Radio & TV Talk Show Host

Occupation Information table
Overview: Radio & TV talk show hosts select topics of public interest such as political events, social events, current crises such as war or terrorism, & discuss these topics during live broadcasts. They invite experts on the topic to participate as well as telephone calls from listeners.
Duties: They select topics and issues that are of interest or concern in the local area or national level. If the topic is debatable, they may favor one side to stimulate controversy and discussion.

They research topics and often invite experts or opponents on the topic to help discuss arguments pro and con. Invite listeners to call & ask questions on-the-air to present their opinions.

Analyze the broadcasting radio or TV station's rating polls to determine the number and demographic characteristics of listeners of the talk show. Make changes to increase number of listeners.

They meet with station's sponsors to determine the optimum style and format for their advertising commercials and ways to increase listeners' awareness and purchases of the sponsor's products.

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 TV are higher than those in radio. Starting salaries vary greatly from station to station.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
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 & TV talk show hosts have a bachelor's degree or an associate degree, however, your speech delivery style is critical. It is important to have college campus or internship radio/TV announcement experience.
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.
  • Dance, drama, music, that is, things that are performed in front of an audience.
  • 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.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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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.