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There are two things that differentiate community radio from public radio -- community access and volunteers. At KGNU Community Radio, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Volunteers participate in every aspect of KGNU's operations and we could not do what we do without them!

Consider becoming a KGNU volunteer. Turn on, Tune In, Help Out!

KGNU wants and needs creative people to keep the airwaves alive and thriving. Whether you are interested in music, public affairs, or working behind the scenes, KGNU welcomes you.

KGNU volunteers are the heart of KGNU, providing professional skills, time, energy and personal commitment to all facets of KGNU's operations.

Your first step is to attend a Volunteer Orientation. Most of your questions will be answered there. New volunteer orientations are held on the first Thursday of odd-numbered months at 7:00 p.m., in both our Boulder and Denver locations. In 2014, the dates are January 2nd, March 6th, May 1st, July 3rd, September 4th and November 6th. Just show up, there's no need to make a reservation. Please call the station for details: 303-449-4885.

We have many volunteer opportunities available, including the following ongoing needs: Station Administration, Outreach & Special Events, Music Department, News & Public Affairs Department, and Committees.

Station Administration Opportunities
Front Desk/Reception Area
KGNU has two four-hour shifts available for volunteers at the front desk, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. This task includes answering the telephone and taking messages when necessary; greeting guests and directing them to the proper staff member; tidying the desk and kitchen area as needed; as well as small clerical tasks, such as filing, data entry, etc. that are delegated by staff members.
Time Commitment: One four-hour shift
Skills needed: Polite phone skills is the only skill necessary for this opportunity.
Contact: Nikki Kayser

Mailing Projects
KGNU does approximately ten large mailings annually and volunteers are needed to assist with sorting, stuffing and sealing envelopes to prepare them for mailing. We generally have about one week notice for these projects.
Time Commitment: Hours are flexible; volunteers may offer as many hours as they are available.
Contact: Nikki Kayser

Pledge Drive Phone Operators
KGNU conducts two 11-day pledge drives (usually in October and March) and one five-day mini drive every July. During these drives, phone operators are needed for a variety of shifts between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. daily. Shifts are approximately three hours long and the schedules are posted one month prior to the drives.
Time Commitment: One three-hour shift
Skills Needed: Polite phone skills is the only skill necessary for this opportunity
Contact: Nikki Kayser

Data Entry for KGNU Calendars
We need help for a few hours each month doing computer data entry to keep our online calendars (concerts, event and arts) current.
Time Commitment: a few hours monthly
Skills Needed: Ability to use a computer and do data entry
Contact: Dave Ashton

Graphic Design
KGNU has an ongoing need for graphic designers, specifically people who specialize in printed ads.
Time Commitment: Varies by project
Skills Needed: Graphic design
Contact: Wally Wallace

Outreach and Special Events Volunteer Opportunities
Charles Sawtelle Mountain Jam
KGNU hosts a one-day music event in Gold Hill on the third Sunday of July annually. This event offers a lot of volunteer opportunities, including set-up, break-down and clean-up, traffic assistance, beer serving, food grilling and serving, outreach, ticket sales, promotion, donation solicitation, dessert baking, poster art and volunteer coordination.
Time Commitment: Few hours
Skills Needed: Varies
Contact: David Wilson

Bike to Work Day
KGNU hosts a Bike to Work Day breakfast station and needs help setting up and maintaining breakfast for the 100+ people who come through the Boulder station that day (usually the last Wednesday in June), setting up signage, helping with small bike maintenance, giving tours and handing out brochures.
Time commitment: shift is 6:30-9:30 a.m. on Bike to Work Day
Skills Needed: Varies
Contact: David Wilson

Special Events
KGNU needs help throughout the year doing outreach at special events. This is where we set up a table of KGNU material and talk to people about KGNU, encouraging them to listen, become members or volunteers. Special events range from lectures to concerts and all sorts of things in between.
Time Commitment: Few hours plus. Varies by event
Skills Needed: A desire to talk to people and a love of KGNU. Experience in promotion and marketing and/or ability to organize an event are an additional plus.
Contact: David Wilson

Tabling Outreach Volunteer
KGNU is always in need of volunteers to staff our outreach tables at various public events in the metro area. Doing outreach is a special and important undertaking because even though we have been on the air for over thirty years, there are many people who are unfamiliar with KGNU, its content and how a volunteer powered radio station works. Outreach volunteers must take a knowledgeable and assertive approach to get the public's attention and engage and inform them about KGNU. Therefore, we need our tabling outreach volunteers to be gregarious, friendly, energetic, and engaging to a wide variety of people. They must also be prepared to take initiative and committed to KGNU's mission and ready to talk about it and their personal connection to it.

