Host Producer – Current Affairs

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WDET is searching for an experienced Host Producer – Current Affairs at its Detroit campus location.

Wayne State is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan where students from all backgrounds are offered a rich, high-quality education. Our deep-rooted commitment to excellence, collaboration, integrity, diversity and inclusion creates exceptional educational opportunities which prepare students for success in a global society.

Essential functions (job duties):

The Host/Producer, Current Affairs hosts live, interactive, and original daily programming, and produces segments and content features. The Host/ Producer, under the supervision of the Senior Producer, works with producers and other production staff to develop program topics; undertakes subject research and books guests, conducts pre-interviews; develops narrative copy and editorial content including interview questions, program introductions, etc; conducts and records interviews with guests as required; assists live show production as required; coordinates with technical and digital production team to post-produce and publish content. Occasional WDET events and other public appearances required, sometimes including limited travel. Reports to Senior Producer, WDET.

Content Development:

Research and develop compelling and relevant story ideas for radio broadcasts, ensuring alignment with the station’s editorial guidelines.

Collaborate with the editorial team to brainstorm, pitch, and refine story concepts that resonate with the target audience.

Scriptwriting and Editing:

Write engaging and informative scripts for radio segments, ensuring clarity, accuracy, and adherence to the station’s editorial standards.

Edit and proofread scripts to maintain high-quality content, while also incorporating feedback from team members and stakeholders.

Interview Coordination and Execution:

Identify and reach out to potential guests for interviews, conducting pre-interview research to prepare for insightful and thought-provoking conversations.

Coordinate interview logistics, including scheduling, preparing interviewees, and ensuring a smooth on-air experience.

Show Production:

Oversee the production process, from initial concept to final broadcast, ensuring seamless execution of radio programs.

Work closely with other hosts, sound engineers, and other production team members to create polished and engaging shows.

Community Engagement:

Foster connections with the community through engaging content that reflects local interests and concerns.

Seek feedback from the audience and integrate community perspectives into the editorial decision-making process.

Storytelling Innovation:

Explore creative approaches to storytelling, incorporating diverse voices and perspectives to enhance the station’s programming.

Stay informed about industry trends and emerging narratives, contributing fresh ideas to keep the station’s content dynamic and relevant.



Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Media Studies, or a related field from an accredited college or university. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


Experienced (minimum 2 years of job-related experience)

Experience in hosting and producing public media programming, preferably with direct experience in radio broadcasting.


Ability to prioritizes work activities and adapt to rapidly changing conditions; complete tasks correctly; plan for discussion/coverage of pre-planned major news events within the show; possess solid news judgement, demonstrated knowledge of NPR code of ethics for journalism.

Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and professionally, both orally and in writing.

Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with multiple WDET teams. Must have ability to work in a live program environment and remain poised under pressure.

Demonstrated capacity for multi-tasking, flexibility in face of changing priorities, and the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.

Demonstrated knowledge of current events, thought leaders, and issues of importance to Metro Detroiters.

Demonstrated knowledge of multiple media production (radio, web), editorial standards/management, and journalism practices. Ability to utilize social and digital media to engage audiences

Understanding of objectives and mission of assigned program duties. Monitors own work to ensure quality. Performs work with concentration, focus and accuracy. Works effectively and completes quality work in a timely manner to meet deadlines.

Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in editorial and journalistic practices, modeling inclusive behaviors and proactively managing implicit bias.


H72 – WDET

Primary department:

H8703 – WDET

Employment type:

  • Regular Employee
  • Job type: Full Time
  • Job category: Staff/Administrative

Funding/salary information:

  • Compensation type: Annual Salary
  • Hourly rate:
  • Salary minimum: $47,866
  • Salary hire maximum: $57,441

Working conditions:

Normal office environment and some limited travel

Job openings:

  • Number of openings: 1
  • Reposted position: No
  • Reposted reason: None (New Requisition)
  • Prior posting/requisition number:

Background check requirements:

University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting work. If you are offered employment, the university will inform you if a background check is required.

Equal employment opportunity statement:

Wayne State University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. The university encourages applications from women, people of color and other underrepresented people. Wayne State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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