Announcers

Think of your favorite radio station or local news program and you can probably name a DJ or news reporter. These announcers are the faces and voices of broadcasting. Announcers on radio and TV read the news and weather reports, open and close programs, announce song titles and artists, introduce or read commercials, and interview guests.

Announcers talk on radio or TV programs that inform and entertain. Some announcers also provide information to the audience at sporting or performing arts events.

Did You Know?

Tom Brokaw was only fifteen when he started his broadcasting career at a small local radio station in South Dakota.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Research and write news reports
  • Attend press conferences
  • Read prepared scripts
  • Ad-lib commentary
  • Operate control boards and other electronic equipment
  • Work irregular hours, often early mornings or late at night
  • Work under deadline
  • Get involved in the community

It Helps To Be...

Charismatic. A pleasing personality and voice will help you attract viewers and listeners.

Make High School Count

  • Take advantage of English class to sharpen your writing skills.
  • Sign up for speech class and join your school’s debate team.
  • Pay attention in social studies and read the newspaper. Announcers need to stay informed.
  • Work for your high school’s radio or TV station and build journalism skills on the school paper.
  • Act, dance, and sing in high school theater productions and perform with local theater groups.
  • Intern with a local commercial radio or TV station.

You have to be incredibly persistent to get this job and to do it well ... I got scooped on a story last weekend because I wasn't making the calls I needed to be making on Thursday or Friday.” -- Neil, News Reporter and On-Air Announcer.

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