AskDefine | Define announcer

Dictionary Definition



1 someone who proclaims a message publicly
2 reads news, commercials on radio or television

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. One who makes announcements.


Extensive Definition

An announcer is a voice actor who works in television, radio or film, usually providing narrations, news updates, station identification, or an introduction of a product in television commercials or a guest on a talk show.
Announcers usually read prepared scripts, but in some cases, they have to ad-lib commentary on the air when presenting news, sports, weather, time, and commercials. Occasionally, announcers are also involved in writing the script when one is required. Sometimes announcers also interview guests and moderate panels or discussions. Some provide commentary for the audience during sporting events, parades, and other events.
The term also applies to public address announcers, usually at sporting venues. Such announcers will give the spectators information about a player, score (such as a goal or touchdown), infraction, or the results of the event. These announcers may be specialized according to sport; for instance, an horse race announcer provides a rapid-fire second-by-second account of the race (as well as introducing the entries before the race), while a baseball announcer may simply introduce the next batter or recap the previous half-inning. Public address announcers may be notable due to their longevity, or tenure with a popular team or venue. Some, particularly in horse racing, may also be known for television or radio work.

Notable radio and television announcers in English-speaking countries

Notable radio and television announcers in Japan

Notable public address announcers in the United States

announcer in Korean: 아나운서
announcer in Indonesian: Pembawa acara
announcer in Hebrew: קריין
announcer in Japanese: アナウンサー
announcer in Chinese: 播音員

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