Job Description:

KERA is looking for an Assistant Program Director and host to join the dynamic team at WRR as we take over management from the City of Dallas and convert it to a non-commercial station.




KERA, the public broadcasting organization for Dallas/Fort Worth, is looking for a Host and Assistant Program Director for WRR. Serving the country’s fifth-largest media market, KERA reaches more than 2 million people weekly through KERA TV, KERA News, KXT and Art&Seek. For more than 60 years, North Texans have turned to KERA as a destination for community engagement and lifelong learning.


As we seek to recognize and reflect the increasing diversity among our audiences and the communities we serve, we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives to consider employment opportunities at KERA.




WRR’s Assistant Program Director and Host is responsible for helping shape WRR’s overall sound. As an on-air host, the person in this position will be responsible for creating a compelling daily show that creates a sense of place, connecting the music we play to our audience in North Texas.


In keeping with WRR’s goal to be more than a radio station, this role will be one of the primary faces of WRR to the community; and will help create opportunities for audiences to deepen their connection to music and the arts – online, on the air and in neighborhoods throughout North Texas.

This position is FLSA classified as exempt, is not eligible for overtime.



  • Host a daily program that is deeply connected to music, arts and culture in North Texas with a focus on WRR’s target audience  
  • Work with the Music Director to program and set the overall sound and tone of WRR in a manner that deepens loyalty and engagement of existing listeners, attracts new audiences and increases station revenue.
  • Help develop, produce and manage special on-air programming, promotions and regular features on an ongoing basis as well as for current events, holidays, and membership campaigns
  • Host studio performances and interviews for broadcast and digital platforms
  • Regularly create, curate and post music and programming content and engage audiences on WRR’s digital and social platforms
  • Create daily playlists, logs and backups in MusicMaster in collaboration with WRR’s Music Director
  • Regularly represent WRR in the local music community, with arts organizations, at station promotional events and at music industry conferences and events
  • Assist in supervising on-air hosts and music programming staff, conducting airchecks and coaching, and ensuring the format is always implemented successfully
  • Work with WRR staff and audience development teams to develop, produce, and implement marketing efforts to grow, engage and diversify audiences
  • Work with fundraising and corporate support teams to increase revenue for WRR, and participate in membership drives, major donor events and other fundraising activities
  • Be an active participant in KERA’s work towards equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Work in a manner that is consistent with KERA’s mission, vision and values; and maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures
  • Comply with KERA’s COVID policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned        

This list of job duties is not exhaustive and is subject to regular reviews and updates.



We believe a strong organization includes employees from a range of backgrounds, with different skills, experiences, and passions. If you do not meet every qualification but have some of these skills and think you could be the right candidate for the job, we would like to hear from you. Please apply and tell us more about yourself.

  • Five years of professional experience as an on-air talent and in-depth knowledge of the classical format
  • Strong interviewing skills and the ability to create digital and social media content that engages audiences
  • Experience with MusicMaster, ENCO, Wide Orbit or similar radio playback and automation systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, and proven ability to collaborate with internal and external contacts and to consistently work well with a wide range of skilled and creative people
  • Knowledge of FCC guidelines and requirements
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technical and broadcast equipment 
  • Creative problem solver and self-starter with sound judgement and the ability to complete multiple tasks on deadline.
  • Ability to learn new systems and procedures quickly



  • Passion for and experience with public broadcasting
  • Knowledge of North Texas people, music, cultures, issues, and geography as well as national and international music
  • Fluency in Spanish





$60,000-$80,000 depending on experience.             




  • Generous vacation (3 weeks), sick (8 days), personal time (2 days) and holidays (10) 
  • Comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance 
  • KERA-paid short and long-term disability, basic life insurance and AD&D insurance 
  • Flexible scheduling and hybrid work environment 
  • 403b plan with KERA-match after 1 year  
  • Culture intentionally focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging 
  • Robust employee assistance program available to the employee and all members of their household 



We expect that this position will work out of our Dallas office at least 80% of the time. 



Complete the application on KERA’s employment page and attach a resume and cover letter.



KERA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


KERA believes that diversity is important to our success. We are committed to equal employment opportunity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Dallas, TX
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