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Radio Announcer Training Programs and Careers

Reach audiences every day as a radio announcer by earning an associate, bachelor's or master's degree in radio broadcasting. Read on to learn what your program options are, how to choose a school and the kind of training it takes to break into the industry.

What You Need to Know

Working as a radio announcer requires learning how to use typical radio technologies like microphones, turntables and control consoles. When deciding on a training program, look for schools that have on-campus stations and faculty members who work in the field to ensure you gain relevant practical experience from industry professionals.

Degrees Associate of Arts in Broadcasting: Radio, Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Radio Management or Radio and Television, Master of Arts in Media Studies, Master of Science in Journalism
Certificates Certificate of Achievement in Broadcasting: Radio, Undergraduate Certificate in Broadcasting: Radio
Courses Narration on the radio, music broadcasting, station management, radio promotion, writing for radio, audio production, radio programming and production, public speaking, podcasting for radio, voice-over techniques, digital audio editing

What Radio Programs and Training Are Available?

Curricula that emphasize radio announcing are typically found through programs in broadcasting or journalism. Broadcasting programs tend to focus more on production that involves the use of equipment common in a radio station, while journalism programs may provide more training on the art of speaking and reporting. Schools that offer such programs typically have on-campus radio stations where you can practice your skills in using radio equipment and speaking on the air. In some cases, you may be able to develop your own show or skit that is broadcasted live.

What Online Options Do I Have?

If you're interested in online study, you may be able to find programs at the baccalaureate level. These programs may be designed for those who already have an associate degree in broadcasting or communication, and have completed the required radio laboratories.

What Courses Will I Take?

As an aspiring radio announcer, you may take courses that focus on microphone techniques and voice acting. Some programs include new media into their curricula. You will also study a variety of show forms, such as sports and audio theater. Here are some additional topics to consider:

  • Articulation
  • Podcasting
  • Experimental radio
  • News shows
  • Music shows

What About Master's Courses?

If you choose to enter a master's program, you can expect advanced coursework. Master's programs may also require that you pass a cumulative exam, write a thesis or complete a creative project. These topics could be explored in your master's degree:

  • Theory
  • Research
  • Broadcasting ethics
  • Media law
  • Online journalism
  • Reporting
  • Narrative radio
  • Investigative reporting

How Can I Prepare For My Career?

In radio and broadcasting programs, you can expect to get practice acting as a host, producer and marketer. For example, you will learn various administrative skills, such as how to schedule and plan radio shows. You also can prepare for your career as a radio announcer by working as an intern for radio stations. Additionally, consider compiling a portfolio that exemplifies your voice talent, writing and production experience. With the right skills, you can work in capacities, such as a radio announcer or talk show host, music show host or sportscaster.