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Broadcast Announcers and Radio Disc Jockeys - 27-3011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Anchor
  • Announcer
  • DJ (Disc Jockey)
  • Host
  • Morning Show Host
  • News Anchor
  • Radio Announcer
  • Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Coordinate logistics for productions or events.
  • Determine presentation subjects or content.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Gather information for news stories.
  • Host events.
  • Inform viewers, listeners, or audiences.
  • Interview others for news or entertainment purposes.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Organize informational materials.
  • Perform for recordings.
  • Promote products, activities, or organizations.
  • Report news to the public.
  • Write material for artistic or entertainment purposes.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Broadcast Journalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Operations Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Broadcaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Conversion NEC MC Mass Communications (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multimedia Director/Producer (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Press Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Information Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Announcer
  • Disc Jockey
  • Show Host/Hostess