Successful talk show hosts are quick-minded, love interacting with a ride range of people, and can work unpredictable hours. Many talk show hosts when they are on the air, but talk show hosts often spend hours prepping for each show. They learn about the guests and the topics that will be presented.
They must be able to work well with the staff around them. Typically, the coworkers of a talk show host will vary from subordinates to management. Producers and other upper management will usually call the shots, but the host will often have a staff that will work for him or her. More importantly, a talk show host must be able to communicate effectively and fairly with people from all backgrounds. This will allow the audience to get all sides of the story and to form their own opinions.
Typically, talk show hosts hold degrees in communications and/or journalism. For the most part, talk show hosts will have steady hours that usually entail showing up a few hours before the show to prep and spending a few hours on air. However, talk show hosts are usually the face of the station, so they should be expected to participate in special events.