Radio Producers


Produce talk shows and related web content. Research and pitch topics, pre-interview and schedule guests, prepare background materials, call-screen and direct the live broadcast, and write related web content. Collaborate with executive producer, hosts and producers, communicate with guests and develop fresh topics and segment ideas.  This position works on Central Time, a statewide, two-hour afternoon drive program broadcasting from 3:00-7:00 p.m., on The Ideas Network. This position reports to the Central Time executive producer.


  1. Keep current on issues of importance and interest to WPR listeners, including Wisconsin-specific topics.
  2. Develop show ideas, schedule guests, and provide host with background research and interview questions.
  3. On air production, including screening listener phone calls, emails, and social media interactions.
  4. During the live broadcast, direct the host and control the flow of the program. Coordinate audience engagement and transitions.
  5. Participate in daily editorial meetings to discuss topics and guests.
  6. Participate actively in regular pitch meetings, including bringing own pitches for consideration, and providing feedback to other team members.
  7. Write engaging website content, for The Ideas Network on and social media. 
  8. Adhere to Ethics policies found here:
  9. Know, follow, and contribute to WPR best practices.
  10. Effectively engage diverse perspectives and experiences in work product and in organizational interactions and demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships.
  11. Demonstrate respect for others in all workplace relationships and interactions.
  12. Other duties as assigned.


Know and adhere to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.

Think, plan and execute programs with creativity.

Work independently and as part of a team, meeting tight deadlines.

Demonstrate strict attention to detail, on and off the air.

Maintain composure and professionalism when faced with the unexpected.

Demonstrate dexterity in using varied electronic studio equipment and computer software.

Demonstrate visual and auditory acuity required to perform assigned duties.


  • Avid news consumer able to generate ideas on a range of topics, from current events to cultural affairs.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in talk show production or directly transferable experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently under strict deadline pressure.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, including strict attention to detail.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Ability to adhere to the highest standards of journalistic ethics and excellence.
  • Successful content generation on social media.
  • Prior experience editing audio of broadcast quality.


  • Experience in live call-in talk show production or directly transferable experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of Wisconsin news, politics, and culture.
  • Previous Public Radio experience.


We expect to pay $42,000 - $50,000 dependent upon qualifications, experience and official title. UW-Extension offers a comprehensive fringe benefits package, including health insurance, life insurance, pension plan, flexible spending accounts, employer paid training and development, generous paid vacation and sick leave.   Learn more here:



Recruitment will begin immediately, with rolling consideration. Open until filled. Please apply through  If you are a current UW System employee use This is job #13833. Applications must contain:

  • a detailed resume
  • a cover letter outlining how your experience qualifies you for this position
  • two writing samples (radio script or print article)
  • three professional references with contact information and e-mail address; at least one must be a supervisory reference.

Questions? Contact Betsy Nelson, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI  53706, 608-262-5221,


A criminal records review will be conducted for final candidates.  In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record. Convictions and pending charges will be considered only if they are substantially related to the circumstances of this position.

Employment is contingent on establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

It is the policy of University of Wisconsin to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact person listed above.

As a unit within the University of Wisconsin, WPR is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and no qualified applicant will be eliminated from consideration. WPR is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion.  We want our staff and programming to reflect the rich culture and diversity of our state and actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.