Announcer

Read out stories and weather reports with your golden radio voice.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $73,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Announcers do?

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the world of radio, however, there are no pictures available. And sometimes, images on the television make no sense unless the viewer knows where the scene was shot.

In short, television shows and radio programs often need a Translator who can render information in words for the audience. As an Announcer, you handle this important task.

Announcers who work for radio stations are rarely, if ever, seen. In fact, if you’re one of these Announcers, you may never be recognized in your community unless you open your mouth to speak. By contrast, some Announcers who work on television shows do get a bit of on-camera time. If you announce sports programs, for example, you might be allowed to show off your pearly whites.

In most cases, you’re given a script of information to read to your audience. Weather reports, traffic accidents, news items, commercial sponsorships, descriptions of people, and blow-by-blow accounts of events are all fair game for the Writer of your script. At times, you edit the script to fit within the amount of time you’re given.

When your station holds a fundraising event, or your organization is asked to sponsor a meeting in the community, you might be asked to participate and entertain your listeners. Often, you have no script to read for these events, but you always come up with something to say.

In small stations, you also handle a variety of technical tasks, including keeping a program log, cueing up music, writing advertising scripts, and operating a transmitter.


Should I be an Announcer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Announcer, International Broadcast, Commercial Announcer, FM Announcer, Local Announcer, Network Announcer See More

    How to become an Announcer

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