Definition of on-air in US English:


adverb & adjective

  • Being broadcast on radio or television.

    as adjective ‘live, on-air interviews’
    as adverb ‘he apologized on-air for the comment’
    • ‘His work, his passion for international news, his smooth and confident on-air presence all spoke for him.’
    • ‘As part of the campaign, the company sent samples around to on-air personalities, who talked up the new flavor.’
    • ‘BBC Radio Orkney were on air until the early hours of Saturday morning, accepting donations and running the annual on-air auction.’
    • ‘He should give live, on-air interviews to talk radio hosts like Hugh Hewitt.’
    • ‘Because he was well dressed and tanned, I took him to be an on-air person.’
    • ‘I almost entered the green room, where guests wait for their on-air appearances, unprepared.’
    • ‘She supervised original productions and series, live specials and the network's on-air look.’
    • ‘Sure, there are days when I want to go around sticking my tongue out at the world after four hours of on-air cheeriness.’
    • ‘They charge on-air hosts with inciting hate, undermining public debate and spreading harmful lies.’
    • ‘Fortunately we have the boys in Minnesota keeping us updated on the on-air implosion.’
    • ‘Wednesday morning started at Indie 103, a very cool station with great on-air talent.’
    • ‘Their on-air skills are appreciated not just by viewers but also by some stateside colleagues.’
    • ‘The video clip of his on-air collapse remains a cherished keepsake of diehard skeptics.’
    • ‘They would pick us up at our motel to drive us to the first station of the day for an interview in an on-air acoustic performance.’
    • ‘Noggin, American Pop and Oxygen all had fairly developed Web sites in advance of their on-air launches.’
    • ‘His on-air antics have garnered serious cash and the attention of news outlets.’
    • ‘TV3 launched its national on-air campaign with the first of a series of spot broadcasts at lunchtime yesterday.’
    • ‘The simple truth is, there is only one man alive who has ever been on-air talent for a successful film critic TV show.’
    • ‘She received several awards for excellence in news reporting for her on-air reports from Lebanon.’
    • ‘Fox will not have to pay any fines, make any on-air apology or be prevented in any way from broadcasting in Britain.’