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Announcers Duties

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Announcers present music, news, and sports and may interview guests about these topics or other important events. Some act as masters of ceremonies (emcees) or disc jockeys at weddings, parties, or clubs.

Radio Announcer Duties including Disc Jockey's, TV Announcers, and Newscasters

Radio and television announcers typically do the following:

  • Present and deliver music, news, sports, the weather, and commercials
  • Interview guests and moderate discussions on different shows
  • Announce station programming info, such as program schedules, or public service information
  • Research a variety of topics for comments during shows
  • Read prepared scripts on Radio or TV shows
  • Commentary for the audience during sports events, at parades, and more
  • Select programing and content
  • Make promotional appearances at a variety of events

Radio and TV announcers present music, news, or comment on important current events. Announcers are expected to be up to date with current events or a specific field such as politics or sports. They may research information on current topics before appearing on air for a show. Announcers may schedule guests on their shows and work with producers to develop a variety of creative content.

They may operate studio equipment, sell commercial time to advertisers, or produce ads and other recorded material. At many radio stations, announcers do much of the work that could be done by editors and broadcast technicians This work could include broadcasting program schedules, commercials, and public service announcements.

Many radio and television announcers increasingly maintain a presence on social media websites. This allows them to promote their stations and better engage the audience through listener feedback, music requests, or contests.

Many radio stations now require DJ's to update websites with schedules, interviews, or various photos.

Public address system and other announcers typically have these duties

  • Meet with event directors to review various schedules
  • Give announcements, such as train schedules or security precautions
  • Introduce upcoming acts and guide an audience at entertainment venues
  • Give commentary to a live audience during sports events
  • Promotional appearances at various public or private events

Public address system announcers duties vary greatly depending on where these announcers work. A public address system announcer’s role is to enhance the performance and inform an audience. They may prepare their own scripts or improvise lines for speeches.

Public address system announcers for a sports team may have to present team lineups, read ads for business partners, and announce players as they enter / exit a game.

Types of announcers:

  • DJs / Disc Jockeys for radio stations. DJs comment on the music being broadcast as well as on weather and traffic conditions. DJ's may take requests from listeners, interview guests, or manage contests.
  • Talk show hosts - may work in radio or TV and specialize in certain areas of interest, such as politics, personal finance, or sports. They contribute to the prep of program content, interviews, and discuss issues with viewers, listeners, or the radio audience.
  • Public address system announcers - provide info to the audience at sporting, performing arts, and various events.
  • Party DJs - are hired to provide music and comment at an event, such as a wedding, a birthday, or a corporate party. DJs ay use digital files or portable media devices.
  • Emcees host planned events - Introduce speakers or performers to an audience. Tell jokes or provide commentary to transition from one speaker to another.

Work Environment

Radio and TV announcers held about 41,300 jobs in 2012. About 70 % were employed in the radio and TV broadcasting industry, and about 24 % were self-employed. These self employed workers can record their shows at home and sell them to networks, stations, or ad agencies.

Public address system and other announcers held about 10,700 jobs in 2012. About 32 % worked in the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry. About 25 % were self-employed.

Radio and television announcers usually work in air-conditioned, nicely lit, soundproof studios.

Work Schedules

Most announcers work full time hours, but many work part time as well.

Many radio and tv stations are on air 24 hours a day. Announcers may present early morning shows, when most people are getting ready for work or possibly commuting. Others may do late night programing.

Technology has allowed stations to eliminate most of the overnight hours, shows that air during the night can now be recorded earlier in a day if they choose to do so.

How to Become an Radio or TV Announcer

Radio and television announcers typically have a bachelors degree in journalism, broadcasting, or communications.  Work experience gained from working at their college radio or television station can help as well.


Although public address announcers do not need any formal education, radio announcers should have a bachelors degree in most case in order to be competitive for positions. TV announcers typically need a bachelors degree in communications, broadcasting, or journalism.

College broadcasting programs offer courses, such as voice, to help students improve their vocal qualities. These programs prepare students to work with the computer equipment and software used at radio and TV studios.


Public address system announcers typically need short term training upon being hired. This training allows announcers to become familiar with the equipment they will be using during sporting and entertainment events.

Radio and TV announcers may need some short term on-the-job training to learn to operate a station’s equipment. Many employers, however, expect applicants to have some basic skills prior to employment. Applicants typically gain these skills from their college degree program, work on the college radio or television station, or previous internships.


Because radio and TV stations in smaller markets have a small staff, advancement within the same market station is unlikely. So, many radio and TV announcers advance by relocating to a station in a larger market.

Large market stations rely on announcer personalities and past performances. Radio and TV announcers need to have proven that they can attract, engage, and keep an audience. Ratings for an announcer’s show in the smaller market can effect advancement opportunities.

Large market stations also rely on radio and TV announcers to do other tasks, such as creating and updating a social media sites, making promotional appearances, or selling commercial time to advertisers.

Important Qualities

  • Computer skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Persistence
  • Research skills
  • Speaking skills
  • Writing skills

Pay for Radio and TV Announcers

The median annual earnings for radio and TV announcers was $28,020 in 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,270, and the top 10 percent earned more than $78,630.

The median annual wage for public address system and other announcers was $26,230 in May 2012. The lowest 10 % earned less than $17,370, and the top 10 % earned more than $70,890.

In general, announcers working in larger markets earn more than those working in smaller markets.
Although most announcers work full time, many work part time.

Many radio and television stations are on air 24 hours a day. Some announcers present early morning shows, when most people are getting ready for work or commuting. Others do late-night programs.

Job Outlook

Employment statistics of announcer positions is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022.

Radio and tv announcers are projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022. Employment of public address system and other announcers is projected to grow 8 % from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Improving technology of radio and tv stations will limit the employment growth announcers. Many stations are able to do more tasks with less staff. Advancements in digital technology continue to increase the productivity of radio and television announcers and reduce the time required to edit and distribute material or do other off-air technical and production work.

In addition, radio stations use voice tracking, also called cyber jockeying, which allows radio announcers to prerecord their segments instead of airing them live. A radio announcer can record many segments for use at a later date.

This technique allows stations to use fewer employees, while still appearing to air live shows. It has eliminated most late-night shifts and allowed multiple stations to use material from the same announcer.

Despite these limiting factors, the growing number of national news and satellite stations may increase the demand for local radio and television programs. Listeners want local programs with news and information that are more relevant to their communities. Therefore, to distinguish themselves from other stations or other media formats, stations are adding a local element to their broadcasts.

In addition, Internet radio may positively influence employment growth. Startup costs for Internet radio stations are relatively lower than the costs for land-based radio. These stations can cheaply target a specific demographic or listening audience and create new opportunities for announcers.

Demand for public address system announcers will remain fairly stable.

Job Prospects

Competition is expected to be high for jobs as a radio or television announcer. Many of the openings will be due to those leaving jobs and the need to replace workers who move out of smaller markets or out of the radio or television field entirely.

Consolidation of stations has decreased the demand for radio and tv announcers and pushed experienced announcers into medium and smaller market stations. Therefore, an entry-level announcer may be competing with an on-air announcer who already has years of experience.

Applicants need to be persistent because many entry level positions will require moving to a smaller city. Small radio and television stations are more inclined to hire beginners, but the pay is low.

Those with a formal education in journalism, broadcasting, or communications and with hands on work experience at a radio or tv network will have the best job prospects.

Because announcers may be responsible for gathering video or audio for their programs or for updating and maintaining the station’s website, multimedia and computer skills are beneficial.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Announcers at