Radio personality

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A radio personality at work at WKZV in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1997.

A radio personality is a person who appears in an on-air position in radio broadcasting. A radio personality who performs as the host of a radio show is also known as a radio host (in India as a radio jockey).


A radio personality can be someone who introduces and discusses various genres of music, hosts a talk radio show that may take calls from listeners, or someone whose primary responsibility is to give news, weather, sports, or traffic information. The radio personality may broadcast live or use voice-tracking techniques.[1] Increasingly, radio personalities are expected to supplement their on-air work by posting information online, such as on a blog. This may be either to generate additional revenue, or to connect with listeners.[2]


The radio personality dates back to 1909 when Ray Newby of California made his debut for Herrold College of Engineering and Wireless.[3] By 1910, radio personalities were active across the United States.[4]

FM/AM radio personalities[edit]

FM/AM radio personalities play music, talk, or both.[5] Examples are Opie and Anthony, Howard Stern, Elvis Duran, and Big Boy (radio host).

Talk radio personalities[edit]

Talk radio personalities often discuss social and political issues from a particular point of view, such as conservative or liberal.[5] Some examples are Rush Limbaugh, Brian Lehrer and John Gibson.

Sports talk radio personalities[edit]

"Sports talk" radio personalities are often either a former athlete, sports writer, or t.v. anchor and discuss sports news.[5] Some examples are Dan Patrick, Tony Kornheiser and Colin Cowherd.

Satellite radio personalities[edit]

Satellite radio personalities are not subject to government broadcast regulations and are allowed to play explicit music.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ L. A. Heberlein - The Rough Guide to Internet Radio 2002 - Page v. "In addition to putting songs together, a good radio host can tell you things you didn't know about the artists, the songs, and the times."
  2. ^ Rooke, Barry; Odame, Helen Hambly (2013). ""I Have to Blog a Blog Too?" Radio Jocks and Online Blogging". Journal of Radio & Audio Media 20 (1): 35. doi:10.1080/19376529.2013.777342. 
  3. ^ "The Early Days: 19th Century-1940". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Schneider, John. "The History of KQW and KCBS San Francisco /San Jose". The Bay Area Radio Museum. Bay Area Radio Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Radio and Television Job Description". Retrieved 28 February 2013.