Nevada Public Radio’s Announcer position blends excellence in production, announcing and journalism skills. The Announcer serves as KNPR’s local voice during the broadcast of national programing from NPR, APM and PRI. The Announcer provides continuity by incorporating local elements (underwriting, news, promotion, weather, features) and may also record local continuity for Nevada Public Radio’s classical service, KCNV, incorporating the same local elements as with KNPR. This position reports to the Director of Programming.
Duties and Essential Job Functions
- Serves as on-air host as scheduled by the Director of Programming.
- Operates broadcast equipment to air prerecorded and live programming, airing Emergency Alert System tests as required.
- Monitors the KCNV on-air signal as needed
- Prepares and reads news items, forward promotion, weather information, and underwriting announcements.
- Prepares recorded breaks using standard broadcast digital recording/editing equipment.
- Produces recorded promotions for special events/programming as assigned.
- Prepares fundraising materials such as testimonials and dining promotions as assigned.
- Participates in on-air fundraising as assigned on KNPR, KCNV, and KVNV.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Programming to facilitate operations of KNPR and KCNV – fill-in work on other on-air shifts, production, administration, studio bookings, etc.
- Appear “in person” at NVPR sponsored events as needed.
- Meets on-air performance goals set by the Director of Programming to result in improvement in the sound of continuity announcing and the presentation of news and promotional material to the audience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Seasoned and engaging on-air presence.
- Consistent accuracy in delivery of underwriting and promotional copy.
- Ability to execute legal/emergency procedures accurately and in a timely manner.
- Ability to make timely and accurate decisions regarding selection, writing, and delivery of news material (mostly unsupervised).
- Willingness to receive constructive feedback and take steps to improve through coaching from the Director of Programming.
- Strong organizational and computer skills.
- Ability to write compelling online news copy and promotional copy associated with program.
- Confidence in creating and posting relevant social media content
- Demonstrated ability to understand the role of public radio in the local community and the particular characteristics of public radio programming, content, and style.
- Minimum of two years of on-air experience, preferably in non-commercial radio.
- Must be able to work weekends and have flexibility to (on occasion) cover shifts during the work week when needed
- Strong on-air sound, deep vocabulary, ability to read some foreign language names and terms.
- General wide-ranging interest in news and culture.
- Production experience including operation of broadcast equipment, digital production workstation, audio storage system.
- Solid writing skills to create on-air scripts, newscasts, promotional materials, and fundraising messages.
- Ability to manage day-to-day assignments effectively with minimum supervision while keeping supervisor up to date on progress and problems.
- Degree or college credits in Broadcasting or Journalism desirable; this may be exchanged for work experience.
- Ability to perform hand motions for keyboarding, production board, operating copy machine, answering telephone (etc.)
- Excellent listening skills are essential.
- Ability to understand words and respond effectively
- Visual acuity.
- Stationary position.
Commensurate on experience, starting at $16.00 per hour; Hourly, non-exempt position
Deadline: Open until filled
To Apply: Email, Fax or Mail a cover letter stating interest and source where you learned of the open position. Please include your resume and three professional references.
Mail, E-Mail or Fax to:
Nevada Public Radio
Attn: Human Resources
1289 S. Torrey Pines Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89146
Fax: (702) 258-5646
Applicants considered for this position may be required to submit to a background check.
All Nevada Public Radio employees are asked to sign their understanding of and compliance with our Employee Handbook upon acceptance of an offer of employment. This document covers the benefits available to NVPR employees, our policies and procedures and our commitment to providing a safe, inclusive, non-discriminatory and welcoming work environment.
In addition, upon acceptance of an offer of employment, the successful candidate will be asked to sign in acknowledgement of receiving, reviewing and understanding of the responsibilities and essential functions of the position as stated and the at-will status of the position.
Nevada Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.