Vocalo Radio 91.1 FM is Chicago’s Urban Alternative, a format that features an eclectic mix of Hip-Hop, R&B, House music, and more. We believe that music is a gateway that allows us to amplify Chicago culture via profiles and discussions with artists, activists, and change-makers. Our radio station works at the intersection of music, storytelling, and engagement to affect positive change in people’s lives.
We are located at Navy Pier in Chicago, home of WBEZ 91.5 PM and Vocalo Radio 91.1 FM, both of which are a part of Chicago Public Media, Inc. We are seeking a full time music host/producer who can present a mix of midday live on-air shifts and “pre-recorded” (tracked) weekdays from 10am-2pm. In addition to serving as the primary on-air personality of middays, this person will produce and/or curate content across all of our platforms: on-air, digital/social, and In Real Life.
Our ideal candidate is someone who connects with the artists and music at the heart of our urban alternative format and possesses a passion for growing and connecting diverse young audiences, particularly among Chicago’s Black and Latinx communities. We are looking for someone who can present an on on-air disposition that is relaxed, engaging, inclusive, informed, authentic, and companionable.
You’ll be someone others will connect with and will enjoy spending time with – the person in this role is an essential guide to urban alternative music discovery and cultural connection. You’re likely active in social media channels, and your presence there consistently reflects the very best of Vocalo’s values and mission. You brim with curiosity and creativity but know how to focus and deliver on deadline. You thrive in a collaborative environment and love working with a wide array of colleagues and artists to will help build Vocalo into a truly vibrant cultural force.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Voice tracks and hosts some live shifts to announce artists/titles, top-of-the-hour news briefs and/or community calendar events
Plays music as specified by the station music log
Manages the digital efforts of each shift, including social media engagement around promoting ticket giveaways, community calendar events, or now playing messaging
Operates in-studio board for live remote broadcasts
Receives, screens and records listener phone calls for on-air playback during shifts, when applicable
Fills-in for prime time on-air personality vacation time off
Conducts interviews with artists or other guests to support the Morning AMp production needs and/or for our digital content channels
Creates content for digital and social media channels per Vocalo’s Digital Content plan
Production or voice over work, when necessary
Serves as a compelling personality across platforms, reflecting the values and mission of Vocalo across all platforms
Use social media persona to promote Vocalo content and engage the audience per Chicago Public Media guidelines
Hosts or emcee’s occasional live events
Additional duties assigned by the Managing Director
Required Skills and Experience
Strong on-air background (live and voice-tracking) conveying high energy
A portfolio of produced/curated content on digital and social media channels to show your skill and experience level
Passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Vocalo Radio’s format and Chicago culture allowing you to already connect with our audience and guests
Ability to learned and reinforce the radio station identity and program at all times. This would include:
Working knowledge of radio automation software, preferably ENCO DAD/Presenter, allowing for a smooth and quick transition into the role
Experience running a studio console
Experience editing audio
Excellent written and oral communication skills to allow for effective interviewing of guests and working with colleagues
Knowledge of all applicable FCC rules and regulations
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-growth, rapidly changing culture and environment
This role is a member of the SAG-AFTRA union. This role is classified as a Vocalo Producer/Host 1.
A strong candidate for this position already exists.
Working at Chicago Public Media
At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact. Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged. We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.
Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work. We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience and all other fascinating characteristics that make us different.
At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:
6 weeks fully paid family leave
12 weeks paid maternity leave
High quality Medical, Dental, and Vision plans at an affordable cost
A 403(b)retirement plan with a company match
Generous paid time off, including starting with 3 weeks’ vacation and 4 personal days