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Announcer Randon Swindler
Skills needed to be an announcer • must have a pleasant and well-controlled voice • good timing • excellent pronunciation • correct grammar • Willingness to compete for a job openings
Kinds of announcers • Newscasters • Disc jockeys • Public address system announcers Click on the microphone to go to the next slide.
Newscasters • • • work at radio stations specialize in news, sports, or weather may operate the control board may monitor the transmitter may sell commercial time to advertisers may keep a log of the station’s daily programming • produce advertisements and other recorded material Back
Disc jockeys • some DJs specialize in one kind of music • announcing selections as they air them • follow schedules of commercials, talk, and music provided to them by management • comment on the music, weather, and traffic • may take requests from listeners, interview guests, and manage listener contests Back
Public address system announcers • provide information to the audience at sporting, performing arts, and other events • announce and play music at clubs, dances, restaurants, and weddings Back
Training • Formal training in broadcasting from a college, a technical school, or a private broadcasting school is valuable. • High school and college courses in English, public speaking, drama, foreign languages, and computer science are valuable. • Hobbies such as sports and music are additional assets.
Employment Outlook • Announcers held about 69, 000 jobs in 2004. • Employment of announcers is expected to decline due to the consolidation of existing stations, cable television and satellite radio.
Earnings • Salaries in broadcasting vary widely • Earnings are higher in television than in radio • Earnings are higher in commercial broadcasting than in public broadcasting • Median hourly earnings of wage and salary radio and television announcers in May 2004 were $10. 64.
Related Jobs • • • news analysts reporters and correspondents interpreters and translators sales and marketing public-relations specialists actors, producers, and directors musicians, singers, and related workers writers and editors broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators
For more information… National Association of Broadcasters 1771 N St. NW. , Washington, DC 20036 Internet: http: //www. nab. org
Bibliography of sources • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006 -07 Edition, Announcers, on the Internet at http: //www. bls. gov/ocos 087. htm (visited July 24, 2007). • Careers in focus. Broadcasting. 3 rd ed. . New York: Ferguson, 2007. • Ellis, Elmo Israel. Opportunities in broadcasting careers. New York: VGM Career Books, 2005.