Thank you for your interest in becoming a programmer at KBOO!
Please fill out the form below along with a 15 minute audio sample of your proposed program!
*If you are not equipped to prepare a sample of your proposed program at this time, please sign up for our trainings first, starting with Volunteer Orientation, register at kboo.fm/volunteer.
*If your program is a Music show, please provide a sample playlist of at least 15 songs.
*If your program is a Public Affairs show (Talk Show), please do not include music breaks in your sample audio. We only want to hear you and the way you would approach a topic of interest, and if possible, the way you would engage in conversation.
Although openings may be scarce at times, we are always accepting applications for all subjects and genres.
Proposals will be reviewed by Program Staff and the Program Advisory Committee. Approved Proposals will be kept on file by the Program Director.
Approved programs will undergo a probationary period for their first 6 shows. Within the probationary period, the program can be removed from the air if it does not meet expectations outlined in their proposal or in the on-air handbook.
If capacity allows, the program will be evaluated within the first 6 months by the Program Staff and/or the Program Advisory Committee.
Having access to the airwaves is a privilege and requires that everyone lend a hand to keep the station running!
Before you apply for a show at KBOO, Please consider the On-Going Responsibilities of a KBOO Programmer:
1.) Keep your contact information up to date.
- We have recently implemented a new volunteer management system called Galaxy. We ask that all volunteers keep their Galaxy profile up to date. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any Galaxy support.
- Be sure to inform your staff point person directly if your email or phone number changes.
2.) Communicate with your Staff Point Person as needed.
- Your Staff Point person will either be the Program Director [PD] or the Public Affairs Director [PAD], depending on your program's format and time slot.
- This means that you return emails as needed and keep them informed if you are unable to fulfill your obligations.
- i.e. If you are sick and unable to produce your upcoming show, inform the PAD/PD as soon as possible, so they can find a substitution.
- i.e If you are part of a collective, and a host leaves the show or wishes to join, notify the PAD/PD, so they can keep their records up to date.
3.) Read the All Volunteer & Programmer Email updates.
- Typically, once or twice a month, you will receive notices from KBOO staff that often contain important information for programmers.
4.) Attend the All Programmer Meetings
Every Spring and Fall, Staff meets with the show hosts to prepare for the upcoming membership drive. We share the state of the station, drive themes, pitching points, and other updates. We always provide multiple dates to accommodate everyone’s schedule.
5.) Attend the FCC Basics: Legal Issues in Radio Training Annually
- We ask that all Programmers take this course, once a calendar year, to stay refreshed on FCC guidelines.
6.) Create an Episode Page for each upcoming show
- If you are a talk show host, preparing an episode page is essential to maintaining an up to date archive.
- If you are a DJ, you are also required to fill out a Spinitron Playlist
- (We provide training and guidance with the aid of our Web Coordinator)
7.) Volunteer 24 Hours a Year outside your Program
8.) Maintain an up to date Show Promo
- Each show has a short on-air announcement, informing listeners about their program and the day/airtime. You'll only have to update this promo occasionally. (i.e If a host joins/leaves the show, program moves timeslot, changing show format)
Feeling intimidated by the commitment? No worries! We have plenty of opportunities for commitment-free programming. AudioPilot and Radiozine are KBOO's Music and Public Affairs timeslots dedicated to giving new programmers a chance to test out the airwaves. Email email@example.com if you are interested in creating an Audiopilot, or firstname.lastname@example.org for a Radiozine!
You can also produce special pieces or editorials for Special Programming Days! To be informed of programming opportunities, ask the Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com) to sign you up for the Volunteer Newsletter!
Please note that if you have not been onboarded as a KBOO volunteer, then you will be expected to attend a Virtual Orientation and FCC Legal Training to participate as an On-Air Volunteer.
Ready to submit your Program Proposal? Here is the Application!