Responsibilities: We need volunteers who will set-up outreach materials, staff a table for the duration of the event, and then break down the table materials, sometimes by themselves. Summer tabling sometimes involves setting up and taking down a table and tent. We usually need volunteers to pick up and drop off materials at the station before and after the event, as well, and volunteers who can take the lead and handle tabling events from start to finish on their own are particularly helpful to the station. While staffing the table, volunteers must chat with event attendees, often initiating contact. Volunteers must be prepared to handle money for KGNU promotional materials sales (t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, etc.), invite listeners to become members (or renew their membership), and complete membership forms. Volunteers sometimes take entries for raffles or door prizes and distribute said prizes. The table and surrounding area should be neat, attractively set up, welcoming, and not cluttered with non-KGNU materials. Volunteers must follow all venue rules and regulations as set out by our hosts. Tabling happens most often during events on weekends, but can sometimes occur on weeknights at concerts and other similar events.

Requirements: Tabling outreach volunteers should be friendly and outgoing, promote KGNU positively and accurately, be clean and neat in appearance, physically able to do the tasks involved with the tasks they've agreed to be responsible for, and able to be trusted with cash, checks, and credit card numbers. They must have completed the KGNU orientation, be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the station, familiar with contents of the materials they distribute (usually the radio magazines and the pocket guides), our programs and schedule, and mission statement.

Requested Skills: It is particularly helpful to have volunteers who are familiar with KGNU be available to do outreach at various political, community based and musical events. We also always need volunteers who are bilingual, particularly Spanish speakers, but volunteers who speak other languages are very helpful in our community outreach as well.

Contact: Dave Ashton

Music Department Opportunities
The Music Department needs help with the following:

  • Organizing the library, filing releases and reorganizing to accommodate the ever-expanding flow of music into the stacks.
  • On-air shifts, by taking the on air training class and producing an approved demo, volunteers can take the first steps toward being on the air during our Restless Mornings show (3:00-5:30 a.m.)

Time Commitment: Varies by project
Skills Needed: Organizational skills
Contact: John Schaefer

News & Public Affairs Department Opportunities
Contact: Maeve Conran, Joel Edelstein

Headline News Readers (weekday mornings)
Volunteers must be at the station between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. They will participate in reviewing possible news stories with the news directors and then will write a headline for the morning newscast that they will read live at 8:04 a.m. The newscast is done by 8:15 a.m. Training will be given on writing for radio and the news directors will work with the writers on editing the story in advance of the news cast.


AM News Hosts (weekday mornings 5:20 a.m.-8:15 a.m.)
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Hosts come to the studio by 5:20 a.m. to prepare for anchoring the morning news shows. Hosts will review the program log to see which underwriting spots and announcements and shows will be played that morning. Hosts will review the weather forecast to be read regularly during the morning, between shows. Hosts are responsible for doing station IDs, weather and time breaks and introducing the shows starting at 5:29 a.m. and then playing all of the news shows from 5:29-8:01 a.m. During this time they will also work with the news directors and other news readers in writing headlines to be read in the morning news cast at 8:04 a.m. Shift ends at 8:15 a.m., although occasionally hosts are asked to stay until 9:30 a.m. to help with additional engineering or answering phones for a call in show.


PM News Hosts (weekday afternoons: 3:00-6:00 or 7:00 p.m., depending on the day)
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Hosts come to the studio by 3:00 p.m. to help answer phones for the Metro show that airs 3-3:30 p.m. During this time, host will review the program log to determine which underwriting and announcements must air that afternoon and line up the shows to be played. Host does voice breaks (time, station ID's, weather, other announcements) from 3:30-6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. between shows.


Sunday Afternoon Hosts (Sunday afternoons: 12:00-4:00 p.m and 4:00-7:00 p.m.)
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Hosts must get to the studio in advance of their shift to review the program log to determine which underwriting and announcements must air that afternoon and line up the shows to be played. Host does voice breaks (time, station ID's, weather, other announcements) between shows.


