Description

Announcer

Status: Part-time Non-Exempt, AFTRA Daily Hire

Reports to: Program Director

JOB OBJECTIVE

The Announcer serves as first-line on-air presence for WETA Classical, acting as an engaging and knowledgeable companion for listeners who are passionate about classical music on non-commercial radio. Builds value and a strong relationship with the WETA Classical audience both on-air and in the community. Reports to the Program Director.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Serve as on-air host for weekend live and/or pre-recorded radio shifts.
  • Be available to fill in for weekday shifts as required.
  • Provide brief commentary and continuity in the presentation of classical music playlist.
  • Operate broadcast equipment during on-air shift.
  • Participate in on-air fundraising campaigns.
  • Perform related special projects or other duties as assigned.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Demonstrated and extensive knowledge of classical music.
  • Agility with foreign language pronunciation.
  • Warmly communicative on-air presence with excellent diction.
  • Availability to work evening, weekend, and/or irregular hours.
  • Knowledge of on-air fundraising preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to interact with a wide variety of people using diplomacy, tact and discretion.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully perform in an atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, and deadline pressures, both independently and in a team.
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of computer technology to efficiently accomplish work, using Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet, and database management software.
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong work ethic.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • College degree in music, broadcasting or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years of on-air broadcast experience.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LOCATION

WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations. We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA. WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible. Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Founded in 1961, WETA is the leading public broadcasting station in Washington, DC. Throughout our sixty-year history, WETA continues to expand our educational, cultural, news and public affairs impact through television programming, streaming, news, radio, student journalism, and community programs.

As a PBS and NPR member, WETA provides local and national television programs and services. WETA has been part of the production of the PBS NewsHour (first named “The Robert MacNeil Report” and then “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”) since its creation in 1973. PBS NewsHour is recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all through our nightly, one-hour broadcast reaching more than 300 PBS stations and 98 percent of the nation’s television households. Washington Week is our highly acclaimed weekly roundtable broadcast discussing current events with Washington, DC based journalists. With a continued focus on balanced journalism, PBS NewsHour sponsors the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs connecting students with a network of public broadcasting mentors and an innovative journalism curriculum. WETA Classical Radio was founded in 1970 and provides commercial free classical music locally through its FM stations and globally via streaming.

VACCINATION POLICY

WETA and NewsHour Productions prioritizes the safety and security of our community. In accordance with our focus on providing and maintaining a safe workplace, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees working in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office and employees who may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite, subject to business needs.

In accordance with this policy, all applicants for employment in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Requests for exemption from this policy based on a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief will be considered upon a conditional offer of employment. Reasonable accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

WETA and NewsHour Productions is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities, as applicable.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

WETA and NewsHour Productions are equal opportunity employers committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internships. WETA and NewsHour Productions make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.