Job Description:

Talk Show Producer, The Morning Show

The Opportunity
WPR is seeking an experienced producer with a passion for live radio to contribute to The Ideas Network’s morning drive program, The Morning Show. Heard weekday mornings from 6:00 until 9:00 a.m., The Morning Show covers a broad range of topics including politics, environment, education, health, personal finance, and more. Be part of a close-knit team that identifies issues that matter to people across Wisconsin and connects people from different perspectives for civil, enlightening conversation. The Ideas Network is unlike any other public radio service. It features more locally produced programs than any other public radio station and reaches a growing audience of more than 340,000 listeners across Wisconsin. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join The Ideas Network.

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 producer for The Morning Show, you pitch topics and guest ideas in editorial meetings and identify, pre-interview and schedule lively guests who represent a variety of perspectives, sometimes on tight deadlines. You craft the conversation and provide research to prepare the host for the show. As a producer, you take an active role in the live broadcast, from on-air directing to managing audience engagement. The early morning schedule rotates; one week you’ll start the day at 5 a.m. The next week, your workday begins at 7:45 a.m. Producers also write engaging online content for The Ideas Network on and social media.

The right candidate is an avid news consumer, thrives on deadlines and enjoys working both independently and as part of a team. This person has excellent writing, communication and organizational skills, and they have a minimum of three years’ full time in talk show production or directly transferable experience. Additional experience in broadcasting or journalism is a plus. This person is excited to be part of a morning public radio show that helps listeners make sense of the day ahead.

We expect to pay in the high-$40Ks to low-$50Ks annually dependent upon qualifications, experience and official title. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous vacation, sick leave, healthcare and pension.

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, WPR is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPR is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  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.

Job Location: 
Madison, WI
United States
Job Category: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Job Type: 
Full time
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(608) 262-5221
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