Job Description:


CapRadio's Operations team is dedicated to delivering high-quality broadcasts to listeners across Northern California and Nevada through both traditional and digital platforms. As a Senior Broadcast Engineer, you will play a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing the terrestrial and digital broadcast and production facilities for CapRadio's group of stations. We are seeking an individual with a passion for radio broadcast, a commitment to continuous learning, and strong attention to detail.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Design, install, service and maintain all equipment at all of CapRadio transmitter sites, including codecs, ISP routers, generators, processors and transmitters in accordance with FCC rules and regulations
  • Install and maintain all Studio Transmitter Link (STL) equipment.
  • Maintains satellite downlinks and associated receivers
  • Monitor site status, listener reports and satellite feeds from member networks or stations to meet or exceed the CapRadio and NPR goal of 99.95% on-air reliability
  • On-call, evening, overnight and weekend work, as well as travel throughout Northern California
  • Respond to service interruptions as needed.
  • Provide effective customer service to clients and users on technical matters
  • Perform monthly site visits to CapRadio managed sites and quarterly site visits to leased sites to perform repairs and preventative maintenance
  • Timely order technical equipment and supplies
  • Keep updated and streamlined documentation on processes, procedures, and workflows
  • Establish procedures and standards for operating and maintaining transmitter equipment
  • Establish procedures for testing of transmitter equipment, performance of preventative maintenance activities and operation of equipment during test of Emergency Broadcast System
  • Provides in-house training and troubleshooting for all industry-specific software and computer applications
  • Organize and inventory all assets, including equipment, parts, and spares for documentation that supports the broadcast environment



  • Demonstrated knowledge of FM RF transmission, digital STL microwave and satellite uplink and downlink systems.
  • Knowledge of FCC Rules and regulations for licensed broadcast facilities.
  • At least 5 years of broadcast engineering experience and associate degree in a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Must be a licensed driver, insurable with own transportation and be available/on call when requested.
  • Ability to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle required.
  • Position requires travel to transmitter sites across Northern California. Some overnight travel may be required.
  • Must hold a valid FCC Operators License
  • Society of Broadcast Engineers Certification at senior level or above is desired
  • Must be familiar with the public radio industry, new media delivery, FCC regulations, and not-for-profit business
  • The ability to handle project administration, budget planning and purchasing
  • Computer knowledge, both user and systems administration
  • Team building and strong social skills


This role requires 80% travel to our remote tower sites.

Employment and Education verification will be required for the new hire.



The hourly compensation for this role is 80,000-85,000/annually

CapRadio also offers:

  • Competitive medical, dental, vision, chiropractic, and acupuncture insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Two weeks of flexible, accruable vacation time off
  • Paid sick leave
  • Group life insurance
  • Flexible spending plan for health and dependent care



Job Location: 
Sacramento, CA
United States
Job Category: 
Friday, May 31, 2024
Job Type: 
Full time
Hours Per Week: 
Send Application Materials To: 

Please upload your resume and cover letter. Address your letter to the hiring manager, David Born, Director of Operations. For inquiries or assistance with the application process, contact


Attn: Human Resources
7055 Folsom Blvd. 
Sacramento, CA 95826


Capital Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.

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(916) 278-8992