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Online Radio: EP 1

Written by on 10 June 2020

Series: Online Radio. Ep 1.

In the modern age of tech and IOT, with the explosion of Internet Radio Stations, we ask the question, where do i fit in?

There are many scenarios that suit a person, but we’ll just start by assuming You want to do a online radio show.
You’re unsure where you fit in?
You are looking to learn new skills.

We first begin by asking the main questions of
What is the difference between an online dj, and a radio presenter or personality?

we’ll start of with some quotes from the following well respected sources.

Courtesy of, Boitumelo Mmakou. Radio presenters vs. Radio Djs what sets them apart?

Some radio stations such as 5FM will have radio Disc Jockeys (Dj’s) as well as radio presenters, hosting shows in the same way. According to Tim Zunckel, program manager at 5FM the biggest difference between a radio Dj and radio presenter is that, a presenter would often have content, and a Dj is someone that does music, “in the old days someone that does radio would be called a radio Dj because it was a generic thing, they were a Dj, they spun a lot of music themselves in the studio, as time has moved on the need for content driven shows has made space for radio presenters, and radio personality”, says Tim.

Tim also states that there is a difference between the radio presenters and radio personalities. Radio personalities come with that x-factor of which the audience would be attracted to, and radio presenters are given content to share with the audience, with a production team behind them. “From a 5FM perspective we have radio personalities who may be called radio presenters, or radio Dj’s in publications or on TV. We do have Dj’s who are disc jockey’s or club guys, who play music and are specialists in their genre and field of music, Ms Cosmo, Euphonik and Milkshake would be a great example of people who have evolved in the music scene and have connections and contacts to host a specialized music show’’, adds Tim.

A rather more official explanation is given here

Radio Presenter

A radio presenter hosts and broadcasts music or talk shows on a variety of media. The job of a radio presenter is to host shows on radio, or the internet, which revolve mainly around music, conversation, interviews and stories. A radio presenter is the introductory voice of the broadcast and also keeps the show flowing in order to entertain an audience. The job activities can range from interviewing, introducing, reading news and sport, informing the listeners about the weather or creating and controlling conversation. Radio presenters work mainly in a studio, but the exact environment may vary. Some presenters work for national radio stations meaning large commercial studios, whereas presenters who work for local radio stations, university radios, hospital radios etc, usually work out of small basic recording studios.

and here


DJs select and play music for people to dance to and enjoy, in nightclubs or at celebratory events such as parties and weddings. Being a DJ involves choosing and combining music for different audiences, creating a seamless soundtrack for people to enjoy and dance to. Common activities would include:

Attending venues and events to play a ‘set’
Buying new music and keeping up to date with the music scene
Negotiating with agents, club owners and promoters regarding hours and pay
Building industry contacts
Establishing a reputation with residency appearances
Helping to organise events to provide a forum for their music
Planning material
Practising and experimenting with new combinations and techniques

Wikipedia puts it this way

Radio personality
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

A radio personality (American English) or radio presenter (British English) is a person who has an on-air position in radio broadcasting. A radio personality who hosts a radio show is also known as a radio host, and in India and Pakistan as a radio jockey. Radio personalities who introduce and play individual selections of recorded music are known as disc jockeys or “DJs” for short. Broadcast radio personalities may include talk radio hosts, AM/FM radio show hosts, and satellite radio program hosts.

So as you can see, there are differences between the two, although internet radio does accept both. This medium has seen an explosion of music and people of all sorts, and shows of all sorts. We definately welcome this, and welcome the fact that the constrains of big radio stations are not transmitted through to this area, therefore we can pick and chose what we want to listen to at any stage, and not hear the same format, and songs, across all the major stations.

  • In Episode 2, we will examine, growing your skills as an online presenter or personality.

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