Job Description:

GBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.  

 

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

GBH News is Boston’s only fully-integrated local public media entity with Television, Radio, and Digital all working in one newsroom. Our daily goal is to go beyond the headlines, examine the deeper topics and themes, and add context and perspective to the news. WGBH 89.7 FM broadcasts local, national, and international news and talk shows all day from 5AM to 8PM. GBH News team covers and produces local and national news including in-depth feature stories and interviews, covering a wide range of topics. 

 

Boston Public Radio, hosted by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, is GBH’s midday talk show, featuring smart local conversation with leaders and thinkers shaping greater Boston: on-air, online, and in-person.

 

JOB OVERVIEW

The Radio Producer for Boston Public Radio is a key leadership position on our flagship talk show and reports to the Executive Producer, working closely with hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. The position requires strong leadership skills, excellent written and audio production and editing skills, the ability to research topics and potential guests, the ability to work closely with a small team and within a larger newsroom and foundation, cooperatively and calmly under deadline pressure. 

 

The Producer will support and lead the work of producing a live, 3-hour radio talk show at GBH’s flagship studio in Brighton and our Boston Public Library studio, preparing the hosts, booking guests, and writing web content for GBHNews.org. In addition, the Producer will help the show expand its social media and digital offerings, as well as help lead live broadcasts in the field. The Producer will also produce cut-scripts and wraps for radio news broadcasts, as well stories for GBHNews.org, after BPR’s daily production. 

 

The ideal candidate will have at least 4-5 years of experience in journalism and/or audio production. They will understand the unique BPR take on NPR’s style and demonstrate comfort with using audio and text editing software. The candidate must feel comfortable calling potential guests and sources to schedule interviews. The candidate must be intellectually curious and a close watcher of the news, both locally and nationally. This position requires superb writing and digital editing skills.
 

The shift will be 8:00 AM– 4:00 PM Monday – Friday, and occasionally some hours on Sunday. Hours may differ in the event of breaking news.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identify, research, and write copy and research from all available sources. This will include intro and outro scripts for the live show, and setting up interviews for future shows.

  • Research story topics and prepare the host for feature interviews as needed.

  • Help lead editorial direction of the show, along with other producers and hosts, to think longer-term about segments and shows day-of and down the road. 

  • React to breaking news; keep the hosts informed, book guests, and help to coordinate listener feedback via phones, text, and social media channels.

  • Write stories and update content for GBHNews.org and the BPR webpage, and other GBH digital platforms.

  • Coordinate and liaise with other production units within GBH, as well as other groups around the Foundation who support our work, including Marketing and Communications.

  • Work on special projects as assigned. This may include in the field broadcasts, and additional reporting duties.

 

SKILLS SET

  • Must be a voracious consumer of news, a self-starter who is able to work collaboratively with a fast-paced, nimble staff.

  • Excellent verbal communication and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines; ability to be flexible as news breaks or show rundowns change.

  • Must be able to perform in-depth research on a variety of topics, national and local, and needs to be familiar with the local issues facing greater Boston.

  • Positive attitude, ability to work with hosts and other producers in a team environment

  • Excellent computer skills, including recording devices and technology, specifically audio editing/recording software.

  • Ability to think about big-picture approaches to covering issues and ideas, while also executing the many small details and tasks involved in producing a daily show.

  • Familiarity with a range of social media platforms and content management systems.

  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent time frames and changing priorities.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.

Must have at least 4-5 years of journalism experience, preferably in broadcast journalism.

 

JOB SPECIFICS

This is a CWA local 1400 union position
Staff position
The hours for this position are 8:00 AM– 4:00 PM on Weekdays.

Organization: 
Job Location: 
Boston, MA
United States
Job Category: 
Production/Programming
Job Type: 
Full time
Minimum Salary: 
$55,000.00
Maximum Salary: 
$60,000.00
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