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KLZR has made it a top priority to increase the quality of our local news content and we have made a lot of progress this past year.  We are sad to announce that Meredith Thomason is leaving KLZR for a full time position.  We will be hiring a part time news director to oversee the next step of our effort to become an essential resource for those who want to keep up on what’s happening in the Wet Mountain Valley.



KLZR is seeking a part-time News Director who will manage our daily Monday through Friday newsletter, Valley News, concentrated on providing hyper-local newsworthy information. Additionally, the News Director will manage the production of KLZR’s daily weekday Wake Up Call program and special reports and oversee the day-to-day operations of all news and community information programming.

The News Director will lead KLZR’s daily local news coverage across all platforms: radio, web, social media and daily Monday through Friday newsletter with a combination of creativity and consistency. The News Director will ensure that the news coverage and community information reflect the highest standards of ethics, audio production and public serve to the KLZR audience and the community it serves.

Preferred Experience, Skills and Abilities

* Communications/writing experience and/or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field
* Highly developed organizational, interpersonal communication and time management skills
* Brings an objective, non-partisan approach with critical thinking skills
* Programming experience with community radio
* Strong knowledge of digital media and audio production
* Demonstrated ability to learn and troubleshoot new technologies
* Radio interviewing experience
* Demonstrated ability to work independently
* Familiarity and interest in covering local news and events


* Lead a team of volunteers/contract broadcasters in creating meaningful and informative content with a focus on local concerns and issues
* Ensure all news and information is accurate, unbiased, apolitical, and complies with applicable laws and regulations

* Wake Up Call (WUC): gather information daily, provide broadcast scripts to broadcasters and disseminate it, supervising volunteers and contractors as needed to support production and broadcast; upload daily WUC to the KLZR website.
* Valley News: Produce Monday through Friday newsletter on our email marketing platform and update the KLZR website Valley News section Monday through Friday
* Create/maintain liaisons and communication channels with community organizations and news sources to produce local content, attending community meetings as needed
* Manage recruitment, training of volunteer and contract news broadcasters
* Manage the content production budget and provide direction for grant requests
* Foster a creative, positive and collaborative work environment
* Special Reports: (periodic) organize and expand topics, gather information or work with volunteers/contractors who do so; edit and finalize.

Attributes Required/Desired

* Familiarity with software/social media tools: TeamViewer, ConvertKit, Google Suite, Facebook
* Roots in the community
* Interested/excited by the KLZR news concept
* Management skills, team player
* Friendly, outgoing, able to engage news sources
* Desire to grow news department that covers and collaborates with partners
* Knowledge of and/or interest in issues relating to the Wet Mountain Valley

Compensation: 20 hours/week @ $20/hour

To Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For best consideration apply by January 20, 2023. To apply, please submit the following to KLZR Board Vice President, Kathy Blaha at