March 7, 2017
Dressing for Your Job in Radio
Even though radio personalities have a major impact on their listening public, it isn’t uncommon for most of their fans not to know what they look like. Since radio hosts and DJs spend their workdays in sound studios, they have a lot of freedom regarding what to wear. However, that doesn’t mean it is to best idea to come to work every day in pajamas or sweat pants.
Additionally, not every day will be spent in the studio. Many radio personalities host shows on-location at least occasionally. And the locations that may be chosen can range from retail stores to local concerts, and from breaking news locations or formally scheduled interviews at the interviewee’s workplace.
Choosing an outfit to wear while working as a radio personality does require some thought, no matter the environment. To help you navigate these potentially fine lines, here are some general tips to get you started.
The Dress Code is Law
If your workplace features a dress code, then that policy needs to be your first stop for all questions regarding proper dress. Anything that is considered against policy should always be avoided. And, if you aren’t sure if something is appropriate, you should ask before you wear it.
Often, your supervisor or a human resources representative can help you determine whether something is or is not against policy. However, sometimes just the presence of doubt should be considered enough for it to be a no-go.
Casual in the Workplace
Casual outfits may be the standard for a lot of radio personalities. But just because an outfit is casual, that doesn’t mean can’t be stylish and in good repair. Avoid wearing any clothing that has inappropriate holes or obvious signs of significant wear, as that doesn’t always send the best message regarding how seriously you take your position. Additionally, avoid any items, like graphic or slogan tees, that may be considered offensive.
However, jeans can be a great option for a job in radio as long as they are clean and in good shape. Additionally, t-shirts may be completely appropriate as long as they are the proper size. It’s generally understood that casual dress is an option, but that doesn’t mean it should border on lazy.
Radio personalities aren’t always hidden in a studio. In fact, on-location broadcasts are very common for stations that focus on music, news, sports, or almost any other topic. And, when you are on-location, you are in the view of the public.
Again, being a radio personality often invites a certain level of nonchalance regarding how you dress, but it is also important to make the right impression. Now, that doesn’t mean you should forgo your jeans for a suit and tie. Instead, make an effort to exhibit a level of style that matches what your station represents.
For example, a DJ for a rock station can likely wear a nice pair of jeans, a concert t-shirt under a blazer, and some stylish, but casual, shoes and seem perfectly appropriate. However, that same look might not work for radio personalities that are interviewing local officials about the outcome of a recent election.
It is important to consider the nature of the station as well as the on-location activity when choosing an outfit. And, when you are staying in the studio, consider whether what you are wearing would be appropriate if you were seen by fans as well as executives that manage the station. That way, you can make sure you represent the station well at all times and make the best impression with everyone you may see.