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Sarah M. Vasquez for Marfa Public Radio

Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media serves a critical role in our region.

Marfa Public Radio is one of the most awarded small-market stations in the nation for excellence in journalism. MPR serves approximately 30,000 square miles of Far West Texas, plus an online streaming audience worldwide. In 2018, Marfa Public Radio won three National Murrow awards and 10 regional awards. This year, the station swept every category in the Texas and Oklahoma region. We believe the stories of Far West Texas are just as essential as stories from other parts of the country. We aim to be a model for public radio beyond our listening range.

The station has five core functions: serving as a lifeline, innovating in public media, being a beacon for local stories, providing the soundtrack of Far West Texas, and creating a place where a wide range can connect.

Marfa Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Postings

Morning Edition host

The Morning Edition host at Marfa Public Radio is a permanent part-time position. The person in the role is responsible for hosting daily newscasts, airing local underwriting and public service announcements, and delivering local breaks to provide weather updates and other information for our audiences.

In addition to being the voice of Morning Edition on Marfa Public Radio, the person in this role may pitch on-air interviews and radio features to the news director. At times, the host will edit audio and use production software available through the station to produce each day’s show.

The Morning Edition host must be a responsible, productive, and enterprising individual possessing a passion for how global, national, and regional issues connect to the Marfa Public Radio listening area.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Engaging and professional on-air presence and comfort with hosting a live program.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to consistently work well with others.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Efficient at multitasking.
  • Comfort and familiarity with using technology
  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Preferred skills, but not required:

  • 2-years of on-air hosting experience, including operating a broadcast board. 
  • Experience with Adobe Audition or other digital audio editing software.
  • History of maintaining high journalistic standards of objectivity, balance, and fairness. 
  • Strong broadcast writing and reporting skills.
  • Ability to operate digital audio broadcast equipment, including ENCO and similar systems.
  • NPR-quality anchoring and voicing skills.

Training offered:

  • Operating a broadcast board
  • Vocal coaching
  • Using editing and production software

This is a part-time position with no benefits. Hourly Pay Rate: $30

Daily schedule: Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 a.m.

Hours per week: 20 to 25 hours per week. The host may work additional hours with approval from the news director (but not to exceed 29 hours in a given week). With the above hours in mind, the person in this position can expect to make near $31,200 per year.

Send your resume and cover letter to work@marfapublicradio.org

Please apply by May 10.