WYSO Seeks Morning Edition Host/Producer

Sep 6, 2019

WYSO Public Radio seeks a morning person to join our award-winning news department as the local host of Morning Edition, our most popular program.  This host / producer serves as an amiable companion for our 70,000 weekly listeners, blending local and national news into a cohesive and engaging listener experience and a must-hear program.  

WYSO, the NPR affiliate for Greater Dayton, Ohio, is on a dynamic path of growth and change, having just transitioned from university ownership to community ownership. On the air since 1958, we’re a funky, hybrid format, with independent news and music; and our professional staff collaborates with community members to make over 40 hours of local content every week.

Overview

Our vision for the newsroom, as set forth in our strategic plan, is “to increase the output and the quality of local news stories, features and programs on WYSO, both on air and online.  We will add news reporters and editors to our staff and strengthen the culture of journalism at WYSO. This will allow us to achieve our mission to give voice to our local community.”

This is an exciting time to join our team.

The Morning Edition Host / Producer is responsible for creating excellent local radio news reports and web content daily and contributing to the overall smooth functioning of the news department. The ideal candidate will be a strong reporter, writer and host with experience hosting Morning Edition or All Things Considered and reporting in a public radio newsroom. Pleasing on-air delivery and proven ability to collaborate effectively are required.

Responsibilities

  • Host daily news magazine: engineer the board, produce Morning Edition local newscasts, edit and rewrite news content, seamlessly transition between national and local programming and forward-promote.
  • Produce 2-ways and sound-rich news features, report and write daily spot news, produce other daily news content for air and web distribution,cover breaking news, contribute to NPR national network newscasts and programs as needed.
  • Host or co-host other station programs and events such as fund drives, live programs, weekly news magazines, as needed. 
  • Participate in meetings; interact with management to define the vision for enhanced digital engagement and wider distribution.  
  • Represent WYSO at community events.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent experience.
  • At least 2-4 years demonstrated experience in a newsroom, preferably local or regional.
  • Familiarity with NPR broadcast clocks.
  • Be a fast, clear and capable writer who is familiar with AP style. 
  • Ability to turn spots daily and cover breaking news on tight deadlines.
  • Audio editing and mixing skills in software including Adobe Audition and Hindenburg.  
  • Experience voicing audio stories for broadcast. 
  • Passion for local journalism, regardless of platform.
  • Integrity, independence and strong ethical and editorial judgment.
  • Ability to research large quantities of information and distill it into meaningful takeaways.
  • Ability to develop and maintain news sources.
  • Good nose for news.
  • Interest in and talent for engaging with diverse communities.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Curious, energetic, and willing to  try new things.
  • Desire to work with editors and collaborate with other reporter/producers and hosts.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Ability to work varied hours as needed for breaking news.

About WYSO

WYSO enjoys strong support from our listeners and local businesses. Over 70,000 listeners tune in every week, with thousands more regularly interacting with our website. Our revenues have nearly doubled in the last seven years. We have 13 full time staff, and that number will keep growing. 

WYSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities and persons who are physically challenged or with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Diversity is one of our core values.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision; HSA contributions; and 403B matching.

About Dayton

Dayton, Ohio, where once upon a time two brothers who ran a bicycle shop dreamed up powered flight, continues to be a place where good ideas grow into reality. It’s a city busy reinventing itself. This twin sense of possibility and reinvention makes it a great place to live, in our opinion. WYSO is a beloved and respected member of this community because we give voice to the people, organizations and musicians that call Dayton home. Although we’re proud to share national and international stories from NPR, the BBC and others, it’s the creation of local content that drives everything we do.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and links to air work samples to Business Manager Art Boulet at aboulet@wyso.org.  Review of applications will begin immediately.

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