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Company: Wisconsin Public Radio
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
March 27, 2013
Job ID: 1471365


Intermediate or Senior Broadcasting Specialist


This individual is primarily responsible for substitute hosting live statewide talk shows. Hosting will involve moderating live interview and call-in discussions about topics of statewide, national, and international importance.   Fill-in work will occur, on average, 15 weeks of the year but coverage for extended absences could significantly increase time on air. When not on the air, this individual will be responsible for producing talk shows. Producing involves researching and pitching topics, pre-interviewing, scheduling and preparing materials for the interview. It also includes call-screening and direction. This position reports to the Assistant Ideas Network Director.



1.      Keep current on issues of importance and interest to WPR listeners.

2.      Host talk programming shifts for live call-in talk shows as assigned. Prepare for talk programs by doing in-depth background research and scripting. Host programs with consideration to political balance and views that differ from the status quo.

3.      Operate a radio control board and Audio Vault playbacksoftware.

4.      Produce live talk show interviews as assigned.  This includes researching topics, pre-interviewing and scheduling guests, editing audio, and call screening.

5.      Communicate show ideas with other producers and hosts via email and online calendar.

6.      Produce and distribute appropriate program information internally, and program notes for external audiences.

7.      Attend and actively participate in daily editorial meetings to suggest and discuss topics and guests.

8.      Adhere to WPR and WPT Editorial Integrity and Staff Ethics policies.

9.      Write, edit, and/or record program promotional material for on-air use.

10.   Maintain an active and diverse source list (using Filemaker).

11.   Participate in promotional appearances and tours as assigned.

12.   Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making.

13.   Demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.

14.   Participate in on-air fundraising as assigned.

15.   Attend staff meetings as assigned.

16.   Other duties as assigned by Assistant Ideas Network Director.



1.      Knowledge of and strict adherence to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.

2.      Exhibitssound judgment about, and fact-based understanding of, program topics.

3.      Works independently to complete assignments with little or no assistance on individual tasks.

4.      Demonstrates dexterity in using varied electronic studio equipment and computer software.

5.      Maintains composure and professionalism when faced with the unexpected.

6.      Possesses a voice quality/sound at or above the statewide network minimum.

7.      Speaks, reads, and writes in an on-air conversational broadcast style.

8.      Operates radio control board, digital audio production equipment, and computers.






1.      Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

2.      Minimum 2 years’ experience in broadcast journalism for Intermediate level, 5 years for Senior level.

3.      Experience hosting broadcast interviews.

4.      Possess a vocal quality, speech pattern, and announcing style suitable for broadcast.

5.      Excellent vocabulary, articulation, accurate spelling and proper use of grammar are required.

6.      Strong editorial and ethical judgment.

7.      Demonstrated ability to develop and pitch compelling program topics across a range of subjects.

8.      Ability to successfully manage several projects that are underway simultaneously and meet firm deadlines.

9.      Excellent written and oral communication skills.

10.   Excellent organizational skills.

11.   Experience working successfully both independently and with a variety of teams.

12.   Demonstrated ability to work productively and successfully with diverse people and groups.

13.   Flexible schedule, as hosting and producing assignments will require regular shift changes.



1.      Experience in public radio talk show hosting, production or reporting.

2.      Experience using radio consoles and audio playback technology during a live broadcast.

3.      Knowledge of and experience with Audio Vault, Sound Forge, Adobe Audition, or similar audio editing and playback software.

4.      Familiarity with Wisconsin news and politics.

5.      Experience working successfully with team members in remote locations.


SALARY:The salary range for this position is $40,000 to $55,000. Depending on qualifications and experience the pay and title of this position will either be Intermediate or Senior Broadcasting Specialist. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package.


HOW TO APPLY: For best consideration, apply by 5P on 3/8/13 online through our applicant portal ( This is job #8871.  Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.  Please include: 

1          A detailed résumé

2          UW-Extension application form, downloadable at, with applicant survey form downloadable at 

3.      List of three professional references (at least one supervisory reference), including email contact information.

4.      A one- to two-page narrative detailing HOW your experience relates to the qualifications and duties of this position. Be certain to address each major job duty.

5.      Three samples of your on-air work (e.g. talk show interviews and/or live news anchoring) demonstrating your ability to conduct both hard news and feature interviews. CD or URL link to an audio archive acceptable, MP3 preferred.

6.      Two different samples of your written work (e.g. on-air scripts, news copy).

7.      Recruitment source where you learned about the opening (on form)

8.      Salary history (on form)


Direct inquiries and Online Support questions to:

Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio,608-262-5221; 


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