Volunteers are a vital element in the operation of a community station. Vernon Community Radio will need 30 or more active volunteers to become involved in writing, hosting, editing and producing programs. Other volunteer areas will include promotion, social media engagement, commercial writing, production and public service.
No experience or formal training? No problem. A core part of our business plan includes professional trainers as part of our paid staff. This is a great opportunity for persons of all ages to learn about radio broadcasting. Funding for volunteer training is available to the Society through the Canadian Community Radio Fund, a resource funded by Canada's private broadcaster contributions to Canadian Talent Development. http://www.crfc-fcrc.ca/en/
In 2011, the CRTC conducted research into the role of volunteers in community radio.
Among the findings:
What do volunteers do in a station beyond programming?
In short, everything.
A review of responses provided by campus and community stations surveyed by the CRTC suggests that volunteers perform an astonishing array of functions for their stations, from programming and computer maintenance to fundraising and sweeping floors. These volunteer services are summarized in the categories set out below.
Governance - 100 percent of respondents
Fundraising - 94 percent of respondents
Training - 75 percent of respondents
Outreach and Community Presence - 84 percent of respondents
Station Administration - 100 percent of respondents
Programming Support/Music Department - 90 percent of respondents
Station Maintenance - 70 percent of respondents
PSAs - 68 percent of respondents
Other Station-based Activities - 56 percent of respondents