The 21-25k is 100% reality for small to medium market broadcast careers (the majority across the US for first/second jobs). I was offered a 'raise' when moving from the weekend position to the morning position (at the channel which was the news leader in the area)... which amounted to a total of 22k up to 24k... do the math and you'll quickly realize that an extra $20 a month is still not much of a liveable salary. I made more as a waitress on weekends in college in between atmospheric physics and calc 3 classes hahaha. It's real. Dont be fooled. But also don't be disenchanted. Meteorology is a passion and will always be worth it if its truly what you want!