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Associate Producer, Fresh Air

Posted: April 15, 2024

About WHYY

 

WHYY serves the Philadelphia region with trusted journalism, eye-opening storytelling and intimate local arts programming. Our curiosity and commitment to this community is what drives our programming. It’s also what drives our hiring.

 

Below you’ll find an employment opportunity in the fast-paced setting of the Philadelphia region’s leading public media provider. The award-winning professional staff of WHYY sets the bar high in television, radio and online. Whether it’s preparing a program to air or a behind-the-scenes role in support, all positions are vital to continuing—and growing—our impact in our community.

 

WHYY offers a voice to those not heard, a platform to share everyone’s stories, a foundation to empower early and lifelong learners and a trusted space for unbiased news. Learn more about our Social Responsibility Program. It’s how we live.

 

About the Role

 

The Associate Producer is part of the team which logs and then edits long form interviews (typically 90 minutes of tape down to 40); generates interview research materials for the host; and performs a variety of other production tasks as assigned.  This position is primarily editorial and production oriented, but it also includes a number of small but essential administrative tasks as well, such as maintaining the library of interview transcripts and list of interview guests; sending daily promo copy to stations; and organizing mail which is sent to the program host.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Log interviews as assigned (typically one or two interviews each week).
  • Meet with segment producer to plan interview edit for those assigned interviews; make initial cut and continue to collaborate with segment producer on subsequent edits of the interview.
  • Prepare background interview research for host.
  • Provide a “second ear” when host is recording show copy; edit host tracks.
  • Prepare incues, fact check, and edit host copy as needed.
  • Edit and record host copy for local station promos.
  • Respond to various member station requests (eg., for interviews from our archive to be used for fundraising or local events; signed photos of host; etc).
  • Assist in the daily cataloguing and tagging of program metadata for the Fresh Air Archive website.
  • Download/”hijack” music, film and TV clips as needed.
  • Writing promos and billboards as assigned.
  • Maintain library of interview transcripts on a daily basis.
  • Send out daily “rip and read” program promos.
  • Open and process mail sent to the host.
  • Provide general production and editorial support as assigned.

Qualifications

Education: In addition to an undergraduate college degree, an active interest in a range of arts, entertainment, news and issues an important foundation for this position.

 

Experience: Previous work in any print, film or journalism related field as well as spoken word and audio production in a broadcast environment; experience in radio interview logging and editing; experience with challenging editorial choices; previous work which demands an emphasis on balance and accuracy. Must know how to conduct research for print or broadcast. Experience on a nationally recognized radio program or podcast is a significant plus. Experience writing broadcast copy, especially promos and billboard are a major plus.

 

Technical Skills: Public radio experience is a plus. Excellent typing and online research skills are essential. Excellent audio production skills are essential. Advanced experience with ProTools production is a plus.  Facility with social media and internet searches a plus.

 

*This position is represented by SAG-AFTRA.

*Applicants must submit a cover letter in order to be considered for the role. 

*All WHYY employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Proof will be required upon hiring.

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