WBHM Seeks Host/Reporter to Join Award-Winning News Team


90.3 WBHM Live and work in Birmingham, the city that inspired Erskine Hawkins’ jazz standard "Tuxedo Junction." A city deep in the heart of the South where sweet iced tea is served year round. We have porches, mountains, and more accents than you can shake a stick at. This is not your father’s Birmingham. We’re a big city (1.1 million) with a small town feel. You can eat fried green tomatoes at The Whistle Stop Café and go straight to a concert by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

While we’re only a few hours from Atlanta, Nashville, and the Gulf Coast – there’s also plenty to do right here at home. Forget about Sundance, we have the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. See non-moving pictures at The Birmingham Museum of Art, or head over to the world-class Alys Robinson Stephens performing arts center for a diverse array of performers ranging from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Lucinda Williams. If outdoors is your thing, we have Ruffner Mountain Nature Center -- a 1,011-acre nature preserve in the heart of Birmingham featuring 11 miles of hiking trails. We’ve also got a new baseball stadium being built downtown. Oh, yeah, and then there’s our official religion: college football.

But you’ve got to work sometime (a small price to pay for living here.). WBHM, licensed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has a rare opening for an ANNOUNCER/PRODUCER.

You’ll be responsible for hosting one of our flagship news programs – either Morning Edition from 5 – 9 a.m. or All Things Considered and Marketplace from 3 – 7 p.m. The “Producer” part of the job entails researching, reporting and producing NPR-style, in-depth, local stories which air on Morning Edition and All Things Considered and online at wbhm.org. Participation in on-air pledge drives and occasional fill-in work will also be required.

What you already need: a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English or related field and four years related experience including feature writing and production. You must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and we value experience with digital recording and editing because that’s what we use to put our stories together.

Public radio veteran and PRNDI trainer Tanya Ott leads our news department. WBHM is a multi award-winning radio station with a strong commitment to in-depth local news. Our reporters routinely win regional and national awards and their stories are regularly heard on national programs. NPR's Southern Bureau Chief Russell Lewis is based at WBHM.

What we’ll pay you in this low cost of living town: Annual Salary Range:$33,571 - $42,952 - $52,353. You’ll also get excellent university benefits, such as tuition stipends and enough time off to visit those places we mentioned earlier.

Interested? You must apply on-line at the Human Resources section of www.uab.edu. Click on “search openings”, then type “radio” into the keyword search box to find the right listing. You must also send letter and resume with three references and non-returnable audio media to WBHM Announcer/Producer Search, 650 11th Street South 35233-1221. Position is open until filled. AA/EOE

~ December 14, 2012