Operations Manager in Bloomington, IL at Cumulus Media

Date Posted: 1/7/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

CUMULUS MEDIA | Bloomington, Illinois is looking for a dynamic Operations Manager/ Program Director and On-Air Host.  Our people work in a state-of-the-art facility, take pride in our community and value teamwork.  If you can deliver lifestyle headlines, be focused, creative and multi-task and most of all…love radio, we should talk.  Board work, remotes and production are all a part of what we do, so show us what you’ve got.

Who We Are:  

CUMULUS | Bloomington currently features 5 stations in the central Illinois area and surrounding counties.  Our stations include:  WBNQ, WBWN, Nash Icon 93.7 FM and our heritage station WJBC-AM.  The cluster of 5 stations reaches thousands of listeners on a daily basis.     

Cumulus Media’s Bloomington, IL location is offering a great opportunity for an Operations Manager. Duties include direct oversight of programming in the cluster in addition to OM duties for WBWN-FM; Country, WBNQ-FM; AC, WJEZ-FM; Classic Hits; WJBC AM Local News Talk and WJBC FM; Nash Icon.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of programming including music scheduling, coaching on-air staff, station and AM/FM cluster strategy, development of on-air/online promotions and generating associated revenue, oversight and content creation for digital extensions (including streams and websites), and have a strong customer service approach towards listeners, staff, & sales. Additionally, the candidate will perform an on-air shift on WBWN or WJBC AM and act the Program Director for WBWN or WJBC AM/FM.

  • Successful programming experience and winning track record backed by Nielsen Audio results.
  • Savvy computer skills and proficiency with ratings, research, and music (Stratus) programs.
  • Must make station appearances at events/remotes and represent stations,
  • Be organized and able to create systems to accomplish an excellent on-air sound, limiting audio mistakes.
  • Work with station voiceover talent to create and produce station imaging and promos.
  • Ability to multi-task and the discipline to focus on what is the highest and best use of your time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with air staff and associated departments.
  • Strong leadership, coaching, prioritization, and execution.
  • Creative and strategic problem solver.
  • Proficient in digital audio editing and production using various software packages
  • Work with station promotions director to maximize digital assets including websites, social media presence.
  • Highest and Best use of scheduling (Full/ Part-time talent & special programming)
  • Previous Program Director or programming management experience is highly desirable.
  • Produce a compelling radio show by using creativity, imagination and exercise of independent professional judgment in writing, producing, interviewing, taping or broadcasting on-air content 
  • Great with phones/interacting with callers, interviewing artists/guests and hosting live events
  • Connect with listeners via phones, social, video, web and on-site
  • Daily social media engagement; website and digital content generation
  • Participate in station Programming, Promotions, and Sales meetings and events 
  • Commercial Production; create killer endorsement ads –  both on air and online – for mutually agreed upon products
  • Handles emergency news/weather in show; on call for weather disasters/breaking news
  • Ensures logged commercials, promotions, sweepers and any other programming element essential to the station's operations are aired
  • Performs additional duties in small stations, such as production, assisting program directors or music directors, operating radio transmitter or writing advertising copy. Plays music as specified by music director and music log 


Job Requirements

To upload your air-check, please paste the audio file into a Word document and save with name format Lastname.Audio  and upload as part of your application by selecting “Include a cover letter”.  Instructions are also provided on the application form.


  • 3 + years of Full-Time On-Air experience with successful ratings history required
  • Strong production skills and knowledge of Op X, VOX Pro/Adobe Audition and Audacity
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and social networking
  • Strong knowledge of all FCC rules and regulations
  • Socially informed and perceptive; up-to-date and in tune daily with the local and national trends and/or specialized knowledge of topics/events related to on-air discussions
  • Demonstrated upbeat personality, informative, entertaining and engaging on the air; able to relate to station audience
  • Pleasant, charismatic and well-controlled voice; excellent pronunciation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and editing skills; proficient in grammar; ability to make others feel comfortable and open up on air
  • Demonstrated creativity and imagination
  • Can work well in a team environment; collaborative
  • All new hires must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by date of hire, subject to legally-mandated accommodations

What we offer:

  • Competitive pay
  • Professional growth and career path
  • Focused, responsible and collaborative work environment with the ability, to ask “what if” and try innovative solutions
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance coverage – remove if PT role
  • 401K with company match to plan for the long-term
  • Paid Vacation & Holidays– remove if PT role

For immediate consideration, please visit https://cumulusmedia.jobs.net/

For more information about CUMULUS MEDIA, visit our website at: https://www.cumulusmedia.com/

CUMULUS MEDIA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



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