Board Operator, KCRW – Los Angeles, CA


KCRW, public radio in Los Angeles, is a dynamic and exciting workplace filled with curious and creative people. We operate with integrity and use our programming to build community on the air, online and in person. Our large roster of locally-created programming connects us to what’s happening in LA and around the world.

KCRW is looking to increase its fill-in Board Operator roster with experienced and enthusiastic individuals. The Board Operator is responsible for ensuring a seamless listening experience for our audience and supports all on-air talent and producers.

This position reports to the Station Operations Manager, is paid an hourly rate, and is classified as per diem, non-exempt.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Operate radio board and all studio equipment as required
  • Fulfill station’s FCC obligations, including using dump button to prevent obscenities from airing
  • Perform all EAS responsibilities as required
  • Follow daily program log and ensure correct and timely airing of shows, elements and spots
  • Maintain proper levels, mix, timing and quality of all audio that is broadcast
  • Reliably hit a post seamlessly
  • Perform live VO as required in keeping with station sound
  • Write air copy as needed
  • Prepare syndicated programs for broadcast as directed
  • Engage and broadcast remote connections (Phones, ReportIt, Comrex, etc) as needed
  • Serve as technical director of live programs as needed
  • Complete daily audio production duties as assigned
  • Monitor news sources and follow station’s breaking news procedures as needed
  • Coordinate both preparation and broadcast of live newscasts during air shift
  • Coordinate with production department regarding locally produced recorded programming
  • Coordinate with technical directors of live programs
  • Coordinate with engineering department regarding proper function of station equipment
  • Coordinate with promotions department regarding on-air promotional priorities
  • Perform other tasks as required that are necessary to ensure a successful broadcast

Required Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Superior voice talent
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Live audio mixing
  • Digital audio editing
  • Sound judgement during news broadcasts
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask while meeting deadlines reliably
  • Ability to perform tasks with minimal supervision
  • Ability to remain calm and perform well in a fast paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows and MAC OS
  • Knowledge of Dalet, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, or equivalent preferred
  • Knowledge or audio and broadcast equipment and facilities
  • Knowledge of public radio distribution systems
  • Conversant in both local and global current events and culture
  • Reliable transportation
  • Punctual
  • Minimum 1 year related work experience required


  • High School or equivalent education required

Benefits include:

  • Hourly rate of pay, eligible for overtime
  • Premium working holiday pay rate
  • Sick leave accrual
  • Collaborative and supportive environment