Broadcast Recording Technician
 
Employer: National Public Radio (NPR) Job Posted: 2/13/2020
Location: Washington, DC Job Status: Full Time
 
 

Job Description:

What happens when you combine nerdy quizzes with celebrity guests, music and comedy, and add a live audience for good measure? NPR’s Ask Me Another. Heard on 390 stations with an audience of more than 1.5 million people (and counting), Ask Me Another is one of public radio’s fastest-growing shows. We’re looking for the right person to help us keep growing our diverse creative team. If you’ve got smarts, know way too much about pop culture, and have an ear for radio and a nose for funny, we want to meet you. This job is based in New York City.

NPR seeks a Broadcast Recording Technician to join our audio engineering team for Ask Me Another. This position will work directly with journalists, producers, and engineers at NPR and throughout the public radio system to ensure the production and delivery of high-quality audio in a timely and precise manner.

Primary duties include engineering live broadcasts of Ask Me Another, audio restoration and repair, troubleshooting technical problems, and collaborating with reporters and producers in a variety of settings. Our technicians work in broadcast studios, a master control facility, and throughout the networked newsroom to provide technical support and guidance in a fast-paced, deadline driven, 24x7x365 production environment.
Our ideal candidate is a proactive, courteous, customer service focused, audio expert who is passionate and curious about technology and believes in the mission of NPR.

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Assemble, mix and record complex live broadcasts and record pre-produced elements working with producers in a high-pressure environment
• Work closely with Ask Me Another staff to edit and prepare radio show for weekly release
• Work closely with live venue to prepare for live tapings
• Teach and encourage best production practices and workflows
• Work with Ask Me Another staff to create show production schedule, including recording and release dates
• Prepare weekly show for release
• Promote and maintain NPR’s quality standards by identifying and repairing impaired audio
• Analyze, repair and mix audio on tight deadlines using common tools (equalizers, compressors, noise reduction, etc.)
• QC, mix, and sweeten podcasts before publication using DAVID Systems MTE and AVID Pro Tools
• Monitor inbound and outbound audio streams and associated automated play-out systems. Rectify technical outages and respond to programming schedule changes quickly and accurately
• Schedule, connect, and route audio transmissions (IP, ISDN, T1, etc.)
• Test and ensure preparedness of in-house and remote broadcast and production systems (local tapings and on the road)
• Consult, train, and support journalists in the use of NPR technical facilities and remote recording and transmission equipment
• Provide technical support for remote events including site assessment and venue coordination
• Troubleshoot unexpected situations (both live and in-studio) confidently, calmly, and effectively
• Communicate clearly with both editorial and technical colleagues
• Keep abreast of current and emerging audio broadcast equipment, systems, and workflows
• Write and update documentation for user support guides
• Work across the organization on other NPR properties as needed
QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelors or masters degree in audio engineering or related field of study
• 10 years’ technical experience with audio production (broadcast, live sound reinforcement, music recording, theatre, post production, ENG)
• Professional and courteous demeanor supporting a varied and demanding client base
• Exceptional oral and written communication skills and ability to author training guides and operating procedures
• Proven multitasking capabilities for fast approaching deadlines
• Proven ability to identify and correct audio impairments and mix audio to established loudness standards

PREFERRED SKILLS

• Professional broadcast experience, preferably within public media
• Mixing while taking live direction from editorial staff (broadcast, sound reinforcement, etc.)
• Advanced computer troubleshooting, networking, or software development abilities
• ISDN, IP, satellite, and smartphone audio transmission techniques
• Familiarity with Lawo, DAVID Systems, AVID Pro Tools, and iZotope products
• Operation of scheduling and audio routing automation tools
• Remote transmission and field recording proficiency
• Music recording, mixing, and mastering expertise
• Audio for video, post-production, and sound design competence
• IT service desk or networking experience
• Teaching or training experience


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