Public TV Job Ad of the Week (You just might meet ‘Fresh Air’ host Terry Gross, too)

Now this sounds like an interesting job out of Philadelphia:

This could be you!

This could be you!

WHYY seeks an energetic individual for the part time, temporary role of Costumed Character Performer. Candidates should be friendly, courteous, animated, and have a positive attitude, while also being punctual and reliable. Previous performance experience is preferred.

Due to the constraints of the costumes, all candidates must be of average weight and build and be no taller than 5’4”. Candidates cannot wear glasses while inside the costume, and must have the strength both to carry a large costume case, weighing 35 pounds, from transportation to events and to move, gesture, and dance in costumes that can weigh up to 20 pounds.

There will be an FBI background check, of course.

Ignore the 9/30/14 reference on the WHYY Employment page, because applications are still being accepted, says WHYY spokesman Arthur Ellis. He tells me that only “a handful” of people have applied to attend community events dressed as Curious George, Benny the Dinosaur and other characters from PBS kids’ shows. (The Times Square gang of characters hasn’t heard about the opening?)

In the past, the Philadelphia public media outlet used volunteers and staff members to get into costume, “but it’s harder to find volunteers now,” says Ellis.

* WHYY seeks costumed character performer (Recruit Wizard)
* Earlier: NPR is looking for someone to say “This is NPR” (

– via Dan McQuade