Radio show hosts work for radio stations across the United States. Some shows are local, while others are broadcast nationwide. There are also satellite radio show hosts. While some radio stations are independently owned, most of them are owned by large media corporations.
Radio show hosts sometimes appear at local stores, music and charity events as well as other special occasion events. They can serve as disc jockeys and interview guests. Radio show hosts sometimes announce breaking news reports. When they work in the studio, radio show hosts often take phone calls from listeners. They sometimes talk with the listeners on the air or take special requests.
National radio show hosts are well paid and sometimes write books, do television interviews and appear on live television. Local radio show hosts tend to work part-time, and their hours vary. Some of them go on to work for local television stations or get hired by a large media company and take their show nationwide.
Some radio show hosts play music while they are on the air, while others have a talk-based program. Some specialize in sports, while others talk about politics and the news. They can have in-studio guests and call-in guests, as well. Sometimes radio show hosts work in pairs, with two people sharing the various hosting responsibilities.
Many radio show hosts start out by doing radio while in college. Others attend technical schools to learn hosting techniques and learn about the technology that is involved in broadcasting. They sometimes write their own scripts for their shows, and they often do their own research prior to airtime.
Radio Show Host Tasks
- Book and interview content-relevent guests.
- Select and develop content based on audience preferences, public requests, and program focus.
- Prepare and deliver content for radio audiences while managing guests and call-ins.