Diploma In Radio Production: Testimonials


Here’s what our past students have said about the course

school_of_radio_aidan_mckelvey_150Doing the Today FM School of Radio diploma is essentially like doing your internship before getting into your place of work. It meant that when I got my opportunity I already had practical knowledge of the workings of a radio station and what was required of me within that structure. Having done the course I was capable of making an impression from day one and in an industry that can be very competitive that was a great bonus. Furthermore, because the course covers every aspect of how a radio station works it gives you a great understanding of your colleagues’ roles which can only help you in your new career and enlighten you as to how you might want to progress in it.

Aidan McKelvey – Freelance researcher, Newstalk

school_of_radio_james_mccawley_150Patrick – I wanted to say a big thanks to yourself and all the team that made not just the live show, but the whole course duration a very enjoyable experience. I really felt I took something away from each week and have met some like minded people who I will hopefully work with again. I don’t think I could really have expected more when I signed up at the start.

James McCawley (Nov 2014)

The lecturers are current Radio Industry professionals with a proven track record in their area of expertise. They make the classes engaging & share a wealth of radio knowledge. The day to day practical application is perhaps the most valuable learning. We quickly learnt that it’s not just about having a velvet voice or big personality it is about learning and developing the radio skills required to consistently deliver what your audience want to hear. I would recommend Today FM Radio School for anyone looking to learn exactly that.

Hazel Nestor (Nov 2014)

It’s January 2014 and I’m a complete novice (seriously….hadn’t a clue!) starting the Today FM School of Radio for the simple reason that I love listening to the radio.

Skip to April 2014, and I find myself co-presenting an online music show with more exciting radio projects in the pipeline…. madness!!

– Michelle Gray, presenter FRQ.FM

17070_77_pages_05_multi_588x0The Today FM School of Radio gave me the information and confidence I needed to pursue a career in media. The lecturers, course content and practical assignments were extremely useful and gave a fantastic insight into the workings of a modern radio station. In particular, the opportunity to put together and record a live radio show gave me practical skills I could not have gained in any other course. I am now working as a runner in a Saturday breakfast show in a national station. I could not have achieved this without the experience I gained with the TodayFM School

– Una Donovan, runner on Saturday Breakfast with Alison Curtis Show, Today FM

17076_77_pages_05_multi_588x0I found the Today FM School of Radio course immensely interesting and very rewarding. It really lifted the lid on the processes involved in making radio. The tutors always challenged and engaged with the class so it is the polar opposite to passively sitting back taking in lectures. I really think it greatly helped me be more thoroughly prepared for recent contributions to RTE and BBC 6. If you’re interested in radio and want to expand your knowledge and skill set, you should do this course

– Eamon Sweeney, journalist, Irish Independent

Having completed this course I have gained a thorough insight into all the aspectsof how a radio station works and the various roles involved. The most impressive aspect of this course is the hands on approach, which is achieved through practical workshops and the extremely enjoyable live show. In the safe hands of lecturers including Anton Savage, Patrick Haughey, Matt Cooper and Mary Carroll, I honestly cannot recommend this course enough!

Alison O’Brien, completed course in April 2014

17077_77_pages_05_multi_588x0Before the Today FM School of Radio, I had no experience in the running of a radio station.

The course has equipped me to volunteer with community station Raidió Corca Baiscinn.

I would highly recommend the course as it offers professional learning in a really fun environment

–  Nerys Garfield, runner, The Sunday Business Show, Today FM 

17073_77_pages_05_multi_588x0I would highly recommend anyone interested in a career in radio to do the Today FM Diploma in Radio Production. The course covers all elements of radio and how they relate to work in the industry. The lectures on presenting, research and marketing really stood out for me.

Since the course I have gone on to work for a digital station FRQ presenting their weekend breakfast show

– Ciaran Casey, presenter, FRQ.FM

17078_77_pages_05_multi_588x0Completing the first Today FM School of Radio Diploma in Radio Production gave me great confidence to explore other opportunities and I was fortunate to secure a slot on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on a couple of occasions, as a contributor on Down to Business on Newstalk and also am now a co-presenter on Good Morning Dublin on 103.2 Dublin City FM on Tuesday mornings. I would not hesitate in recommending the course to anyone who has an interest in radio, wants to learn more about what goes on in a radio station and how great radio shows are put together!

– David Bell, Presenter, Dublin City FM

I cannot recommend the School of Radio enough. I studied Broadcast Journalism in college and took another career path but always loved radio. This helped reignite my passion for the medium and gave me the confidence to pursue a job in radio. I recently joined my community radio and will hopefully be involved there soon

Meghan O’Connor, completed course in April 2014

17075_77_pages_05_multi_588x0Just as I began the Today FM School of Radio, Diploma in Radio Production, I also got news that my programme proposal to Near FM community radio had been accepted.  The proposal was to host an hour long news/magazine style programme called “Week in Review”. This made my decision to get involved in the course all the more relevant. Although I had a basic understanding of how radio worked the course was fantastic. It was very practical and hands on and the time spent in the studio at the end of the course to allow you to implement the learnings achieved in a real life situation is just a perfect way to finish it up.

Since the course I have continued to present “Week in Review” every Saturday and  I have been able to implement all my learnings in a practical way…..and just last week I won the CRAOL  Programming Achievement Award for 2014 in the category Talk/Magazine.

I have no hesitation in recommending the Today FM School of Radio, Diploma in Radio Production course as a brilliant way to start your career in radio. Go on! Get involved and follow your dream!

– Declan Ralph, presenter, Near FM