Talk Show Producer/Director
Wisconsin Public Radio - Wisconsin

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Talk Show Producer/Director

Wisconsin Public Radio POSITION SUMMARY

Manage day-to-day production of live radio talk show while meeting daily deadlines. Direct live broadcast. Serve as the on-air producer for talk programs as assigned. Collaborate with talk hosts and producers, communicate with guests, and develop fresh topic and guest ideas. Also, create talk show-related content on and related social media websites. Assist with production of other programs as assigned. This position is shared between The Kathleen Dunn Show (80%) and afternoon drive (20%). This position reports to the Ideas Network Director.


  • During the live broadcast direct the host and control the flow and on-air sound of the program including caller sequencing and pre-recorded audio elements.
  • Keep current on issues of importance and interest to listeners and attend scheduled editorial meetings to propose call-in show topics and guests.
  • In consultation with program host and program producers, locate, pre-interview and schedule guests to provide balanced coverage and a variety of perspectives.
  • Manage and integrate social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) into talk programming on- and off-air.
  • Provide program host with background material, suggested introductions and questions.
  • As assigned, serve as on-air producer for daily call-in programming as assigned, including screening listener phone calls, emails, and social media interactions.
  • Locate, record and edit audio for use during live broadcast or pre-recorded promos.
  • Communicate show ideas with other producers and hosts via email and shared electronic calendar.
  • Produce and distribute appropriate program information documents internally and program notes for external audiences.
  • Create and update website content and features for the Ideas Network on Facebook, Twitter, and
  • Create, organize, and maintain program information files, guest rolodex (using Filemaker), and resource information.
  • Write, record, edit, and distribute on-air promos each day.
  • Fill in for other producing staff as assigned.
  • Uphold and maintain Ethical Guidelines for Editorial Staff for Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.
  • Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions, including communication and decision-making.
  • Participate in promotional appearances and on-air fundraisers.
  • Other duties as assigned by Ideas Network Director and/or Ideas Network Assistant Director.

    • Work independently to complete assignments with little or no assistance on individual tasks.
    • Know, practice, and maintain the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.
    • Direct host during live broadcast, monitor program for flow, organize audience participation, suggest questions, and follow program clock.
    • Manage multi-line phone system, e-mail, and social media websites simultaneously during live broadcast.
    • Produce cogent background material, audio clips, and other material for host in a timely fashion.
    • Maintain composure and professionalism when unexpected barriers arise before or during live program, such as guest cancellation.
    • Update websites (including social media sites) with fresh and compelling content on a daily basis.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience in live call-in talk show production (including locating, pre-screening, and scheduling guests), or directly transferrable experience. 2 years at the intermediate level, and 5 years at the Senior Level.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and problem solve quickly and independently.
  • Ability to multitask, including using multiple computer systems at once, without sacrificing quality of work.
  • Ability to work independently to complete required assignments, with little or no assistance, under strict deadline pressure.
  • Demonstrated success in supporting diversity and inclusion as assets organizationally and programmatically.
  • Strict attention to detail.
  • Practice critical thinking in order to discern the best interview questions for the host and best callers to put on the air.
  • Know, practice, and maintain the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.
  • Familiarity with and practical knowledge of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Prior experience editing audio of broadcast quality.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; accurate spelling and proper use of grammar is required.
  • Ability to write compelling content for radio, including show introduction, host questions, brief on-air show promotions, and program descriptions for an online audience.
  • Resiliency and good judgment when faced with the unexpected.
    • Previous Public Radio experience
    • Previous experience call screening for live radio
    • Previous experience directing live broadcasts
    • Knowledge of, and experience with, Sound Forge, Adobe Audition, and/or other professional audio editing software
    • Knowledge of Wisconsin news, politics, and culture
    • Board operation experience
    • Familiarity with Audio Vault
    • Experience with web publications and/or multimedia content
    SALARY: The minimum for this position is $38,000. Actual pay will be proportional to qualifications, experience and official title. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive fringe benefits package.

    HOW TO APPLY: For best consideration, apply by 5pm on 3/8/13 online through our applicant portal Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Please include:

  • A detailed resume
  • UW-Extension application form, downloadable at, with applicant survey form downloadable at
  • A 1-2 page narrative detailing how your experience relates to the qualifications and duties of this position. Be certain to address each major job duty.
  • List of three professional references including email contact information.
  • Recruitment source where you learned of this opening.
  • Salary History.

  • Send application materials to: Direct inquiries and Online Support questions to:

    Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 608-262-5221;