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Date Submitted: April 21, 2024
Job Title: STATION MANAGER
Station: KAZI FM
Location: Austin, TX
Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2024
Salary Range: $30,000 Annually

Job Description:

In the bustling heart of Austin, Texas, where vibrant culture meets an ever-evolving community, there exists a radio station that stands as a testament to the power of vision, dedication, and the unwavering commitment to serving the people. That station is KAZI 88.7, the oldest community station inAustin, and its journey through time is nothing short of remarkable.

From the very beginning, KAZI was not just another radio station; it was a dream brought to life by the late Dr. John Warfield, a visionary professor of African-American Studies at the University of Texas. Driven by a passion for media access and educational programming, KAZI was born on August 29, 1982, with generous support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the generosity of LBJ-S Broadcasting, which provided vital tower space.
lnan age when community voices were often overshadowed, KAZI emerged as·a beacon of hope. Its mission was clear: to provide a platform for voices that had long been marginalized and underserved by mainstream radio. This mission was not just a statement on paper; it was a commitment etched in the hearts of the dedicated volunteers who breathed life into KAZI. These volunteers, who came together out of a profound sense of love for their community, have been the lifeblood of this station from day one.

KAZl’s roots run deep, nourished by the spirit of Austin and the determination of its people. As a listener ­supported, non-commercial community radio station, KAZI has relied on the generosity of its dedicated listeners and the support of commercial sponsors to thrive. The station’s commitment to keeping the community informed and engaged is further exemplified by ls broadcasting of the weekly City Council meeting, made possible through funds from the City of Austin.

What sets KAZI apart, however, is not just its history or its commitment to community engagement. It’s the unique blend of music and programming that fills the airwaves. From RnB to Soul, Hip-Hop to Jazz, Gospel to Blues, Reggae to Zydeco, and so much more, KAZI has been a sonic tapestry reflecting the diverse tastes and voices of Austin and its surrounding communities.

Local artists have found a home at KAZI, where their talents are celebrated and shared with a dedicated audience. This station has not only played the hits but has also championed the underdogs, shining a spotlight on independent artists and their creations.

For over four decades, KAZI has stood as a steadfast force, bridging communities and creating a family atmosphere for its volunteers and listeners alike. The passion and dedication of its volunteer staff have kept listeners coming back, always eager for more.

In this fast-paced world of ever-changing media, KAZI remains a beacon of continuity and connection. It is a testament to the power of community-driven media, where the heart and soul of Austin find their voice. As we embark on this journey through KAZl’s history, we invite you to discover the stories, the voices, and the music that have shaped this remarkable institution.

Welcome to the history of KAZI 88. 7 FM, where commitment to community is not just a mission but a way of life.

Job Title: KAZIFM -Station Manager

Location: Austin, Texas

About KAZIFM:

KAZIFM, The Voice of Austin, is a dynamic and community-focused radio station dedicated to serving the vibrant and diverse population of Austin, Texas. We are committed to providing a platform for bcal voices, promoting cultural diversity and addressing the unique concerns of our community. With a strong focus on African American culture, KAZIFM plays a pivotal role in reflecting the essence of Austin’s rich and multifaceted heritage.

Position Overview:
KAZIFM is seeking an enthusiastic and visionary leader to join our team as the Station Manager. As the Station Manager, you will be at the helm of this important community institution and be responsible for leading our station to new heights of excellence and community engagement. You will work closely with our dedicated team to create compelling radio programming, foster community relationships, and ensure the station’s long-term sustainability.

Key Responsibilities:
Passionate Community Engagement: Bring an authentic passion for the African American community and its concerns to the forefront of station operations. Champion initiatives that genuinely serve the needs and interests of our community.

Cultural Sensitivity: Understand the cultural nuances and diversity within the African American community in Austin. Promote programming that resonates with the community’s values and traditions.

Inspiring Leadership: Provide strong and effective leadership to guide our talented staff and volunteers. Motivate and empower the team to work collaboratively toward the station’s mission and goals.

Effective Communication: Utilize excellent communication skills to foster meaningful relationships with staff, community members, advertisers, and partners. Actively listen to the community’s concerns and incorporate their feedback into station operations.

Strategic Vision: Develop and implement a clear vision and strategy for KAZI FM that aligns with the station’s mission. Set measurable goals, plan programming, and make decisions that drive our station’s success.

Financial Stewardship: Manage budgets, fundraising, and financial operations to ensure the station’s sustainability. Secure funding through grants, sponsorships, and community support to sustain our vital mission.

Technical Proficiency {Preferred): While not mandatory, a basic understanding of radio broadcasting equipment and technology is beneficial for troubleshooting and making informed decisions about station upgrades.

Community Network: Build and maintain strong relationships within the Austin community, local organizations, and the media industry. Forge partnerships, secure sponsorships, and create community engagement opportunities.

Adaptability: Embrace change in the ever-evolving media landscape. Be open to new ideas and strategies to meet the evolving needs of our community and the industry.

Conflict Resolution: Effectively handle conflicts that may arise within the organization or with external stakeholders using your skilled conflict resolution and mediation abilities.

Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Ensure KAZI FM’s adherence to all legal and regulatory requirements related to radio broadcasting.

Creativity: Foster a creative environment within our station’s programming and content, attracting and retaining listeners with innovative ideas and approaches.

Marketing and Promotion: Develop effective marketing strategies to promote the station and its programs, expanding our listenership and community engagement.

Diversity and Inclusion: Advocate for diversity and inclusion both within the station and through its programming, highlighting the African American community’s rich and multifaceted perspectives.

Qualifications:

  • Proven leadership experience in radio broadcasting, media, or community-driven organizations.
  • A deep and genuine passion for the African American community and its concerns.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making abilities.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and financial management.
  • An understanding of the cultural nuances within the African American community.
  • A track record of building and maintaining community relationships.
  • Flexibility and adaptability ina changing media landscape.
  • Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements related to radio broadcasting is a plus.
  • Technical proficiency in radio broadcasting equipment (preferred but not required).

Salary:  $30,000 Annually plus commission

Application Process:
Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and their vision for KAZI FM as the Voice of Austin.

Please submit application via email to greghamilton@kazjfm.org.
Phone contact is 512.797.4992.

Application window opens on Monday, April 22, 2024 and closes on May 31, 2024.

KAZIFM is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

Join our team and help shape the future of community radio in Austin as the Station Manager of KAZI FM, The Voice of Austin. Together we can continue to  amplify the voices and stories that make our community unique.

 

Send required application materials to: greghamilton@kazifm.org
Address application materials to: Greg Hamilton