Program Director in Tucson, Arizona, US at Cumulus Media

Date Posted: 7/22/2020

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Job Description

CUMULUS MEDIA | Tucson is searching for an experienced Sports Talk Program Director.  The Program Director will be responsible for growing and operating strong brand and must have a strong background and passion for college sports and Sports Talk format. Energy, enthusiasm and experience within the genre is a must.  You will be responsible for all aspects of programming including; managing on-air staff, imaging, station strategy, developing and executing revenue generating sales & programming promotions, website & social media, digital content and have a strong understanding of the core audience of a Sports Talk format. The position (may) also requires a daily air-shift, along with a weekend pre-game and post game show hosting during college football and basketball season, live appearances and live remotes!  

Who We Are: Insert Market-Specific information here

CUMULUS | Tucson currently features 5 stations in the Tucson area.  Our stations include:  KIIM-FM 99.5 - Country, K-Hit 107-5 - Classic Hits, 97.5 The Vibe - Classic Hip Hop, 1400 KTUC - Adult Standards and Wildcat Radio 1290 - Sports Talk and radio flagship for University of Arizona sports.  The cluster of 5 stations reaches thousands of listeners on a daily basis.     

We’re looking for a track record of success.  Top candidates will be versatile and possess exceptional PD, On-Air and web/social media skills.  Digital and social strategies must be as engaging as on-air tactics and execution.  The best candidates will be detail oriented with the ability to multi-task and react in a calm and decisive way when dealing with challenging situations.  Writing and production skills to image and brand your stations are essential.  People skills and the ability to work closely with talent, department heads and a talented sales team are critical.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create, implement, and manage the sound, image, brand, and standards of Wildcat Radio 1290 through all distribution channels to reach and exceed goals for ratings, revenue, and profitability
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with our partners in the athletic department and coaches at the University of Arizona and our partners at IMG sports.
  • Oversees scheduling of on-air University of Arizona sporting events, pre and post game shows
  • Creates and supervises on-air structure and presentation
  • Oversee / co host daily weekday local sports talk show
  • Recruit, hires, trains, supervises and schedules on-air personnel and/or board operators
  • Provide regular coaching and performance feedback to staff
  • Deliver unique content that attracts the target demo, builds ratings and grows terrestrial and digital audience
  • Work closely with the sales team to develop and enhance client relationships and revenue
  • Work closely with marketing team to develop contests, promotions and big events to raise brand profile
  • Ensure operation of station in accordance with FCC regulations and policies
  • Operate (as needed) control board, remote broadcasting and other related production equipment as well as in studio software


Job Requirements

  • Minimum 3 years’ of successful programming experience and winning track record backed by Nielsen Audio results preferred
  • Strong social and digital experience
  • Savvy computer skills and proficiency with ratings, research 
  • 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, departments and clients
  • Creative and strategic problem solver
  • A strong understanding of Nielsen Ratings and ability to interpret various kinds of research

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
  • 401K with company match to plan for the long-term
  • Paid Vacation & Holidays

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


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