Academy FM Vacancy: Breakfast Show Presenter & Broadcast Assistant (Apprentice position)

Applications (CV and 1-page Covering Letter) to

by 5pm Fri 7th Jan 2022. Interviews on Mon 10th/Tue 11th Jan. Salary confirmed on receipt of application.

Duties (as expected after training and a 2-month probationary period). All tasks are guided, supported and overseen by the Station Manager.

  • Present and produce a weekday Breakfast Show, with content appropriate to a high-quality, established community radio station. This will include increasing the amount of local content and interviews through 2022.

  • Deputising for the Station Manager, and assisting with Account Manager duties when those staff are on Leave.

  • Manage the RCS scheduling and playout system across our studios, and manage technical problems and installation with regards to RCS, IT equipment, and studio hardware, working alongside the Station Manager.

  • Maintaining a good awareness of local events and news, to suggest programming ideas across the station’s output. Source, produce, edit and schedule interviews and other local content, working alongside the Station Manager.

  • Edit and create content for the station website and social media

  • Responsible for sourcing and managing music for broadcast, ensuring that purchasing and playout is legally compliant.

  • Conceive and produce radio advertisements and sponsored content, working alongside the Account Manager and Station Manager

  • Assist the Station Manager in training and mentoring young people including Academy students, and adult volunteers. Provide feedback and guidance to all presenters where necessary, in order to improve quality of broadcasts.

  • Present programming and interviews as required on an ad-hoc basis, in addition to the Breakfast Show

  • Manage the broadcast schedule, and work to expand the volunteer team and ensure we continue to meet our Ofcom requirements of set amounts of locally-presented live programming.

  • Increase the amount and quality of online material including trails, local information, and feature content, working alongside the Station Manager.

  • Work on Outside Broadcasts – this will include some weekend work.

  • Act as a positive role-model for young people, and uphold a public persona that does not bring the Academy school, or Academy FM and its activities into disrepute.

  • Ensuring that working environments are safe, with appropriate Risk Assessment where required.

  • Comply with Turner Schools, and Academy FM policies including (but not limited to): Health & Safety, Child Protection, Equal Opportunities.

Required skills and experience


  • Experience of presenting a Community Radio station Breakfast Show, and other radio shows including elements such as Traffic Reports and Weather bulletins, over a period of 2 years or more.

  • Demonstrable ability to learn and manage technical equipment, processes, hardware, and IT.

  • Working knowledge of RCS Selector in a studio environment

  • Experience of editing audio, including demonstrable experience of programme or podcast production

  • Experience of working in a school environment with associated requirements of safeguarding and Child Protection

  • Experience of working on Outside Broadcasts



Desirable skills and experience


  • Knowledge of the Folkestone area

  • Experience in the management of a radio station (this could be at a volunteer level e.g. on a school or student radio station)

  • Experience in broadcasting on more than one radio station, with associated knowledge of different target audiences, music policies, branding, and social media.

  • Educated in a practical media subject e.g. BTEC Media Production or higher.

  • Experience with a variety of audio studio hardware and software