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Training and career pathRadio presenter (m / f / d)

For the training to become a radio presenter, you should first meet a few requirements, because not everyone can take on this job.

Requirements for training as a radio presenter are ...

  • fluent and accurate pronunciation
  • Enjoy the editorial work
  • a relaxed, open and humorous way
  • Stress resistance
  • Talented improviser
  • Teamwork
  • Perseverance
  • Heart and soul

Training to become a radio presenter

There is no classic training here, as you might be familiar with from professions such as office management clerk or mechatronics technician. Instead, the path to a career as a radio presenter usually goes through a degree and / or an internship.

A traineeship is a 1.5 to 2-year journalistic training course. However, this is not regulated uniformly, which is why it can take place differently from one institution to the next. In the meantime, however, you usually get to know all the departments of a radio station, go through several training courses and are fully integrated into the day-to-day work of the station. Volunteer positions are in great demand and, unfortunately, very few and far between. It is therefore important that you can demonstrate radio experience in advance in order to set yourself apart from your competitors. You can gain experience, for example, through voluntary work, for example at university radio or (serious!) Internet radio stations or (even better) through internships at private or state radio stations. The more internships you've done, the better! However, if you believe that as an intern you can moderate directly and go live on air, you have unfortunately thought wrong. During the internship, you will especially take care of the editorial work behind the moderation. You prepare contributions or do surveys on the street that can be used in the show. If you are very lucky, you can also say a short contribution, which will then be broadcast on the show. Incidentally, a recording of this contribution is ideal as a reference or voice sample for your application for a traineeship!

In addition to practical experience, many volunteer positions require a completed degree. This means that you first have to successfully complete a journalism degree in order to even be shortlisted for a traineeship position. But don't worry, a degree in journalism can be easily combined with internships and part-time jobs at radio, so that you can gain practical experience, for example during the semester break or on the side.

If you have finished your traineeship at radio after about two years, you have a good chance of being taken over directly by the broadcaster. If that doesn't work, your chances of finding a full-time position or freelance work at another radio station are not bad either. However, the likelihood that you will be hired directly as a radio host is rather low. Instead, you can apply as an editor, reporter or producer and create editorial content, report on events or contribute to the radio program in terms of organization and content. The following applies: the more you go on air with your voice, the better! If you have the job and are allowed to regularly post and make test recordings, you only need a bit of luck - if a new show starts and moderators are needed for it, you can take your chance and finally get started as a radio presenter!

As you can see, becoming a radio presenter is not an easy one. But with a lot of hard work, persistence, talent and passion, you will certainly manage to work your way through to your goal!

Alternative training to become a radio presenter

The way to your job as a moderator is too long for you or would you rather do vocational training straight away? No problem, because there are many other jobs with media and jobs related to film, radio and television that you might also like.

Media designer for image and sound

Perhaps you have heard of this profession before, because as a media designer for image and sound, you are responsible for the development, planning and production of image and sound recordings and thus provide technical support to the radio presenter in his work. You make sure that all recordings are clear and understandable and that the technology is prepared so that the moderators in the studio can start right away.


If you particularly like the radio presenter's editorial work, then maybe training as a journalist would be something for you. Not only can you become a journalist in the classic way by studying, but there are also a number of journalism schools that train you for the profession.

Marketing communications merchant

If you would like to do something creative and at the same time are very open-minded and communicative, the job of marketing communications clerk could also be something for you. They develop communication and advertising concepts as part of a campaign - and since you also have to present this campaign to your customers, you can fully live out your communicative side here.

Of course, this is only a small selection of the possible apprenticeships as an alternative to radio moderation. Of course, you can discover even more professions on our website. If you are interested in general training as a moderator, you can find more information in our moderator job description.