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Radio/TV Announcer  What They Do

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Speaks or reads from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares and delivers news, sports, or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots.
  • Reads news flashes to inform audiences of important events.
  • Identifies stations, and introduces or closes shows, using memorized or read scripts, and/or ad-libs.
  • Selects program content, in conjunction with producers and assistants, based on factors such as program specialties, audience tastes, or requests from the public.
  • Studies background information to prepare for programs or interviews.
  • Comments on music and other matters, such as weather or traffic conditions.
  • Interviews show guests about their lives, their work, or topics of current interest.
  • Discusses various topics over the telephone with viewers or listeners.
  • Hosts civic, charitable, or promotional events that are broadcast over television or radio.
  • Makes promotional appearances at public or private events to represent their employers.

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 involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • 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 --
  • Meteorologist --
  • 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 --
  • Sports Director --
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor) --