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Broadcast Maintenance Technician

Hearst Television, Cincinnati, OH, United States

The story is yours!

Duration: Full Time

WLWT, the Hearst Television owned NBC affiliate in Cincinnati is looking for an experienced Broadcast Maintenance Technician. The maintenance technician preserves the technical integrity of the station’s on-air signals and its equipment from acquisition to distribution. You will support all station efforts in-house and on remote locations. You will report to the Engineering Director.


  • Works closely with engineering and IT management and staff to support critical on-air systems and workflows including news, production, and broadcast systems and equipment
  • Provides user support in a Windows workstation environment for custom and standard software applications
  • Administers, maintains, and troubleshoots newsroom automation and streaming systems including field gear
  • Handles hardware configuration, imaging, and deployment, performs back-ups, and supports LAN infrastructure 
  • Assist users with installing and using new software and features
  • Applies software, updates services, and executes OS upgrades
  • Maintains digital transmitters, microwave central receive sites, satellite antenna systems, signal distribution and routing systems, processing systems, monitoring devices, and automation systems
  • Maintains production equipment including robotic camera system, production switcher, playout servers, graphics devices, lighting systems, weather graphics and weather systems, audio consoles, microphones, and IFBs
  • Maintains news-gathering equipment including ENG cameras, field gear, ENG, DSNG, and SNG trucks, editing systems, and support devices
  • Maintains support equipment including master and sub switchers, monitors, computer systems, microphones, intercoms, and archive videotape machines and XDCAM decks
  • Conducts troubleshooting, installation, research, documentation, and cabling tasks
  • Must have 2+ years of experience working as a maintenance technician or an IT support specialist at a commercial television station with extensive experience in maintaining and troubleshooting a wide variety of broadcast equipment or 5+ years of experience in a related military occupation specialty 

Qualification Requirements

  • Proficiency with computers, computer systems, and networking
  • Solid background in broadcast television systems, transmission, and satellite communications
  • Must have basic skill with video production, microwave systems, IT infrastructure, and station automation systems
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills with the ability to repair equipment down to the circuit level 
  • Must be able to read and understand technical manuals, diagrams, and schematics
  • Can lift, carry, and move up to 50 lbs., climb ladders, work on rooftops, and in confined spaces
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting digital broadcast transmitters
  • Experience with Autocad for system design and layout
  • Flexible to work various days and non-standard shifts as assigned
  • Able to work effectively with other team members and independently
  • Capable of following instructions, verbal and written
  • Work independently
  • Able to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Must have excellent vision (with or without corrective lenses) with the ability to read and distinguish colors
  • In person work required        
  • Associates degree in electronic engineering, IT networks and systems administration, or a minimum of two-years of an accredited IT and electronics school equivalent
  • Military training and experience in electronics, avionics, or related fields will be considered
  • SBE CPBE (or better) certification a plus
  • Military Broadcast Television Equipment Maintenance (BTVEM) course from Defense Information School (DINFOS) a plus

Diversity Statement

At Hearst Television we tell stories every day. Stories about people of all cultures, backgrounds, perspectives, and identities. That's why, behind the scenes, we believe in being an organization as diverse and varied as the audience we reach, ensuring that the content we create is more compassionate, and more representative of the communities we serve.


Hearst's benefit programs are modern, flexible and designed to focus on you. As a Hearst employee, you and your spouse or partner or dependents would have access to the following benefits.

  • Medical | Dental | Vision
  • 401(k) matching
  • Emotional Wellness Support
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • LGBTQ+ Health Services
  • Additional benefits to meet your and your family's needs

About Hearst Television

Every career with Hearst Television is like a story. How it develops, where it takes you, the milestones you reach along the way – you’ve got a lot to look forward to as your unique career story unfolds.

Hearst Television, a subsidiary of Hearst, owns and operates local television and radio stations serving 26 media markets across 39 states reaching over 21 million U.S. television households. Through its partnership with nearly all of the major networks, Hearst Television distributes national content over nearly 70 video channels including programming from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more.

Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry's premier companies. It has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism and industry innovation, including the Walter Cronkite Award for political journalism, the national Edward R. Murrow Award, the DuPont-Columbia Award and the George Foster Peabody Award.

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