Posted On: December 21, 2010

Journalism Job

Media Organization: WNYC

Company Description

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

Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer, is WNYC’s daily talk show about music. Covering all musical genres, Soundcheck celebrates the musical passions of performers, composers, and critics as well as the public radio audience. Listeners enjoy intimate conversations with and live performances by leading artists from New York and around the globe. The show also strives to bring listeners up to date on the latest music industry news, trends and ideas, and it offers listeners a voice with frequent call-in segments.

Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Propose ideas to Senior Producer and team for both idea-driven segments and artist interviews.
• Assist with booking guests for programs on a daily basis
• Contribute to background research as assigned and provide host with appropriate, thorough and accurate support material for broadcast
• Write accurate, clear and lively scripts for host
• Timely meet all project deadlines to ensure smooth workflow
• Edit and prepare audio for broadcast using Pro Tools and DAVID software
• Assist with directing daily program as needed, produce rundown for host and operations staff, screen calls and questions
• Work with digital media department to develop online program content that complements and expands the reach of the regular daily on-air radio program; write corresponding web copy as needed
• Comply with New York Public Radio and show policies and guidelines
• This position requires use of a computer, telephone and other office and/or broadcast equipment; ability to communicate effectively through a variety of methods; requires ability to work extended hours as needed
• Work on special projects and other duties as assigned

• Bachelor’s Degree required
• Minimum of three years journalism experience, preferably in public radio or new media
• Experience in producing daily news or talk content required
• Extensive research skills required
• Demonstrated ability to write creative, clear, accurate copy on tight deadlines
• Ability to be flexible and maintain high journalistic standards under deadline pressure, including standards of objectivity, balance and fairness
• Deep knowledge of multiple musical genres and broad knowledge of the arts required
• Demonstrated familiarity and knowledge about current events, news, history, geography and civic issues of New York City and its vicinity
• Digital audio editing experience; Pro Tools and DAVID required
• Ability to coordinate program team's calendar and work flow
• 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
• Ability to establish and sustain a wide variety of community and industry relationships that are essential to the show's success
• Team player and effective collaborator
• Experience working with live-audience programs preferred
• 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

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and AFTRA.

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 “Assoc Prod, Soundcheck” and your last name in the subject line.

New York Public Radio must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy.

Qualified candidates only please. No calls, no third-party submissions.

Due to the high volume of submissions, we are able to respond only to the candidates selected for interview. We appreciate your interest in employment with New York Public Radio.

New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.

To Apply

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume online to with “Assoc Prod, Soundcheck” and your last name in the subject line.