Public Address System & Other Announcers
Also called: Disc Jockey (DJ), Master of Ceremonies (MC), Mobile Disc Jockey (Mobile DJ), Public Address Announcer (PA Announcer)
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Part researcher and part public personality, announcers and disc jockeys—or DJs— use writing skills and a pleasant speaking voice to share news and information with the public. Broadcast announcers and radio DJs present music or the news and comment on important current events. Announcers who host talk shows usually research and discuss issues with guests and audience members in a subject such as politics, personal finance, sports, or health. Announcers and DJs schedule guests for their shows, maintain a social media presence to encourage a following, and develop other creative content such as contests and events. They also give updates on weather and traffic conditions. Some work as sports team announcers, party DJs, and event MCs, providing background information and entertaining the audience or detailing the event as it unfolds for the listening audience. Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys usually work full-time schedules in soundproof studios. Shows are usually recorded during the day for later broadcast or podcasts, but some announcers broadcast live, and may work late night hours, weekends or holidays. Deadlines and tight work schedules are common in these fields. Broadcast announcers and radio DJs typically need a bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcasting, or communications to enter the field, but some jobs may not emphasize educational requirements. They typically need previous experience gained from internships or from working at a college radio or television station.
What they do:Make announcements over public address system at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.
On the job, you would:
- Select and play music appropriate for the crowd.
- Preview any music intended to be broadcast over the public address system.
- Learn to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
- customer service
- talking to others
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- communicate by speaking
- listen and understand what people say
Hearing and Speech
- speak clearly
- recognize spoken words
- do two or more things at the same time
- pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Self Control
- Attention to Detail
- Stress Tolerance
You might use software like this on the job:
Music or sound editing software
- Graphic equalizer software
- Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol
Web page creation and editing software