Employment

WXPR Morning Edition Host and Reporter

Role Summary:

WXPR Public Radio, an award-winning NPR affiliate station in Rhinelander, WI, is seeking a journalism-focused broadcast professional to serve as the local voice for NPR’s Morning Edition. The host & reporter will also produce original reporting on a variety of regionally-relevant issues. 

The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and passionate about how news contributes to and informs our region. They are curious, rigorous, enthusiastic, and kind. The host & reporter will conduct breaking news coverage as needed, and will produce short readers, spots and feature-length pieces. They will also be versed in repackaging broadcast content for digital platforms.

This is a full-time exempt position. The Morning Edition Host and Reporter reports to the News Director and works with the General Manager to support the station mission.

Overview:

WXPR is an independent, community-licensed public radio station founded in 1983 and operated by White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. From studios at 28 North Stevens Street in downtown Rhinelander, Wisconsin, WXPR can be heard at 91.7fm in a 70 mile radius of Rhinelander, with extended service to Ironwood, Michigan via translator at 100.9fm, and through a shared transmitter in Wausau, Wisconsin at 91.9fm WXPW. Scores of volunteer on-air hosts produce and deliver 70 hours of unique music programming per week. In addition, WXPR is an NPR affiliate that airs national news and produces its own local news. 

Your Responsibilities:

  • Reliably arrives to station in time to adequately prepare all local news content for Morning Edition, which broadcasts from 6 – 9 AM weekdays.
  • Hosts all aspects of the program: forward promoting of NPR and local stories, weather, newscasts, station promotional information, underwriting messages.
  • Operates broadcast board, ENCO automation systems and editing systems. 
  • Works with the WXPR news team to report, write and produce newscasts, spots and features for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
  • Works with News Director on developing story ideas, tracking issues and events
  • Works with and produces features and commentaries done by community reporters
  • Utilizes social media applications to disseminate news to and engage the WXPR audience.
  • Attends news events and breaking news 
  • Participates in station events and fundraising activities

Qualifications:

  • A passion for the mission of public radio
  • Self-motivated, organized, good time-management skills, and ability to perform assigned duties with little supervision
  • A commitment to ethical, accurate journalism
  • Demonstrated ability to work through difficult and stressful situations
  • Experience with Adobe Audition or other digital audio editing software
  • Demonstrated understanding of digital and social media 
  • NPR style anchoring and voicing skills
  • Ability to produce NPR quality features and spot news
  • Ability to operate digital audio broadcast equipment, including ENCO and similar systems.
  • Experience operating a broadcast board
  • Strong broadcast writing and reporting skills

A four-year degree in journalism, and/or a minimum two years full-time professional experience in journalism, preferably in a multi-platform news environment.

Benefits:

Paid Holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Retirement plan 

Health, Life, and Disability Insurance

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you! Please send a work sample, cover letter and resume to WXPR General Manager Jessie Dick: jessie@wxpr.org. Please detail how you heard about the job. Pay will be commensurate with experience. The position will remain open until filled.

WXPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirmatively seeks to hire veterans and people with disabilities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, sex, or age.

                                    Revised 9-17-2020