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News and Music Director Descriptions

News and Music Director Descriptions

WTJU Local News Director
Immediate Supervisor
Program Director
General Definition of Work
Oversee all News and Weather programming at WTJU. Recruit staff. Supervise on‑air announcers, reporters, writers and others in your department. Oversee broadcast of local news program daily (weekdays). Make sure News is broadcast on time.
Typical Tasks
Oversee the gathering and conveying of News and information. Make sure Local News is broadcast rapidly, accurately and on time. Assign stories; oversee reporters, writers, editors, air personalities and other staff. Assign staff to attend meetings: governmental, civic, and business. Verify facts and pronunciation of names and other words, oversee recording of actualities. Oversee production and technical staff.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Must be very responsible: Excellent editing and writing skills are necessary. Typing skills are essential. Enthusiasm, aggressiveness, energy, and inquisitiveness are all desirable traits.
Education & Experience
College required. Experience very helpful. Journalism or writing experience necessary.
Conditions of Employment
Volunteer
Estimated time commitment
3-5 hours daily

WTJU Music Director / Co-Director

Job Title
Music Director
Immediate Supervisor
Program Director
General Definition of Work
Managerial: Supervision of on‑air announcers in your department under the direction of the Program Director. Recruit staff and volunteers for your department. Mainstream your department goals into the overall station goals and mission statement.

Internal Operations: Oversee solicitation of materials for airplay and reporting. Prepare your department’s marathon under the direction of Program Director. Note: In some cases departmental directors “split” the primary duties of the position as “Co-Directors.”

Typical Tasks
Assist in scheduling of air announcers within allotted times and balancing programming within the department. Propose new programming ideas to General Manager. Recruit Assistant Music Directors. Assist in training of announcers; work with training director. Maintain regular “hours” for receiving phone calls from companies and others. Solicit and preview recordings from record companies, maintain database of recordings and file recordings. Oversee “reporting” of airplay to journals. Oversee maintenance of the Music Library. Organize regular "purges" of materials for storage or discard. Hold regular staff meetings with departmental volunteers. Keep abreast of current trends in music and keeps staff informed about new recordings. Oversee production of promos for shows within your department.

The Fund Drive
Oversee organization of departmental part of fund drive: Scheduling, solicitation of premiums, advertisements, media contacts, t-shirt design, marathon guides (see detailed guide to fund-drives)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Requires a very good knowledge of the specific music genres Requires excellent "people skills"
Education & Experience
Some college required
Conditions of Employment
Volunteer
Estimated time commitment
5-10 hours weekly dependant upon number of assistants

WTJU Assistant Music Director

Immediate Supervisor
Music Director
General Definition of Work
Assist Music Director in execution of regular duties. Some typical breakdowns are: Departmental Librarian or Training Assistant. There are also assistants who specialize in “sub categories” within the larger department.

Examples of Departmental sub categories:

  • Rock Department: Indie, Rock, RPM, Rap/Hip Hop, etc.
  • Jazz Department: Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Soul, R & B
  • Folk Department: Singer Songwriter, Americana, Celtic, Cajun/Zydeco, Reggae, World
  • Classical Department: Classical music and the Broadway Show
  • Fund Drives: some assistants primarily help during the fund drives
Typical Tasks
Assist Music Director as needed
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Requires a very good knowledge of the music or sub category within the department Requires excellent "people skills"
Education & Experience
Some college required
Conditions of Employment
Volunteer
Estimated time commitment
2-5 hours weekly dependant upon number of assistants

WTJU Assistant Music Director, Reporter

Immediate Supervisor
Music Director
General Definition of Work
Report Radio Airplay to various journals, music companies or Internet sites. The following are some reporting categories at WTJU:
  • Blues
  • RPM
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • World
  • Celtic
Typical Tasks
Compile airplay by consulting cut slips and playlists of announcers on a weekly basis. Enter data in computer. Email, Fax or mail “report” to journals, music companies or Internet sites weekly, year-round. Send information to WTJU Webmaster for posting to our Website.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Data entry and/or typing skills required
Education & Experience
Some college required
Conditions of Employment
Volunteer
Estimated time commitment
2-4 hours weekly

WTJU Assistant Music Director, Librarian

Immediate Supervisor
Music Director
General Definition of Work
Assist Music Director in maintaining music library or specific sub-category.
Typical Tasks
Organizing, alphabetizing, entering data, cataloging, labeling, or purging a department’s library or sub-category, i.e. “RPM” is a subcategory of Rock and “World” is a subcategory of Folk. Except for data entry, cataloging or labeling, work may be done at any time of the day or night. To assist in data entry, cataloging or labeling, you must coordinate with the music director to access director’s office. WTJU has an extensive 12” LP and 7” 45 record collection that is not currently cataloged. There are many opportunities for cataloging in all departments.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Requires a very good knowledge of the music or sub category within the department. Data entry, cataloging or labeling requires basic office and database skills.
Education & Experience
Some college required
Conditions of Employment
Volunteer
Estimated time commitment
2+ hours weekly dependant upon number of assistants

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