Monday, September 19, 2016



When you think of the “gold standard” of public radio stations, KJZZ in Phoenix comes to mind.  KJZZ [link] is the NPR News voice for the Valley of the Sun.  Sister station KBAQ is one of the most successful Classical music stations in the nation.

Now KJZZ has a rare opening for a Senior Producer.  The assignment is to produce programming for KJZZ’s daily talk and magazine shows. In recent years KJZZ has been investing ample time and resources into local and regional news.

A couple of years ago KJZZ began The Show, a daily one-hour that has a tasty mix of news coverage, local issues and life in the Valley.  KJZZ also airs a local edition of Here & Now with Steve Goldstein on Wednesdays. KJZZ is home to Fronteras: the Changing America Desk, a CPB-supported journalism center that reports on border issues. The new Senior Producer will be a part of this team.

Among the things I like the most about KJZZ is their relationship with their licensee, Rio Salado College, part of Maricopa County Community College District.  Over the years wise management has kept the stations on the fringe of the District. There have been had very, very few licensee intrusions into station operations.  Of course, the fact that KJZZ and KBAQ pay their own way helps shield the station from cash-starved state budgets.

KJZZ is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates. For consideration, visit the full job posting and apply online at The deadline for applications is September 25th.


Full-time jobs at noncom Triple A stations don’t appear every day. This one at Dallas’ KXT [link] is especially inviting. As you probably know, KXT is one of the most listened-to “music discovery” stations in the nation. Sister station KERA is a fast-growing NPR News station.

The gig includes hosting air-shifts, assuring the best operational quality possible, do artist interviews, produce promo and imaging spots, and, of course, pitch during pledge drives. The job requires the combination of a great voice, organized mind and soul of a starving artist.

Specific skills being sought include ENCO radio automation systems, Adobe Audition CS6 audio editing software, and familiarity with ISDN and IP-based interconnection equipment.

More information is here [link].


Applications are now invited for the Mike Simonson Memorial Investigative Reporting Fellowship sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism [link]. 

The Simonson Fellowship is designed for a recent college graduate or someone in the early years of his or her career. It is a one year fellowship that begins in January of 2017. 

The chosen “fellow” will receive close supervision and coaching as an investigative reporter. 

He or she will prepare investigative news reports for statewide use on WPR’s two statewide networks,, and The fellow may also appear on one of WPR’s talk programs.

Two or more years of experience reporting for broadcast is desired but not required. The salary range starts at $32,102 depending on qualifications and experience. Included is a comprehensive benefits package.

He deadline for applications is October 14th.  More information is available from Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-262-5221; 

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