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Classical Music Director

Reports To: VP, Content

Position Type: Full Time, Exempt

Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000 Annually, commensurate with experience

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Position Description

Do you have a deep connection to classical music, from the classics to today's modern composers? Can you speak the language of classical music with both diehard fans and our youngest listeners? If so, Cincinnati Public Radio wants to talk to you.

Cincinnati Public Radio (CPR) seeks someone over the moon about classical music to be 90.9 WGUC's next Classical Music Director. The Music Director should have a forte for curating playlists that appeal to classical music fans and the casual listener. Craft the station sound to include relaxing, energizing, upbeat, and fun music offerings that connect listeners to the world. Knowledge of MusicMaster scheduling software is a plus but not required. We are looking for a candidate willing to learn MusicMaster and become advanced at using the software to take advantage of the tools available on the platform, including creating inclusive playlists to reflect the diverse interests of the communities WGUC serves.

Cincinnati Public Radio stations have been trusted members of the Greater Cincinnati community for more than 60 years. Join an award-winning team that works to build trust and make a difference in the lives of listeners and non-listeners alike, to create a community that is informed, involved and inspired.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Curate the daily playlists for 90.9 WGUC and create monthly programming guides.
  • Supervise WGUC hosts and schedule announcers, encouraging best practices for announcing broadcasts including air checks and regular meetings.
  • Maintain contact with American Public Media, PRX, The Metropolitan Opera, and other organizations to bring WGUC listeners top-quality music specials and programs.
  • Maintain contact with local ensembles, including Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Linton Music Series, etc., to select concerts WGUC can use for broadcast.
  • Collaborate with the content team to promote the station and increase listenership on- air and online.
  • Collaborate with digital team to maintain WGUC’s website including uploading the daily playlist.
  • Ability to fill in for vacationing hosts in both live and recorded format.
  • Write scripts for local broadcasts, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, May Festival Chorus, Cincinnati Opera, and the Music Cincinnati Series.
  • Write and schedule promos within the Wavstar and Marketron traffic systems.
  • Write WGUC programming newsletters.
  • Maintain the physical Cincinnati Public Radio music library and the digital library housed in MusicMaster and ENCO, keep in contact with record companies/distributors, and consistently listen to and add new releases to the music library.
  • Assist the Development Department with fund drives with music scheduling and programming.
  • Positively represent WGUC at arts and cultural events and community meetings.
  • Complete regular reports requested by RIAA, ASCAP, and BMI.
  • Answer staff and listener music questions.
  • Available to occasionally work evenings or weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Background in music performance, education, or composition
  • Understanding of classical music and history
  • Experience as a host or producer at a classical music station
  • Knowledge and experience with MusicMaster or equivalent music programming software

CPR is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. Minority/female/disability PWDNET/veteran are encouraged to apply.

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Cincinnati, OH
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