Employment

WYEP On-Air Host

Position Overview:
POSITION: On-Air Host
STATUS: Full-time, exempt
REPORTS TO: Director of Content & Programming
AVAILABLE: Immediately
Join the winning WYEP team in Pittsburgh, described by the New York Times as “a city that has transformed itself into a vibrant cultural and artistic hub, all while remaining true to its Rust Belt roots”. With weekly listenership of more than 100,000 people and more than 35,000 social media followers, WYEP is one of the top performing non-commercial Triple A stations in the country.

WYEP’s Evening Mix host is on the air Monday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The Evening Mix host provides outstanding audience service by crafting the playlist, producing feature material and conducting interviews for on-air and on-line distribution. The Evening Mix host presents timely, relevant and necessary information to meet the needs of the audience. This position works closely with the Director of Content and Programming to produce high quality programming that enhances the listening experience for broadcast and digital audiences. The Evening Mix host makes public appearances and represents WYEP at station events and community gatherings. This position is also responsible for creating and producing digital content for distribution on the station website, partner websites and other platforms.
Major Responsibilities:
  • Host the Evening Mix and provide WYEP’s listeners with a professional and engaging on-air presentation. Provide important time-sensitive information as public service to the evening audience.
  • Perform all necessary tasks related to operating broadcast equipment, including running the audio console, building playlists and managing the automation system during on-air shift.
  • Adhere to all FCC requirements; perform all technical functions associated with on-air radio operations. Perform all required underwriting and promotional elements as logged, monitor broadcast for quality control; document any discrepancies/irregularities
  • Produce feature material for air and for inclusion on WYEP’s website and other digital platforms
  • Participate in regular music meetings with programming team to suggest new music for weekly rotation.
  • Participate in on-air fund drives including on-air pitching, producing, and contributing effective fundraising material.
  • Conceptualize and create new digital content such as audio features, video content, podcasts and/or blog posts for distribution on WYEP’s website and other platforms.
  • Make public appearances at WYEP station events, local concerts and community gatherings.
  • Other duties as assigned. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. These may change at any time, with or without notice.
Qualifications and Skills Required:
  • Strong communication skills and ability to communicate effectively internally, externally and with listeners;
  • Possess a keen understanding of excellent audience service;
  • Deep understanding of mission-oriented media;
  • ​​​​​​​Excellent on-air presentations, fundraising and interview skills;
  • Deep knowledge of and passion for contemporary music across a wide spectrum of artists and familiarity with AAA format, preferably in public media;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage many competing projects; 
  • Warm and compelling personality, ability to interface comfortably with listeners, funders, donors and board members. Comfort with public speaking and being on stage;
  • Understanding of and proficiency with digital audio editing and some digital content production and programming;
  • Excellent on-air presentation
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • 3-5 years of on-air hosting experience, preferably in public media, and deep understanding of public service media.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent practical experience.
  • Audio editing and production experience, video editing experience a plus.
  • Honesty and integrity in all dealings.
  • Enthusiasm for the missions of PCBC and its stations.
  • Strong computer skills and experience using digital editing software, radio automation programs such as Wide Orbit or ENCO, Microsoft Office Suite and website content management systems;
Application Instructions:
  • Applicants are invited to send a cover letter, a detailed resume and one audio sample to hr@pittsburghcommunitybroadcasting.org. In your email, please include your salary requirements and let us know how you heard about the position.

Company, Benefits, EOE statement

The Company
PCBC is an independent, locally owned community-supported public media organization. PCBC is home to Pittsburgh’s NPR News station, 90.5 WESA, and 91.3 WYEP, serving Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Western Pennsylvania. PCBC serves the more than 2 million residents of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities by leveraging the power of media to inform, inspire and entertain. We engage audiences and cultivate conversations that strengthen, enrich and improve the communities we serve.

* 90.5 WESA was launched in 2011 (in partnership with Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community) with an NPR news format. Its stated mission is “to work for the public to inform people in ways that engage and inspire them to create dialogue about community issues and stories.”

* 91.3 WYEP was founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer community licensed radio station. It broadcasts a diverse offering of adult alternative music, provides community education programs, and presents a large number of highly visible events and concerts in the region. Its mission is to “enrich the community through musical discovery, expression and education.”

In addition to radio programming, both stations play an active role in engaging the community through online and mobile services and in-person events, and have a prominent voice in Pittsburgh’s civic and cultural affairs. Each week more than 200,000 Southwestern Pennsylvanians listen to PCBC broadcasts and tens of thousands more engage with our content through our websites and mobile digital services.

Benefits and More
Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance, paid medical leave, 403(b) plan with matching contributions, paid vacation and holidays and a workplace culture that is fun, diverse and innovative.

This position is available immediately, and the search for candidates may be terminated without notice. No phone calls, please.

Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. PCBC adheres to all ADA requirements and will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals.