Vocal Health of the On-Air Broadcaster
Nick Walker, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA
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Abstract
Vocal Health for the On-Air Meteorologist

Broadcasters Workshop

Presenter: Nick Walker

Due to increasingly longer broadcasts and wall-to-wall in-studio and live coverage, the vocal health of broadcasters is becoming an increasingly important issue.  Vocal strain, poor breathing, and (of course) weather all take a toll on a broadcaster’s main instrument-the voice. Through personal stories of broadcasters who, because of the above, have suffered injuries to their vocal cords and throat, we’ll raise awareness of the need to maintain proper vocal health. Content will touch on breathing exercises, vocal warm-ups and diet. Since old habits are hard to break, a bit of investment in a broadcaster’s vocal health early in his/her career can go a long way in maintaining a strong vocal performance for years in the future.