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Transmission Operator

Location:Washington, DC
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:GENERAL FUNCTION:
Receives, routes and coordinates all in-coming and out-going daily feeds.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manages and initiates quality control of incoming feeds from remote locations via satellite, microwave, telco, fiber links, IP data streams, cellular streams and other technologies with minimal supervision.
  • Monitors and troubleshoots WCSP radio signals to transmitters.
  • Regularly tests various redundant and/or back-up paths, communicating status to Engineering department.
  • Directs tests for incoming events (muxing, IP, Fiber, Satellite, etc.).
  • Pro-actively checks newsroom system for added feeds and communicates as necessary.
  • Assists Assignment desk with managing feeds for large scale events (i.e., conventions).
  • Operates KU downlink, router control, DA’s, waveform, decoders, encoders, muxes, frame syncs, microwave receivers, monitor/vectorscope and other video/audio equipment.
  • Troubleshoots any problems with equipment in transmission, requesting engineering assistance as needed.
  • Communicates/coordinates incoming feeds with Field crews, Producers, VTR Operators, Master Control Operators, web and radio staffs.
  • Monitors and communicates issues with outbound feeds including air signals, disaster recovery signals, international feeds and pool feeds.
  • Follows trouble report procedures.
  • Uses basic computer/wiring projects in areas of cable runs and cable terminations.
  • Other duties as assigned.
BACKGROUND/SKILLS:
  • Bachelor’s degree, technical degree or equivalent knowledge gained through work experience.
  • Minimum three years directly related experience required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of audio/video equipment including newer technologies.
  • Ability to work under pressure in fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication skills a requirement.
  • Ability to work with others in a team atmosphere.
  • Capable of being a self-starter.
  • Proven logical, organized thought processes.
  • Must be willing to work occasional overtime and weekends.


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