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Radio and television announcers need to be comfortable being on the air, providing details about news and weather for audience members, but also often in choosing the content for a show. Being informed about what they present is another important part of their job, as they want to keep their listeners and viewers engaged. They also should have technical skills, and be able to use equipment that varies from teleprompters to headsets and audio control consoles. Being adept at filling 'dead' air can be another part of the job, whether that is on the radio or during a live TV newscast.

Responsibilities of Radio and TV Announcers

The responsibilities of radio and television announcers can vary depending on the size of the company that they work for and the expectations established when they were hired. At some smaller stations, they also may help to sell commercial time, produce commercials and even keep social media sites updated. As part of their job, they may need to:

  • Inform people about news and weather
  • Play music and interact with callers on the radio
  • Announce details about station programming, including the call letters
  • Make public service announcements
  • Play commercials and plan the content for a show, including doing research
  • Make public appearances and attend promotional events

Deejays typically broadcast for radio stations and play music, often a specific type.

Talk show hosts provide commentary about news, sports events, politics or other topics, and interact with guests and callers.

Public address system announcers offer details about events, activities, and sports, and keep people informed.

Radio and Television Announcer Job Characteristics

Many radio and television announcers work full-time, but some may have part-time employment. Because radio and TV is an around-the-clock industry, individuals in the business may need to be up early for morning shows or stay up late if they are part of a night show. On the job, they:

  • May need to work overnight shifts, although this is becoming less common
  • Should be able to use different types of audiovisual equipment
  • Need to be comfortable working in a sound-proof, well-lit studio
  • Should be capable of working with a variety of people
  • May experience pressure to have good ratings

Skills that can help make a good radio or television announcer include:

  • Creativity
  • Enunciation and speaking skills
  • Great communication abilities
  • Persistence
  • Quick thinking

Radio and TV Announcer Salary and Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the following details about radio and television announcers nationwide:

  • Total Employed: 30,220, in 2014
  • Job Growth: 0% growth, from 2012 to 2022
  • Average Salary: $44,030, in 2014

The field is expected to be competitive, but radio and television announcers could find jobs with area stations that want to set themselves apart by focusing more on local content for listeners or viewers. States with the highest employment levels of radio and television announcers, as of 2014, were California, Florida, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania, according to the BLS.

Radio and Television Announcer Education, Certification and Licensing

A bachelor's degree can help radio announcers who want to be competitive in the field to stand out, although there are many associate degree programs available. For those who want to become television announcers, a bachelor's degree should be completed in a field like broadcasting, communications or journalism, according to the BLS. In a degree program, students gain hands-on skills and might participate in an externship or internship . They could learn about:

  • Commercial production
  • Digital editing
  • Broadcast law and ethics
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Radio and television announcing

There is no certification directly related to radio and television announcing, but it is available in related fields. The Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation offered by the American Meteorological Society is an example. For those interested in other related certifications, the Society of Broadcast Engineers offers more than a dozen offerings, ranging from Certified Video Engineer to Certified Audio Engineer. Similarly, InfoComm International has three certified technologist specialist (CTS) designations.

Licensing is not necessary for radio and television announcers, although announcers should be employed for a radio or television station that has a Federal Communications Commission license. Stations can be fined or have their license revoked if they fail to follow the terms of their license.

Resources

  • Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.
  • National Association of Broadcasters
  • National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers
  • The International Radio and Television Society Foundation
  • The Society of Broadcast Engineers

Major Employers

  • Public or private radio and television stations
  • Cable networks
  • Sporting organizations or associations
  • Performing arts companies
  • Motion picture and video companies
  • Self-employment

Sources:

  1. Announcers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/announcers.htm
  2. Broadcast Industry Organizations, Michigan Association of Broadcasters. http://michmab.com/careers/resourcesforcareers/broadcastindustryorganizations
  3. Radio and Television Announcers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes273011.htm
  4. Radio and Television Broadcasting Associate's Degree, American National University. https://www.an.edu/programs/radio-television-broadcasting-associates/
  5. Radio and Television Announcers, O*Net OnLine, 2015. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-3011.00

