Volunteering at KBCS
KBCS is a mostly volunteer-powered public radio station. We operate with a small paid staff and thus rely on the talents and energies of many volunteers for most of our on-air and off-air activities. There are a variety of ways you can contribute to the station and learn the art of radio.
KBCS is listener-supported, public radio. The vast majority of our operating budget comes directly from listeners. To raise that support, we hold on-air membership drives each year, as well as year-round membership relations. We are always in need of volunteers to help answer phones and take pledges during pledge drives.
Music Host (Being a DJ)
Almost all music DJs at KBCS are community volunteers. To help you learn the art of radio, KBCS offers a regular training course (Basic Broadcasting) taught every quarter through Bellevue College Continuing Education. Check here for the latest schedule.
To become a DJ at KBCS, you must first take the Basic Broadcasting course.
We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us out with daily production tasks.Typically, this could include promo production, basic audio editing, updating online audio archive, and/or transferring of audio to different media.
The best way to get involved on the production side of KBCS is to contact the Program Director, Patrick Whalen, to schedule an assessment. Currently, we offer Audio Production classes through Bellevue College.
Public Affairs Host
The Public Affairs Host is responsible for being the station “voice” during Democracy Now, Hard Knock Radio and other programs, engineering the broadcast, forward promoting upcoming shows, underwriting and promotional reads, answering listener calls, and other duties as required. There are two shifts: 6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m-7:00 p.m.
If you are interested in applying for a position, please submit a brief letter of interest describing your reasons for applying for the position. Additional supporting materials, such as air-check tapes, are welcome though not required. Send to Yuko Kodama, the News and Public Affairs Director.
The membership team at KBCS welcomes volunteers to assist with the important work of servicing our members. Whether it’s mailing out thank you gifts, stuffing envelopes, or providing customer service, it’s an essential task is vital to the station and its members. Interested volunteers can contact Member Services Director, Beth Topping, or the Membership Manager, Sharon Stevens.