CKCU is almost entirely volunteer-driven. The voices on the airwaves, the behind-the-scenes production, the huge and constantly growing music library, the folks DJing community events, or standing behind that table with the big CKCU banner you see around—none of it would happen without the help of well over 200 volunteers.

CKCU strives to create programming that reflects the diversity of our community and audience. We care about making the voices and music you don’t find in mainstream radio heard loud and clear. We want to help empower our community to learn new skills and make interesting radio happen. If you’re curious about any part of radio, CKCU is where you want to be.

What if I don’t have any experience?

That’s totally okay! We’re here to give you the training and experience you need to get started.

Do I need to be a student?

We like to get as many students active at CKCU and/or on the air as possible, but NO, you don’t have to be a student. CKCU is campus-based but is run by many different community leaders, representatives and enthusiasts in the Ottawa-Gatineau region just like you! All that to say is, while we are located at Carleton University, anyone interested in CKCU is welcome to become a volunteer.

Steps to getting involved

  1. Attend a volunteer orientation session! From September to April, there are regularly scheduled sessions twice a week that you can check the times of online. Orientation sessions start shortly after the new semester begins.
  2. Done orientation? Fill out the volunteer registration form before you go! Get that form over to our volunteer coordinator and they’ll make sure you’re all set up to get info on ways to volunteer.
  3. Make sure you’re opening those CKCU emails and come visit the station to find out about volunteer and training opportunities and radio station happenings.
  4. Sign up for training sessions! If you’re interested in production and programming training, you need to attend four one-hour training sessions over four weeks (one per week). Because we do training in small groups, we ask that you don’t take a spot in orientation until you’re able to commit to all four sessions.

Upcoming orientations
Thursday, April 12 at 11:00 am
Tuesday, April 17 at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 25 at 3:00 pm

Orientations last about an hour and give you lots of time to ask questions, check out the office, and chat with the staff.