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About the Department/Unit
WAMU 88.5 is Washington DC’s leading public radio station for NPR
news and information. It’s our mission to connect Washingtonians
with each other and the world through balanced, enlightening,
inspiring and entertaining programs of the highest quality.
The 1A Sub Host plans, prepares and presents a two-hour nationally
broadcast live daily talk show. There are additional duties to
serve on-demand and time shifted audiences.
The candidate should have good political, cultural, literary and
sport knowledge. The sub host of the program complements the main
Host as one of the voices and personality of the program across all
broadcast and digital platforms.
The Sub Host, 1A is a visible and prominent personality associated
with WAMU. As such, the host must maintain an exemplary public
profile exhibiting professionalism, civility, and respect. The
individual plays a key role conveying the station’s highest
journalistic standards, creative sensibility and must adhere to
NPR’s code of ethics.
The Sub Host will be supported by the production team and able to
conduct their own research on current topics before appearing on
air. The sub host will maintain and develop a strong online
presence, allowing them to promote the show and better engage with
the audience. The Sub Host is responsible for maintaining a
professional and positive workplace culture. This position reports
directly to the Executive Producer, 1A.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
- Prepares for daily broadcast and digital presence through an
ongoing diet of print and digital media sources, social media
channels, books, magazines, and any other relevant media sources.
Prepares program scripts, including introductions, interview
outlines. As required records needed digital content and
promotional requests from member stations. Makes reasonable efforts
post the live program to record interviews, attend meetings and
- Host two-hour daily call-in talk show with a goal of bringing
smart analysis and insights to light around the day’s news and the
nation’s top thought leaders. Exhibits authenticity, empathy,
credibility, and curiosity. Earns the trust and loyalty of
listeners, respects and supports the production team and is
courteous to guests who are the best known and most respected
people in their fields.
Required Education and Experience
- This position will work Part-Time on an as-needed basis.
- No more than 20 hours/week.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
- 8-10 years of relevant experience in journalism or a related
field, including 7+ years’ experience as an on-air host in radio,
TV or online video.
- Must have a genuine talent for entertaining conversation,
immense curiosity, and the ability to handle a tremendous breadth
of subject matter, from history to politics to economics to
literature to science to religion to the arts.
- Must be comfortable interviewing individuals from all walks of
life, including some extraordinarily prominent people.
- Must be curious, creative, compelling, passionate, highly
intelligent and willing and able to embrace a fast-paced program
that will evolve daily to embrace new platforms, topics and
- Must have a passion for public media journalism.
This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented
by SEIU Local 500. That means the terms and conditions of your
employment are governed by university policy (including the Staff
Personnel Policies Manual) and any collective bargaining agreement
entered into between American University and SEIU Local 500.
Current American University Employees
- Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful
completion of a background check.
- Employees in staff positions at American University must
deliver their services to the university from either the District
of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, or perform work on-site at the
- Please note this job announcement is not designed to cover or
contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or
responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time
with or without notice.
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