Radio & TV Announcer

Occupation Information table
Overview: Announcers comment and explain news events and activities of interest to keep audiences informed or aware of issues. They may do advertising commercials and interview guest speakers such as politicians, athletes, and panel discussions in order to entertain audiences.
Duties: Decide upon news and activities to report during a broadcast and how to present them for optimum audience interest. They decide upon choice of vocabulary based on education level of listeners.

Select guests to be interviewed during the show and decide upon the interview format and topics to be described. They review subject material with guests prior to broadcasting.

Read or ad-lib scripts to identify stations, introduce & close shows, announce station breaks, commercials or public service information. Deliver commercials with intent to motivate sales.

They read news flashes to keep audiences informed of important happenings and decide what local or national events will be of greatest interest and arouse attention of the listening audience.

Degree(s): A.S. Theatre: Concentrations in Acting or Technical Theatre 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Starting Salary: Salaries in broadcasting vary widely, but generally are relatively low, except for announcers who work for large stations in major markets or for networks. Earnings are higher in television than in radio and higher in commercial than in public broadcasting. Starting salaries vary greatly from station to station.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $35,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Formal training in broadcasting communications from a college or technical school is essential. Most radio and TV announcers have an associate degree or bachelor's degree, however, your speech delivery style is critical. It is important to have college campus or internship radio/TV announcement experience.
Advancement Info: Radio and TV announcers usually begin their careers at stations in small towns. Those with experience and good skills can advance to higher paying jobs with larger stations. This often involves moving to another state or region of the country. Popular announcers may advance to better time slots or their own shows.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.