Career summary

Details for Public Address System and Other Announcers


Description

Make announcements over loud speaker at sporting or other public events. May act as master of ceremonies or disc jockey at weddings, parties, clubs, or other gathering places.

Tasks

  • Select and play music appropriate for the crowd.
  • Preview any music intended to be broadcast over the public address system.
  • Learn to pronounce the names of players, coaches, institutional personnel, officials, and other individuals involved in an event.
  • Inform patrons of coming events at a specific venue.
  • Set up and test various equipment, including sound equipment, before each event.
  • Greet attendees and serve as masters of ceremonies at banquets, store openings, and other events.
  • Read prepared scripts describing acts or tricks presented during performances.
  • Instruct and calm crowds during emergencies.
  • Improvise commentary on items of interest, such as background and history of an event or past records of participants.
  • Announce programs and player substitutions or other changes to patrons.
  • Provide running commentaries of event activities, such as play-by-play descriptions or explanations of official decisions.
  • Organize team information, such as statistics and tournament records, to ensure accessibility for use during events.
  • Furnish information concerning plays to scoreboard operators.
  • Meet with event directors to review schedules and exchange information about details, such as national anthem performers and starting lineups.
  • Review and announce crowd control procedures before the beginning of each event.
  • Study the layout of an event venue to be able to give accurate directions in the event of an emergency.

Interests

  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
  • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Education, training, experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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