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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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 40 $20,270
Hoover 40 $24,160
Birmingham 40 $24,160
Montgomery 30 $28,500
Mobile 30 $29,230
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 60 $56,810
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 310 $38,420
Mesa 310 $38,420
Phoenix 310 $38,420
Tucson 100 $34,010
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1110 $47,210
Los Angeles 1110 $47,210
Long Beach 1110 $47,210
Hayward 600 $48,780
Oakland 600 $48,780
San Francisco 600 $48,780
Arden 230 $50,910
Sacramento 230 $50,910
Roseville 230 $50,910
Arcade 230 $50,910
Riverside 200 $35,610
San Bernardino 200 $35,610
Ontario 200 $35,610
Carlsbad 160 N/A
San Diego 160 N/A
Fresno 150 $39,540
Thousand Oaks 100 N/A
Ventura 100 N/A
Oxnard 100 N/A
Santa Maria 60 N/A
Santa Barbara 60 N/A
Bakersfield 40 $36,710
San Jose N/A $35,100
Sunnyvale N/A $35,100
Santa Clara N/A $35,100
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 230 $53,770
Aurora 230 $53,770
Denver 230 $53,770
Greeley 30 $41,900
Colorado Springs N/A $43,070
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 130 $34,770
West Hartford 130 $34,770
Hartford 130 $34,770
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 540 $27,240
Fort Lauderdale 540 $27,240
Miami 540 $27,240
Tampa 290 N/A
Clearwater 290 N/A
St. Petersburg 290 N/A
Jacksonville 190 N/A
Sanford 190 $30,960
Kissimmee 190 $30,960
Orlando 190 $30,960
Fort Myers 60 $23,050
Cape Coral 60 $23,050
Brent 40 $19,750
Pensacola 40 $19,750
Ferry Pass 40 $19,750
Panama City 30 $33,140
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 320 $43,010
Sandy Springs 320 $43,010
Atlanta 320 $43,010
Savannah 40 $34,540
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 110 $35,930
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City N/A $24,220
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carbondale 70 $28,600
Marion 70 $28,600
Springfield 70 $31,310
Champaign 50 $22,910
Urbana 50 $22,910
Peoria 50 $41,890
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 190 $20,140
Carmel 190 $20,140
Indianapolis 190 $20,140
Fort Wayne 90 $25,180
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 40 $30,840
Des Moines 40 $30,840
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita N/A $54,820
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 60 $31,360
Lexington 60 $31,360
Bowling Green 40 $18,760
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 150 $29,000
New Orleans 150 $29,000
Baton Rouge N/A $50,820
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bangor 50 $36,950
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 120 $48,020
Columbia 120 $48,020
Baltimore 120 $48,020
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 260 $30,120
Dearborn 260 $30,120
Warren 260 $30,120
Grand Rapids 60 $31,640
Wyoming 60 $31,640
Flint 50 $19,560
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 60 $23,640
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield N/A $23,640
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 30 $32,720
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln N/A $32,340
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 160 $33,800
Henderson 160 $33,800
Las Vegas 160 $33,800
Reno 90 $25,020
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 80 $41,160
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 130 $42,400
Albany 130 $49,770
Troy 130 $49,770
Schenectady 130 $49,770
Niagara Falls 120 $38,910
Cheektowaga 120 $38,910
Buffalo 120 $38,910
Binghamton 40 $26,360
Syracuse N/A $24,750
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 200 $41,230
High Point 80 N/A
Greensboro 80 N/A
Fayetteville 40 $18,710
Asheville 40 $18,930
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 30 $35,110
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 190 $35,720
Elyria 190 $35,720
Columbus 100 $30,440
Toledo 70 $33,590
Lima 40 $20,920
Massillon 40 $22,460
Canton 40 $22,460
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 90 $39,700
Tulsa 30 $30,160
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 40 $31,690
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 310 $21,150
Carlisle 110 $24,680
Harrisburg 110 $24,680
Hanover 40 $32,270
York 40 $32,270
Erie 30 $25,970
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 100 $19,040
Carolina 100 $19,040
San Juan 100 $19,040
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 60 $20,030
Anderson 60 $20,030
Greenville 60 $20,030
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 100 $31,240
Rapid City 80 $31,260
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 360 $32,910
Nashville 360 $32,910
Murfreesboro 360 $32,910
Davidson 360 $32,910
Knoxville 60 $36,610
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 570 $37,320
Dallas 570 $37,320
Fort Worth 570 $37,320
Houston 300 $56,360
The Woodlands 300 $56,360
Sugar Land 300 $56,360
San Antonio 240 $56,120
New Braunfels 240 $56,120
Austin 210 $40,570
Round Rock 210 $40,570
Corpus Christi 80 $36,400
Mission 60 $33,420
McAllen 60 $33,420
Edinburg 60 $33,420
El Paso 50 $28,300
Waco 30 $23,840
Beaumont 30 $29,400
Port Arthur 30 $29,400
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 200 $43,710
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 50 $36,520
Burlington 50 $36,520
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 100 $32,110
Harrisonburg N/A $26,060
Roanoke N/A $28,000
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 300 $42,650
Bellevue 300 $42,650
Tacoma 300 $42,650
Spokane Valley 150 $24,310
Spokane 150 $24,310
Wenatchee N/A $24,470
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 140 $23,610
West Allis 110 $31,890
Waukesha 110 $31,890
Milwaukee 110 $31,890
Green Bay 80 $21,990

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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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