KNKX - Music Director

The Music Director is responsible for coordinating all music content for KNKX, including on-air and online services, supervising the Music Staff, hosting on-air shifts and scheduling talent.

  • Direct full and part-time staff of jazz and blues hosts. Supervisory activities include: scheduling, performance evaluation, talent recruitment, training and conflict resolution.
  • Oversees Jazz24, and the Jazz24 Manager.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with music labels, artists, and artist representatives.
  • Maintains strong relationships with local jazz organizations.
  • Responsible for coordinating all recorded and live music. Reviews old and new releases for airplay that are consistent with the KNKX format.
  • Responsible for adding and deleting songs, scheduling music, and analyzing the database on an on-going basis. 
  • Conceives and executes special on-air music events that connect and engage the audience.
  • Serves as a fill-in host for jazz, and blues shifts. 
  • Station contact for listeners with comments, concerns, and questions about the music played. 
  • Active role in KNKX fund drives, including pitching on-air. 
  • Assists in Major Donor events and other development activities. 
  • Emcee at station events. 
  • Must split time between Seattle and Tacoma studio locations as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Must have the ability to coach, mentor and lead a staff.
  • In depth knowledge of jazz and blues. 
  • Understanding of automation and music systems, specifically Audio Vault and Selector.
  • Ability to work in a creative team environment. 
  • Must be able to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and accept criticism. 
  • Understanding of music programming principles, audience research, operational methods and the structure and significant issues of public broadcasting.
  • Must have good radio hosting ability, including the ability to operate an audio console. 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in Broadcasting, Music, or related field. 
  • Prefer five years programming experience.

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