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“Talking up a Storm”
Perform a variety of tasks on and off the air. They announce station program information, such as program schedules and station breaks for commercials, or public service.
The Job
Announcers at smaller stations may cover all of these areas and tend to have more off-air duties as well. They may operate the control board, monitor the transmitter, sell commercial time to advertisers, keep a log of the station's daily programming, and produce advertisements and other recorded material.
Work Environment
Announcers usually work in well-lighted, air-conditioned, soundproof studios.
College Majors
bachelor's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Entry into this occupation is highly competitive, and post secondary education or long-term on-the-job training is common.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Announcers must have a pleasant and well-controlled voice, good timing, excellent pronunciation, and correct grammar.
Quick Facts
  • Competition for announcer jobs will continue to be keen.
  • Jobs at small stations usually have low pay, but offer the best opportunities for inexperienced announcers.
  • Applicants who have completed internships or have related work experience, and those with computer skills, may have an advantage in the job market.
  • Employment is projected to decline.
  • Median hourly wages of public address and other system announcers in May 2008 were $13.18.
Compensation and Outlook
Median hourly wages of radio and television announcers in May 2008 were $12.95. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.05 and $20.31. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.45, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $36.42. Median hourly wages of announcers in the radio and television broadcasting industry were $12.61.
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Jayson Gray
6/30/2010 11:25:36 P
I'm an MC and Announcer. I do, concerts, auctions for corporate events, and trade-shows. $40 to $55 per hour is what I'm seeing in Vegas and LA. Once you get known and do a good job, you can keep pretty busy. Freelance work usually leads to full-time works if you want it. There's agencies that will book you as well.
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