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WMMT-FM – Seeks a Program Director / Traditional Music Program Coordinator

WMMT, the non-commercial, community radio station of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, seeks a Program Director/Traditional Music Program Coordinator. WMMT’s mission is to be a 24 hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues; to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in making radio; and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. WMMT, a project of Appalshop, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center, has been on the air since 1985.

WMMT seeks a Program Director who will provide leadership and vision, who is serious about innovative and engaged community-based and community-produced programming. The Program Director serves as the primary point of contact with our volunteer programmers and is responsible for the music portion of WMMT’s broadcast schedule as well as programmer recruitment, training, and retention. The duties as Traditional Music Program Coordinator include overseeing our after school music education program, Passing the Pick and Bow, as well as other traditional music-related activities. While this position requires technical training and knowledge, it is also a creative role seeking new ideas and projects developed in tandem with our volunteers and partners. The Program Director reports to WMMT’s General Manager and works as part of the larger WMMT staff team to develop and execute short- and long-term station planning and activities.

Job Description

Volunteer/Schedule Coordination

  • Oversee music portion of broadcast schedule, including supervising and scheduling on-air shifts and substitutions for program hosts

  • When unable to find substitutes, will be responsible for building & loading a playlist or will serve as backup programmer when possible

  • Recruitment & Retention: Recruit new programmers and subs, conduct new programmer trainings; maintain good communication with programmers, including weekly emails and yearly formal check-ins

  • Responsible for ensuring that programmers stay within FCC guidelines & WMMT rules; responsible for working with GM on disciplinary action, if necessary

  • Monitor online broadcast stream, maintain weekly program logs, and comply with quarterly reporting requirements

  • Oversee WMMT Music Library (help train volunteers in ripping CDs, etc.)


Traditional Music Program Coordinator

  • Oversee the Passing the Pick & Bow Program, including coordination with schools, staff evaluation, curriculum development, and fundraising

  • Oversee the monthly Appalshop Old-Time Jam

  • Organize additional events related to traditional music


Other Operations/General Station Tasks

  • Point person for Bluegrass Express Live! & other live music shows

  • Primary point of contact for technical/equipment issues; serve as liaison with station engineer

  • Work with WMMT staff team to raise overall visibility and listenership

  • Oversee the WMMT Community Calendar and be point person for recording PSAs

  • Work with programmers to develop a system for music calls (from promoters or bands wanting music played on WMMT)

  • Be flexible, be of (at least moderately) good cheer, and be around to help put out the various fires & urgent things-to-do that happen daily at WMMT


Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Knowledge of and passion for community radio, WMMT’s mission, and how we use radio to achieve our mission

  • 1+ years volunteer management or related experience

  • 1+ years experience with youth music education programs, teaching and management preferred

  • Technical knowledge of radio broadcast related equipment

  • Ability to work collaboratively with paid and volunteer programmers/staff

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

  • Radio/audio production experience, ideally with public or community radio

  • Ability to work & thrive in a collaborative environment

  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, & a sense of humor

  • Ability to pass a background test through our local Board of Education


Additionally, ideal candidates will possess:

  • Familiarity with the many cultures, histories, and present realities in Central Appalachia

  • Experience in public or community radio and familiarity with FCC rules and regulations

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, G Suite, Slack, and other standard office systems

  • Excellent writing & editing skills


Appalshop/WMMT is an equal opportunity employer, and its employment policies and practices are applicable to all employees without regard to race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender, creed, disability or national origin.

This is a full-time salaried position ($34,000), with full health, dental, and life insurance paid by employer; and access to 403b retirement plan. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to We will begin reviewing applications on April 22, 2019 and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled with a goal of hiring by mid- to late-May.

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Whitesburg, KY
United States
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Full time
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