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Host, WQXR

New York Public Radio


WQXR seeks a charismatic and passionate individual to serve as an on-air music host. Ideal candidates will honor the station’s history of not only presenting outstanding classical music, but also building community around it. Candidates will also be knowledgeable about New York’s cultural scene, as well as the national and international cultural landscape, and will bring creativity and imagination to the challenge of presenting classical music in the digital age. Candidates must have radio hosting expertise, plus a commitment to and passion for presenting classical music. Additionally, candidates should have experience hosting live events, as well as the ability to embrace digital platforms.

  • Successfully host and/or co-host a live, daily classical music program consistent with WQXR’s mission and goals. 
  • Have credibility with listeners in terms of both the classical repertoire and radio hosting skills.
  • Sound interested and engaged, bringing intelligence, intimacy to breaks; connect with listeners and understand how they use and enjoy WQXR.
  • Employ a conversational style compatible with a classical music format.
  • Understand and reinforce station/show brands.
  • Exceed professional “hosting” standards.
  • Execute hosting role within the technical standards and production values of WQXR, as defined by the Program Director and Music Director.
  • Contribute playlist ideas to the Music Director for consideration.
  • In partnership with the the Program Director - prep, script and conduct interviews, and assist in booking guests and developing special segments and events.
  • Support pledge drive on-air and online; meet or exceed pledge revenue targets.
  • Host live broadcasts from New York City’s concert venues as well as from The Greene Space.
  • Prepare, edit and deliver live and taped newscasts, weather updates, etc. as needed, adhering to WQXR ethical and journalistic standards and practices.
  • Provide voice tracking for automated hours or online music streams.
  • During off-air work hours: prepare for air shifts, research playlist, write break scripts, tape interviews, prepare scripts and/or audio for online and other related assignments.
  • Work closely with programming, promotion and marketing departments to build audience.
  • Operate digital board and digital music storage and delivery system during broadcast.
  • Serve as a positive and effective presence within the public radio/media industry, and within the cultural and music communities.
  • Positively represent WQXR at fundraising events, represent and/or host WQXR community engagement events, attend industry and cultural gatherings and events at direction of the Program Director.
  •  Demonstrated professional ability to deliver accurate information live on air in a conversational style.
  • Prior major market radio broadcast experience highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with New York City’s music and culture scene, as well as familiarity with major national and international music presenters, orchestras and festivals required.
  • Expertise in classical music repertoire, recordings, and history required.
  • Proficiency with technical and broadcast equipment at a high level; demonstrated ability to learn new systems and procedures quickly.
  • Proven ability to navigate the web environment self-sufficiently; ability to support online projects required.
  • Professional experience conducting interviews required.
  • Experience hosting on-air pledge drives preferred.
  • Engaging, conversational, approachable on-air style required.
  • At least 5 years of related radio experience required
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in music and/or broadcasting or related field required


All positions at NYPR require:


  • Compliance with WNYC/WQXR policies and guidelines
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed
  • The intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively with the senior leadership team, colleagues, staff and external partners and provide motivation at all levels of an organization
  • Excellent communication skills—both oral and written—with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds
  • Use of a computer, telephone and other office and/or broadcast equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods  including but not limited to; email, internet based applications for internal and external communications
  • Affinity for New York Public Radio; WNYC and/or WQXR content and mission a plus

Note:    The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.


New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.


Click on the link to see a more detailed position specification and to Apply:  www.wnyc.org/careers 

Please submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume.  New York Public Radio must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy.




"To make the mind more curious, the heart more open and the spirit more joyful."  - New York Public Radio Mission Statement

New York Public Radio is home to three of the country’s leading public radio stations—WNYC 93.9 FM, WNYC AM 820, and WQXR 105.9 FM—as well as the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. As America’s most listened-to public radio stations* and New York's premier multi-platform public radio franchise, it collectively reaches a monthly audience of more than11.5 million.

WNYC and wnyc.org: WNYC is a major producer of original, award-winning local and national content. It originates for public radio nationwide programs and podcasts like Radiolab, The Takeaway, Freakonomics, On The Media and Studio 360. WNYC maintains a centralized newsroom and its award-winning reporters contribute regularly to online and local news broadcasts and to the nationally-distributed news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and The Takeaway. Also, WNYC produces the signature daily programs The Brian Lehrer Show, The Leonard Lopate Show, Soundcheck and New Sounds. Five WNYC programs — Radiolab, On the Media, Studio 360, The Brian Lehrer Show, and Radio Rookies, its youth journalism program serving teens in all five boroughs, have been recognized with George Foster Peabody Awards, the highest honor in broadcasting journalism. WNYC’s original content is available to people wherever they are via mobile platforms, online audio streams, podcasts and social media.  In addition, WNYC presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company, broadcasting a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming.

WQXR and wqxr.org: Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life.  WQXR.org  also hosts Q2, an HD broadcast and web stream dedicated to discovery, giving listeners an opportunity to experience exceptional music, classic and contemporary, that they likely have not heard before.  WQXR’s smart, engaging hosts provide distinctive context for the music they love to play. And wqxr.org serves the global classical music community through online listening, playlists, host blogs and New York City cultural news. WQXR also offers Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, The Philharmonic This Week, McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase evenings, and Symphony Hall.


The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space and thegreenespace.org:  Our street-front broadcast studio and performance venue produces a full season of original programming – as well as WNYC and WQXR shows, concerts and events – for live, radio and online audiences. It is becoming an anchor in our growing, exciting Hudson Square neighborhood in lower Manhattan.


(*Source:  Arbitron)


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Click on the link to see a more detailed position specification and to Apply:  http://bit.ly/ZdY0Qy

Please submit cover letter with salary requirements and resume.  New York Public Radio must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy.


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