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Part Time Board Operator - Washington, DC

Posted date: Sep 23, 2010

Responsible for the operation and quality of studio sound equipment during programs.  Operates equipment to record, edit, synchronize, mix and reproduce recordings.  Taking direction from Producers, Talent and Directors, participates in the creation of the sound image for assigned programs.  Incumbents of this position may be assigned to more than one program and perform slightly different functions across programs.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Checks studio equipment for proper functioning prior to going on air, reporting technical problems and equipment malfunctions
  • Runs the audio board for various live and taped programs and edits audio for on-air use
  • Ensures studio sound equipment is functioning properly during programs
  • Ensures that on-air product is up to broadcast standards before it leaves the studios
  • Works with Producers and talent on following programming clocks to ensure that all content and advertisements are featured as planned
  • Works with Producers, Talent and Directors to develop creative sound ideas to enhance program content
  • Chooses sound effects to enhance program image
  • Coordinates the appropriate mix of music and sound for assigned shows, and ensures that levels are mixed properly
  • Provides cues and support to Talent to facilitate with program continuity
  • Screens all incoming calls and selectively chooses callers to go on-air, for the purpose of enhancing program content
  • Prepare guests for on-air interview
  • Puts listener calls through to on-air talent and ends calls
  • Assist Producer with daily show preparation for assigned talk show
  • Implement daily tasks assigned from the Executive Producer to meet broadcast deadlines
  • Research background material for staff, segments, and daily broadcast 

Additional duties and responsibilities:   

  • Works with Producers to create / edit "Best of..." programs from archives of past shows for weekend or special re-broadcasting needs
  • May provide hosts with news updates and breaking stories, on occasion
  • Performs other duties as assigned

 Minimum Qualifications: 

  • High school diploma/GED or equivalent combination of education and experience; some college preferred; Bachelor's Degree desired
  • Minimum 1 year experience in radio/television
  • Experience in running audio console
  • Experience with digital audio / digital editing systems
  • Ability to incorporate highlights / sound bites into live programming as directed by the producer 


  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and multi-task
  • Strong knowledge of various programming genres
  • Interest in pop culture and current events
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to thrive in a hectic, fast-paced, results and delivery-oriented environment
  • Good project management and planning skills
  • Recognizing and maintaining confidentiality of work materials as appropriate
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to interact and work with staff at all levels
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Working independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to pay attention to details and be organized
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
  • Willingness to take initiative and to follow through on projects

Technical Skills:

  • Previous use of Dalet, Prophet and Cool Edit preferred
  • Proficiency in ISDN operation
  • Operating studio sound equipment
  • Mixing sound elements into a professional sounding product
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