Talk show host | STLPR

This announcement is open until July 3, 2022.

St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR), the National Public Radio (NPR) member station in the area, is looking for a host/producer for its flagship local talk show, Saint Louis live.

Saint Louis live is the premier talk show in the St. Louis area that airs at noon and 7 p.m. on 90.7 FM and anytime via podcast. Offer in-depth and nuanced discussions about those who live, work and create here, Saint Louis live is an innovative program. We celebrate life in the St. Louis area and give much-needed airtime to the challenges our communities face. We find unique news angles, avoid “talking heads” and strive to speak directly with those affected by the news and those responsible for decision-making. Saint Louis live is not just a feature of STLPR’s broadcast service, but a vital meanse station interacts with our community for a more inspired and engaged audience.

As a nonprofit media organization, STLPR serves hundreds of thousands of people each month on-air, online and on-demand, delivering accuracy and understanding. As a station, our intent is to practice and support mission-driven journalism with staff members who are engaged and committed to equitable and inclusive service, both to our community and to each other. This means that we seek to recognize and eliminate biases in ourselves, in our work and in the systems of which we are part. We welcome a wide range of perspectives, experiences and identities on our teams and in our news coverage. We are still working to extend the reach of our service to those who have not felt invited in public media.

STLPR is looking for an experienced journalist and interviewer to join a team of two producers, a senior producer, a part-time sound engineer and an executive producer. In addition to being passionate about talking with people in a live interview format, the successful candidate will host taped segments, specials and events. Our ideal candidate is infinitely curious and loves talking about difficult current topics just as much as they love talking about the latest arts and culture news.

You are a good candidate to host Saint Louis live if you possess that elusive mix of “hospitality,” curiosity, a voracious journalistic appetite, and an ability to write quickly and meet daily deadlines. You will also have strong editorial judgment and be highly organized, well prepared and work effectively and collaboratively in a team environment. You look forward to speaking with journalists and, more importantly, you are committed to putting people at the center of stories. You are creative and have the skills to do Saint Louis live a must-see show for the community of Saint-Louis.

You will be a successful candidate for this role if you have:

  • Experience as a journalist and interviewer;
  • Good judgment on current events, intellectual rigor and passion for keeping abreast of current events;
  • Impeccable preparation and solid understanding of journalism ethics;
  • Experience juggling daily stories with corporate reporting while meeting deadlines;
  • A love of public broadcasting and the diverse constituencies we serve;
  • Strong writing skills and familiarity with AP style;
  • At least five years as a journalist, or related experience;
  • A personal link with the community of Saint-Louis, its various communities or a proven willingness to develop links in a new city;
  • Ability to center people in their stories, especially people who are not always represented in media coverage.

Additionally, we hope to find candidates with one of the following:

  • Knowledge of Saint-Louis and the greater Saint-Louis region;
  • Previous experience broadcasting and/or hosting podcasts;
  • Experience creating audio stories and editing web stories.

We are a daily newsroom and sometimes it will be necessary to work outside normal office hours.

Wage scale: $75,000 – $95,000/annual

Application Instructions:

A cover letter and samples of radio work and/or published journalism are required for consideration. Your cover letter should highlight your ideas for how best to serve listeners and readers in this work. The final round of the hiring process will also include an audition.

Questions about this position and work samples should be sent to Executive Producer Alex Heuer: [email protected].

St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri–St. Louis. In order to be considered for this position or to view the posting in its entirety, please visit The UMSL job site and complete an online application. Job ID: 42360.

We are committed to building a newsroom that is demographically representative of the St. Louis area. The STLPR and UMSL are equal opportunity employers. We enthusiastically encourage members of groups underrepresented in public media to apply.

Javier E. Swan