Radio Programme Writer








What is a Radio Programme Writer?

A Radio Programme Writer generates topic and story ideas to analyse, interview, and investigate.

Radio Programme Writers conduct a lot of research to be well informed about the particular topic(s) being covered in a show.

For example: If a programme is going to be about hip-hop in South Africa, the Radio Programme Writer should be interviewing South African hip-hop artists!

An important part of being a Radio Programme Writer is imagining what would grab and hold the listeners’ attention. If YOU wouldn’t be interested in the content you are writing, then maybe your audience wouldn’t be either – so rethink the content!

What does a Radio Programme Writer do?

  • writes program proposals to broadcasting editors
  • conducts research on topics, check facts and interviews
  • creates a script for the broadcaster/reporter
  • addresses any questions and clarifications the broadcaster/reporter may have about the script
  • makes edits on story material
  • is aware of what competitor radio stations are doing
  • does market research as to what listeners want to hear

Are you … ?

  • creative?
  • interested in communication?
  • able to meet deadlines under pressure?
  • curious?
  • a self-starter?
  • observant?

How do I become a Radio Programme Writer?

There are a number of ways you could get training: 

  • Bachelor of Arts: English Studies – most South African universities
  • Bachelor of Arts: Journalism (3 years) – some universities
  • Bachelor of Journalism (4 years) – some universities
  • National Diploma and BTech in Journalism – some universities of technology


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scamsmake sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Journalist … or … Crime Reporter

Is becoming a Radio Programme Writer the right career choice for me?