KOOP is always looking for new voices from the community and new dedicated volunteers to help our station go. At our station we combine these, so that every programmer (our name for DJs and hosts) is expected – even required – to do a certain amount of volunteer work. So, one good way to get started on the path to getting a show on KOOP is to volunteer here. There are lots of different things you can do to help the station run, and it’s a great way to get a sense of how things work here. See How do I volunteer at KOOP?
for more information.
The other requirement for any programmer is that they must complete our 6-month training and apprenticeship program, which runs twice per year. Each session kicks off with an Orientation, which individuals wishing to enter the training program must attend. The Spring Orientation is held on the second Monday in May
, and the Fall Orientation is held on the second Monday in November
Following the Orientation each prospective programmer must attend several training sessions related to FCC regulations and the technical aspects of engineering a show at KOOP. There are generally multiple instances of each session to try to accommodate as many trainees as possible.
In addition, each trainee is assigned a mentor, the programmer of a show currently on the air. The trainee must sit in with their mentor for at least 12 shows during the 6-month period. Also, during this time they must maintain their good standing as a KOOP volunteer, which means performing at least one volunteer hour per month.
For more information about our training program you may contact the Training Team Area Coordinator
After your apprenticeship and training is complete, you may apply for a show on KOOP. Twice per year the Programming Committee reviews new applications and revises the KOOP schedule. To find out more, see How do I apply for a show on KOOP?