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Resumes help efficiently frame your experience and expertise to convince potential employers to contact you for a job interview. Typical examples of resume lines include previous job titles, computer programs mastered, degrees earned, training completed and books published. If you’ve participated as an expert guest or entertainment feature during a radio interview, listing that experience can persuade resume reviewers that your knowledge or entertainment abilities are sought-after. It can also demonstrate that you have a loyal following, which increases credibility.
Call the radio station or visit the company’s website to learn the exact name of the station. In the U.S., radio stations have “call names” composed of three or four letters. They also list their radio frequency; the tendency for A.M. stations is to drop the final zero of their frequency. For example, the station WABC 770kHz likely will go by 77 WABC, according to Live-Radio.net.
Lead the radio interview bullet point with your title on the show. For example, you might identify the role as “Talk Show Artistic Guest,” “Expert Engineering Guest” or “Public Health Discussion Panelist.” Use something that positively but accurately reflects your role. Stating that you were the “Celebrity Guest” will sound like an overstatement unless you’re actually a celebrity.
List the full name of the radio station and the title of the show. For example, your resume might state, “77 WABC, ‘The Morning News Hour.’” List the date of your radio interview.
Write a short statement describing your purpose or contribution to the radio interview if you don’t have many other radio appearances, talk show appearances or movie appearances to list. For example, your resume might state, “Addressed corporate ethics questions presented by radio talk show hosts and listener calls.” Otherwise, just list the interview itself.
Boost your credibility by acknowledging repeat radio interviews with the same station by listing your title as “Recurring Expert Guest.” This indicates that you built a successful, ongoing relationship with the station as a valued guest. You can also indicate longevity by including the time period in parentheses; for example, “Recurring Expert Guest (October 2009-October 2010)."
Don’t list your radio interview too prominently on a resume. Premium real estate (at the top of the resume) should focus on your resume objective, experience, education and qualifications. Radio interviews, publications and TV appearances should be featured lower on your resume.
Morgan Rush is a California journalist specializing in news, business writing, fitness and travel. He's written for numerous publications at the national, state and local level, including newspapers, magazines and websites. Rush holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.