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KGNU is always in need of creative people to keep the airwaves alive and thriving, whether you are interested in music, public affairs, or working behind the scenes.

The first step is to attend a Volunteer Orientation.

New volunteer orientations are held on the first Thursday of odd-numbered months at 7:00 p.m., at both our Boulder and Denver locations. In 2019, the orientations will be held on January 3rd, March 7th, May 2nd, July 11th (the second Thursday, due to the holiday on July 4th), September 5th, and November 7th.

Just show up, there's no need to make a reservation. For questions, call 303-449-4885.

Getting on Air

If you'd interested in being on air, the next step after attending an orientation is to complete a radio training class. This is required for all music and board operator shifts.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the heart of KGNU, providing professional skills, time, energy and personal commitment to all facets of our operations.

There are two things that differentiate community radio from public radio -- community access and volunteers. At KGNU Community Radio, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Volunteers participate in every aspect our operations and we could not do what we do without them.

Turn on, Tune In, Help Out!

We have many volunteer opportunities available, including the following ongoing needs: Station Administration, Outreach & Special Events, Music Department, News & Public Affairs Department, and Committees.

Station Administration Opportunities
Front Desk/Reception Area
KGNU has two four-hour shifts available for volunteers at the front desk, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. This task includes answering the telephone and taking messages when necessary; greeting guests and directing them to the proper staff member; tidying the desk and kitchen area as needed; as well as small clerical tasks, such as filing, data entry, etc. that are delegated by staff members.
Time Commitment: One four-hour shift
Skills needed: Polite phone skills is the only skill necessary for this opportunity.
Contact: Membership

Mailing Projects
KGNU does approximately ten large mailings annually and volunteers are needed to assist with sorting, stuffing and sealing envelopes to prepare them for mailing. We generally have about one week notice for these projects.
Time Commitment: Hours are flexible; volunteers may offer as many hours as they are available.
Contact: Membership

Fund Drive Phone Operators
KGNU conducts two 11-day pledge drives (usually in October and March) and one five-day mini drive every July. During these drives, phone operators are needed for a variety of shifts between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. daily. Shifts are approximately three hours long and the schedules are posted one month prior to the drives.
Time Commitment: One three-hour shift
Skills Needed: Polite and Good Communication Skills, comfortable entering information on a computer.
Contact: Membership

Data Entry for KGNU Calendars
We need help for a few hours each month doing computer data entry to keep our online calendars (concerts, event and arts) current.
Time Commitment: a few hours monthly
Skills Needed: Ability to use a computer and do data entry
Contact: Dave Ashton

Graphic Design
KGNU has an ongoing need for graphic designers, specifically people who specialize in printed ads.
Time Commitment: Varies by project
Skills Needed: Graphic design
Contact: Sarah Shirazi

Outreach and Special Events Volunteer Opportunities
Charles Sawtelle Mountain Jam (Summer)
KGNU hosts a one-day music event in Gold Hill on the third Sunday of July annually. This event offers a lot of volunteer opportunities, including set-up, break-down and clean-up, traffic assistance, beer serving, food grilling and serving, outreach, ticket sales, promotion, donation solicitation, dessert baking, poster art and volunteer coordination.
Time Commitment: Few hours
Skills Needed: Varies.
Contact: Tim Russo

Boulder Summer Bike to Work Day
KGNU hosts a breakfast station as part of Boulder's Summer Bike to Work Day, usually held on the last Wednesday in June. We need help setting up and maintaining our breakfast station for the 100+ people who stop by. Other needs include setting up signage, giving tours, basic bicycle maintenance, and sharing information about KGNU.
Time commitment: 6:30-9:30 a.m. on Bike to Work Day (at our Boulder Studio)
Skills Needed: Varies
Contact: Verity Matthews (KGNU Membership Coordinator)

Special Events
KGNU needs help throughout the year doing outreach at special events. This is where we set up a table of KGNU material and talk to people about KGNU, encouraging them to listen, become members or volunteers. Special events range from lectures to concerts and all sorts of things in between.
Time Commitment: Few hours plus. Varies by event
Skills Needed: A desire to talk to people and a love of KGNU. Experience in promotion and marketing and/or ability to organize an event are an additional plus.
Contact: Tim Russo

Tabling Outreach
KGNU is always in need of volunteers to staff our outreach tables at various public events in the metro area. Doing outreach is a special and important undertaking because even though we have been on the air for over thirty years, there are many people who are unfamiliar with KGNU, its content and how a volunteer powered radio station works. Outreach volunteers must take a knowledgeable and assertive approach to get the public's attention and engage and inform them about KGNU. Therefore, we need our tabling outreach volunteers to be gregarious, friendly, energetic, and engaging to a wide variety of people. They must also be prepared to take initiative and committed to KGNU's mission and ready to talk about it and their personal connection to it.

Responsibilities: We need volunteers who will set-up outreach materials, staff a table for the duration of the event, and then break down the table materials, sometimes by themselves. Summer tabling sometimes involves setting up and taking down a table and tent. We usually need volunteers to pick up and drop off materials at the station before and after the event, as well, and volunteers who can take the lead and handle tabling events from start to finish on their own are particularly helpful to the station. While staffing the table, volunteers must chat with event attendees, often initiating contact. Volunteers must be prepared to handle money for KGNU promotional materials sales (t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, etc.), invite listeners to become members (or renew their membership), and complete membership forms. Volunteers sometimes take entries for raffles or door prizes and distribute said prizes. The table and surrounding area should be neat, attractively set up, welcoming, and not cluttered with non-KGNU materials. Volunteers must follow all venue rules and regulations as set out by our hosts. Tabling happens most often during events on weekends, but can sometimes occur on weeknights at concerts and other similar events.

