Do you follow the news closely with interests that run the gamut? Can you take complex information and distill it down into easily-digestible stories? Do you have a friendly voice that can help listeners wrap up their days?
Come be our newest afternoon host at WBHM, an outlet named “Station of the Year” in 2021 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association with a newsroom that also won a national Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.
The afternoon host is the local voice in Birmingham during NPR’s All Things Considered. You will write and deliver live newscasts in addition to other critical information, such as weather and underwriting announcements. When not on the air, you will report spot and feature stories, conduct interviews and write for our website. We’re also interested to hear your ideas. What can you bring to the table to push WBHM’s journalism forward?
WBHM is part of the Gulf States Newsroom, a regional collaboration among stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana and NPR, which will allow your stories to be shared across the region. Our reporters are also regularly on NPR News and other national programs and podcasts.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where the station is based, was named the #1 Best Large Employer by Forbes in 2021. Birmingham is a metro area of 1.1 million people that was named one of the “best places to go in 2022” by Conde Nast Traveler.
Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. Include two links to stories you reported and/or samples of your hosting.
Annual Salary Range: $43,500 - $60,000
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Prepare and deliver local newscasts/make local announcements during NPR’s All Things Considered
- Operate audio console
- Pitch and report feature, spot and digital stories
- Conduct interviews with local leaders, community members and newsmakers
- Participate in station fundraising
- Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, Media, Communications or a related field and four (4) years of related experience required. Work experience may substitute for education requirement. Minimum hiring rate must meet the most current FLSA guidelines for salary level and basis to remain exempt.
Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- A proven track record of reporting or hosting in a journalistic setting
- Excellent communication and organizational skills and demonstrated writing ability
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Familiarity with audio storytelling, audio editing and automation software, the public media system and community engagement
- Deep knowledge of Birmingham, Alabama and the South
- Multilingual candidates encouraged to apply
UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.