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5231 Announcers and other broadcasters

Announcers and other broadcasters read news, sports, weather, commercial and public service messages and host entertainment and information programs for broadcast on radio or television. They are primarily employed by radio and television stations and networks and by commercial firms that produce advertisements for radio or television.

Example Titles

announcer
broadcaster
disc jockey – broadcast
news reader
radio host/hostess
sports announcer
talk show host/hostess
television host/hostess
traffic reporter
weather reporter

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Main duties


Announcers and other broadcasters perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Select and introduce music, videos and other entertainment material for broadcast, and make commercial and public service announcements
  • Act as host/hostess or master of ceremonies, introduce and interview guests and conduct proceedings of shows or programs
  • Read news, sports and weather for radio and television
  • Report on weather conditions using information provided by weather forecasting services
  • Report on traffic conditions by maintaining contact with external sources of information or by observing traffic from air or land vehicle
  • May present own material or material prepared by others.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of a college radio or television arts program is usually required.
  • Practical training, such as work at a college radio station, may be required.
  • Talent and ability, as demonstrated during an audition, are important hiring criteria.
  • Membership in a guild or union related to the occupation or type of performance may be required.

Additional information

  • Movement to occupations in journalism is possible for those with an educational background in journalism or a related field.

Classified elsewhere

  • Broadcast journalists who prepare and present their own reports (in 5123 Journalists )
  • Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts (5227)

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