Master Control Operator

Date Posted: 12/25/2019

Job Description

As a master control operator, your principal responsibilities include keeping the program log, monitoring our off-air signal and reading transmitter levels for WXIA-TV and WATL-TV including their digital sub-channels. You are also responsible for checking the Crispin file server for both stations to make sure it corresponds with the program log. Additionally, you are responsible for monitoring the playlist and off-air signal for The W.I.Z. Channel, Antenna TV, This TV, Justice TV and Quest TV including managing local cut-ins, commercials and program insertions.


As a T.O.C. operator for the Networks of 11Alive your principal responsibilities are to playback and/or record syndicated programs. Part of the record process is to program syndicated shows into the Crispin Automated Record system for “The Networks” and segment them for proper air playback for both stations including our digital sub-channels. It is also your responsibility to record commercials into the Crispin Dubber system and check the Air Client playlist to ensure proper commercial air playback for both stations. You are also responsible for tuning satellite shots for the newscast and Atlanta & Company Show in addition to tuning syndicated satellite shots for on-air programming.


Some of your master control responsibilities are to insert local commercials breaks during live, syndicated and network programming. Your cue to insert local commercials is provided by properly reading program formats and network scheduling messages from NBC’s Affiliate Partnership Tool system and MyNetwork TV. Other on-air tasks you are responsible for are to properly execute the Emergency Alert System (EAS) procedures, and properly execute the WSI weather warning system as well as perform other miscellaneous duties as scheduled and required.


It is also your responsibility to know what to do when a primary air source is not available. In addition to understanding how to execute your primary air sources, you must also know all of your back-up air sources including the By-Pass Emergency Router Switcher.


Job Requirements

3-5 years experience in a medium to major size market and prior technical broadcast experience preferred. Must be experienced in operating master control switchers, Crispin Automation, Grass Valley file servers, Pitchblue and Extreme Reach video servers, and Utah Scientific routers. TVU and the Troll Microwave Control System experience is a plus.


Applicant should be willing to work different schedules including weekends and holidays. 

Should be a quick thinker, have strong computer and problem solving skills, and react well in live and breaking news situations. A “can do” attitude and good interpersonal skills are needed.




TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. With 62 television stations and four radio stations in 51 markets, TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching over 38 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks Justice Network and Quest. TEGNA Marketing Solutions (TMS) offers innovative solutions to help businesses reach consumers across television, email, social and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Premion, TEGNA’s OTT advertising service. For more information, visit



TEGNA Inc. is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are a drug free, EEO employer committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity, family responsibilities, disability, enrollment in college or vocational school, political affiliation, veteran status or genetic information.

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Job Snapshot

About Us

Be a part of the most awarded media team in Atlanta by joining the Networks of 11Alive!  The Networks of 11Alive include WXIA-TV, WATL-TV, Bounce TV, Antenna TV and numerous digital and social media products and are a part of the highly-respected TEGNA Media portfolio.  Salespeople, storytellers, marketing gurus, digital experts and production specialists all feel at home here and it’s where Atlanta’s most creative personalities feel inspired!
Every day, all of us at 11Alive are given the rare opportunity to effect change for the good of Metro Atlanta.  We vow to make life better for the people we serve.  We get results.  We can do this because people trust us to do the right thing.  We don’t take that trust for granted.  We know it is earned every day, in every conversation, in every story.  We are changing the face of local news … by serving the greater good of our community.

11Alive is here to:

  •     Hold the powerful accountable.
  •     Inform and enlighten.
  •     Seek truth, seek action, and seek solutions.
  •     Be a voice for the voiceless.
  •     Hold ourselves and other people accountable.
  •     Celebrate those who make our community better.