Unless you want to build a career by moving market to market, I would suggest having a plan, at least a basic one, for leaving the business by the time you are thirty.
Radio is a great job to get you through college, go to some concerts and hang around back stage, but I personally do not believe it has the promise that it used to have. Voice-tracking has replaced the need for jocks, and believe me, going in the production room to "track" your show is not being "on the air." It isn't. It can sound good, but the hands on experience of working with the music, talking to listeners, doing a live request show (they used to be done, really!), placing the spots in the break in the order of what sounded good, those days are probably gone for good. If you're new to the business, you really do not know what you are missing if you are only tracking your show. But times have changed and people just want the lastest Justin Timberlake song and they don't care if its on their iPod or K-HITS. When I started in radio a long long time ago, the "automation" was a big clunky old machine. Some of you may remember the old Carousel cart machines that when they turned they went in a circle, turning the carts upside down so the tape would shift. When the cart would be trayed in to play the tape would jam and boy it sounded like someone being strangled. Today's computer system is so efficient and sounds so good, that reallly, what do you need jocks for... or you just need a few. Not a good sign for people who want to be "DJ's" - and what is worse, with fewer jobs, that means what jobs remain will have their salaries pounded down so low that you just can't afford to stay in the business. It is just the truth. Management has a budget, a "number" that they will pay for a morning jock, the midday and afternoon shows (note nights and overnights are tracked, no job there... where there used to be!). The morning guy may make in the 30's, the afternoon guy high 20's, when not too long ago, these shifts used to be high paying jobs. So, enjoy radio while you can. It can still be a fun business, but get your education, move to another job where you can make more money, stuff your 401K, buy a house, and live happily ever after. Oh, and if you want to have some real fun, Google "radio station control rooms" and look at the old stations from 30, 40 years ago with the cart machines and turntables... now, fella's (and ladies, if you're reading) those were FUN days!
PS: Let's stop the petty nonsense. Really, who cares who KXOJDJ is? Let's talk radio, ok?
Yeah, the Carousels were clunky, but if you really wanted to see a mess just watch one of those old 48 cart Go-Cart player self destruct. Another entertaining habit of the old 8-bit automation systems was when the brakes on the takeup spool of your music reel to reel players hung up, unraveling a couple of thousand feet of tape on the floor. You had to fix it and hand spool it back on the reel because Bonneville or Drake Chenault would charge the station several hundred dollars for a replacement, and there's no way your boss would spring for that.
Memories like that will cause you to wake up in a cold sweat.