Win a step into the world of radio with Roland Gaspar

2016-07-20 06:00

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CONNECTING with the magic of broadcasting is as easy as switching on your radio, but it’s not as easy to get a real look into the industry from behind the scenes.

For many people who have an interest in developing a hobby or career in the field it’s difficult to know where to start, or how to develop the skills needed to get into this competitive industry.

Many people have an interest in radio but limited access to information and training that will help them begin their journey. This is what inspired actor, comedian and 21-year veteran of radio broadcasting, Roland Gaspar, to put together a course that would inspire and inform people about the mechanics of working in radio.

“My own journey into radio began with a training course at Solid Gold FM in Randburg where we were trained by Tony Sanderson who hosted the popular Radio 5 (as it was known then) programme ‘The Chuckle and Chat Show’ with David Blood. As a result of the skills and knowledge I picked up there I got the opportunity to work with Afrikaans broadcasting legend Fanus Rautenbach at Radio East Rand. My career expanded from there and I have worked with 5 different stations since then,” said Gaspar.

He added that radio does not have a structured career development path and that on air positions had no formal tertiary requirement. “Many of the top presenters who have become household names have no radio related qualifications at all. However, the basic skills like microphone technique, voice skills and conversational creativity are a necessity.

“In my days as Programme Manager at KingfisherFM I received so many applications from people with a great passion for radio who were clearly lacking in the skills they needed to even begin the journey,” Gaspar explained. “They had no idea which area they wanted to work in. They had no voice demo or recording for us to listen to. All they had was a love for the medium and a dream. While this is admirable, it is not enough.”

Gaspar established the Media Academy of PE, or M.A.P. Gaspar says the name is an indication of the nature of courses which will be provided, “We chose the acronym MAP because the courses are designed to guide people in the practical steps they need to take to pursue their dreams in media.”

The first course will commence shortly and will run for 6 consecutive nights with sessions lasting 2 hours each. During these sessions learners will get an introduction to the world of radio from a seasoned professional and learn where they could potentially use their talents within the elements of the radio presenting and production spheres.

At the end of the course, the demo content they create will be evaluated and if it meets the required quality criteria, will be broadcast on air on community radio in PE.

The course will be presented at The Venue, 1 Prospect Road, Walmer. Cost for the course is R5000. For more info or bookings send an email to or phone/text 079 883 5837.

Win! Win! Win!
The PE Express is giving one reader the chance to win a full attendance to the course to the value of R5 000. (*Prize does not include transport to and from the venue.)

To enter, send an email with your contact details to Include “Radio” in the subject line.

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