Volunteer at WQRT: no experience necessary
This low-power station is high-energy and receives more attention, submissions, and opportunities every day. There are things to be done on the air, in the studio, out on special missions, and remotely from anywhere. Technical and non-technical needs never stop, so if you have a love for or interest in what we're doing, let's do stuff together!
We’ve set up a series of important and required steps for all volunteers — including and especially people who’d like to have a show on the radio. And we’re asking for patience and understanding that we can’t spend a lot of one-on-one time with everyone throughout the process. We are working with a very limited budget, have a very small staff, and need volunteer support and true community buy-in to operate WQRT. We're also working within somewhat complicated FCC regulations. For these reasons, we’ve researched how other community-oriented stations handle this process of putting volunteers on the air, to create an online volunteer interest form. Please click the link below to tell us about how you would like to be a part of WQRT as we grow.
Getting a show: some assembly required
1. First, fill out our volunteer form online: Tell us about your interests, experience, and how you’d like to get involved. This will add you to our database so we can reach out with group messages. Depending on how busy things are, we may be able to communicate with you one-on-one, but probably not immediately. You’ll also be invited to our Facebook group where you can find updates on opportunities large and small.
2. Start helping as a volunteer: Before you can be considered for an on-air show of your own, everyone needs to start by helping our staff and other volunteers move things forward so we can get to know each other. For example, you can DJ for existing blocks of music and sub for other DJs, or help in other ways based on your interests and the station's needs at the time. Volunteering as a way to move into on-air shows is a process with no exceptions.
THEN, AS A COMMITTED VOLUNTEER, IF YOU WANT TO PITCH AN ON-AIR SHOW...
A. Submit a pilot idea: We'll provide you an online submission link with helpful guidelines (link pending). You’ll then be in line for further discussion. We will contact you, but it could take 1-4 weeks before we’re able to respond with feedback. If you would like to do a one-off show or a short series of up to three shows, be sure to highlight this in your initial submission.
B. Record your approved pilot: When we give your idea the green light you can work with other volunteers or record on your own (following our supplied tips and FCC guidelines or utilizing what you learn in one of our monthly pilot classes) and submit a pilot for final review.
C. Get a monthly time slot: If your pilot seems like a good fit, is not duplicating other things on WQRT or elsewhere, and we mutually agree to move forward, your show will go on a waiting list for a regular, monthly slot as they become available during designated times. It could then, over time, move to a show that airs every two weeks.
D. Ready for more? With a positive track record, your show can be considered for air time on a more regular basis. Invitation to step things up comes by invitation of WQRT staff, or through more extensive volunteering, such as supporting others’ shows, helping manage the station, etc.