Job Description:

Host, Morning Drive

The Opportunity


Wisconsin Public Radio offers a rare opportunity to be the host of its flagship morning show on The Ideas Network. We're looking for someone who is engaging, smart, insightful and not afraid of hosting three hours of intelligent talk programming every day. The Ideas Network is unlike any other public radio station in the country. Instead of airing NPR programs in drive time, we produce our own programs that engage more than 340,000 people each week across the Upper Midwest. Our new host will play a key role in reimagining our morning drive program for the 21st Century. We want a host who is inclusive, engaged and eager to truly reflect the diversity of our region.


The Organization

As a public radio pioneer, Wisconsin Public Radio has a strong commitment to innovation, on air and online. Over its 100-year history, WPR has grown into a two-service network that serves nearly 500,000 weekly listeners through broadcast, and we have a growing online community. WPR is well-supported by its listeners with more than 54,000 donors.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. WPR is headquartered in Madison on the University of Wisconsin campus, just down the street from the state Capitol.



As morning host, you will lead listeners in civil discussions on the important issues of the day. We’re looking for someone who appreciates the art of interviewing, and who demonstrates respect for our guests and audience. Intellectual depth and curiosity on a wide range of topics is essential. The job requires impeccable preparation, sound news judgment and a solid grasp of journalism ethics and editorial decision-making.  And because it’s live radio, you also need to be nimble and confident in the face of the unexpected. WPR actively encourages and supports the inclusion of diverse experiences and perspectives. As morning host, you will be a leader in these efforts, both on and off the air.



Five years in media and three years on-air broadcast experience is required. Must have a proven track record of success generating ideas, engaging audiences and working effectively both independently and on a team.  Excellent writing, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills are also required. Must be a morning person.



This is a full-time (100%) academic staff position. The salary is competitive and will be commensurate with your experience and qualifications. UW-Extension offers an excellent benefits package, including generous vacation, sick leave, health care and pension.

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Want to learn more?

Please read the detailed position description, Direct inquiries to Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706; 608-262-5221; As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPR is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and we actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.



Job Location: 
Madison, WI
United States
Job Category: 
Monday, December 11, 2017
Job Type: 
Full time
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please apply online to job # 13717

(608) 262-5221
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