Have you always dreamed of becoming a radio presenter ?

Do you have a great idea for a program ? We can help you and train you.

But first, here  are a few things to consider:

Commitment: programs are weekly programs and you will need to commit to 26 weeks initially. Of course we cannot expect you to be available all the time, so think about having a co-presenter (we encourage teams of presenters); you may also wish to include a producer who will help you with your research and panelling;

Preparation: presenting a program takes preparation. If your program is a 1 hour program, expect to spend at least 2 hours preparing it;

Multi-tasking: our presenters do it all by themselves: research, preparation, presentation, panelling… so you need to be a little technically aware – or ready to learn; and be comfortable in the use of a computer;

Membership: you will need to become a member of Cairns FM89.1 as an On Air Presenter

To do this role, you will need to:

  • have excellent presentation and performance skills
  • be able to generate original ideas, and to think creatively about how to communicate them to audiences
  • understand how to use your voice effectively for radio
  • be able to learn how to use a variety of recording equipment and to operate different radio studios
  • be able to present while operating studio controls and co-ordinating a range of simultaneous technical activities
  • be able to communicate knowledgeably and engagingly with audiences
  • have excellent communication skills and be able to draw information from people
  • be able to work calmly effectively under pressure, react quickly, and meet tight deadlines
  • have knowledge of the law, ethics and industry regulations around radio production
  • understand the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures
  • have strong IT skills, including word processing, data handling and audio editing
  • have knowledge of the radio market, different station and programme styles, and audience demographics
  • Be open to new ideas


Still interested ? Follow these steps:

1)  Prepare a short description of your proposed program: content, type of music, duration  (1 or 2 hours), number of presenters, title;

2)  Contact our Station Manager on:  Tel: (07) 4053 6891 or Email:  info@cairnsfm891.org.au

3) We will contact you for a chat and a studio test. If your application is successful, you will  need to partake in our 8 weeks training program (part time).


Our training covers:

  • Introduction to community radio and station work health and safety
  • broadcast law and codes of practice
  • research
  • planning and preparing a program
  • presentation
  • panel operation
  • editing & mixing

You will also have the opportunity to sit in with other presenters before going on air


Cost: A fee of $99 (incl GST) applies to cover the materials costs.


For further information, contact us on 07 4053 6891 or email us on : info@cairnsfm891.org.au

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