How Do You Become A Talk-Show Host?
Oprah and Letterman, Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh. What talkshow hosts have in common is marrying the gift of gab with the ability to glean juicy details from their guests. To get your own show, you can rise through the ranks of broadcasting or enter as an expert in your field. Either way, you need a double dose of confidence and a perpetually quick response. Step 1 Get a college degree in journalism and/or communications with coursework in public speaking and drama. See 149 Decide Which College Is Right for You. Step 2 Attend a private broadcasting school. Before you enroll, ask a variety of broadcasting professionals about the school’s reputation. Or apprentice in a training program at a radio or TV station. Step 3 Work at a campus radio or TV station, or intern at a commercial station to gain experience and develop contacts. See 161 Set Up an Internship. Step 4 Produce a demo tape to distribute to program directors. Film or record a live performance to showcase your on-air experie