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Media Programmer/Broadcast Media - MTPR

University of Montana
Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 29, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Communications, Broadcasting, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus)
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Full Time
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Campus-Only Recruitment Only current UM Employees* are eligible. *Open to all employee types including Temporary Staff and Student Employees.

KUFM Broadcast Media of Montana Public Radio invites applications for a Media Programmer to join their team. The position works under supervision of the MTPR Program Director to produce a variety of radio/audio programs, segments and other audio for broadcast including but not limited to:

  • Host All Things Considered, produced by NPR and MTPR news teams, each evening between 5-7pm including inserting local newscasts, news stories, sponsor announcements, promotions, station identification and weather reports.
  • Prepare, produce, edit, and archive of audio files for on-air broadcasts such as Morning Classics, World Bridges, The Folk Show, and others.
  • Produce, host and edit arts segments for Front Row Center broadcasts.

The Media Programmer position requires significant technical knowledge of broadcast board and classical music genre and composers. This position requires a high level of independence to produce excellent musical programming for an MTPR audience. The work schedule is typically Monday through Friday, 10 am -7 pm, with flexibility for live broadcasts.

Upon completion of training, the incumbent will have the ability to work independently to provide excellent programming for the MTPR audience.

Required Skills
  • Ability to interact positively and professionally with public, staff, and guest of Broadcast Media Center.
  • Excellent telephone skills
  • Adhere to professional broadcast standards and FCC regulations.
  • Ability to communicate and interact effectively with public, staff, and guests
  • Ability to work independently, use sound judgment, reason and problem solve, and in a team environment with staff
  • Ability to research and learn about music genre, artists, composers, and performances
  • Ability to operate complicated mixing board and control panel in proscribed sequences
  • Ability to edit audio using digital audio editing software
  • Ability to ask insightful and knowledgeable questions of people in the arts.
  • Ability to work under moderate stress in live broadcast program situations
  • Ability to operate complicated mixing board and control panel in proscribed sequences
  • Follow instructions on daily operations log to load audio as necessary to broadcast programming
  • Familiarity with FCC rules governing broadcast program content (Radio only)
  • Participate with audio production staff in staff meetings and planning sessions.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Background with mixing board and other audio production equipment
  • Background working with digital audio editing software
  • In depth knowledge of selected musical genre, artists, composers, and performance techniques
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Classical Music composer names and proper announcement of musical piece
  • Pleasant voice and speaking manner, clear diction

About the Montana Public Radio and UM

Montana Public Radio is a public service of the University of Montana and is licensed to the Montana University System.

MTPR began as a student training facility in 1965. Since then we have become a media network serving western and central Montana and beyond. MTPR is an NPR affiliate with a robust Montana news team including bureaus in Missoula, the Flathead and Helena. Our eclectic music and entertainment programs include classical, jazz, literature, science, and the longest running children's radio programs in the country. We also carry national favorites such as This American Life and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me! MTPR produces about 50 percent of our program content.

We broadcast to a population of about 500,000 Montanans, with an estimated weekly audience of 70,000 listeners. We have about 7,000 members who support the station financially, providing about 75 percent of our annual operating funds.

The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Position Details

Position Title: Media Programmer/Broadcast Media

Position Number: 920E02

Department: Montana Public Radio

Work Schedule: Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week), Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, 12 months/year, Monday through Friday, 10am-7pm, with flexibility for live broadcasts.

Salary: $18.571/hrCurrent employee’s rate of pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation plan and will minimally be this posted salary. For questions and details regarding the staff compensation plan, email the Compensation Department .

Union Affiliation: FOCUS-MFPE

Probationary Period: Six months minimum

Benefits Include : Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online via "New Resume/CV" button below

*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
  4. Audio C lips of on-air segments and/or stories that include applicant’s voice and demonstrated audio editing.

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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