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Career Details :: Radio and Television Announcers
Talk on radio or television. May interview guests, act as master of ceremonies, read news flashes, identify station by giving call letters, or announce song title and artist.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Announces musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accepts listening audience requests.
- Interviews show guests about their lives, their work, or topics of current interest.
- Asks questions of contestants, or manages play or game, to enable contestants to win prizes.
- Moderates panel or discussion show to entertain audience.
- Reads news flashes to inform audience of important events.
- Memorizes script, reads, interviews, or ad-libs to identify station and introduce and close shows.
- Describes public event, such as parade or convention.
- Hosts civic, charitable, or promotional events that are broadcast over television or radio.
- Discusses and prepares program content with producer and assistants.
- Cues worker to transmit program from network central station or other pickup points according to schedule.
- Operates control console.
- Keeps daily program log to provide information on all elements aired during broadcast, such as musical selections and station promotions.
- Rewrites news bulletin from wire service teletype to fit specific time slot.
- Describes or demonstrates products that viewers may purchase by telephoning show or by mail, or purchase in stores.
- Selects recordings to be played based on program specialty, knowledge of audience taste, or listening-audience requests.
- Discusses various topics over telephone with viewers or listeners.
- Comments on music and other matters, such as weather, time, or traffic conditions.
- Advertising Sales Agents
- Broadcast News Analysts
- Copy Writers
- Creative Writers
- Reporters and Correspondents
- Talent Directors
General Work Activities
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Performing for/Working With Public
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Establishing & Maintaining Relationships
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate