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Telephone & Data Systems Master Control Operator in Bend , Oregon

The Master Control Operator (MCO) is responsible for ensuring the quality and accuracy of our on-air products by continuously monitoring, overseeing, and maintaining on-air programming as well as monitoring transmitter status, EAS equipment, closed captioning, and operating the station within FCC standards.

This position has a shift of P/T Weekends: 5pm-1:30am, Saturday & Sunday 12pm-12am*

Oversees on-air programming accuracy:

  • Continuously monitor on-air programming and advertising for QC and on-air continuity in a multi-channel environment

  • Prepare automation lists for accuracy and adherence to predetermined schedules

  • Verify programming airs correctly as scheduled

  • Take appropriate action for disaster recovery to ensure clean on-air presentation when necessary

Ensures transmission meets quality standards:

  • Ensures all content airs in accordance with broadcast regulations, and to the company’s standards

  • Switches on/off live events, including local news, breaking news, network reports, sports events and others

  • Operates equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during television broadcasts

  • Operates Video/Audio switchers and routers in order to send signals to the appropriate destinations at the appropriate times

  • Verify closed captioning is present and clean to air when applicable

  • Monitor and log transmitter power readings and metrics to ensure clean air and compliance

  • Monitor and log EAS devices to ensure compliance

  • Identifies and works preemptively to prevent possible on-air problems

Prepares programming for future playback:

  • Receives, processes, delivers, and prepares syndicated programs, commercials, promotions, and other video content

  • Records/ingests various events, programs, and other content for later processing

  • Edits and exports recordings to create promo and topical spots for air

  • Reviews completed work for quality control, timing accuracy, and air-readiness

Logs and communicates broadcast events:

  • Communicates and collaborates with other departments including Traffic, Production, News, Sales, and Engineering to ensure content is received and airs to standards

  • Completes appropriate paperwork functions as required

  • Logs daily discrepancies, EAS reports, Transmitter metrics, and prep work

  • May perform additional duties of similar complexity as required or assigned

Required Qualifications

  • 1+ years’ experience using computers in a professional work environment OR equivalent combination of education and/or experience

Other Qualifications

  • Knowledge in broadcast television station operations

  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve computer related technical problems

  • Familiarity with Windows and Mac operating systems as well as office software applications such as Microsoft Office

  • Familiarity with editing software such as Adobe Premier

  • Ability to professionally interact with customers and co-workers; strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and without supervision

  • Ability to analyze and organize information from multiple sources and multitask without losing attention to details

  • Strong work ethic with an emphasis on team commitment

  • Ability to work overnights, evenings, weekends, and holidays as a part of a regular schedule and/or directed by shift coverage needs

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Requisition ID: 2020-15993

Company: TDS Cable Operations

External Company Name: TDS Telecom

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