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Hiring: WMMT/Ohio Valley ReSource Reporter/Producer

Position Description

Full-Time 2 year Position: Reports to the WMMT Station Manager and Ohio Valley ReSource Managing Editor

WMMT, the non-commercial, community radio station of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, seeks a News Reporter/Producer to take part in the tri-state Ohio Valley ReSource regional journalism collaborative.

On air since 1985, WMMT’s mission is to be a 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues, to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in radio making, and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Appalshop is a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary arts and education center which began as a film training program in the coalfields in 1969.

The Ohio Valley ReSource is a regional journalism collaborative reporting on economic and social change in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. The ReSource operates as a remote newsroom, as it is made up of a managing editor and data/graphics journalist at Louisville Public Media, as well as a reporter at each of the other six public media outlets in the collaborative, including this position at WMMT.

75% of the the Reporter/Producer’s time will be dedicated to working remotely with the Ohio Valley ReSource to report and produce short, highly produced feature stories for broadcast and web, as well as occasional quick-turnaround pieces.

The other 25% of time will be spent working with WMMT Public Affairs staff to produce audio content for the station’s public affairs programming, which focuses on regional history and heritage, arts and culture, health, environmental issues, the economy, and prison justice. The Reporter/Producer will be part of the Making Connections News team, a special initiative producing and distributing stories about regional economic transition and revitalization efforts.

General Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Ohio Valley ReSource team to report and produce 2-7 minute sound-rich audio features and accompanying web articles for broadcast and posting by Ohio Valley ReSource stations.
  • Follow news relating to the economy and economic revitalization in central Appalachia, and produce features and spot news pieces as appropriate, for Ohio Valley ReSource and WMMT.
  • Partner with the Public Affairs & Making Connections News Directors, to plan and produce Mountain News & World Report (MN/WR), WMMT’s bi-weekly half hour news magazine.
  • With Public Affairs Director, assist in the coordination of WMMT’s Mountain Talk schedule, production and posting (two weekly 1-hour slots reserved for longform interview shows and community affairs programming).
  • Assist staff &/or volunteer producers on their radio production work as needed.
  • Seek out additional regional and national outlets for broadcast of completed stories.
  • Assist with digital workflow, including web and social media posts.
  • Attend and participate in all general WMMT staff meetings.
  • Assist with WMMT spring and fall fund drives.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • Participate in Appalshop’s internal management and governance.

Appalshop is an equal opportunity employer, and its employment policies and practices are applicable to all employees without regard to race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, creed, disability or national origin.

Requirements

  • 1+ years journalism/news production experience
  • Radio/audio production experience preferred, ideally with public or community radio
  • Excellent writing & editing skills
  • Knowledge of and passion for community radio, WMMT’s mission, and how we use radio to achieve our mission
  • Knowledge of the central Appalachian region and the issues facing the people and the land preferred
  • Ability to work & thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Flexibility & a sense of humor

Salary/Benefits

The WMMT Reporter/Producer is a full-time salaried position ($32,000), with full health, dental, and life insurance paid by employer; and access to 403b retirement plan.

Send introductory letter and resume to [email protected]

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 15 with the goal of hiring by mid-August.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

WMMT is always looking for new volunteers!  Whether you have an idea for a show, would like to be a substitute DJ (either in general or for a specific show/genre), would like to learn to use our equipment to produce your very own story, or have any idea whatsoever that you think we could help with / be a part of (feel free, if not encouraged, to get creative here), then get in touch!  We would love to hear from you, and we are interested in working with you however we possibly can.  We are your community radio station, and you make it go.

So give us a shout!  Our email is [email protected], our phone number is 606-633-0108, and our physical address is: 91 Madison Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858.  We certainly look forward to hearing from you.

 

Opportunities to Give

-Donate Your Vehicle to WMMT-

When you donate a vehicle to WMMT, you can actually turn your car into the programs you rely on and love. Your gift makes a difference at WMMT. In addition to supporting your favorite community radio shows, we’ll tow your vehicle for free, and your donation is tax deductible.

Donating a car is fast, easy and secure. We accept almost any vehicle – running or not -including cars, trucks, RVs, and motorcycles. We work with our community radio colleagues at CARS, Inc. to ensure that your donation delivers the highest possible return and that your experience is simple and convenient.

Start Your Vehicle Donation Today

FAQ about CARS, Inc.

Does my car have to be running?
Not always. It does have to have an engine and be towable. It varies from state to state and depends upon the year, make, and model of the vehicle. Sometimes if the cost to transport a vehicle will cost more than what it will bring at auction, it may be declined. Call our toll free line to find out if your vehicle qualifies.

Does my car have to be registered?
No, but you must be the legal titleholder.

What if I lost the title?
You must obtain the title prior to donating it. Contact your local DMV to obtain a duplicate title. In California, we can provide you with a duplicate title form.

 

Where do I sign my title?

Our driver will instruct you of the proper place to sign your title.  You may have to sign a power of attorney authorizing us to transfer it. Our driver will let you know what is required or call our toll free number 855-500-RIDE (7433) to speak our representative.

What kind of paperwork will I receive?
You will receive a tow receipt when the vehicle is picked up. Thirty days after the vehicle is sold, you will receive an acknowledgement. If your vehicle sells for OVER $500 you will receive IRS Form 1098 B & C.

How much can I take for my donation?
If the value of the vehicle is over $500, the taxpayer is limited to deduct the amount for which the vehicle sold. In such a case you will receive a Form 1098 B & C within 30 days of sale. If the vehicle sells for under $500 you will not receive IRS forms as you are not required to file them. Please consult your tax advisor to determine your benefit or for additional information,   (visit the IRS website) at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-05-44.pdf .

What will happen to my vehicle?
Your vehicle will be picked up by one of our courteous drivers and sold at auction.  Cars are usually sold within 30 days of pick up. Some vehicles may take longer.

Is there a tow fee?
No. If you are out of our towing range, we can offer you the option to drop the vehicle off at our auction company at your convenience.

Are all cars sold at auction?
No. Occasionally cars that are donated do not sell at auction. In those cases, the vehicles are sold for scrap metal.

Will I be notified when it sells?
Yes.  If the vehicle sells for over $500 you will receive IRS Form 1098 B & C. If not, you will simply receive an acknowledgement as required by the IRS.

How soon can my vehicle be picked up?
Vehicles are picked up at a time that is convenient for you.  Our representative will take all pertinent information regarding your donation, and forward it to our tow company. They will call you within 24 hours to set up an appointment.  If you have not been called within 24 hours, please call 877-411-3662.

What vehicles do you accept?
We take cars, boats (if they are on a trailer), motor homes, trucks, motorcycles (if they are operational), farm equipment, and recreational vehicles such as snowmobiles, jet ski, etc.) Call our representative to find out if your vehicle qualifies.

Why Donate?
There are several great reasons, like:
1. You don’t want to worry about selling your vehicle.
2. It is too expensive to repair your vehicle.
3. You don’t trust your car to be safe on the road.
4. You need a tax write-off.

But the most important reason is that your donation will help us keep mountain community radio going strong!