I want to be a radio show host. What will my salary be?





By Jared Lindzon


Wednesday, August 12, 2015


The job: Radio show host

The role: Radio personalities, disc jockeys and talk show hosts entertain listening audiences with music, thought-provoking conversation and humour. But they are not all the same.

“As a disc jockey, you’re facilitating the program and heightening the enjoyment of the music,” said Jerry Agar, host of the Jerry Agar Show on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto. “As a talk show host, essentially I am the program. I bring on guests or phone calls and pieces of audio, but I’m basically producing a show like a musician or a comedian.”

Mr. Agar explains that most radio hosts arrive hours before the broadcast begins to conduct research on topics that will be discussed during the show, edit audio clips and reach out to interviewees.

“I get together with the producer to discuss stories that are in the news that are possible stories we could talk about,” he said. “Not everybody in our business has a producer – in the past I’ve produced my own show – but that has to do with market size and budget.”

Mr. Agar adds that the research process never stops, as radio hosts often draw from their personal lives when considering topics of conversation.

“We’re thinking about it all the time,” he said. “So some of the prep is just living life.”

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  1. “I want to be a radio show host. What will my salary be”?

    I missed the part what will the salary be.

    Rumour has it that Mr. Bill Good was reimbursed a million plus annually.

    Can anyone remove the “rumour” aspect and give some factual accounts of what Talk Show

    Hosts earn in a year?


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