Requirements: Tabling outreach volunteers should be friendly and outgoing, promote KGNU positively and accurately, be clean and neat in appearance, physically able to do the tasks involved with the tasks they've agreed to be responsible for, and able to be trusted with cash, checks, and credit card numbers. They must have completed the KGNU orientation, be knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the station, familiar with contents of the materials they distribute (usually the radio magazines and the pocket guides), our programs and schedule, and mission statement.

Requested Skills: It is particularly helpful be familiar with KGNU to do outreach at various political, community based and musical events. We also always need volunteers who are bilingual, particularly Spanish speakers, speakers other languages are very helpful in our community outreach as well.

Contact: Dave Ashton

Music Department Opportunities

There are a number of ways to volunteer within KGNU’s Music Department, including (but not limited to):

  • Becoming an on-air DJ
  • Library organization
  • Social media help
  • Online content management
  • Outreach event help

If you are interested in any of these projects, or just learning more about how you can help out in the Music Department, please reach out to Indra Raj, KGNU’s Music Director.

Music DJs

We are also always looking for new DJ candidates. If you are interested in becoming a KGNU DJ, you must attend a Volunteer Orientation and complete KGNU’s Radio Training Class.

For questions, please contact the Music Department.

News & Public Affairs Department Opportunities
Contact: Maeve Conran

Headline News Readers (weekday mornings)
Volunteers must be at the station between 6:30 and 6:45 a.m. They will participate in reviewing possible news stories with the news directors and then will write a headline for the morning newscast that they will read live at 8:04 a.m. The newscast is done by 8:15 a.m. Training will be given on writing for radio and the news directors will work with the writers on editing the story in advance of the news cast.

AM News Hosts (weekday mornings 5:20 a.m.-8:15 a.m.)
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Hosts come to the studio by 5:20 a.m. to prepare for anchoring the morning news shows. Hosts will review the program log to see which underwriting spots and announcements and shows will be played that morning. Hosts will review the weather forecast to be read regularly during the morning, between shows. Hosts are responsible for doing station IDs, weather and time breaks and introducing the shows starting at 5:29 a.m. and then playing all of the news shows from 5:29-8:01 a.m. During this time they will also work with the news directors and other news readers in writing headlines to be read in the morning news cast at 8:04 a.m. Shift ends at 8:15 a.m., although occasionally hosts are asked to stay until 9:30 a.m. to help with additional engineering or answering phones for a call in show.

PM News Hosts (weekday afternoons: 3:00-6:00 or 7:00 p.m., depending on the day)
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Hosts come to the studio by 3:00 p.m. to help answer phones for the Metro show that airs 3-3:30 p.m. During this time, host will review the program log to determine which underwriting and announcements must air that afternoon and line up the shows to be played. Host does voice breaks (time, station ID's, weather, other announcements) from 3:30-6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. between shows.

Sunday Afternoon Hosts (Sunday afternoons: 12:00-4:00 p.m and 4:00-7:00 p.m.)
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Hosts must get to the studio in advance of their shift to review the program log to determine which underwriting and announcements must air that afternoon and line up the shows to be played. Host does voice breaks (time, station ID's, weather, other announcements) between shows.

Dot Org Producers
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Producers will coordinate with Nikki Kayser, the Executive Producer of the Dot Org segment, to arrange interviews with local non-profits and then record the interviews and edit them into the appropriate format.

News Producers
Volunteers must complete the radio training class to be eligible for this. Additional training will be given by the news department. Producers will coordinate with the news directors on stories in the community that need to be covered. We encourage producers to pitch story ideas to the news department as well as taking on given assignments. Once training has been completed, producers can check out recording equipment from the news department to go on assignment to record interviews and cover events. Producers will liaise with the news director on editing the features and interviews to be aired during the morning magazine or other shows. Producers are needed for general news assignments as well as specialty shows like Metro Arts and Outsources (KGNU's GLBT show).

Volunteer Development
Includes connecting with new volunteers who have expressed interest in news when they attend a new volunteer orientation and when they emerge from the basic board training class, helping the new volunteer find his or her way at KGNU, and checking with the volunteer from time to time. It also includes assisting the Co-Directors to organize training sessions in specific aspects of radio news production and tape parties, where volunteers listen to each other's work and offer feedback. Another aspect of volunteer development is finding ways to recognize the efforts and the achievements of News volunteers.

Program Promotion
Includes helping with the production of recorded announcements of specific upcoming programs, developing and enhancing the description of programs on kgnu.org, including fuller descriptions of programs as well as supplementary text and visuals, and placing brief text announcements of upcoming programs for live reads by news hosts and DJ's.

Contact: Maeve Conran

Development Committee
The Development Committee is responsible for raising funds for the station. It oversees most general fundraising at KGNU, including the 1390 capital campaign, major gifts, select special events, grants and underwriting.

Time Commitment: The committee usually meets on the 4th Friday of each month at 12:15 p.m. at the Denver studio. Members need to be able to attend most meetings and follow up on assignments that they take on. Assignments can be fulfilled on each person's schedule.

Skills Needed: Experience in or willingness to learn fundraising skills.

Contact: Tim Russo

Training To Be On The Air

To be on the air, you must:
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation
  • Next, Sign up for a Radio Training Class.
  • Practice at your own pace until you familiar with our equipment and feel comfortable working in our studios.
  • Schedule and complete a Finishing Touches class.
  • Coordinate with the Music or News department for possible next steps or tasks.

Classes are scheduled on a rolling basis. Classes are $50 for current KGNU members, $75 for non-members, advanced registration required. Please contact Membership for questions about payment.