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Radio producers are employed by local, regional, national, commercial and public service broadcasters and are responsible for all audio content broadcast over a radio station or programme.
They are involved in the entire process, from generating ideas for new content, through production and broadcast, to dealing with audience correspondence during and after programming.
Producers will work closely with all members of a broadcasting team: researchers; assistants; technical staff; reporters; DJs; and presenters and, on commercial stations, may be put in charge of negotiating advertising contracts with external advertisers. They will prepare briefs for pre-production meetings with all staff members.
They write, edit and develop much of the content which is to be aired, including scripts for news stories, features and shows, and may supervise DJs in choosing appropriate music. To do this the producer will need an extremely broad understanding of the existing and target audiences.
Producers are responsible for making sure that all material to be broadcast conforms to regulations surrounding classification, copyright and decency.
They will organise production schedules which they will adhere to as closely as possible. This will mean keeping abreast of all activity at the radio station and managing teams of staff.
A range of technological equipment, including computers and a variety of software programmes will be used by the producer to edit recorded material. They will also keep track of audio files and archives which can be, or have been, used in programming.
They work with reporters and news teams to discuss potential stories and angles from which to approach them. They will help identify leads, writers to commission and people to interview for relevant programmes.
On smaller radio stations, the producer may perform a variety of surplus duties, such as presenting shows, reading news stories, conducting interviews or reporting.