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.
WMMT, the non-commercial, community radio station of Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, seeks a General Manager. 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.
The General Manager (GM) is responsible for the station’s programmatic and financial well being and will work with WMMT staff to develop and implement strategic financial, fundraising, and programmatic plans. The GM will lead government and foundation fundraising, oversee station activities and legal compliance, and represent the station both near and far. The GM will support and work with staff as part of a team, and will oversee and help hold together the station’s multifaceted activities, which include on-air fundraising and underwriting, technical operations, volunteer relations, public affairs production, a traditional music after-school program, community relations, and increasing the station visibility. The GM will also participate in Appalshop, Inc. management and governance.
WMMT broadcasts from the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields to large portions of eastern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, and southern West Virginia. WMMT is powered by 50+ community volunteers and a small, dedicated staff that works as a team. Programming consists of volunteer-chosen music and regional public affairs programming. We are committed to spanning a wide range of genres in our music programming, which includes an emphasis on traditional Appalachian music and its descendant, bluegrass. The station’s public affairs programming is produced almost entirely by WMMT staff and volunteers. It consists of both produced news programming and live talk show formats. The station covers local/regional events, discusses a wide range of social issues with a diverse cast of on-air talk show hosts, and documents life and culture in the mountains.
Qualified candidates for WMMT’s General Manager will possess:
Leadership skills based on the ability to collaborate, work with and motivate team members
Oral and written skills to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and audiences
Successful fundraising experience (foundation, individual, corporate, and/or government)
A passion for the value of community-based radio and understanding of WMMT’s unique role in the community
A commitment to participating in the management, governance, and fundraising efforts of Appalshop, which is a primarily a worker-governed organization.
Flexibility, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor.
Additionally, ideal candidates will possess:
Familiarity with the culture, history, and economy of Central Appalachia. WMMT aspires to be both an observer and a participant in the ongoing story of its community.
Experience in public or community radio management or operation and familiarity with FCC rules and regulations
Excellent organizational skills
Experience in successful event planning and execution
Experience in nonprofit management or operations
Experience creating and managing budgets
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and other standard office systems
Experience in meeting with and addressing a range of public audiences.
This is a full time position with excellent benefits. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for at least three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will begin reviewing applications on May 15 and will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.
Applalshop/WMMT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.