5083 Morning Show Host-Senior News Producer


TITLE Morning Show Host-Senior News Producer




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of News/Content Coordinator

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Director of Broadcast Services


The KSMU Morning Edition Host/ Senior News Producer employs invention, imagination, originality, and talent to serve as the local announcer for KSMU’s morning drive time programming and assists in the operations of the KSMU News Department by producing news features and programs, writing, editing and presenting newscasts, and providing training and feedback to students involved in on air announcing and news reporting. The Morning Edition Host/Senior News Producer helps to ensure that KSMU is in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations regarding broadcast operations. The Morning Edition Host/Senior News Producer assists in writing and voicing public service announcements, station promos and other local break content in order to ensure a professional, conversational broadcast style.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required with an emphasis in Journalism, Electronic Media or a related field. A Master’s Degree in Media, Communications or related field is preferred.

Experience: At least five years professional work experience in public broadcasting in the area of on-air announcing and news/features production is required; this experience must include professional announcing experience during drive time programming. Professional work experience with Sound Forge audio editing software and NexGen automation systems are preferred.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly in working with various publics are required. Radio production skills and the ability to operate technical audio broadcast equipment are required. The ability to train and work with students is required.

Effort: Must be able to lift and carry materials weighing between 5 to 25 pounds on a daily basis.

Other: The scope of this position requires availability to respond to on-air problems and emergencies around-the-clock.


1. Performs as the local host of Morning Edition and ensures that KSMU provides listeners with timely and useful news and information during morning drive time programming by presenting newscasts and local content and effectively communicating community events information, weather forecasts, and funding credit and legal identification information.

2. Produces and assists in production of news stories newscasts and analyzes and interprets public events by producing public affairs and special programs such as the League of Women Voters, Studio Live, and Sense of Community.

3. Helps to establish a climate for effective student learning by assisting with the training and evaluation of student workers involved in news gathering, writing, editing, on-air presentation and production and assists other professional staff in teaching students FCC rules and regulations governing on-air broadcast operations and guiding them in effective on-air delivery style.

4. Ensures that KSMU Radio Station is in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations regarding broadcast operations at all times, thus protecting the license and financial resources of the station by reviewing the daily operations log for proper transmitter operation, conducting and reviewing tower light checks, ensuring proper logging procedures and compliance with weather emergency procedures.

5. Serves as voice talent, moderator, emcee or interviewer as necessary for Broadcast Services local content such as local program productions, underwriter announcements, fundraisers, and promotional spots.

6. Assists National Public Radio (NPR) with its national news coverage by responding to requests for news coverage of stories of either local or national interest, researching those stories and working with NPR producers in developing story concept and content from simple audio to complete production.

7. Assists in meeting the community service responsibilities of KSMU Radio Station by producing promotional announcements for upcoming programs, events and activities, as well as for nonprofit community service organizations.

8. Promotes a positive image of the University through participation in community and professional organizations, representing the University at professional meetings and on community committees, and establishing and maintaining credible relations with local and area news media.

9. Supports annual on-air fundraisers by serving as an on-air spokesperson during campaigns and promoting on-air pledge events.

10. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Director of News/Content Coordinator.

11. Contributes to the overall success of KSMU Radio Station by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Morning Drive Host/Senior News Producer is supervised by the Director of News/Content Coordinator and supervises student interns and other student employees involved in news and on-air announcing.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 2 - 400 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information and providing advice to others. Work activities may be complex and likely affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services to the extent that others rely on the advice given in order to make decisions. Work activities typically affect the efficiency of the department but have relatively minor effects on operations within the cost center. Individuals in jobs at this level are often responsible for actively documenting, monitoring, and controlling expenditures. Incumbents may recommend minor expenditures, but have no substantive authority over budgets.