Fall is in the air, which means it’s time for campus-community radio station CFBX’s biggest volunteer drive of the year.
On the station’s mandate this season is more talk radio, bilingual hosts and a weekly news broadcast, said program director Steve Marlow.
Marlow said The X — which can be found at 92.5FM — needs 10 to 15 volunteers to work on air and behind the scenes. Recruitment gets underway during Thompson Rivers University’s back to school barbecue on Sept. 6.
“We’ll find spots for pretty much anyone who wants to come in,” said Marlow. “I need help pretty much everywhere.”
On air, CFBX needs people interested in talk radio, he said. When The X went 24/7 earlier this year, its licence required that 15 per cent of programming be locally produced spoken word.
“Any talk radio we can get is going to be huge,” said Marlow.
Ethnic programming is important given that The X runs out of TRU, which is home to a large international cohort. He said the station also wants to appeal to various cultures in Kamloops.
Marlow seeks volunteers who speak French, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Punjabi.
“Anyone who wants to program in another language will be welcomed here for sure,” he said.
The X intends to launch a weekly current events show this fall. A student has been hired to co-ordinate the program with the help of TRU’s School of Journalism and staff from CBC Kamloops.
“We’re certainly going to need people helping out on a regular basis with that,” said Marlow. “If anyone has any interest in community news, we’ve got that going on.”
To volunteer, stop by House 8 behind the Campus Activity Centre, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-377-3988.
A second volunteer drive takes place in the spring.