On-Air Talent Salary
The average pay for an On-Air Talent is $36,589 per year.
Job Description for On-Air Talent
On-air talents are responsible for the daily broadcasting of a television or radio station to which they're assigned, and their work focuses on engaging the listening or viewing audience in a creative and engaging manner while maintaining FCC compliance for content.Read More...
On-air talents are also responsible for ensuring that any contests or promotions are implemented properly and performing checks of various logs during their shifts, such as commercials or music; they are also responsible for ensuring that commercials and music are played per the schedule set forth by station management and program directors. On-air talents may also be required to make personal appearances at remote broadcast locations to report on breaking events or participate in promotions held by sponsors.
On-air talents must have strong communication skills, both spoken and written, and be able to improvise and multitask in high-stress situations, such as during equipment malfunctions or live on-site broadcasts. They must also be able to maintain personable, positive, and up-beat attitudes in difficult situations, such as when dealing with uncooperative or irate guests or callers or when being approached when off-shift.
On-air talents must also be extremely flexible in their availability and scheduling to be able to handle on-site appearances and cover shifts during staff absences or if station management dictates that their services may be better served in different time-slots.
On-Air Talent Tasks
- Host broadcast events, drawing out participants and selecting appropriate questions.
- Respond to email and telephone inquiries and attend events.
- Research, document, produce, and follow up about proposed and completed stories.
- Keep conversations on point and within brand standards.
- Interact with a variety of audiences, participants, and staff to produce clear storylines.
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