We’re starting something ambitious.
WPLN News is launching a daily show this fall that will serve the Nashville region with insightful and engaging conversations, plus in-depth original reporting and the latest on the day’s top news. And right now, we’re looking for an executive producer who can make this vision a reality.
This will not be your typical talk show. We don’t want talking heads spouting opinions or dull experts speaking in dulcet tones. We don’t want sensational or boring. We see this as a flagship program that will expand our station’s audience — a way to showcase the national-caliber enterprise reporting from our growing public radio newsroom, and a forum to hear directly from decision-makers and the people who live with those decisions.
If we were to explain our vision using other public radio shows, it would be this: Take the energy, intelligence and joy of It’s Been A Minute, mix it with The Daily‘s ability to showcase its own newsroom’s expertise and go deeper on news of the day — immersed in the distinctive local flavor of Nashville. We strive to advance the conversations and debates happening in neighborhoods, homes and workplaces.
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As executive producer, you’ll craft this vision into a reality, with the help of a newsroom that has produced groundbreaking podcasts, special projects and national investigations. You’ll also have access to the talent and creativity of our new music discovery station WNXP, and you can expand on the newsroom’s community engagement partnerships, including a regular collaboration with Nashville Noticias.
One of your first duties will be onboarding a team of six founding staffers to launch the show in Fall 2021. You’ll be tasked with creating a positive work environment that values creativity, inclusion and collaboration. So we’re looking for candidates with a minimum of three years of news leadership experience and a familiarity with daily show production. Knowledge of Nashville and Middle Tennessee is a plus.
We’re also looking for someone who has worked with hosting talent. Maybe you did that as a producer on a show or podcast where you guided, supported, managed and mentored someone to their best work. Perhaps you did that in a theater or performance capacity. In any case, being able to lead a team and work with a program host is a key skill we’re seeking.
This position reports to Nashville Public Radio’s news director and vice president of content. The salary starts at $70,000 and is commensurate with experience.
We’re trying to create something different here at WPLN News. Do you share our vision? Come join us.
How To Apply: Please fill out our application form. The deadline is May 31, 2021.
10 Core Values of WPLN’s New Daily Show:
- Curiosity & creativity: We show genuine interest in a wide range of topics and tell stories in a wide variety of ways. We don’t do boring.
- Inclusivity: We showcase the diversity of Middle Tennessee and the expertise of lived experience.
- Respect & generosity: We seek first to understand why people do what they do, creating a space where guests and listeners feel valued. Conversations are spirited but respectful.
- Independence: We ask officials tough questions and, more importantly, ask them to answer to the public.
- Courage & grit: We employ healthy skepticism and lean into complexity.
- Context: We strive to connect the dots — telling people how we got here and why it matters.
- Community engagement & empowerment: We foster meaningful relationships across the region and strive to help residents ask questions and solve problems.
- Top-notch radio journalism: We prioritize accuracy and transparency in our reporting, and attention to detail in our sound design and engineering.
- Collaboration & growth: We succeed as a team. We are unafraid to experiment and learn from mistakes.
- Joy: We strive to broadcast something every day that makes people feel delighted about humanity.
About Nashville Public Radio: Nashville Public Radio is a community-owned public radio service that strives to become a vital source of local journalism (WPLN News) and music discovery (WNXP and Nashville Classical Radio) for everyone in Middle Tennessee. WPLN News has doubled in size in recent years and is proud to have strong existing community support. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity in our hiring. Nashville Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.