Becoming a DJ at KPOV

Most of the people in community radio in general—and at KPOV in particular—are dedicated volunteers who want to broaden the kinds of music and conversation available on your radio dial.  They are people who have a passion for radio, for music, for community involvement, for politics, and for going local.  And many, if not most, have no prior experience in radio—except as listeners—before they got involved in KPOV.

History_04KPOV’s schedule is largely full.  This means that schedule openings for new shows are less frequent and that the competition for openings will be more intense.  However, there will always be opportunities for qualified individuals to fill-in for DJs who will be gone for some reason and to schedule guest appearances on existing shows so they can test their skills.



Requirements for becoming a KPOV DJ

Complete the DJ course

People with no background in radio broadcasting can learn about on-air programming by registering for and completing the introductory “Be a DJ” course offered through a partnership between KPOV and Central Oregon Community College.  In this hands-on course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of radio programming, including running the mixer and mikes, planning for music or talk shows, adhering to FCC regulations, fulfilling the mission of KPOV and community radio, and developing your own style.  We generally offer two classes a year – Spring and early Fall. For exact dates, call KPOV at 541-322-0863. Registration for current class is through COCC Community Learning at 541-383-7270, or online here. Search for KPOV.

Learn the ropes

Each aspiring DJ will need to sit-in with a current DJ host to gain practical experience and to learn how a show is produced.  You will have the opportunity to learn and practice all the elements of producing a live show, including playing music selections, PSAs, legal IDs and sweepers;  talking on air; running the board and other equipment; following and completing the programming log.  By sitting in with different DJs, you can observe different production styles.

Additional training requirements for talk show hosts

Hosting a live or pre-recorded talk show on KPOV requires an additional set of skills. KPOV has developed a four session training course to give students the skills they will need to outline, script and produce a talk show, conduct interviews and use editing software to produce prerecorded segments. The training is free and available to anyone who has completed the “Be a DJ” course. It is generally scheduled in the Spring and Fall after the DJ course is finished.

Now What?

Now that you have completed the requirements, you will be able to produce underwriting spots, the community calendar and other announcements.  You will be able to help a current DJ to produce his or her show.  You will be able to fill in for a current host who takes a week off.  Maybe you could share a show.  Co-Host Application Here. You can do all of these things while waiting for a new opening in the programming schedule.  For more information on volunteering, call 541.322.0863.

New Show Proposal

If you have an idea for a new show and can commit to a weekly show for at least 6 months, please complete a show proposal form.  You can download a Show Proposal Form here, and return it to bruce AT  You must also submit an 8 – 10 minute program demo with your application.  For instructions on how to create a program demo mp3 file, click here.