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Fill-In Host

Post Date:Aug 17, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:immediateSalary:
Location: United States - Wisconsin - Madison Job Reference:14571
Job Description:

Fill-in Host, Wisconsin Public Radio (Job #14571)

The Opportunity

Wisconsin Public Radio is seeking an experienced host to fill-in on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and our statewide talk shows on The Ideas Network. The successful candidate will join WPR’s award-winning team of journalists committed to outstanding news coverage. The Host will conduct engaging live interviews on a variety of topics, and deliver newscasts and other continuity elements for NPR news magazines. 

The Organization

As a public radio pioneer, Wisconsin Public Radio has a strong commitment to innovation, on air and online. Over its 100-year history, WPR has grown into a two-service network that serves nearly 500,000 weekly listeners through broadcast, and we have a growing online community. WPR is well-supported by its listeners with more than 54,000 donors.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. WPR is headquartered in Madison on the University of Wisconsin campus, just down the street from the state Capitol.


This job requires impeccable preparation, sound news judgment, and a solid grasp of journalism ethics and editorial decision-making.  And because it’s live radio, you also need to be nimble and confident in the face of the unexpected.

As talk show host, you will lead listeners in civil discussions on the important issues of the day. We’re looking for someone who appreciates the art of interviewing, and who demonstrates respect for our guests and audience. Intellectual depth and curiosity on a wide range of topics is essential.

As a news magazine (Morning Edition and All Things Considered) host, the ideal candidate will demonstrate strong editorial and writing skills in producing and announcing local newscasts and forward promotions.


Demonstrated experience as a journalist is required as well as on-air broadcast experience hosting live talk shows or news magazines. Must have a proven track record of solid interview skills, engaging audiences and working effectively both independently and on a team.

Excellent writing, communication, organizational and interpersonal skills are also required. Must be willing and able to work a flexible schedule, with regular early morning assignments. 

WPR actively encourages and supports the inclusion of diverse experiences and perspectives.


This is a full-time (100%) academic staff position. We expect to pay in the 50’s with actual pay dependent on experience and qualifications. University of Wisconsin offers an excellent benefits package, including generous vacation, sick leave, health care and pension.

For a more detailed description of available benefits, please see Benefits Summary, Academic Staff

Want to learn more?

Please read the detailed position description. Direct inquiries to Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706; 608-262-5221; As a unit within the University of Wisconsin, WPR is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and we actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

•        Ability and desire to work a flexible schedule, starting some days as early as 4:00 a.m. and other days working as late as 6:00 p.m.
•        Background in journalism, with strong news judgment and a passion for current affairs and culture.
•        On-air broadcast experience as a newsmagazine or talk show host.
•        Technical knowledge of in-studio equipment and audio editing software.
•        Well-honed interview skills and experience moderating conversations.
•        Intellectual curiosity and rigor.
•        Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•        Strong time management and organizational skills, including strict attention to detail.
•        Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and on the air.
•        Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience.

•        Previous public radio experience.
•        Knowledge of Wisconsin issues and personalities.

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Contact Information
Wisconsin Public Media
Betsy Nelson
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
United States
Ph: 608-262-5221
Fax: 608-265-5332

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