Program Director / Traditional Music Program Coordinator
WMMT, the non-commercial, community radio station of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, seeks a Program Director/Traditional Music Program Coordinator. 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 making radio; and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. WMMT, a project of Appalshop, a non-profit multi-disciplinary arts and education center, has been on the air since 1985.
WMMT seeks a Program Director who will provide leadership and vision, who is serious about innovative and engaged community-based and community-produced programming. The Program Director serves as the primary point of contact with our volunteer programmers and is responsible for the music portion of WMMT’s broadcast schedule as well as programmer recruitment, training, and retention. The duties as Traditional Music Program Coordinator include overseeing our after school music education program, Passing the Pick and Bow, as well as other traditional music-related activities. While this position requires technical training and knowledge, it is also a creative role seeking new ideas and projects developed in tandem with our volunteers and partners. The Program Director reports to WMMT’s General Manager and works as part of the larger WMMT staff team to develop and execute short- and long-term station planning and activities.
- Oversee music portion of broadcast schedule, including supervising and scheduling on-air shifts and substitutions for program hosts
- When unable to find substitutes, will be responsible for building & loading a playlist or will serve as backup programmer when possible
- Recruitment & Retention: Recruit new programmers and subs, conduct new programmer trainings; maintain good communication with programmers, including weekly emails and yearly formal check-ins
- Responsible for ensuring that programmers stay within FCC guidelines & WMMT rules; responsible for working with GM on disciplinary action, if necessary
- Monitor online broadcast stream, maintain weekly program logs, and comply with quarterly reporting requirements
- Oversee WMMT Music Library (help train volunteers in ripping CDs, etc.)
Traditional Music Program Coordinator
- Oversee the Passing the Pick & Bow Program, including coordination with schools, staff evaluation, curriculum development, and fundraising
- Oversee the monthly Appalshop Old-Time Jam
- Organize additional events related to traditional music
Other Operations/General Station Tasks
- Point person for Bluegrass Express Live! & other live music shows
- Primary point of contact for technical/equipment issues; serve as liaison with station engineer
- Work with WMMT staff team to raise overall visibility and listenership
- Oversee the WMMT Community Calendar and be point person for recording PSAs
- Work with programmers to develop a system for music calls (from promoters or bands wanting music played on WMMT)
- Be flexible, be of (at least moderately) good cheer, and be around to help put out the various fires & urgent things-to-do that happen daily at WMMT
Qualified candidates will possess:
- Knowledge of and passion for community radio, WMMT’s mission, and how we use radio to achieve our mission
- 1+ years volunteer management or related experience
- 1+ years experience with youth music education programs, teaching and management preferred
- Technical knowledge of radio broadcast related equipment
- Ability to work collaboratively with paid and volunteer programmers/staff
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Radio/audio production experience, ideally with public or community radio
- Ability to work & thrive in a collaborative environment
- Flexibility, enthusiasm, & a sense of humor
- Ability to pass a background test through our local Board of Education
Additionally, ideal candidates will possess:
- Familiarity with the many cultures, histories, and present realities in Central Appalachia
- Experience in public or community radio and familiarity with FCC rules and regulations
- Excellent organizational skills
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, G Suite, Slack, and other standard office systems
- Excellent writing & editing skills
Appalshop/WMMT 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, gender, creed, disability or national origin.
This is a full-time salaried position ($34,000), with full health, dental, and life insurance paid by employer; and access to 403b retirement plan. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] We will begin reviewing applications on April 22, 2019 and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled with a goal of hiring by mid- to late-May.
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.
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.
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!