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Program Directors
District Of Columbia

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Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

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Currently Employed: 2,210

Projected Annual Job Openings: 100

Typical Hourly Wage: $28.90 - $50.36

Typical Annual Salary: $60,100 - $104,800

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: Less than 5 years

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Plan and schedule programming and event coverage, based on broadcast length, time availability, and other factors, such as community needs, ratings data, and viewer demographics.
  • Coordinate activities between departments, such as news and programming.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in broadcast news, sports, or programming.
  • Monitor and review programming to ensure that schedules are met, guidelines are adhered to, and performances are of adequate quality.
  • Check completed program logs for accuracy and conformance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations and resolve program log inaccuracies.
  • Establish work schedules and assign work to staff members.
  • Operate and maintain on-air and production audio equipment.
  • Prepare copy and edit tape so that material is ready for broadcasting.
  • Monitor network transmissions for advisories concerning daily program schedules, program content, special feeds, or program changes.
  • Confer with directors and production staff to discuss issues such as production and casting problems, budgets, policies, and news coverage.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Radio core equipment
  • Special purpose telephones
  • Tablet computers

  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Document management software
  • Office suite software
  • Web page creation and editing software

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