Chief Executive Officer (Nashville Public Radio)

Nashville Public Radio
Nashville, TN

Nashville Public Radio, the NPR member station for a diverse and dynamically growing region known as Music City, the Silicon Valley of Healthcare, and the Athens of the South, seeks a Chief Executive Officer to lead an engaged Board, talented staff, and broad base of community supporters to establish an overarching vision that deepens the institution’s role in a vibrant community and amplifies all that the region has to offer.

About the Organization

Nashville Public Radio serves a broad region, from Humphreys County in the west to Smith County in the east and from southern Kentucky in the north to Tennessee’s Giles County in the south. It is regularly ranked as the top listener choice during the morning commute and ranks tenth overall in a region with more than 30 stations, attracting an audience of more than 160,000 to its news and talk format, 55,000 to classical music, and 10,000 to local and world news.

Under the leadership of Vice President of Programming Anita Bugg, the news, classical, and digital teams have all developed award-winning brands, with an exceptional news beat that sees 80% of its feature stories featured on national news; a distinctive schedule of music and commentary for classical music fans; and a line-up of innovative podcasts that tell the stories of a population of 1.9 million residents.

About the Role

Nashville Public Radio seeks a Chief Executive Officer to lead this remarkable institution. The CEO will be a visionary, collaborative, and self-aware leader with a commitment to public media and journalism and an enthusiasm for engaging stakeholders in its expansion in the 21st-century media landscape.

Reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with the senior leadership team and Community Advisory Board, the CEO will be an inspiring face of Nashville Public Radio throughout the local community. The CEO is responsible for fostering an integrated identity for Nashville Public Radio’s set of stations, steering program and product development that excites audiences, and creating a business model that effectively leverages products to sustain the institution for decades.


About the Ideal Candidate

Ideal candidates for the CEO role will have:


  • At least ten years of experience in a senior leadership role; background in media and experience managing journalists is highly desired.
  • Experience working effectively with a Board of Directors to lead and manage organizational change.
  • Record of leading successful strategic planning processes that established a visionary, holistic, system-wide institutional identity and united stakeholders around energizing institutional goals.
  • Experience promoting and directing entrepreneurial initiatives that align day-to-day operations with the long-term interests and values of end users and expand and deepen engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, frame, and solve problems in creative ways.
  • Record of establishing appropriate benchmarks and of effectively tracking and analyzing progress toward goals.