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Career Story: Senior Account Manager At A Radio Station

Senior Account Manager At A Radio Station

Job Title: Senior Account Manager, CBS Radio, Oldies 103

Education: BA Political Science, Westfield State College

Previous Experience: Development Assistant (Fundraising) for a non-profit women's organization Advertising Assistant Major Multi-location, retailer in Boston Radio Sales at other radio stations

Job Tasks: The station I work for is a 50,000 watt radio station licensed in Boston, MA. I work with a variety of clients to develop branding and advertising programs utilizing on-air commercials as well as digital interactives. I work with people in a very diverse list of industries. My clients include Boch Automotive, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, iParty, Simon Malls, TD Banknorth Garden, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the JFK Museum and Library. I work both directly with clients and with advertising agencies who are hired to coordinate complex programs. Because my business is dependent on repeat business, I must maintain close relationships and build long standing trust. My clients have many radio stations to choose from so I need to establish myself as their advisor in what can be a very uncertain environment. As for travel, most of my clients are local so I only need to travel in the general listening area of the radio station which is as far west as Worcester and everything east. However, I do have several clients around the country that I service, as well. Those relationships are harder to maintain as they are rarely face-to-face. They are handled through phone calls, emails, and fax machines. Occasionally, these clients make trips into the market and I see them sometimes only once a year. My account list can change quickly as business merge or go out of business. I have to continuously prospect for new clients and I can do that by seeing who is advertising in other places like TV, Newspapers, etc.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is the flexibility. I am able to work around my children's school and activities. Since I essentially run my own business, my income is limited only by the amount of time I choose to put in and occasionally by running out of product. A radio station has a limited number of commercials that we run in an hour and sometimes we can be sold out.

Job Tips:
1. Be ready not to make any money during the first year

2. Be ready to make a lot of money if you put in the time

3. Be ready for a lot of rejection

4. Do it because you love it

5. Be persistant and wear a suit of armor.

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