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Broadcast Announcer

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Bachelor's degree

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What They Do

Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys Career Video

About This Career

Speaks or reads from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio, television, or other communications media. May play and queue music, announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Operates control consoles.
  • Records commercials for later broadcast.
  • Announces musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accepts requests from listening audience.
  • Studies background information to prepare for programs or interviews.
  • Reads news flashes to inform audiences of important events.
  • Identifies stations, and introduces or closes shows, ad-libbing or using memorized or read scripts.
  • Prepares and delivers news, sports, or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots.
  • Selects program content, in conjunction with producers and assistants, based on factors such as program specialties, audience tastes, or requests from the public.
  • Develops story lines for broadcasts.
  • Comments on music and other matters, such as weather or traffic conditions.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Anchor
  • Announcer
  • DJ (Disc Jockey)
  • Host
  • Morning Show Host
  • News Anchor — Presenter of a news bulletin who is also a working journalist and news gatherer as well as a participant in compiling the script to be delivered in a news bulletin.
  • Radio Announcer
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)


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