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Radio and Television Announcers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Radio and Television Announcers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 40 $28,980
Hoover 40 $39,140
Birmingham 40 $39,140
Mobile 30 N/A
Huntsville N/A $22,100
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $52,790
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 300 $54,250
Mesa 300 $54,250
Phoenix 300 $54,250
Tucson 100 $32,340
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 1260 $43,390
Long Beach 1260 $43,390
Anaheim 1260 $43,390
Hayward 530 $47,830
Oakland 530 $47,830
San Francisco 530 $47,830
Arcade 240 $42,600
Roseville 240 $42,600
Arden 240 $42,600
Sacramento 240 $42,600
Carlsbad 150 N/A
San Diego 150 N/A
Fresno 130 $40,090
Thousand Oaks 90 N/A
Oxnard 90 N/A
Ventura 90 N/A
Santa Barbara 70 N/A
Santa Maria 70 N/A
Bakersfield 50 $29,900
Santa Clara 50 $34,450
San Jose 50 $34,450
Sunnyvale 50 $34,450
Salinas 30 N/A
Riverside N/A $24,980
San Bernardino N/A $24,980
Ontario N/A $24,980
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 240 $51,890
Aurora 240 $51,890
Denver 240 $51,890
Colorado Springs N/A $45,690
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 210 $25,760
West Hartford 210 $25,760
Hartford 210 $25,760
New Haven N/A $60,850
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 640 $29,860
Miami 640 $29,860
Fort Lauderdale 640 $29,860
Sanford 260 $35,360
Orlando 260 $35,360
Kissimmee 260 $35,360
Tampa 240 N/A
Clearwater 240 N/A
St. Petersburg 240 N/A
Jacksonville 220 $24,730
Cape Coral 70 $22,710
Fort Myers 70 $22,710
Sarasota 40 N/A
Bradenton 40 N/A
North Port 40 N/A
Ferry Pass 40 $19,590
Brent 40 $19,590
Pensacola 40 $19,590
Destin 40 $21,700
Crestview 40 $21,700
Fort Walton Beach 40 $21,700
Tallahassee 40 $23,580
Panama City 40 $30,760
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 200 $46,210
Sandy Springs 200 $46,210
Atlanta 200 $46,210
Savannah 50 $49,210
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 150 $34,290
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 70 $31,090
Carbondale 60 $28,430
Marion 60 $28,430
Champaign 50 $22,330
Urbana 50 $22,330
Peoria N/A $41,700
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 180 $26,360
Carmel 180 $26,360
Indianapolis 180 $26,360
Fort Wayne 120 $24,260
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 50 $36,530
Des Moines 50 $36,530
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 70 N/A
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bowling Green 40 $19,180
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 100 $39,760
Metairie N/A $27,250
New Orleans N/A $27,250
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bangor 50 $32,430
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 170 $47,970
Columbia 170 $47,970
Baltimore 170 $47,970
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 270 $24,000
Warren 270 $24,000
Detroit 270 $24,000
Wyoming 40 N/A
Grand Rapids 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson N/A $22,690
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 50 $28,270
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Great Falls N/A $26,770
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 40 $32,970
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 120 $37,130
Henderson 120 $37,130
Las Vegas 120 $37,130
Reno 110 $38,650
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 110 $31,180
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 160 $47,740
Schenectady 160 $47,740
Albany 160 $47,740
Rochester 110 $34,740
Niagara Falls 100 $35,970
Cheektowaga 100 $35,970
Buffalo 100 $35,970
Syracuse 80 $23,560
Binghamton 60 $26,590
Fort Drum 30 N/A
Watertown 30 N/A
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 130 N/A
High Point 100 N/A
Greensboro 100 N/A
Fayetteville 40 $18,980
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 40 $35,890
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 210 $34,010
Cleveland 210 $34,010
Columbus 110 $29,180
Dayton 90 $24,240
Lima 40 $26,400
Toledo N/A $36,600
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 180 $37,950
Tulsa 60 $29,980
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 50 $34,380
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 220 $24,640
Carlisle 120 $26,520
Harrisburg 120 $26,520
Hanover 40 $31,660
York 40 $31,660
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 100 $18,400
Carolina 100 $18,400
San Juan 100 $18,400
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greenville 100 $23,390
Mauldin 100 $23,390
Anderson 100 $23,390
North Charleston N/A $43,020
Charleston N/A $43,020
Columbia N/A $47,680
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 80 $32,000
Rapid City N/A $31,700
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 460 $23,500
Murfreesboro 460 $23,500
Davidson 460 $23,500
Nashville 460 $23,500
Knoxville 110 $37,760
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 400 N/A
Dallas 400 N/A
Fort Worth 400 N/A
Houston 310 $53,550
Sugar Land 310 $53,550
The Woodlands 310 $53,550
San Antonio 220 $52,280
New Braunfels 220 $52,280
Austin 180 $44,260
Round Rock 180 $44,260
Amarillo 90 $40,470
Mission 60 $31,750
Edinburg 60 $31,750
McAllen 60 $31,750
Tyler 60 $46,660
El Paso 30 $25,860
Beaumont 30 $30,240
Port Arthur 30 $30,240
Waco N/A $23,470
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 210 $46,790
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington N/A $34,830
Burlington N/A $34,830
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 110 $29,890
Charlottesville N/A $31,040
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 290 $36,850
Bellevue 290 $36,850
Tacoma 290 $36,850
Spokane Valley 140 $34,360
Spokane 140 $34,360
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston N/A $20,230
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 140 $30,240
West Allis 120 $27,250
Waukesha 120 $27,250
Milwaukee 120 $27,250
Green Bay 90 $30,840
Eau Claire N/A $27,400

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Radio and Television Announcers

To find out more about building a career as Radio And Tv Announcers, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Radio and Television Announcers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Media And Broadcasting 35,070 95% $26,540
Performing Arts And Sports 750 2% $41,260
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