Job Description:

KOPN 89.5 FM, a listener-supported community radio station in Columbia, MO, seeks qualified candidates for the position of General Manager.  Thanks to a supportive community, KOPN is financially stable in spite of these trying times.  We are ready to begin raising funds for a move to an accessible building and expect to be successful.  Our current GM, recently a new father, plans to return to his previous position as station operations director to have more time for family.  

On air since 1973, KOPN provides diverse music, local news and talk, and syndicated programming from NPR and Pacifica.  KOPN is a CPB-qualified, FCC-licensed station owned and operated by the New Wave Corporation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  Broadcasting at 36,000 watts, KOPN serves an area of approximately 100 miles in diameter in Central Missouri.   Columbia is home to the flagship campus of the University of Missouri, Columbia College, and Stephens College, and has a vibrant arts community that hosts film, art, and music festivals.  

The General Manager reports to a member-elected board of directors and supervises a small paid staff and a large corps of volunteers.  The General Manager is responsible and accountable for overall administration, finance, public relations and marketing, personnel, programming, and technical operations of the station.  This involves, among other duties: 

     ensuring quality programming that meets community needs, generates listener support, and fulfills the mission of KOPN;

     ensuring successful technical broadcast operations, delivery of programming, daily log maintenance, and publication of schedule;

     devising and implementing plans for fundraising including business underwriting, on-air fund drives, in-person events, sustaining memberships, legacy giving, grants, and major campaigns;

    ensuring effective, appropriate social media representation of the station;

     facilitating staff development and ensuring that volunteer coordination is successful;

     ensuring that all required reporting (financial and other) is done accurately and on time and that the station complies with all local, state, and federal laws and all other requirements;

     developing budgets in collaboration with the Board and monitoring progress toward goals.            


A Bachelor's degree in a related field or significant professional experience in media, fundraising, or management; at least five years of relevant experience including budgeting and financial oversight; familiarity in some capacity with volunteer-powered organizations; interest in community radio.

Excellent oral and written communication, organizational skills, and computer literacy; creative and practical problem-solving abilities; demonstrated commitment to professional ethics and to meeting deadlines; ability to collaborate constructively both within and outside the organization.  

Before applying, potential applicants should consult the website for more information about duties and required abilities:


KOPN is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity.

Job Location: 
Columbia, MO
United States
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Job Type: 
Full time
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or mail/deliver to  KOPN GM Search, 915 E. Broadway, Columbia MO 65201

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