KERA/KXT, the public broadcasting organization for Dallas/Fort Worth, has an opportunity for a highly qualified and multi-skilled Technical Director/Announcer to join the KERA/KXT team. Serving the country’s fifth-largest media market, KERA/KXT reaches more than 2 million people weekly through KERA TV, KERA 90.1 FM, Triple-A music station KXT 91.7 FM, an award-winning local news division, robust arts unit Art&Seek and a constellation of digital properties, including kera.org, keranews.org, kxt.org and artandseek.org. For more than 50 years, North Texans have turned to KERA/KXT as a vibrant destination for community engagement and lifelong learning.
Reporting to the Radio Operations Director, the Technical Director/Announcer works across two public radio stations – KERA and KXT. KERA is a news and talk format NPR member station; KXT is a Triple A music format station playing a mix of new, local, and legendary music. The position encompasses the following responsibilities:
- Serving as Technical Director for the local and statewide regional production and broadcast of the KERA weekday interview and talk program Think
- Serving as KERA Midday On-Air Announcer and Board Operator
- Serving as KXT weekend and fill-in voice-track producer and DJ talent
Technical Director duties:
- Serves as the first point of contact for daily technical and operational needs for the Think production team
- Reliably executes key daily activities and communications involved in the production, distribution, and carriage of Think locally and on public radio stations across Texas and the U.S.
- Operates the board, monitors the national distribution facility at KERA, and provides network impairment corrections and alerts as required
- Organizes daily production elements for the live broadcasts, and manages the disposition of podcast audio files
- Takes responsibility for in-show control surface operation, automation/playback element management and production, broadcast delay ramp in/out, and coordination of the technical aspects of the broadcast
On-Air Announcer and Board Operator duties:
- Operates broadcast control surface and associated equipment to present smooth, flawless execution of NPR-based local, regional, and network programming to listeners
- Provides live time, weather, forward promos, and other announcements throughout the midday hours
- Monitors on-air programming for overall quality and standards
- Writes and edits programming and promotional copy for live or recorded on-air announcements as needed
- Follows and works with daily operations logs
- Serves as weekend and fill-in voice-track shift producer and talent
- Follows playlist and operations log for the recording of station breaks
- Provides back/forward announce, sponsor credits, and promotional information
- Formats station break transitions, and organizes audio files and tracks for later scheduled program broadcast.
The position also participates in the stations’ fundraising activities, public appearances, and performs other duties periodically as assigned.
- A passion for the mission of public broadcasting and a strong affinity for the NPR-based public radio news and talk heard on KERA, and for the noncommercial Triple A format music played on KXT
- Minimum of five years professional experience as a board operator/on-air announcer and talent
- Radio production and broadcast skills, with experience using digital control room and studio equipment, and editing and content management systems.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Proven ability to work successfully as part of a team, and collaborate with internal and external contacts
- Creative problem solver and self-starter, with sound judgment and the ability to complete multiple tasks precisely and on deadline
- High School diploma or equivalent, plus some post high school education
- Experience with ENCO radio automation/playback systems, Adobe Audition CS6 audio editing software, Wheatstone audio control consoles, studio IP-based and ISDN interconnection equipment, Burli CMS.
- Experience working within the public radio system in an NPR-based station environment, and familiarity with Public Radio Satellite System(PRSS)/Content Depot operations and standards
- Knowledge of FCC rules
- Bachelor’s degree
How to Apply
Please provide a cover letter, resume and audio samples. Please include in your cover letter how you learned about this position. Submit as you prefer:
- E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to: 214-740-9323
- Mail to: KERA, Attn. Human Resources, 3000 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75201.
North Texas Public Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer