Associate Producer, Radiolab

WNYC Studios New York City, New York


Associate Producer, Radiolab

Radiolab, a pioneer of narrative nonfiction podcasting, is looking for an Associate Producer to join our team. The right candidate will be deeply curious and creative. You’ll be organized, a stickler for details, but also not afraid to be a little bit weird. 

The Associate Producer at Radiolab supports other team members; dedication and willingness to learn the Radiolab process is a must. The ideal candidate will be willing to work hard and pitch in on all aspects of the production process, no matter how small. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support producers and editors on the show with organizing tape, cutting selects of tape, cutting narration, and laying in tracks.
  • Locate, organize, and license archival tape as needed.
  • Collaborate with Editors/Producers to develop the arc of episodes.
  • Collaborate with Editors/Producers to learn how to pitch successful Radiolab ideas.
  • Research story ideas, conduct pre-interviews and participate in interviews, book guests, arrange logistics (studios/tape syncs).
  • Collaborate with Editors/Producers to learn scripting in the Radiolab style for assigned pieces.
  • Execute notes from the Editor on new drafts of episodes for assigned pieces as needed.
  • Liaise with fact checkers for episodes as needed.
  • Write and produce content for web, newsletter, social media, and other platforms as needed.
  • Run Radiolab intern program: select interns, manage interns’ day to day activities.
  • Assist other staff members in show-related activities in order to meet deadlines.

Key Qualifications:

  • Has at least 2 years experience in a media environment (internships and per diem gigs count! broadcasting/podcasting is a plus).
  • Has a deep curiosity about the world around them and is unafraid to ask hard questions.
  • Is an excellent creative writer.
  • Experience with linear editing software (ProTools, Logic, et cetera) is a plus
  • Is super organized and gets stuff done. 
  • Is willing to pitch in on all tasks in the production process, no matter how big or small.

Additional Role Information:
This is a full-time role with competitive compensation and eligibility for full benefits including excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid holidays, vacation, personal time, sick time, parental leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan. 

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between New York Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA.  

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard. 

Equal Opportunity:
New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved. 

About Radiolab:
Created in 2002 by host Jad Abumrad, and now co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser, Radiolab began as an exploration of science, philosophy, and ethics using innovative composition and sound design. Radiolab has expanded and evolved to become a platform for long-form journalism and storytelling. The show challenges its listeners’ preconceived notions about how the world works. Radiolab provokes, it moves, it delights, and it asks its audience to see the world around them anew. 

In the past year, the show released a series on a Guantanamo Bay detainee named Latif Nasser; covered the pandemic (by looking at the present and the past); composed an experimental non-narrative meditation on the end of the world; reported out topical stories on the power of protest (here and here, too), the risk of Donald Trump trying to steal the election, the responsibilities of the police (and lack thereof); and escaped to the bottom of the sea to spend time with an octomom.

Since its founding nearly two decades ago, Radiolab has won some of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including two George Foster Peabody Awards, Third Coast awards, The Silver Gavel, as well as other accolades. In 2011 Abumrad received the MacArthur Genius grant. The show has spawned successful spinoff series, like More Perfect, Gonads, The Other Latif, G, Border Trilogy, and Radiolab for Kids.