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What is KUGS Radio?
89.3 KUGS-FM Student-Operated-Radio serves WWU students by providing a diverse program of music and information consistent with student interests. KUGS is staffed by students and community volunteers who are committed to providing diverse and thoughtful programming. Through its programming, KUGS serves as a bridge from the university to the surrounding community.
How do volunteers help?
Students volunteering for the station can learn how to "board op" which refers to operating the airwaves and playing the designated songs, news or announcements at designated times. Students can participate in the public affairs team that researches topic for news stories and ventures out to conduct interviews and story pieces for an hour-long news hour at the end of the quarter. This is a great opportunity for news junkies, and students in the Journalism or Communications departments.
What kind of experience do volunteers need?
Students do not need previous radio background! Students only need bring their communication skills and passions to the table. Be adamant about checking and responding to emails if you are interested in volunteering for KUGS. Make sure to drop by the station to fill out a volunteer application and check your email for updates on its status. Join the KUGS Facebook page where updates are announced.
Do you train volunteers?
All volunteers must complete a quarter of training that includes weekly news-reading. The first training is aimed at showing volunteers how to be comfortable speaking on the air. The volunteer will come for 30 minutes each week to read news on air for about five minutes. In the middle of the quarter volunteers will go through a four-session training process that will get them acquainted with FCC regulations, KUGS rules and equipment, and give them a chance to practice.
How many students volunteer?
On a quarterly basis, we have around 90 DJs, substitute DJs news hosts, and public affairs members.
What makes volunteering for KUGS Radio special?
KUGS often runs 24 hours a day, or at least very late into the night. Volunteers and staff have an incredibly large responsibility to make sure the station is running at all the scheduled times. KUGS also serves as an introduction to radio that students could seldom find elsewhere.
Where can people learn more?
People can find out more information by going to our website: KUGS.org or dropping by the station to sign up on our email list.
Contact KUGS via email or dropping by the station before the quarter has started. Typically, applications are accepted three to five weeks before the new quarter begins and we start to schedule DJs for spots two weeks before that quarter.