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About KKFI 90.1 FM

KKFI is an independent, non-commercial, non-profit, 501(c)3, volunteer-based, community radio station. Our vision is to provide a broadcast voice to the voiceless…to those in our community who are otherwise un-represented or under-represented by mainstream media. Our eclectic music programming includes blues, jazz, reggae, rock, hip hop, alternative, Hispanic and world music. Our local and national public affairs programming includes shows dealing with working class, environment, peace, justice, LGBT, and alternative health issues.

KKFI has been on-the-air since 1988 as the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. The station operates a 100,000-watt transmitter, the most powerful allowed by FCC regulations, broadcasting to a 60-mile radius around Kansas City.

Chief Operator/Traffic Coordinator

Posted June 13th, 2019.

The Mid-Coast Radio Project is hiring a full-time Chief Operator/Traffic Coordinator to oversee the on-air functioning of KKFI 90.1FM, Kansas City’s Community Radio station.

Status: Full-time, non-exempt

Reports to: KKFI Board of Directors

Located at: 3901 Main St. #203, Kansas City, MO 64111

About KKFI

KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media. The full-time Chief Operator/Traffic Coordinator must believe in and adhere to the mission and core values of KKFI.

Job Responsibilities

The Chief Operator / Traffic Coordinator is one of the most visible and critical functions at the station.  This person is responsible for the regular, 24/7, functioning of all of KKFI”s technology involved in broadcasting and sound engineering.  The duties include, but are not limited to the following:

FCC Compliance:

Fulfillment of Chief Operator duties as defined by US law (47 CFR § 73.1870 – Chief operators) and regulations, including those of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

  • Audit and update the station’s Public File (ensure the quarterly issues log is included);
  • Inspect and file all daily station logs: Transmitter, Traffic, Emergency Alert System (EAS), Public Service Announcements (PSAs), etc.;
  • Serve as station primary Emergency Contact

Monitor compliance with legal and contractual matters and KKFI policies. Oversee music reporting software compliance by programmers and generate required reports; ensure compliance with existing copyright and royalties laws.

Ensure quality of station broadcasting technology:

Protect, manage and maintain station signal, hardware (including transmitter, tower, trailer and translators), software, all other station assets and our relationship with KKFI’s consulting broadcast engineers. Daily maintenance as well as diagnosis and troubleshooting of equipment functioning as needed: on-air and production studio equipment; assorted electronic/technical equipment and components.

Ensure continued, uninterrupted on-air coverage:

Develop and administer the Daily Traffic Log, including coordination of on-air calendars, promos, and PSAs. Monitor station efforts to communicate local news and public safety information. Administer and enforce station broadcast policies per the Policy Manual. Download daily and weekly syndicated programs and similar material. Record promos and/or PSA messages and upload completed spots to the PAL system, or manage the production of same. Monitor the quality of existing promos/PSAs/underwriting announcements and repair or replace them as needed.

Website support  – oversee internet broadcast stream; post syndicated program episodes, upload and/or ensure volunteers upload podcasts; work with EFT to develop website administration and publishing.

Handle critical emergencies as they arise (may require hours to be worked outside of traditional work hours).

Engage in the committee-driven decision-making and functioning of the station:

Attend meetings of the Equipment, Facilities and Technology (EFT) Committee. Serve as liaison between the EFT committee, staff, and programmers. Assist Station Manager and the Board of Directors as needed. Work with KKFI volunteers, programmers and committees as needed.

Support KKFI’s financial stability:

Underwriting production:  Assist the Development team to supervise or edit, record and produce underwriting spots; put underwriting spots on daily Traffic Log.  Ensure smooth programming during Pledge drives.

Supervise training of programmers and/or volunteers:

Support the training and/or enhancement of programmers and aspiring programmers on all aspects of radio broadcasting, including (but not limited to):

  • Music recording software
  • On-air studio skills
  • Production studio recording and editing skills
  • PAL System
  • FCC regulations
  • KKFI Station Programming Policies
  • Website program episodes


Required Skills and Experience

The fully-qualified candidate will have the following experience and skillset:

    • Strong word processing skills and experience with office suite software and FTP (file transfer protocol) clients
    • Experience with broadcasting, FCC-regulated work environments, and radio equipment systems
    • A minimum of Intermediate computer skills (advanced computer skills preferred)
    • Superior communication skills: able to recognize and describe problems in significant detail to relevant stakeholders
    • Ability to work collaboratively with all employees and volunteers at the organization, including variable radio personalities
    • Able to handle multiple, often competing, priorities
    • Able to write procedures that others can follow to perform various tasks associated with the operation of the radio station  
    • Train others on technical tasks
    • Create and maintain a technical issues log to include things ranging from a broken mouse to intermittent or sustained broadcast outages.  

Preferred Attributes

    • Experience in community radio, including public radio, college radio
    • Familiarity with consensus-based decision-making
    • Confidence and comfort in escalating observed problematic behaviors to the Board or relevant decision-making authority

Compensation and Schedule

This is a full-time, hourly position with compensation based on experience and qualifications. Other benefits include paid time off and scheduled health insurance support payments on behalf of employees who are otherwise uninsured.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter, resume, and three references to employment@kkfi.org. This position was posted on June 12th, 2019 and is open until filled. We encourage interested candidates to apply promptly and hope to have a candidate start as early as July. No phone calls.

The Organization

Commitment to Equity and Diversity

KKFI has a commitment to support diversity and equal opportunity in its services, administration, employment, and activities. As such we strive to foster a working environment that values contributions from team members regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical disabilities, or veteran status. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Report

See this link for the EEO report.