- Five years as a scriptwriter and producer for a globally syndicated music radio program.
- More than 20 years as content manager for a daily digital news digest for some 150 radio stations worldwide. Written conversationally, or what I like to call, “shirtsleeve English,” I wrote roughly half the day's content (appx. 40,000 words) on all things newsworthy and topical, supervised a team of contributing writers, editing and proofreading their materials, and also managed the website. I did this while also preparing my own daily four-hour morning radio broadcast.
- Six years writing opinion columns and Sunday news analysis and feature pieces for The Sacramento Bee, other McClatchy properties, Gatehouse media and more. Some samples remain archived on The Bee’s website (here: https://bit.ly/3aM9zw0). Some more recent pieces are here: goo.gl/xVCGHY; https://bit.ly/2O2H2J3.
Sector AudioCreative ServicesMusic ProductionOriginal Content
Preferred Job Title CopywriterCreative DirectorEditorHostProducerSenior ProducerWriter
Audio Demos: https://bit.ly/2JBL9bh
2009 - 2018
KFBK, iHeart Media/Clear Channel Communications
Prepare, produce and manage regular news-talk broadcasts covering broad range of issues from the front page to the back. Programs featured story cultivation, vigorous listener engagement and interviews with guests of local, state and national import. Worked full time for three years until recessionary budget cuts; fill-in host thereafter.
2009 - 2015
Weekly op-ed pieces about news and politics affecting the region and the state, plus additional weekend investigative and feature stories. Each piece was intended to offer compelling writing and provocative arguments, with a mixture of deep reportage, news analysis, humor, first-person narratives, photographs, illustrations, and graphics, with an instinct for what sorts of pieces connect with the audience and be able to advance the constructive debate about big ideas. Often worked art director and design director on the overall look of a piece, collaborating in the selection of illustrations, photographs, and other artwork. The job required strong organizational and communications skills, creative ideas for framing pieces, deft editing hands and a discerning eye for good writing. A sense of humor cultivated from years of morning radio helped. Between this and my work at KFBK, I established brand among the Capitol community and Bee readership as honest, fair and unique, leading to numerous public speaking engagements and solicitations from both lawmakers and PR firms pitching story ideas.
1993 - 2014
Ross Brittain Report
Co-editor and senior writer. Essentially a content manager for this daily radio prep service, providing and managing content for some 150 stations worldwide. Digitally delivered each weekday to affiliates in both music and talk formats, the content, approximately 40,000 words daily, is written in a broadcast-friendly style, and is wide-ranging, from pop culture and entertainment to hard news and controversial political issues to business and sports, to the sublimely ridiculous human condition. In addition to managing the website, my role was to provide roughly half the day\'s content, fact-check and edit all of it for grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation, and HTML coding consistency, which meant serving as editor for a team of writers to ensure product uniformity for multiple stakeholders in widely different formats.
2011 - 2014
Capital Public Radio/NPR
Commentator, providing regular 2-minute audio essays on issues regarding California and the Sacramento region. Fill-in host for Insight, local news magazine program.
1993 - 2005
Built, managed and hosted daily four hour radio morning shows in several markets and several formats, including Buffalo, Cincinnati, Monterey, and Sacramento. Molded staffs of 5-8 people into teams with excellent chemistry. Product consisted of music, news, comedy, and satire. Duties involved large quantities of writing, audio and visual production, which garnered both industry and corporate recognition and awards, and archival library maintenance of all audio materials. Interviews with newsmakers and celebrities, and project management creating and developing ad campaigns for business clients and charitable efforts for various philanthropic organizations both large and small.
1987 - 1993
Z-100/PLJ New York
Content creation and audio archivist for highly produced morning shows, from comedy writing, parody songs and commercials to character voices to contest elements. PR liaison for celebrity guests. Producer, as well, for nationally syndicated countdown radio show.
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
University of Illinois, Urbana