Talk Show Host
A job as a Talk Show Host falls under the broader career category of Radio and Television Announcers. A talk show or chat show is a television programming or radio programming genre in which one person (or group of people) discusses various topics put forth by a talk show host.
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.
Talk show host 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 hosts need to have proven that they can attract
and keep a sizable audience.
Courses to be pursued
These college majors are closest related to this career (actual program names will vary from school to school).
•Radio and Television
•Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication will work. Though Bachelor’s in any stream will also work
the main requirement is good general knowledge and good speaking skills.
Radio and television hosts usually work in well-lit, air-conditioned, soundproof studios. Some radio DJs can produce and record their shows while working from home.
The pressure of deadlines and tight work schedules can be stressful.
Although most hosts work full time, many work part time.
Many radio and television stations are on air 24 hours a day. Some hosts present early morning shows, when most people are getting ready for work or commuting. Others do late-night programs. Some hosts have to work weekends or on holidays.
The shifts, however, are not as varied as in the past. More stations are recording shows during the day, eliminating the need to have a host work overnight hours.
•Computer skills •Interpersonal skills •Persistence •Research skills •Speaking skills •Writing skills
Talk show hosts can pursue a degree in broadcasting, communications, journalism, or a related major. These programs typically cover research techniques, media writing, reporting, ethics, and communication. Additional coursework in public speaking, computer science, English, theater, and drama can help students develop the technical and performance qualities relevant to a professional broadcast career.