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WVTF & Radio IQ Morning Edition Host

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: WVTF & Radio IQ Morning Edition Host
Role Title: Media Specialist III
Posting Number: SW0170088
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The local Morning Edition host will be a signature voice for WVTF and RADIO IQ. This key position is responsible for seamlessly conveying the sound and approach taken by NPR’s Morning Edition in the presentation of locally produced newscasts and feature length reports as well as in the announcing during segment breaks in the program in keeping with Public Radio’s Core Values for News/Talk Programming.

The host will be fully responsible for editorial decisions on our most listened to program; this person must use advanced production skills and impeccable broadcast instincts to create a highly listenable and engaging program through the careful editing and use of copy, continuity, promos, breaking-news and interviews.

Additional responsibilities include conducting interviews after Morning Edition for use on the program or other WVTF/RADIO IQ programming as well as light reporting duties. The Morning Edition host will also participate in our on air fund raising campaigns and serve as a public representative of WVTF/RADIO IQ.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level training/experience in English, journalism, communications or related field.

Extensive experience in broadcast announcing, hosting and related activities, preferably in public radio.

Extensive experience in using broadcast equipment in studio and in the field.

Experience in journalism, reporting, editing, and editorial decision making with expertise in areas of interest to a public radio audience.

Excellent communication skills on the air and with coworkers. Ability to perform on the air in a consistently interesting, friendly and relaxed manner that matches that of the national hosts.

A professional broadcast delivery as well as a pleasant and engaging voice.

A superior ear and sense of sound as well as personality and a sense of humor that will relate well with our listeners.

Capable of calmly handling tight deadlines and changes within the program’s broadcast schedule.

Proven critical judgment skills and ability to make quick decisions regarding credibility, personality and value of material to program.

Working knowledge of computers and broadcasting equipment including digital audio playout and editing, audio board operation, and transmitter monitoring.

Preferred Qualifications:

Interest in and knowledge of a broad range of subjects and people; a natural sense of curiosity about the region we serve and the world in general.

Experience in presentation, production, writing and storytelling in the NPR style.

Proven interviewing techniques.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check, Must have valid driver's license, Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Background check to include driver’s license check.

This position is considered emergency personnel.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates must apply online at and search for posting SW0170088. Include with the state application, a cover letter, resume, and list of references. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should notify the Human Resources Service Center, 540-231-9331 or email

A review of applications will begin after February 28, 2017.

Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band: 4
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: University Relations
Work Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24014
Work Schedule: M-F Typically 4:00AM-1:00PM with 1 hour for lunch
Posting Date: 02/01/2017
Review Begin Date: 02/28/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only).
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How did you first learn about this job opening?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - online
    • Chronicle of Higher Education - print
    • Higher Ed Jobs (
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium - HERC (
    • Diverse Jobs (
    • Insight Into Diversity (
    • Indeed (
    • Roanoke Times Online (
    • Commonwealth of Virginia Jobs (
    • Virginia Tech job site (
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Job Fair (please describe below)
    • Journal (please describe below)
    • Listserv (please describe below)
    • Newspaper - print (please describe below)
    • Professional Conference (please describe below)
    • From a friend/acquaintance not associated with Virginia Tech (please name below)
    • From a Virginia Tech employee/representative/recruiter (please name below)
    • Veteran related event/site (please describe below)
    • Virginia Employment Commission - VEC
    • Other Virginia Tech affiliated website (please describe below)
    • Other job board such as Simply Hired, Career Builder, etc. (please describe below)
    • Other - Not listed (please describe below)
  4. Please describe recruiting source identified in previous question (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents