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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:43

DJ/Host on 88.1 KDHX

Jason Robinson, host of the Mixtape Jason Robinson, host of the Mixtape Sara Finke

KDHX DJs are the most public-facing representatives of the organization. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that our DJs are well-trained as hosts and board operators for the station.

Overview of the KDHX DJ/host training process:

  1. KDHX orientation class with Basic Audio Intro and membership
  2. Assemble and submit show script (send to kestwing[at]kdhx.org)
  3. If approved: Demo production and basic technical overview training
  4. Submit Application and Demo to Program Director for review by Program Committee*
  5. If approved: Final host/programming training
  6. Final technical training and contract given
  7. Practice/test sessions to ensure readiness
  8. Contract returned; ready to sub for other hosts

*We do not accept demos or air checks produced for other stations or completed without KDHX guidance.

Considering schedule availability for training, and approval by a committee that meets once a month, it's safe to say this process can take about three months to complete, sometimes less, sometimes more. We can often get people subbing within a few weeks of completing training (unless their specialty is very focused on a single music genre). Getting a show could take as little as a few months, to as long as a few years.

Goal of Position: To host an entertaining and professional radio show for KDHX listeners (who are on-air and online).

Current Number of Volunteers: 94

Positions Open: Program schedule is already full 24/7, newly approved applicants are put on a waitlist and can actively sub. The wait for your own show can be anywhere from a few months to a few years, and slow slotting is based on personal availability as well as fit/flow within the program schedule as determined by our Program Committee.

Sample Activities:

  1. Preparing for your show in advance
  2. Substituting and/or hosting a weekly show. Music shows are 2-3 hours, and talk shows are generally ½-1 hour long)
  3. Running the board for on-air output
  4. Communicating with listeners via KDHX.org and/or KDHX e-mail

Timeframe:

  • Length of commitment: Ongoing on a weekly basis
  • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours or more per week

Scheduling:

  • For substituting: as you are able
  • For a weekly show: TBA. The first offered slot may not be your most preferred time; most applicants do not start at a prime/daytime slot.

Worksite: KDHX Radio Station, 3504 Magnolia Ave.

Qualifications/Interest Sought (training will be provided):

  1. Passion for music/topic; general interest in learning more about and sharing music/topic
  2. Understanding/familiarization with the overall sound and mission of KDHX, to ensure hosting ability, style and program is compatible

Benefits:

  1. Get to be on the radio!
  2. Board operator experience
  3. Access to music via station library that you might not otherwise hear about
  4. Play an integral role in the St. Louis arts/music community

Staff Contact: Chris Bay / Chief Content Officer / 314-664-3955 x804

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