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Career Profile: Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio, television, or other communications media. May play and queue music, announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 25,000 people employed as broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys in the United States. The median annual salary is $37,630. Entry level employees earn approximately $22,860 per year and senior employees earn approximately $103,090 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Make promotional appearances at public or private events to represent their employers.
  • Host civic, charitable, or promotional events broadcast over television or radio.
  • Attend press conferences to gather information for broadcast.
  • Write and edit video and scripts for broadcasts.
  • Maintain organization of the music library.
  • Locate guests to appear on talk or interview shows.
  • Keep daily program logs to provide information on all elements aired during broadcast, such as musical selections and station promotions.
  • Give network cues permitting selected stations to receive programs.
  • Provide commentary and conduct interviews during sporting events, parades, conventions, or other events.
  • Coordinate games, contests, or other on-air competitions, performing such duties as asking questions and awarding prizes.
  • Moderate panels or discussion shows on topics such as current affairs, art, or education.
  • Describe or demonstrate products that viewers may purchase through specific shows or in stores.
  • Operate control consoles.
  • Record commercials for later broadcast.
  • Announce musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accept requests from listening audience.
  • Study background information to prepare for programs or interviews.
  • Read news flashes to inform audiences of important events.
  • Identify stations, and introduce or close shows, ad-libbing or using memorized or read scripts.
  • Prepare and deliver news, sports, or weather reports, gathering and rewriting material so that it will convey required information and fit specific time slots.
  • Select program content, in conjunction with producers and assistants, based on factors such as program specialties, audience tastes, or requests from the public.
  • Comment on music and other matters, such as weather or traffic conditions.
  • Develop story lines for broadcasts.
  • Discuss various topics over the telephone with viewers or listeners.
  • Interview show guests about their lives, their work, or topics of current interest.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
25,000
Annual Openings:
2,100
Increase in Openings by 2031:
-11%
Annual Salary Range:
$22,860 - $103,090
Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree