Radio Station Music Director

Develop playlists and promos for radio stations.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$45,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Radio Station Music Directors do?

Your parents always wanted a Doctor in the family, but you hate biology. Instead, you’d rather spend hours discovering new bands on Myspace, pouring over the latest Rolling Stone magazine and adding to your prized vinyl record collection. Luckily, you can still be an M.D., even if it’s not the kind they envisioned. In the radio world, M.D. stands for Radio Station Music Director – the person who decides what a radio station will play based on the type of music it’s dedicated to and its audience.

As a Radio Station Music Director you are responsible for making connections with music industry representatives, developing playlists and setting up contests, promotions and other marketing-related projects for the radio station. Using computer software, it is also be your job as the Radio Station Music Director, to plug in the rotation so Disc Jockeys know what songs to play and how often to play them.

The most important part of your job is to know what your target listener wants to hear. And as an added bonus, you’d get to try out new bands that want to make it on your station and get heard by your audience. That means you could set local or national music trends and be the first to hear the next big thing.

Should I be a Radio Station Music Director?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • How to Become a
    Radio Station Music Director

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