Talk Show Producer

The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio seeks an intern to work with the team of Central Time during the summer of 2019. The ideal candidate is considering a career in broadcasting and journalism, keeps up with state and national news, has a wide range of interests, and is interested helping to produce high-quality public service programming. Strong writing, editing and interpersonal skills are essential. Candidates must be available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least three days per week.

TALK: You will work alongside an experienced team of hosts and producers to produce Central Time, a daily, statewide afternoon call-in program. Duties will include pitching show ideas, booking guests, producing segments, and call screening during live broadcast. NEWS: You will have an opportunity to see how news evolves from an idea to an on-air story. Attend a News Department assignment meeting, shadow Madison-based reporters as possible and spend part of an afternoon in the studio during All Things Considered.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program (SAAIP), you must be: A full-time Wisconsin student or out of state student enrolled in a college/university, or vocational technical program in the state of Wisconsin, AND A current student who will be a junior in the fall following the internship, or has completed at least one year of a 2 year technical college program.


  • Serve as on-air producer, including screening listener phone calls and emails for call-in programming.
  • Keep current on issues of importance and interest to listeners and attend scheduled pitch meetings to suggest call-in topics and guests.
  • Locate, pre-interview and schedule appropriate guests to provide balance and a variety of perspectives for call-in programming in consultation with program host and producers.
  • Provide program host with background material, suggested introductions and questions.
  • Record and edit audio for on-air use.
  • Fill in for other producing staff as assigned. Other duties as assigned.


1. Intermediate computer and online skills.
2. Strong written and oral communication skills.
3. Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines.
4. Interest in developing broadcast skills.
5. Comfort with a fast-paced work environment.
6. Willingness and ability to accept direction and feedback.


Knowledge of and interest in state and national news, politics, current and cultural affairs. Previous audio editing experience. Ability to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the team. Social networking skills. Background in broadcast journalism.

Work will be performed between the hours of 9am and 5pm, M-F, 24 hours per week for 10 weeks, in Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue (on Madison Metro bus lines). Pay is $12 per hour.

Posted on: December 18, 2018

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Summer Journalism Internship

Interested in developing and honing your journalism skills? WPR has a great opportunity for a student majoring in journalism or communications with a passion for current events, good writing ability and strong interpersonal skills to join our team for summer 2019. Working with WPR’ s experienced journalists behind the scenes and on the air, you will learn the basics of broadcast journalism and public affairs call-in talk show production and develop a portfolio of your work. This internship, based in Eau Claire, is designed to attract college students from underrepresented groups and those with disabilities. Pay is $10/hr.

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