News Director/Sports Play-by-Play

News Director/Sports Play-by-Play

  • Full Time
  • Denison

Website KDSN

We are "The Hive!" for all things local in West Central Iowa.


KDSN is seeking an aggressive newshound and creative storyteller with the talent, energy, and leadership to lead the local news team. He/she is responsible for consistent coverage of local news and driving innovative features and stories of local interest.


· Work closely with the General Manager to incorporate the station’s vision into a well-articulated and strategic news plan. Write, communicate, and execute weekly/monthly/quarterly news plans to ensure 360° coverage of a variety of community issues. Work with GM and other managers to establish newsroom goals and work to develop and further the station's news brand in West Central Iowa. Produce in-depth radio news features and multi-media/multi-platform journalism for KDSN. The news director writes/prepares local news stories for broadcast on KDSN as well as regional radio outlets and all related KDSN digital and social sites. Oversee production of newscasts and special programming from start to finish. Explore social, political, economic, and ecological issues of interest to West Central Iowa listeners. Attend community events, local governmental and other scheduled meetings to establish viable news sources and build relationships with key stakeholders. Anchor/produce several newscasts each weekday, including 7 am, Noon, 5pm, and other shifts to be determined. The news director supervises part-time correspondents and student interns, helping them develop and hone their reporting and presentation skills. Assume the role as the main point of contact for weather and weather-related emergency events. The News Director is the 24/7 lead for the station in making sure we provide live updates on critical situations in our listening area. Demonstrate strong writing skills and have a proven track record for organizing and getting results on initiatives. · Archive and maintain records of daily broadcasts; Maintain “Issues and Programs” list and quarterly uploads to FCC public file. · Maintain a working knowledge of journalistic ethics, libel, and privacy laws As News Director/Manager you will also: · Write original copy, edit external scripts, and prepare for on-air and digital. · Help with the Sports team as needed, including writing reports and doing play-by-play for sporting events. · Communicate monthly news plans and goals and work closely with Broadcast Team members to ensure a seamless listener experience between news, talk shows, and all original programming. · Set up daily feedback loop with GM & others to ensure quality control and brand compliance · Always question the content, accuracy, and fairness of incoming scripts and web stories. · Create tactics and strategies to increase listener/viewer engagement for on-air/digital · Evaluate workflow efficiencies and focus on continuous improvement · Be investigative and enterprise reporting-driven · Demonstrate a passion for social media · Problem solver and team player · Great people skills with an emphasis on team building. · Produce & use quality photographs to supplement your reporting and be technically skilled and proficient in the use of digital audio editing software. · Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to relay important and compelling stories by incorporating such elements as natural sound and voice actualities into their reports. Additional Duties/ Flexible Work Schedule They are a highly visible key ambassador and link for KDSN to the community and must always dress and behave professionally. Production work to support other aspects of station operation including commercials & promotions. Remain available to assume on-air shifts as needed to support Broadcast Team. Provides back up for on-air, production, and sports team members. This is a small station, and we encourage and depend on cross- training and pollination. Available for scheduled and on-call weekend shifts, as necessary.


Writing Skills: 1 year (Required) Journalism: 1 year (Required) Bachelor's (Preferred) Driver's License (Preferred)


Brandon McDermott
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