Communications and Production Manager, RADIOLAB

Posted On: November 23, 2010

Journalism Job

Media Organization: WNYC

Company Description

About New York Public Radio:

New York Public Radio is New York's premier public radio franchise, comprising WNYC FM, WNYC AM, and WQXR, as well as and As America's most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. Classical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. In addition to its audio content, New York Public Radio produces content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about WQXR, visit

Job Description

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Radiolab seeks a communications and production manager to join a tremendously creative staff that serves a passionate, diverse audience and produces an unparalleled product.

Reporting to the senior producer of Radiolab, the communications and production manager will be a vital part of the Radiolab management team. The communications and production manger must have an ability to keep many balls in the air at once, and balance a complex workload. An ability to communicate with a range of audiences (listeners, stations, press, funders, new audiences, etc.) in a manner that is not only clear but conveys creativity and passion for Radiolab which ignites interest is essential. Attention to detail and thoroughness is a must, as this position will play an essential role in the technical distribution of the content. This position also plays a critical role in the editorial process, leading the front-end research, acting as a content ambassador and liaison with science advisors and contributors, and performing final fact checking editorial functions. The successful candidate will be a formidable project manager, an excellent writer with a keen understanding of the Radiolab voice, an excellent researcher who demonstrates fearlessness in pursuit of information. As a critical lynchpin in the Radiolab editorial team, this person must earn the editorial trust of the hosts and senior producer. The ability to work in a tightly-knit team and to indentify and prioritize the day- to-day operational support required to meet the program’s longer term audience goals are required. The position involves extensive communication with other staff members, and possibly staff supervision, as needed to back up the Senior Producer.

We anticipate that this position is 30% external/audience communications, 30% distribution/logistics and production management/analysis, 30% editorial work and 10% administration.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
 Establishing and driving the strategic plan for online content, and working with the Radiolab production team to execute and evaluate this plan
 Acting as editor (assigning and overseeing other Radiolab staff and interns) and writer for audience communication tools, such as newsletter, facebook, twitter
 Conduct periodic analysis of performance of online efforts, developing tools and metrics to manage not only the production of content but the engagement of the audience
 Writing compelling detailed copy to support fundraising efforts, including but not limited to broadcast fundraising campaigns (local and national), direct-to-listener support appeals (in podcast, newsletter, and on website and social media), and working with the development department on grant proposals and reports
 Keep in close contact with show contributors and advisors to solicit stories, vet stories ideas/information
 Conduct story research at the front end of the production process
 Perform fact-check and QA on the final drafts of show content
 Execute/manage show distribution process, overseeing interns and production assistants to upload, deliver and archive content
 From time to time, produce stories or assist in production as needed (which can include field recording, booking guests and arranging logistics such as tape syncs)
 Assist the editor in show-related activities to meet deadlines
 Live event promotion and logistics management
 Comply with New York Public Radio and show policies and guidelines
 This position requires use of a computer, telephone and other office equipment; ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods; requires ability to work extended hours/overtime as needed, including some evenings and weekends
 Must be able to work remotely on occasion
 Work on other special projects and other duties as assigned


 Three years journalism, print and/or broadcast experience required
 Project management experience required
 Demonstrated ability to manage and form teams, or oversee the quality of output from a group
 Ability to prioritize and handle several projects at once required
 Sound organizational skills, with great attention to detail required
 Staff supervision, particularly in an editorial context, experience suggested
 Experience working with sound recordings; musical and digital audio editing experience preferred
 Previous radio production experience required
 Ability to meet objectives under deadline pressure required
 Requires ability to work in a group environment, and to take direction well
 Requires the intellectual and emotional depth, maturity, self-confidence and interpersonal skills to work effectively and/or interact with other programming staff, executives at New York Public Radio, colleagues, sources and guests
 Excellent communication skills—both oral and written—with an impressive reputation for building and maintaining relationships with people at all levels of an organization, across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

To Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume online to with "Communications & Prod Mgr, RL" and your last name in the subject line. New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer and inv