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Music Director - Classical KC

Job Description

91.9 Classical KC, Kansas City’s 24/7 classical music broadcast and digital service, has an amazing opportunity to join and help design the future of a newly-created station. We seek an energetic, creative person to join our team as our Music Director. This position serves a dual role: as an announcer for classical music as well the lead creative voice on Classical KC’s broadcast side. In this position, you would oversee music selection across platforms, help define the station’s sound to be inclusive and expand the canon of classical music, curate the station’s library, host an on-air shift, and serve a public-facing role at Kansas City classical music events.

Classical KC seeks individuals who are able to shed traditional classical music delivery stereotypes and invite an audience of diverse ages and cultural backgrounds to participate in this rich art form using best practices of public radio storytelling and a tone that energizes, excites and enriches the listener. This position reports to the Director of Classical KC.

Characteristic duties

  • Assists in crafting the internal philosophy for programming/presenting music, developing innovative strategies for music discovery
  • Helps create and modify playlists
  • Curates library using MusicMaster; auditions new releases for inclusion
  • Hosts on-air shift
  • Tracks DEI programming
  • Cultivates relationships with regional music/arts organizations and participates in community outreach
  • Helps assess and select programming from national providers
  • Participates in campaigns to increase audience across platforms
  • Serves as an on-air host during concert broadcasts
  • Assists in planning and execution of membership drives
  • Works with Director of Classical to set individual goals, train and regularly assess performance of on-air staff
  • Prepares quarterly Sound Exchange report, FCC issues report, and other reports as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired are necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • At least 5 years of experience as a classical music host/music director or related experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of classical music
  • Demonstrated radio broadcast announcing ability and basic radio operation skills are required.
  • Strong familiarity with ENCO DAD (or equivalent automation software) and MusicMaster (or similar scheduling software)

Full Time/Part Time

This is a full time benefit eligible position


$50,000 to $63,000 commensurate with experience and education.

Application Deadline

January 9, 2022

Classical KC is an independent community service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Please apply online at UMKC’s website: Follow this link to apply

You can also go to https://info.umkc.edu/hr/careers/ 

Select “Staff Positions,” then “View Jobs,” then “View All Jobs.”   

Statement on Diversity at Classical KC / KCUR

KCUR and Classical KC are committed to ensuring that our workforce, community advisory board, and audience reflect the diversity found in the communities we serve. Central to KCUR’s mission, vision and values is maintaining a workplace environment that recognizes and celebrates diversity in all forms. For more information on our policies and governance, click or tap here.

See ClassicalKC.org for information about Classical KC, KCUR and Kansas City.  

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

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