Producer/Host Radio II

Job description

Working/Functional Title

Morning Edition Producer/Anchor

Position Summary

WKAR is part of Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences. It includes WKAR-TV, WKAR AM and FM Radio,, Radio Reading Service, WKAR Ready-To-Learn, and reaches more than a half-million mid-Michigan residents each week, and contributes to the educational experience of Michigan State University's 50,000-plus student body. For additional information, please visit

As the producer and local anchor for ‘Morning Edition’ (daily morning show), this person would be responsible for producing and hosting local segments between 5:00-11:00 a.m. on our two NPR member stations. They must consistently deliver a professional on-air presentation during anchoring of newscasts and operate the control board during live broadcasts.  In addition to writing and anchoring news segments, they may produce human-interest features, produce and schedule on-air promos, produce or conduct live interviews, and establish and maintain online social media engagement with listeners. They must pitch, produce and edit audio-rich features with multiple viewpoints and sound sources. They must help curate the website with new stories and share content on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. This person will work closely with the station manager, digital news director, other program hosts, reporters and student interns.

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Telecommunications, Journalism, or Broadcast Production; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in radio production, broadcast operations, rules and regulations and interviewing; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position may require a FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Permit.

Desired Qualifications

At least three years on-air experience in commercial and/or public broadcasting, including programming and feature production talent; work experience that demonstrates professionalism, curiosity, and diverse interests; superb writing skills; demonstrated ability to produce high quality content and programming; experience with automation systems, digital workstations and schedule software; ability to work on multiple tasks, on deadline and under pressure;  and self-motivation with experience turning ideas into action. Bachelor’s degree in broadcasting, communication, or related field is required.

Required Application Materials

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter addressing your extent of on-air commercial and/or public broadcasting experience, and why you feel this position would be a positive career move for you. Please include the names and email addresses of three professional references. A writing sample is requested, see further instructions below.

Special Instructions

In less than 500 words, provide a writing sample telling us what you enjoy about working on-air in commercial and/or public broadcasting.

Work Hours

Morning Edition airs weekday mornings (Monday through Friday). The show feeds live from 05:00 to 09:00 ET. This individual is expected to arrive at the station and be prepared and ready to go on-air prior to 5 am.

(Bidding Eligibility ends 3/20/2018 at 11:55 PM)




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Posted: 3/14/2018
Application Due: 6/7/2018
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