Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering at KFAI
How do I become a volunteer?
There are four steps to becoming a volunteer:
- Review the list of open volunteer positions below.
-Are you interested in any of these positions? Then contact Pam Hill Kroyer, and let her know which position most interests you!
-If you are not interested in any of the open positions available, please know the list is updated when new positions become available.
2. Read the most important parts of the New Volunteer Handbook to begin volunteering, and keep a link to the handbook for you to refer to as a useful guide to KFAI. Click the title below to open the handbook in PDF format:
If you cannot open a PDF file, please contact Pam Hill Kroyer to request a printed copy.
3. Did you really read the Letter of Agreement and Terms of Service in the Handbook? They're important, so please do! And...
4. Fill out a New Volunteer Profile so that KFAI may keep in touch with you.
How can I get my own show on KFAI?
The ideal first step is to become an active volunteer by getting started in a position and being sure we have your contact information. You are then eligible to take free training classes that can help prepare you to become a programmer. Once you have completed basic classes, you will be in a better position to apply for program openings. Please note, you can apply for your own program before you become an active volunteer. In the event of a contest for an open time slot, however, more weight is given to current volunteers' proposals.
What do KFAI volunteers do?
Nearly everything! Volunteers produce programming, work in the music library, represent the station at events, participate in committees, create station promos, contribute to the web site, and much more.
Open Volunteer Positions
Sound engineering/ProTools editing (2 positions open--intern credit eligible)
There are positions open with our elite production team which engineers and records live music, live audio theatre vocals, and edits 20-minute audio theater productions. We use ProTools 8. The recording sessions happen on the first and second Thursdays of each month; the editing is split between four people and can happen as works for your schedule. This position can be used for credit for students interested in audio production internships and is a great one for anyone interested in working with live music and/or sound effects. Contact Pam if you are interested: 612.341.3144 x 22, or email@example.com.
Twitter Team Member (2 positions open)
Do you love Twitter? Do you love KFAI? Then consider joining the KFAI Twitter Team to help keep the community updated on all the latest KFAI news.
We are looking for two more volunteers to add to the team sending regular tweets about station news, events, and info. The new Twitter Team members will be asked to tweet Sundays and Mondays or Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Guidelines are provided. Contact Pam if you are interested: 612.341.3144 x 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Front Desk Manager
Hours: 4 hours every other Wednesday, 9am - 1pm
The Front Desk person is the face and voice of KFAI. This is one of the most important positions at KFAI because the Front Desk Manager is the first KFAI representative a visitor will encounter, whether coming in the front door, or calling KFAI on the phone. This is a key position for maintaining public relations for the station. Visitors are often relieved to hear a real person answer the phone, and the personal service of welcoming someone to the station cannot be underestimated. The job is vital for communication across the entire station...and it's a great way to learn more about other volunteers and people at KFAI.
Phone answering and call forwarding
Sorting and directing mail and other deliveries
Maintaining the community information table
Maintaining the community bulletin board
Contact Pam if you are interested: 612.341.3144 x 22, or email@example.com.
Volunteer Positions available in the KFAI news department: Contact the News Director with your interest.
The following volunteer positions are available with the program World Exposure with Cher Dial.
"World Exposure with Cher Dial" airs on KFAI, however the positions posted are to work directly with that program, an independent production produced outside of the station.
To apply to any of the positions below, contact Kelly Kongsgaard: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify the position, attach your resume and copy and paste your resume within the email message. Thank you.
Social Media/Marketing Department (2 support staff):
Web Site Media Development Support Staff will help develop and maintain the current website and implement important changes, updates, and marketing strategies. Maintain connection with public via website changes, updates, tweeting, and Facebook communications on a daily basis.
Will work directly with Producer, Associate Producer, and Talent: Cher Dial.
Required: Website development, creativeness, and being able to implement creative ideas in cohesive manner. Must know social media and marketing.
Assistant to Associate Producer/Audio Department Director (1 needed):
This individual will assist in daily operation of show and Audio Editing Department.
Duties range from administrative to creative. This includes scheduling, phone calls, and booking acts.
Required: Willingness to perform a variety of duties on a regular basis and be a leader. Must be willing to work and communicate with professsional talent and show staff in audio department.
Audio Editor (3 needed):
Audio Editors will prepare a six-minute weekly feature of World Exposure with Cher Dial for broadcast on KFAI-FM. Can work from anywhere, however; some weekly meetings are required.
Required: Email and Phone communications with Associate Producer/Lead Editor, work editing professional feature with guidance of department supervisor and lead
Skills needed: Pro Tools Certified with minimal experience is okay --- Hours: Minimum 20hrs weekly
Video Editor - Avid, Vegas, or Similar Software (2 needed):
Editor would prepare 30-minute talk show for schedule weekly on Ustream and YouTube. Work from anywhere, however, with some required regular meetings. Phone/email/Skype communications are necessary. Work with Editing Supervisor, Associate Producer, and Producer. Will work and train within professional process and feature guidance from supervisor.
Required: Certified user of software type (above) for video editing
Assistant to Cher Dial, and Lead Host (1 Person Needed):
This individual will work with the host of World Exposure with Cher Dial. Will assist in all areas from daily scheduling, phone calls, administrative and creative duties, and work with host on sets and location. Must be willing and able to work with professional talent management in all areas.
Required: Willingness to do a variety of positions and assist television and radio personalities.
Hours: 20hrs per week, depending on the hosts' schedules.
Talent Booker (1 Needed):
Bookers will work with help host with Associate Producer, and Producer in sending invitations to groups or artists for booking on World Exposure with Cher Dial.
Required: Must be willing to do administrative work; have good computer skills and communications skills. Must work with, entertain, and coommunicate with bands and their managements.
Hours: 20hrs per week
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