.
The Training course at North West FM is a 27-hour course, usually conducted on weekends. Each full day session is from 9.30 am. to 5 pm, and half days are from 9.30 am to 1 pm. The course commences with an Introductory half day session.
A manual is provided to each trainee, which contains theory notes for each of the subjects that must be covered to enable the trainee to become a proficient presenter/announcer.
The Training Course covers the following topics:
INTRODUCTION/ADMINISTRATION – This is primarily concerned with introducing the trainee to Community Radio and fellow trainees. Station, studio and office rules and procedures are outlined and explained. Studio layout is examined. Voice production is commenced and will continue each week.
RADIO PRODUCTION – Studio operation is studied, plus the use of equipment within the Studio. Some hands-on experience may be possible, but generally this is to be arranged by the trainee at mutually convenient times. Practical work includes a short talk as if on air.
PRESENTATION/WRITING – This topic covers your ‘on-air’ manner as well as writing for radio. You will also discuss identifying your audience, program making, script and promotional writing and station forms. Studios 1 & 2 are explained, plus the remainder of technical equipment, as well as closing down the studio for the night.
RADIO INTERVIEW – Covers conducting interviews, equipment and its use in interviews, plus further voice production.
BROADCASTING LAW – Requirements of Broadcasting Law, and the issues involving Defamation and Copyright. This includes relevant aspects of the Broadcasting Services Act, Social Media and Ethnic Broadcasting.
Once the operation of the studio and equipment has been explained fully, trainees are encouraged to arrange for ‘hands-on’ practice in their own time. This is necessary to become efficient in the use of the equipment. Before having a program of their own, trainees will be `mentored’ with an experienced Presenter, providing an opportunity to watch and learn before having to take the responsibility of presenting a program alone.