Grand Rapids
Hibbing Bemidji
Bagley Brainerd
12/3/13 Job Description

Music Director
Northern Community Radio

Job Title: Music Director
Reports To: Program Director
FLSA Designation: Exempt
Location: Grand Rapids and Bemidji/Bagley MN
Compensation: Salaried
Job Summary: The music director is responsible for the music programming on Northern Community Radio. He or she will make music selections that will serve the organization's audience and maximize community service, will produce a variety of radio programs, and supervise and schedule over 100 on-air music programmers. The music director is responsible to communicate with music industry representatives on behalf of the organization and maintain the music library.
Essential Functions:
Programming 35%
Work under the program director to produce radio programs and program segments. Currently, these include:

Produce and host a 1-hour weekday program of new music
Perform other airshifts as needed
Coordinate, schedule and be a resource for music program producers 25%
The music director models overall best practices for music program staff and volunteers, including setting programming standards, tone and style
Manage the music programming schedule for best air sound and audience service
Provide music information to program producers
Assist in training music volunteers or staff, including music selection, style, flow, and program editing
Provide feedback to on-air volunteers and staff that supports and improves the quality of their performance and the station's sound
Facilitate on-air interviews and live performances
Serve as the organization's liaison to the music industry 10%
Develop and maintain relationships with music industry representatives to obtain airplay copies of recorded material for both of Northern community Radio's studios
Actively seek new sources for music
Report to music industry publications
Submit reports to Sound Exchange and other music licensing organizations
Acquire (or work with other staff to acquire) promotional materials for use in fundraising. Make sure the organization has a stock of appropriate materials for CD of the Month Club, membership and development
Maintain familiarity with music scene (nationally and locally), current and upcoming releases and related activities. Help the organization support the local music scene.
Help choose musical acts for festivals, concerts and events
Supervise, coordinate and maintain the music library 20%
Evaluate new music for its impact on the organization's air sound, audience and programming policies
Categorize new music
Review music for recommended tracks and FCC compliance
Make sure new music is marked, copied when necessary, and placed in the library in a timely fashion
Train and assist music librarians
Periodically review, update and cull the music library
Other 10%
Assist the program director in community outreach activities, especially those related to music programming
Edit and load music programs and continuity for automated operation
Find (or create) and post music-related content to the organization's websites and social media
Must attend all Annual Membership Meetings and Community Advisory Meetings. Will attend other meetings and events of the organization when appropriate
Function productively and collaboratively as part of the staff team
Attend and actively participate in staff meetings
Assist in planning and implementing on-air fundraising and membership drives
Assist in technical execution of live broadcasts and events
Additional Responsibilities: Perform other job-related duties as assigned

Must have a strong grasp of the way people use radio, gained through education and/or practical experience. Prior broadcasting experience is desirable
Thorough knowledge and commitment to the presentation of authentic American music, including folk, rock, blues and jazz; as well as some international/world beat and old-time country and bluegrass music
Musicality-this means an excellent personal musical sense that includes tone, rhythm, flow, melody, harmony, etc.-and ability to translate that to a radio program
Able to use musical expertise in a manner that models a coherent flow of music programming that meets the organization's programming policies and its audience's expectations
Be an appealing and authentic on-air presenter with the ability to model same
Digital music editing and audio production experience are desirable
Computer literacy is necessary, including word processing, online and social media. Website experience is a plus.
Some familiarity with live music production, touring and publicity
Interest and familiarity with current or new music platforms and trends (beyond radio)
Knowledge of FCC, RIAA and other applicable rules and regulations
Excellent communication skills
Ability and willingness to communicate with staff and volunteers in a timely manner on a variety of platforms, including in-person and phone contact, email, social media, texting, etc
Attention to detail
Ability to adhere to a production schedule
Ability to prioritize effectively among varied and competing job duties
Ability to work productively with many kinds of people
Valid MN driver's license, with willingness and ability to work in either of two studios that are 75 miles apart (Grand Rapids or Bemidji)
Compensation: Northern Community Radio offers paid vacation, holidays and sick leave, health insurance, opportunities for professional development and a 5% contribution to a retirement plan (the employee can opt to make an additional contribution). Salary range is $30,000-$34,000/year depending on education, experience and ability to meet organizational goals and objectives.

How to apply:
Send resume, cover letter (that includes where you learned about this job) and no more than 3 references to:
Maggie Montgomery, General Manager
Northern Community Radio
260 NE 2nd St
Grand Rapids MN 55744

Or email to:

Suggested deadline is 12/20/13. Applications will be reviewed as received until the position is filled.

The position is open to all qualified applicants. Northern Community Radio is a committed equal opportunity employer.

About Northern Community Radio:
Northern Community Radio's corporate headquarters is in Grand Rapids MN. This is a rural part of northern Minnesota with many lakes and forests. NCR operates 91.7 KAXE in Grand Rapids and 90.5 KBXE in Bagley (KBXE's studios are in Bemidji). The organization manages a series of 18 community websites at and a website at, plus social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Northern Community Radio's mission is to "build community in northern Minnesota through radio programming, cultural events and interactive media." 

Northern Community Radio was founded in 1971. KAXE began broadcasting in 1976, and KBXE opened in April 2012. The organization is a founding member of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) and a member of National Public Radio (NPR). KAXE is a member of Ampers (Association of MN Public Educational Radio Stations).

Northern Community Radio currently employs 9 full-time and 3 part-time staff, and has about 100 on-air volunteers.
Northern Community Radio 800-662-5799
KAXE260 NE 2nd Street • Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744 • 218-326-1234 • FAX: 218-326-1235
KBXE 305 America Avenue NW • Bemidji, Minnesota 56601 • 218-333-9005
Grand Rapids - 91.7 FM • Bemidji - 90.5 FM • Brainerd - 89.9 FM • Ely - 103.9 FM