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Become A Show Host

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Working As A Show Host

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $52,680

    Average Salary

What Does A Show Host Do At Kitchen Craft

* Performing informative and entertaining demonstrations
* Creating inspiration and enthusiasm about Kitchen Craft products
* Successfully closing sales
* Transporting and managing the exhibit
* Building rapport with clients
* Communicating with the office regarding sales and scheduling
* Generating weekly reports

How To Become A Show Host

Educational requirements for announcers vary. Radio and television announcers typically need a bachelor’s degree in journalism, broadcasting, or communications, along with work experience gained from internships or working at their college radio or television station. Public address announcers typically need a high school diploma. Both occupations will typically need some short-term on-the-job training.

Education

Although public address announcers do not need any formal education beyond a high school diploma, radio and television announcers should have a bachelor’s degree to be competitive for entry-level positions. Radio and television announcers typically need a bachelor’s degree in programs such as communications, broadcasting, or journalism.

College broadcasting programs offer courses, such as voice and diction, to help students improve their vocal qualities. In addition, these programs prepare students to work with the computer and audio equipment and software used at radio and television studios.

Training

Public address system and other announcers typically need short-term on-the-job training upon being hired. This training allows these announcers to become familiar with the equipment they will be using during sporting and entertainment events. For sports public address announcers, training also may include basic rules and information for the sports they are covering.

Radio and television announcers may also need some short-term on-the-job training to learn to operate the audio and production equipment. Many employers, however, expect applicants to have some basic skills prior to employment. Applicants typically gain these skills from their college degree program, work on the college radio or television station, or previous internships.

Advancement

Because radio and television stations in smaller markets have smaller staff, advancement within the same small-market station is unlikely. Rather, many radio and television announcers advance by relocating to a station in a larger market.

Announcers typically need a few years at a small-market station to work out the “kinks” of their on-air personalities. During that time, they learn to sound more comfortable and credible as an on-air talent and become more conversational with their cohosts and guests. Therefore, time and experience allow applicants to advance to positions in larger markets, which offer higher pay and more responsibility and challenges.

When making hiring decisions, large-market stations rely on announcers’ personalities and past performance. Radio and television announcers need to have proven that they can attract, engage, and keep a sizeable audience.

Many stations also rely on radio and television announcers to do other tasks, such as creating and updating a social media presence on social networking sites, making promotional appearances on behalf of the station, or even selling commercial time to advertisers. Therefore, an applicant needs to have demonstrated versatility and flexibility at the smaller market station.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Announcers, especially those seeking careers in radio or television, should have good computer skills and be able to use computers, editing equipment, and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. Radio and television announcers must be able to interview guests and answer phone calls on air. Party disc jockeys (DJs) and emcees should be comfortable working with clients to plan entertainment options.

Persistence. Entry into this occupation is very competitive, and many auditions may be needed for an opportunity to work on the air. Many entry-level announcers must be willing to work for a small station and be flexible to move to a small market to secure their first job.

Research skills. Announcers must research the important topics of the day in order to be knowledgeable enough to comment on them during their program.

Speaking skills. Announcers must have a pleasant and well-controlled voice, good timing, and excellent pronunciation.

Writing skills. Announcers need strong writing skills because they normally write their own material.

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Show Host Career Paths

Show Host
Talk Show Host Account Executive Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sports Director Program Director Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Co-Host Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Disc Jockey General Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Board Operator Producer Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
On-Air Personality Production Director Art Director
Creative Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Board Operator Office Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
News Director Managing Editor Public Relations
Director Of Publications Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Marketing Specialist Event Manager
Director Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Production Manager General Manager
Managing Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Assistant Director Office Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Sports Director General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Account Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Talk Show Host Program Director Business Developer
Marketing/Business Development
8 Yearsyrs
On-Air Host Producer Communications Manager
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
On-Air Personality Account Executive Public Relations
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Co-Host Executive Producer Project Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
News Director Morning Show Host Reporter
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Disc Jockey Delivery Driver Sales Consultant
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Radio Show Host Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Strategist
7 Yearsyrs
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Show Host Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    60.6%
  • Female

    37.6%
  • Unknown

    1.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.6%
  • Asian

    8.3%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    30.0%
  • French

    14.3%
  • Chinese

    7.1%
  • Mandarin

    7.1%
  • Russian

    7.1%
  • Italian

    5.7%
  • German

    4.3%
  • Japanese

    4.3%
  • Portuguese

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.9%
  • Indonesian

    1.4%
  • Dutch

    1.4%
  • Hawaiian

    1.4%
  • Vietnamese

    1.4%
  • Romanian

    1.4%
  • Hebrew

    1.4%
  • Somali

    1.4%
  • Hindi

    1.4%
  • Polish

    1.4%
  • Korean

    1.4%
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Top Skills for A Show Host

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Top Show Host Skills

  1. On-Air
  2. Audio Board
  3. Book Guests
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Researched background information utilized during on-air music discussion.
  • Operated cameras, also utilized server, router, audio board, and switcher.
  • Write and produce commercials, book guests, create and conduct contests and on-air promotions.
  • Served as the local host to syndicated programs from National Public Radio stations.
  • Created, developed, produced, directed, coordinated, marketed and hosted a TV show with 25,000 weekly viewers.

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