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Audio Operator I, Studio Ops

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10081751 Location Bristol, Connecticut, United States Business ESPN Date posted Feb. 26, 2024

Job Summary:

Job Summary: 

 The Audio Operator I will provide audio mixing (A1) and/or audio assist (A2) support for live event, studio productions and pre-recorded material for the ESPN family of networks and distribution platforms.  As an audio operator (A1), you must be proficient in mixing and monitoring all audio sources including but not limited to microphones, music, sound effects and natural sound.   

As an audio assist (A2), you must be experienced in the configuration of in-house intercom/PL communications and proficient in dressing talent microphones/IFBs. 

This person is expected to work with the production team in maintaining ESPN’s high standards of audio presentation for all delivered content.  This person must demonstrate proficiency in the use of all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas. 


  • Oversees all operational and technical aspects of assigned remote events.  

  • Operate all broadcast equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to audio mixing consoles, outboard equipment, audio & video routing, digital audio delivery servers, microphone & IFBs and their signal flows, mix minus, intercom devices & software, broadcast routers, etc.Measures audio signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations using comprehensive knowledge of broadcast methods. 

  • Measure audio signals to ensure quality control of ESPN endorsed standards on all operations using comprehensive knowledge of broadcast methods 

  • Prioritize and disseminate complex information among the entire control room/studio/remote crews in a clear and concise manner to ensure seamless productions  

  • Participate in special event coverage and projects as necessary  

  • Problem solve and troubleshoot using effective communication to best convey issues and resolutions.  

  • File reports, as necessary, on specific working conditions and equipment status at the request of management   

  • Seek out information regarding the workflow of other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with Production Operations/DMED, and utilizing that information to enhance processes and/or educate others.  

  • Participates in training programs, (physical, classroom, virtual, etc.) for self-career development and/or regarding any relevant equipment and workflow changes within the operation.   


Required Qualifications: 

  •  Minimum 2 years practical Content Production or related experience at the large market or network level in the A1 and/or A2 role   
  • Proficient knowledge of all TV Production equipment and technology within assigned operating areas, including but not limited to; audio signal flow concepts, dynamics processing, equalizers, metering concepts, audio & video routers, intercom systems, signal conversion equipment, communications panels - hardware & software, microphones/IFBs etc.  

  • Understanding of Remote Event Workflows and Terminology  

  • Demonstrated ability to perform tasks under tight deadlines combined with organizational, efficiency and planning skills and an ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment  

  • Problem solves and troubleshoots using technical acumen and strong communication tools to best convey issues and resolutions  

  • Experience seeking information regarding workflows of other business units, including their impact and/or specific integration with your role, and utilizing that information to enhance processes and/or educate others  

  • Candidates must have a strong computer background (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc...)  

  • Flexibility to alter shifts/days off and work overtime to accommodate projects and departmental objectives including the ability to work nights and weekends.  

Preferred Qualifications: 

  •  Demonstrable Knowledge of Broadcast Communications Equipment 
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service to our partners. 
  • Bilingual (written and spoken) – English/Spanish 

  • Regional – National Level Live Event and Mixing Experience 

Required Education: 

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required 

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Studio Production, or Related field preferred 

About ESPN:

Working at ESPN is unlike anything else. That’s because we’re always finding new ways to interact with fans – however and wherever they connect with sports. Every day we’re doing things that no one has done, all in a dynamic culture where we defy odds and continuously outdo ourselves. When you have the latest technology, game-changing ideas and world-class talent on your team, every day is extraordinary.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call ESPN.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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