Music Director, WQXR

Music New York City, New York


Music Director, WQXR 

New York Public Radio seeks a Music Director for WQXR’s classical music programming. The Music Director is a creative professional who is an integral part of the station’s music programming team and will help define the station’s sound. The Music Director will use their knowledge and creative judgment to create top-quality, NYC-based radio and web programming that preserves the legacy of WQXR and expands the reach of classical music both locally and around the world. Since the Music Director has the creative freedom and autonomy to select each day’s playlist, the ideal candidate will be passionate and knowledgeable about classical music from all eras and will use that base of knowledge to curate playlists that emphasize the gold-standard classical repertoire and performances with appeal to the casual as well as the serious listener. 

In addition to scheduling daily music logs and providing support for WQXR's on-air personalities, this position performs an essential communication role across internal departments as well with the cultural community and music industry at large. The Music Director also plays a key role in creating music content online and integrating that content with on-air programming.

This position reports to the Program Director and will also have primary supervisory responsibility for 1 direct report. 


  • Curate daily playlists that feature a high quality mix of classical music with broad appeal to casual and serious listeners. 
  • Guide WQXR’s music programming focus, integration strategy and thematic programming across multiple platforms.
  • Support WQXR’s goals to increase representation of female, BIPOC and LGTBQ+ artists in its programming and track progress.
  • Oversee station’s music database and guarantee that it exceeds all industry standards. 
  • Work closely within programming department and across promotion and marketing departments to build audience for the station’s content. 
  • Support pledge drives on-air and online; meet or exceed pledge revenue targets.
  • Supervise use of scheduling software, ensuring optimal use.
  • Ensure that logs for each air shift are ready for air in a timely manner.
  • Supervise and support the growth of one Music Coordinator
  • Function as a liaison to internal departments to provide information and knowledge about music programming, and as an external liaison with record labels, content providers and the cultural community
  • Positively represent NYPR at music industry, fundraising and press events.
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed, including some evenings and weekends.


  • Expertise in classical music repertoire, recordings, and history.
  • Prior experience programming music at a radio station or other music service.
  • Experience using scheduling software for programming music is a plus.
  • Familiarity with New York City’s music and culture scene, as well as familiarity with major national and international music presenters, orchestras and festivals required.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new systems and procedures quickly.
  • Effective managerial and organizational skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and to proactively solve problems.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external contacts, establishing and maintaining effective relationships and an atmosphere of trust and respect.

Additional Information

This is a full-time role that includes benefits. New York Public Radio offers competitive compensation with excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, and paid time off benefits including vacation, personal, sick time and parental leave. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this role is currently operating in a remote capacity. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff, and may be expected to work fully from the New York office when it is safe to do so.

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