Network Operator, Wisc Public Radio

WPR is seeking a network operator with a passion for talk radio to contribute to the Ideas Network’s morning programs. The Ideas Network features more locally produced programs than any other public radio station in the U.S.

 and reaches a growing audience of more than 320,000 listeners across Wisconsin. As Network Operator you will actively ensure the audio quality of our programming. During live talk show broadcasts you will run the audio console, voice weather and forward promotions, get guests ready to be on air, play transitions and audio elements and communicate with the show producers and host.




1.       Serve as primary board operator for the morning talk shows, ensuring proper audio levels and smooth transitions between audio elements.

2.       Present live inserts during programming on The Ideas Network; prepare information for on-air presentation including weather and forward promotion.

3.       Monitor programming on The Ideas Network as scheduled for audio quality and to ensure correct operation of program elements; file discrepancy reports as required.

4.       Monitor various sources to watch for severe weather and breaking news; broadcast warnings/announcements on-air as needed.

5.       Engineer and edit interviews and audio clips for later broadcast, often on a tight deadline.

6.       Prepare automation voice tracks for afternoon, evening, and/or weekend programming as needed.

7.       Serve as backup for weekday and weekend announcer.

8.       Serve as board operator and announcer for WPR/NPR news/election specials as needed.

9.       Edit and distribute Ideas Network program notes via email daily as needed.

10.    Maintain the standards of journalistic ethics and excellence described in Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff:     

11.    Know and follow all departmental best practices found on the WPR intranet, and contribute to their further development.

12.    Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.

13.    Other duties as assigned.




·         Announcing style and vocal quality suitable for statewide broadcast.

·         Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing.

·         Ability to work and problem solve independently; remaining accountable to independently and accurately report technical difficulties that arise.

·         Aural acuity to detect and, when possible, correct barely perceptible imperfections in recorded sound quality.

·         Strict attention to detail on and off the air.

·         Strict adherence to the clock on and off the air.

·         Resiliency and good judgment when faced with the unexpected.




·         2 years on-air broadcast experience.

·         Speak, read and write copy in a conversational broadcast style.

·         In-depth knowledge of digital studio computer equipment and software.

·         Strong time management and organizational skills, including strict attention to detail.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

·         Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.




·         Previous public radio experience.

·         Proficiency in AudioVault software.

·         Knowledge of Wisconsin issues and personalities.

·         Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.




The minimum for this position is $38,000; expected pay is in the low to mid 40’s with actual pay dependent upon qualifications, experience and official title. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive benefits package; more information is available at




Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, please apply through by 9/18/17 at noon Central Time. This is job #XXXX. Applications must contain all of the following:  A detailed resume with a cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the qualifications and duties of this position; be certain to tell us how you will bring a diverse perspective to the position; two writing samples (radio script); two audio samples (ranging from 30 seconds to two minutes; a list of three professional references with contact information and e-mail address; at least one must be a supervisory reference.


Direct inquiries and online support questions to:  Alex Behnke, Wisconsin Public Television, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, 608-263-0477; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




A criminal records review will be conducted for final candidates.  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Convictions and pending charges will be considered only if they are substantially related to the circumstances of this position.


Employment is contingent on establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.


It is the policy of UW-Extension to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact person listed above.


As a unit within the University of Wisconsin Extension, WPRis an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPR is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


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