Announcer Operator, assigned to La Ronge – LA 00001

Announcer Operator, assigned to La Ronge – LA 00001

Note: This is a one-year contract. Permanent Staff employees retain their permanent status.

As Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions with over 10,000 employees, CBC/Radio Canada brings diverse regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French, and eight aboriginal languages.

La Ronge is a community of about 3,500 people in northern Saskatchewan, 250 km north of Prince Albert. There are an additional 2,000 people living in the Lac La Ronge First Nation bordering the town, and another 1,000 people living in the neighbouring community of Air Ronge. La Ronge is the largest settlement in northern Saskatchewan. The town lies on the western shore of Lac la Ronge and is adjacent to Lac la Ronge Provincial Park.


  • The announcer-operator works in a one-person bureau with support from the CBC Saskatchewan Broadcast Centre in Regina and the bureaus in Prince Albert and Saskatoon).
  • Performs a variety of tasks associated with the preparation, production and presentation of programs and program material – for example, announcing, hosting, writing and operating production equipment.
  • Work is governed by CBC program and journalistic policies and practices but is performed in the unique broadcasting environment of the community station where limited resources dictate the need for versatility, cooperation and teamwork.
  • Activities generally conform to predetermined formats but there is latitude for initiative and independent judgement.
  • Work can involve coordination of the work of others. It may also involve providing material for other media platforms including television and the web.

Key Tasks:

  • Plans and organizes, or participates in the planning and organizing of programs or program segments.
  • Ensures the preparation of material for broadcast and, where a Producer is not assigned, assumes production responsibility.
  • Plans, selects and requests, in collaboration with the Unit or Business Manager, the financial and production/resource requirements including the creative contributors and other participants, the material and facilities.
  • During program preparation, production and post-production is responsible and accountable for exercising budget authority.
  • Files stories on multiple platforms, mostly radio but also including Television and the Web.
  • Ensures the proper operating condition of equipment by making the necessary checks.
  • Ensures that program audio mixes achieve optimum aural results.
  • In case of technical failure, makes emergency substitutions or repairs as may be necessary to maintain clear and continuous service and reports such failures to supervisor; ensures appropriate follow-up.

As required, performs the following tasks:

  • Proposes program ideas, suggest and lines up guests or interviewees, prepares background notes and questions, and interviews on or off air.
  • Prepares scripts; edits program material; determines the style, pace, tempo, line-up and format of the program.
  • Gathers and reports information from various sources.
  • Evaluates information gathered, organizes it and presents it on air in a coherent and understandable form.
  • Provides narration and linking continuity between program segments.
  • Describes actualities such as music programs, parades and sporting or other special events.
  • Reads newscasts, news bulletins, weather forecasts and other survival information.
  • Exercises editorial responsibility as delegated by Management.
  • Performs those other announce duties required to maintain proper broadcast service.
  • At locations where the workload does not justify the full-time employment of persons to exclusively perform record and/or traffic work, Announce/Operators may be required to perform these functions.
  • Evaluates and oversees all facets of a production including the performance o f program and production personnel, and freelance contributors.
  • Assures the maintenance of a connection with members of the audience, which is both feasible and appropriate to the style and nature of the program(s).
  • Participates in community outreach activities.
  • Ensures, in collaboration with Copyright Clearance Officers or others, the proper and accurate clearance of all material used in the program.
  • Performs as required, other duties related to the above.

Education Required:

  • Job requires a university degree or the equivalent.

Experience Required:

  • Minimum two years performing duties similar to this in radio production, preferably in Radio Current Affairs or Radio News.

Qualifications Required:

  • Candidate must have strong understanding / involvement of / with northern aboriginal communities.
  • Strong understanding and interest in the lives and issues of Aboriginal peoples living across northern Saskatchewan
  • Knowledge of Cree is an asset
  • Knowledge of Dene is an asset
  • Ability to work independently and with a team of programmers located in different production centres
  • Strong experience and interest in issues related to small resource-based communities
  • Ability to work in an integrated news and current affairs environment.
  • Ability to operate studio board and identify and perform basic technical maintenance.
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Internet.
  • Knowledge of current recordings and editing technology including Dalet Plus
  • Strong journalistic skills are extremely important
  • Strong research, interviewing and writing skills
  • Strong on-air presentation skills
  • Create programming ideas
  • Curiosity and critical thinking
  • Leadership potential is required
  • Strong knowledge of Northern Saskatchewan, its people, issues, stories
  • Must be audience-oriented and willing to undertake community outreach initiatives.

This position will not be filled until consideration has been made by the CBC/CMG Local Joint Employment Committee.

If you are seeking a media environment that fosters creativity and innovation, this is the place for you.

We value the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Aboriginal Peoples, women, members of a visible minority and persons with a disability.

Please visit and apply online.

The CBC is committed to equity in employment and programming.

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