1. Who is a Radio Jockey?Answer:
A person who presents a talk show on a radio is a Radio Jockey. He/she hosts the show and has an on-air position in radio broadcasting. They read the scripts, play audio advertisement at specific intervals, talk on political and social issues, interact and engage the listeners' and callers, play music, etc. They also interact with the listeners on phone, email, SMS and on various social media platforms.
The radio jockey must be entertaining and appealing. He/she must speak in a style that is engaging for the listeners.
2. What are the skills required to be a radio jockey?Answer:
The skills required for a radio jockey are:
i. The most important skill for a RJ is to be able to make stories, talk expressively and be an impactful communicator. Comfortable with local dialects.
ii. Good voice that is soothing and impactful
iii. Clear diction and accurate pronunciation.
iv. Good sense of humor, spontaneous, creative and quick thinkers.
v. Diplomatic while being friendly and approachable.
vi. Respectful confident with an individual style.
vii. Witty at times to handle different type of people.
viii. Good at Content Writing
3. What is the job role of the radio Jockey?Answer:
The main focus area of a jockey is to interact and engage the audience. He/she has to entertain, inform and update the audience.
The other roles of a jockey are:
- Talk, play music.
- Discuss different social and political issues.
- Ask questions to the audience.
- Manage Contest.
- Conduct guest interviews.
- Write scripts for the show.
4. Why do you want to be a radio jockey?Answer:
The job of a radio jockey is not easy. It needs a lot of hard work and you are always expected to be pleasant. Radio jockeys job is a blend of art, music, and fun.
To answer this question, you can say something like:
I am passionate, spontaneous with good presence of mind and have an ability to engage people with my talks. This job gives me an opportunity to build a relationship with the audience without them actually being able to see me and I feel this is enriching.
As the listeners get to be discreet, they freely discuss and share their problems comfortably. This role will help me build recognition. My voice and command over my language will be my biggest assets in this assignment.
5. What are the pros and cons of being a radio jockey?Answer:
The pros of working as a radio jockey are:
i. Opportunity to connect with people.
ii. Flexible working hours.
The cons of being a radio jockey are:
i. Odd working hours sometime as you can't expect it to be a 9-5 job. Your shows might be scheduled late at night or very early in the morning. So, you need to be ready to work anytime.
ii. Even in stressful times, an RJ needs to show only their happy emotions.
iii. Most of the times, you're working on your own in a small soundproof room with equipments around you.
6. What will you do if you have made a mistake on call?Answer:
A radio jockey is a human being and human beings can make a mistake. The key to coming out of this situation is to either admit your mistake or cover it up diplomatically. This comes with time and experience.
You need to have a professional approach and develop a relationship with your callers.
To answer this question you can say something like:
"As a radio jockey, I would be ready to face it and would try to cover it up in my style. I would cover it up with humor, admit it, change the topic or would play a song etc. Most of the time, the callers are briefed before they come live, this would give me an idea of the caller and their personality.
I also listen to experienced radio jockeys, how they handle these situations and also take a note of how they tackle awkward comments and queries."
7. How familiar are you with sound equipment and computers?Answer:
As a radio jockey, you will have to deal with a lot of sound mixers, faders, CD players, etc. You'll also need to handle advertisement database, microphones, and headphones. An RJ is expected to be computer savvy. He/she should be able to know which equipment to use, what to do if it stops working.
To answer this question you can say:
"I am computer savvy, and I am keen and have a desire to learn about different sound equipment. I am ready to learn the tricks of the trade to be a good RJ."