Broadcast Announcers & Radio Disc Jockeys

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Anchor, Announcer, News Anchor, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate control consoles.
  • Record commercials for later broadcast.
  • Announce musical selections, station breaks, commercials, or public service information, and accept requests from listening audience.



  • multimedia
  • telecommunications

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


  • customer service


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • create new and original ideas
  • come up with lots of ideas


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software

  • Burli Software Burli Newsroom System
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Music or sound editing software

  • Adobe Systems Adobe Audition
  • Audion Laboratories VoxPro


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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