Friday, 22 January 2016 20:44

Radio News Producer/Reporter/Host

Position Title:            Radio News Producer/Reporter/Host

Department:              WBFO

Reports to:                 News Director

Status:                         Full Time, Non-Exempt

Date:                           January 21, 2016


The Radio Producer/Reporter/Host serves as news producer for the Morning Edition shift on WBFO with responsibility for coordinating news coverage, writing news stories, delivering news stories as needed, setting up live interviews, and supporting the Morning Edition host. The position also serves as news reporter and as on-air news host as scheduled.


  1. Serve as news producer for Morning Edition including researching, writing and compiling news stories, scheduling live interviews, and supporting the Morning Edition Host/Anchor.
  1. Coordinate and update stories and feeds from overnight.
  1. Coordinate and update traffic, weather and other regular elements during Morning Edition.
  1. Provide real time feeds of news material to the web site and social media outlets.
  1. Serve as news reporter during other parts of the days.
  1. Serve as on-air host for assigned shifts.
  1. Prepare and update morning news stories for use during later shifts.
  1. Serve as back-up host for other shifts.


  • At least three years on-air broadcast news experience
  • Previous on-air hosting and reporting experience
  • Demonstrated ability to write and edit news copy
  • Strong interviewing skills
  • College degree
  • Demonstrated ability to work under deadline pressure
Published in Jobs
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:42

Director of Human Resources

WNED Job Description

                        Position Title: Director of Human Resources

                        Department: Finance & Administration

                        Reports to: Sr. VP, Finance & Administration/CFO                 

                        Date: December 1, 2015

                        Grade: 25

                        Status: Part-Time, Exempt

Position Summary:                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The Director of Human Resources, in consultation with WNED|WBFO leadership, directs all activities pertaining to recruitment, staffing, termination, employee recognition, performance management/leadership development, employment policies, employee relations and compensation.

Essential Duties:                                                                                 

  1. Oversees recruitment activities for all categories of employees in consultation with the department managers and vice-presidents. Ensures EEO/FCC rules are followed and requirements are met. 
  1. Identifies, evaluates, recommends and implements training initiatives, wellness programs, annual award recognition programs, performance reviews, employee social events, and recruitment strategies.
  1. Evaluates and recommends modifications to existing benefits, compensation practices and employment policies and procedures development.
  1. Provides value-added professional human resource guidance to staff.  Presents recommendations and suggestions to management for resolving employee issues.

Other Duties:                                                                              

  • Oversees and directs the development and administration  of the Human Resources Department annual budget
  • Coordinates and hosts quarterly staff advisory committee meetings
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of Human Resource management
  • Maintains personnel files; is responsible for records of personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, payroll notices and job changes
  • Coordinates, in conjunction with Payroll & Benefits Administrator, open enrollment period

      5. Performs special assignments as directed by WNED|WBFO’s Leadership.

Key Competencies: 

  • Maintain the utmost confidentiality in dealing with employee records and business information
  • Strong knowledge of federal and state employment laws and regulations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good motivational, conflict resolution and problem solving skills
  • Strong relationship management skills to work effectively with senior executives
  • Tactful, diplomatic, collaborative demeanor


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources or related field with a minimum of five years experience in human resources both in a generalist role and in a management level position
  • Public broadcasting and/or non-profit experience, a plus


Published in Jobs
Thursday, 13 March 2014 18:30

Director of News & Public Affairs

Position Title:      Director of News & Public Affairs

Department:        WBFO Radio

Division:              Radio Broadcasting

Reports to:          Chief Program Officer

                Status:                 Full-time, Exempt

Date:                    March 7, 2014



I.                   Summary:  


The News Director is responsible for the management of WBFO Radio and the news department and ensures the highest journalistic standards and public service ethics are met. Supervises all news gathering activity, in charge of day-to-day operations of the newsroom, and sets policy & procedures for news department staff.  The News Director is responsible for overseeing the news and public affairs content of local programs produced by WNED-TV. Working with senior management, creates and implements the vision, strategy and plan to enable WBFO to be a valued and critical community news and information service. Works with other departments on cross platform projects related to news and public affairs, creating high quality news and information programming for broadcast, web and mobile.


II.  Duties & Responsibilities:                                                                             % Time Spent


  1. Oversees the operation of WBFO, including the full day program                            70%

schedule, local programming and production, and the 24/7 news gathering

operation; oversees all WBFO new and digital media activities; maintains

budgets, develops procedures & policies for station operations, evaluates

staff development & performance; schedules staff; makes hiring

recommendations;  plans and administers departmental and project budgets;

works with development department to coordinate on-air fund drives. 


  1. Establishes and maintains partnerships with other news and community                  5%

organizations to further WNYPBA goals, serves as primary contact with

NPR and other public radio entities, and represents WBFO at community

and professional events.


  1. Serves as a member of the President’s Staff, taking part in regular                           10%

meetings, discussions and reviews of overall organizational activities

and operations; participates in strategic planning and annual planning

for WBFO and other departments and activities.


  1. Oversees content and editorial standards for WNED-TV news and public              15%

affairs programs including community forums, long form interviews,

debates and other news and public affairs programs.


Qualifications & Experience:


·         Significant journalism and reporting experience with demonstrated skills in writing, reporting and editing procedures.

·         Experience in maintaining the high journalistic standards including objectivity, balance and fairness.

·         Minimum 4-6 years of public radio experience including management or supervisory experience, but will consider combination of public and commercial radio experience.

·         Strong communications and leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to work with internal and external partners and the ability to lead, train, grow and motivate staff.

·         Knowledge of online news platforms and production.


·         Bachelor’s degree from accredited university in journalism, broadcasting or related field.

Published in Employment
Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:25

Public Radio Internships

WBFO-FM 88.7 and Classical 94.5 WNED

The Western New York Public Broadcasting Association has internship openings available in both WBFO and Classical 94.5 WNED. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in radio operations and production and to develop their writing and broadcasting skills.

Job Description

Students will be assigned tasks that relate to day-to-day radio operations in the traffic, programming, and production departments and the news room. They will also be afforded the opportunity to collaborate on large scale production and broadcast projects and will be expected to assume responsibilities that are commensurate with their abilities. These projects may include the following:

News-gathering (write copy, record news conferences, etc.) for newscasts on WBFO
Production of Morning Classics, Making a List, and other classical music programs.
Production of promotional spots and underwriting credits


Interns will develop their own semi-monthly work schedules and will be obliged to follow them.
Reliable transportation is essential.


The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

An interest in public radio
A willingness to learn
The ability to work independently and to work collaboratively
The ability to write cogently
The ability to use basic office software
Previous production, journalism and/or broadcast experience is desirable, though not required!

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to:

Attn: Internships
HR Dept.
P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, New York 14240

Published in Internships
Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:21

TV Production Internship


Editor’s Assistant

The WNED Production Department enlists the services of college interns each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) to help in the production of our public television programming.  Interns must arrange to receive credit from their college or university.

The Editor’s Assistant (internship) will be working within the Production Department at WNED-TV.  This intern will perform research, administrative duties, tape logging, preparations for edit sessions, and assist on editing projects for multiple editors and producers. Projects vary depending on edit schedules and may include; national PBS documentaries, local documentaries, television programs and specials, and often includes working with high definition television equipment.

This internship is for students with Communications/Broadcasting/Media Studies backgrounds. Previous computer based video editing helpful. Basic windows computer knowledge a must.

The intern, depending on level of ability and training, may also perform hands on editing with the Editor’s guidance on current projects, with the possibility of editing their own piece as a final project.

If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to:

HR Dept.
P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY  14240

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