All of the programming, and much of the administrative work at CKCU is done by our 200+ volunteers. Any person with an interest in CKCU is welcome to become a volunteer. We provide complete training and orientation -- all you have to do is demonstrate that you're reliable and willing to work hard for the station. There are many different opportunities and volunteer roles so take a look at a few sample positions below and see which one(s) might be a good fit for you!
On average CKCU receives dozens of music submissions per week. These submissions consist of CDs, Vinyl and Digital Files. In order to get these music submissions played on the airwaves, they need to be catalogued and added to our library. Each CD must be entered into our library and assigned a number so that it can easily be found by volunteers. Our vinyl submissions mused be labeled by style of music and filed alphabetically. In the new age of media, digital submissions are becoming more popular as an alternative to a hard copy of an album. Digital files received at the station are added into our digital music server so hosts have access to them on-air. If you love discovering new music and have a knack for organization, this may be a great role for you.
Although CKCU broadcasts with a live host in studio 24 / 7 / 365, we do still have content such as advertisements, radio plays, show promos, and station identification tags that are pre-recorded and played on-air. The process starts with bringing a voicer or multiple voicers into the studio to be recorded. Once the content of the recording has been recorded we can add music, edit out mistakes and add special effects to create the finished product.
CKCU also features live bands in studio from time to time. A production volunteer would assist in setting up the equipment necessary for these special broadcasts.
There are currently more than one hundred programs that air on CKCU FM. These programs broadcast in many different languages, feature all styles of music, and have a variety of show formats. If you have an interest in hosting your own show, or becoming part of an existing show, we offer many training sessions to provide the skills and knowledge needed to be a host. All hosts in training start of in our Closed Circuit Training studio or “on-air simulator”. This will let you experience everything that a live programmer goes through but will allow you to make mistakes and learn from them. The Closed Circuit Studio does not broadcast live. It acts as a training ground where a beginner host can hone their skills for an on-air host position.