On-Call Music Host

Programming · Seattle, Washington
Department Programming
Employment Type On-Call
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation 28.00

KNKX is a Puget Sound area public media outlet, dedicated to bringing jazz, blues, regional news, and NPR programs to the Northwest and beyond. As an independent station, KNKX employees are energized in their mission to provide the very best service to over 400,000 listeners on-air and online, to engage closely with community members and the public media industry to constantly improve and innovate, and to present music and stories that educate, inspire, and expand horizons. We have offices in Seattle and Tacoma.


KNKX employees work in an office culture that welcomes creativity, experimentation, teamwork, and open dialogue. Our organization aims to reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the place where we live, and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 

Hosts work out of either the Seattle or Tacoma KNKX studios. These are not remote positions. This is an open-hire position, which means we are always looking for talented people and may have multiple opportunities. If your skills match our needs, please apply and we’ll be in touch. (This is a temporary, part-time role. If you are offered this position and become eligible for full-time employment in the future, KNKX will conduct a wide and inclusive recruitment process, including other candidates, per the FCC EEO rules).


Do you love sharing your passion for music and the artists who make it on the air?  KNKX and Jazz24.org are looking for a new host to add to our bench.  Under the general supervision of the Director of Music Content, the On-Call Jazz/Blues Music Host is responsible for hosting on-air music shifts on an as-needed basis when the regular host is not available to work.


  • Hosts a jazz shift on an as-needed basis.
  • Plays an active role in KNKX on-air fund drives.
  • May serve as an emcee for blues and jazz events.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Excellent radio announcing ability, including clarity of expression, confidence, and a pleasant voice.
  • Knowledge of jazz and blues.
  • Understanding of and commitment to quality radio production.
  • Knowledge of basic radio operation skills, including the ability to operate an audio console.
  • Knowledge of FCC regulations.
  • Basic knowledge of computers, digital audio, database, and web audio applications.
  • Understands and supports the KNKX Mission Statement and the KNKX Principles and Values Statement.
  • Ability to work in a creative team environment, to communicate effectively with supervisor and colleagues, and to put KNKX’s mission and goals in action.
  • Must be able to work under pressure, meet deadlines, accept criticism, and work with limited resources.



  • Prefer 1 – 3 years on-air radio experience.

This on-call position pays $28 per hour DOE. No health or other benefits are included. All KNKX employees must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to the job start date.

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