Air Check, Demo, or Audio Example

You only have to send one piece of audio with your application. See the explanation below for one of three audio possibilities you can include.

Air Check: An air check is a recorded and edited audio example of your on-air work and is standard in the industry. The air check is recorded by the talent in order to listen back to himself or herself to do a self critique of each on-air break. The purpose of the aircheck is for the talent to hear what was done well or not done well so the talent can continue to get better as an on-air performer.

The air check is also used, along with a resume, in applying for employment for on-air positions at radio stations.

The air check only contains segments where the announcer is actually talking, along with a couple of seconds of each element that precedes or follows the on-air break.

The air check is normally recorded from an actual on-air shift of the talent. If you are not currently doing an on-air show on a radio station, you can assemble a demo tape indicating what you would sound like if you were on the air. Please include a weather forecast and a “liner” examples of both are below.

Weather forecast example: 90.5 WASU weather, partly cloudy today with a high of 65, low tonight 48, high tomorrow 68 with a 40 percent chance of showers. It’s 63 degrees, you can get the five day forecast at WASURADIO.Com

Liner example: 90.5 WASU FM reminds you to give the gift of life, give blood this Saturday during the Red Cross Blood Drive at the mall from 10am until 2pm, appointments are not necessary, drop ins are welcome. For more information call us here WASU.

Or Demo: If you are not currently on the air at a college station or anywhere, you can also do a "demo" which is a recording you can put together of what you would like to sound like if you were on the air. It would sound just like an air check except it's a "demo" of what it would sound like if you were on the air. You can create that in a studio or anyplace you the opportunity to record. This can also be a demo of you doing the news or sports report.

Or Audio Example: It is preferred that you have an air check or a demo. If that is not possible for you, then you can turn in audio examples of work you have done in class. It can be an example commercial, or short audio feature or any project y9ou feel is a good example of your work and talent.

Below are examples of air checks from previous students of the National Radio Talent System