Music Director
Wisconsin Public Radio - Madison, WI

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Music Director

Wisconsin Public Radio POSITION SUMMARY:

Manage all aspects of music programming for Wisconsin Public Radio, which includes classical (dominant format), jazz, world music and folk.


  • Serve as primary supervisor for music related staffing, including music hosts, librarian, programmers and producers, with coordination and oversight of regional music programming, fostering a collaborative music team.
  • Prepare music department budget. Recommend and monitor expenditures.
  • Serve as member of program management group, assisting with scheduling and selecting new programming for WPR.
  • Lead digital initiatives for music programming.
  • Responsible and accountable for undertaking all supervisory duties including providing timely work performance feedback, addressing issues as they arise, coaching, creating work plans, and providing a formal written performance evaluation annually.
  • Responsible for articulating and creating goals each year for staff members/direct reports that are tied to the WPR strategic and/or operational plan.
  • Program classical music service and host classical and folk music programs when needed.
  • Oversee all locally produced special classical music programs including but not limited to Sunday Afternoon Live, the Neale-Silva Young Artist’s competition and Music from Wisconsin. Co-produce live concerts as needed.
  • Conduct regular air checks and help mentor new and existing talent.
  • Assist in establishing and overseeing guidelines for classical music selection, making use of research data, input from staff and other available information.
  • Take an active part in acquisition and identification of new recordings and syndicated programs for broadcast. Serve as principal contact with record companies and other programming sources.
  • Participate in on-air fund raising, donor cultivation and other special promotional events.
  • Develop and implement ideas for special outreach projects, as well as continuing on-and off-air promotional activities for WPR’s music Department.
  • Uphold and maintain Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff for Wisconsin Public Radio, found here:
  • Respond to listener queries and comments
  • Demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.
  • Encourage and support inclusive, diverse working climate by promoting engagement with diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and organizational decision-making, including hiring. Promote professional development for self and staff members on conflict resolution, intercultural communication, dialogue and deliberation, and multicultural awareness.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisors.


    Skill, comfort and demeanor to effectively and productively manage diverse music staff and music genres

    Aural acuity to discern and correct variations in broadcast quality

    Ability to operate broadcast board

    Knowledge and experience programming classical music programming

    Voice quality that is compelling and that meets state-wide network broadcasting standards

    Ability to work non-standard hours during events, pledge drives and so forth

    Coordinate an audience-focused approach in making decisions and participating in program management group activities


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum five to seven years’ managerial experience
  • Significant classical music programming and announcing experience
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making
  • Working knowledge of folk, world music and jazz
  • DESIRABLE (but not required) QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience leading music programming in a state-wide network or a large market or with a large staff
  • Demonstrated understanding of opportunities for music on other distribution platforms.
  • Demonstrated skill at coming up with innovative approaches of expanding and engaging new audiences with music

  • HOW TO APPLY : Apply online on our applicant gateway: For best consideration, respond by 5P on 3/1

    5/13. All of the following must be received for your application to be considered complete: Send application materials to: Direct Inquiries to: Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706, 608-262-5221,