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Getting Involved at KOOP
Volunteering and/or Training to Become a DJ

Join the KOOP team!

KOOP works because people like you get involved and volunteer. Community radio takes a community of volunteers and everyone who wants to may complete our broadcast training programs to become involved in producing our programs as DJs, engineers and producers. 

Step 1 – Become a Volunteer

Before you can volunteer at KOOP, you will need to attend a volunteer orientation.  We hold orientations once a month on the fourth Tuesday at 6:00pm at the studio.  Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested or for more information.

Step 2 – Volunteering Opportunities and Station Events

Keep up with volunteering opportunities and station events by subscribing to the KOOP mailing list and attending monthly station-wide meetings (generally, 7pm, first Mondays of the month).

Attend a Community Council organized volunteer work party to learn more about volunteering opportunities and participate in various volunteer activities. Volunteer work parties are announced on the KOOPList.

A good idea is join a team/attend a team’s meeting and sign up to the KOOP list.

Learn about our KOOP teams and whom to contact.

Step 3 – Record Your Volunteer Hours

You need to volunteer 1 hour each month to become a volunteer member and thus be eligible for programmer training (and gain member voting rights).

Make sure your hours are recorded in the volunteer hours tracking system (provided by Journyx). You are responsible for logging your own hours. Every KOOP volunteer has an account on the volunteer hours system (separate account) - to record their volunteer hours. Volunteers that attend an Orientation will have an account automatically created for them. If you need a new account or have troubles contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

See more info at the volunteer hours timesheet instructions page.

Step 4 – Attend FCC Training Sessions

Once you are an active volunteer, and have hours recorded in JournyX you can begin programmer training.

KOOP Policy and FCC regulation training classes happen on the third Monday and Tuesday of each month. 

Contact the training team to schedule

You will also choose a current KOOP program to apprentice on.

Step 5 – Apprentice with a Current KOOP Programmer

You will be assigned a show and need to complete ten (10) observations.

We will try to find a good match for you, but if it isn’t working out contact the training team and we’ll do our best to reassign you.

Step 6 – Studio Training & Testing

You will receive an email from the training team asking you to sign up for a training session. Training and testing takes two training sessions and are usually held during the week 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Familiarize yourself with KOOP Policies and Procedure and the KOOP Handbooks.

The test will cover FCC requirments, KOOP policy, and broadcast studio use.

Step 7 – Getting Certified

You will receive a programmer certificate at the monthly station meeting – after you have completed your apprenticeship, take the FCC and studio training classes and passed the training test.

Step 8 – Apply for a Show

Create a demo and complete a KOOP Program application. More info: Program Applications FAQ | Contact the Programming Committee.

FAQs

Q. I haven’t heard back from area coordinators and I would like to find a volunteer opportunity.

A. Volunteer coordinators are not responsible for assigning tasks, the best way to find out about what needs doing is to attend a meeting in your area of interest (promotions, tech, etc.) Look for meeting announcements on the KOOPList. You’ll get volunteer credit for attending the meeting and be able to sign up for tasks.

Other suggestions:

  • Check the KOOPList for tasks
  • Ask your mentor programmer
  • Attend a volunteer work party
  • Join a team’s email list

Q. How can I get hands-on time in the studio before applying for a show?

Sign up for a pilot show
• Ask you mentor programmer for opportunities
• Ask some other programmers is you can observe their show
• Once you are certified as a programmer you may sub for a show

Q. Help! the KOOPlist has taken over my inbox

A. The message delivery setting can be changed at any time by following the "Edit Membership" link at the top of the KOOPlist page (if you are logged in). Or most email clients allow you to filter your messages into a separate folder.

Q. How do I study for the test?

A. Read the KOOP Handbooks – Policy (FCC Rules and Regulations) and Studio. Observer your mentor programmer and ask questions during your apprenticeship.

Q. What do I do report my volunteer hours?

A. See the volunteer hours timesheet instructions.

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