Dot Org Producers
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Producers will coordinate with Nikki Kayser, the Executive Producer of the Dot Org segment, to arrange interviews with local non-profits and then record the interviews and edit them into the appropriate format.

News Producers
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Producers will coordinate with the news directors on stories in the community that need to be covered. We encourage producers to pitch story ideas to the news department as well as taking on given assignments. Once training has been completed, producers can check out recording equipment from the news department to go on assignment to record interviews and cover events. Producers will liaise with the news director on editing the features and interviews to be aired during the morning magazine or other shows. Producers are needed for general news assignments as well as specialty shows like Metro Arts and Outsources (KGNU's GLBT show).

Volunteer Development
Includes connecting with new volunteers who have expressed interest in news when they attend a new volunteer orientation and when they emerge from the basic board training class, helping the new volunteer find his or her way at KGNU, and checking with the volunteer from time to time. It also includes assisting the Co-Directors to organize training sessions in specific aspects of radio news production and tape parties, where volunteers listen to each other's work and offer feedback. Another aspect of volunteer development is finding ways to recognize the efforts and the achievements of News volunteers.

Program Promotion
Includes helping with the production of recorded announcements of specific upcoming programs, developing and enhancing the description of programs on kgnu.org, including fuller descriptions of programs as well as supplementary text and visuals, and placing brief text announcements of upcoming programs for live reads by news hosts and DJ's.

Contact: Maeve Conran, Joel Edelstein

Committees
InfoTech Committee
The InfoTech Committee maintains KGNU's technical infrastructure, including it's website, live audio streams, audio archives, network, servers, and custom applications. The committee is assisted by the Operations Director and a paid systems administrator. The committee meets every 1-2 months, as needed, with e-mail communications and project updates between meetings.

Time Commitment: No specific time commitment, other than Monday evening meetings every 1 to 2 months. The work is project-based and different projects require different skills and time commitments.
Skills Needed: Experience with Linux-based server configuration and administration, networking architecture, including VPN's, network hardware, routers, etc. Website development and maintenance including experience with HTML, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, Python, MySql, and Apache. Experience with audio encoding including IceCast/DarkIce and other audio formats. Experience in project management and systems analysis. Ability to take direction, work as part of a team, and willingness to think creatively and take initiative.
Contact: Barry Gilbert


Bylaws Review Committee
The Bylaws Review Committee is an ad hoc committee of the board or directors, whose charter is: To review bylaws ratified in 2006, to bring revised draft bylaws to the board for consideration and vote, to codify successful operating procedures and to keep the language of the bylaws plain and simple.

Time Commitment: Varies, but includes a 90 minute monthly meeting on the last Monday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Boulder Studios. You must be committed to attending the meetings, (no drop-ins please) and be available to read materials and participate in email discussions at your convenience between meetings.

Skills Needed: Bylaws committee members are thoughtful, logical people who love wordsmithing, analysis, editing and developing creative solutions. We are using pbworks.com for between-meeting correspondence and document-viewing, so you need to be able to access the Internet and that site in particular.

Contact: bylaws@kgnu.org


Development Committee
The Development Committee is responsible for raising funds for the station. It oversees most general fundraising at KGNU, including the 1390 capital campaign, major gifts, select special events, grants and underwriting.

Time Commitment: The committee usually meets on the 4th Friday of each month at 12:15 p.m. at the Denver studio. Members need to be able to attend most meetings and follow up on assignments that they take on. Assignments can be fulfilled on each person's schedule.

Skills Needed: Experience in or willingness to learn fundraising skills.

Contact: David Wilson


Training To Be On The Air
To be on the air, you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation. Then you must attend a Basic Training class. The schedule varies; e-mail Joel Davis to sign up. Then you must work on raising your skill level You practice on your own, at your own pace, in the studios, until you are comfortable operating the equipment. Next, you schedule and take a Finishing Touches class. Contact either the News Department or the Music Department for more information. Finally, ask the News Directors for a task, or ask the Music Director to do a Restless Mornings slot.

Notes: Classes are not held every week. They are scheduled on an as-needed basis. The cost is $50, payable to KGNU before the first class. Scholarships are available (restrictions apply). For more information on any of this, please contact Nikki.