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Industries & Professions /
Media and Entertainment
Radio and television broadcasters, film production companies, and publishing companies comprise the media and entertainment industry. The radio broadcasting sector consists of about 4,000 companies in the United States with combined revenue of $17 billion. These companies, such as CBS Radio, Clear Channel Communications, Cumulus Media, and Sirius XM Radio, operate radio broadcast studios that transmit news and talk shows, music, and other entertainment. Sirius XM has 1,000 channels, 26 of which focus on news and issues, including CNBC, BBC World Service, Bloomberg Radio, and eight regional news channels. Radio broadcast networks, syndicates, and stations transmit audio programming via FM and AM radio channels, as well as through digital, satellite, and Internet radio channels. There are commercial broadcasters that are funded by advertisers, and public radio stations, which are funded by public and private funds, subscriptions, and corporate underwriting, and are usually run by universities and public groups for educational purposes. For instance, the New York City-based station WFUV is run by Fordham University. Key professions in radio broadcasting include administrative jobs such as general managers, vice presidents, office managers, and accountants; operations and programming directors; news directors, producers, reporters, announcers; board operators and engineers; sales, promotion, marketing, and research managers; as well as Web-related jobs for the radio station’s Web site, such as Web designers, webmasters, and community managers.