WORT 89.9 FM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – Updated March 2021
WORT is currently closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, although we are developing a phased plan for reopening.
The following are immediate opportunities during the pandemic. We will have plenty more opportunities for receptionists, sound board engineers, and more when we return to in-person operations.
OFF-AIR OPPORTUNITIES (remote during COVID-19):
WORT LOCAL NEWS–Local/State News, Monday through Thursday
- Reporters: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday—11-6pm. See position description.
- Feature Producers: Produce weekly 5-minute audio segments on a regular topic. See position description.
WEB CONTENT EDITOR—
- Her Turn: News and features by and about women. Edit interviews and post them on the WORT website. Flexible schedule, any time after 11:30 on Sundays.
- Queery: An LGBTQ-centered show. Edit show and post them on the WORT website. Flexible schedule, any time after 8pm on Wednesdays.
- Thursday Eight O’Clock Buzz: A morning mix of news and entertainment (and sarcasm). Edit interviews & post them on the WORT website. Flexible schedule, any time after 9am on Thursdays.
- Write our community calendar of events and local information for our daily interstitial, the Insurgent Radio Kiosk. See the full volunteer posting here.
ON-AIR OPPORTUNITIES (remote during COVID-19):
HER TURN, Sundays 11-11:30am
News and features by and about women from a feminist perspective. Application for new collective members are currently being accepted. Semester internship or commitment of one year is required.
WORLD VIEW, Sundays 5-6pm
(Critical, anti-imperialist coverage of world news and in-depth interviews.)
Volunteers are needed for news reading and writing for two Sundays per month, 3-6pm. Additional time is needed for writing. Email: email@example.com.
EN NUESTRO PATIO, Tuesdays 7-8pm
Locally produced Spanish language news, Tuesday 7-8pm. Collective members, especially women are needed for news writing, reporting, producing, and engineering. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
QUEERY, Wednesdays 7-7:30pm
Madison’s longest running L/G/B/T/Q/A radio program needs additional members to continue! Volunteers are needed for news writing and reporting, audio digital editing, coordinating and booking guests, on-air hosting, and sound board operating. Email: email@example.com
PERPETUAL NOTION MACHINE (Science show) Thursdays 7-7:30pm Collective members needed for on-air hosting and to engineer, interview guests, compile science news and produce
features. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LABOR RADIO, Fridays 5:30-6pm
News by, for, and about working people. Production meetings, Tuesday, 7am at Lazy Jane’s Café, 1358 Williamson St. Help out as a reporter, on-air reader or production. Email: email@example.com.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT BLOGGING
Write about past and upcoming area concerts and shows, review new releases, highlight program specials and work with other music-related stories for publication on our web sites at wortfm.org and social media. Research information, links, photos, videos, etc. to add multimedia content. Bring us your own ideas, or receive assignments from staff and volunteers. (1-2 hours/week, flexible, work from home or at the station.)
MUSIC CALENDAR EDITORS
Typing, using internet & Updating web calendar/page. 1-3 hours/week, may be done at the station, at home or elsewhere.
IN-PERSON OPPORTUNITIES (suspended during pandemic)
SOUND BOARD OPERATORS
(Training provided—A one-year commitment is required for weekly positions!)
Train as a substitute: Weekdays, 8-9am, Noon-2pm; Monday thru Thursday 5-7pm, 7-8pm
MUSIC DEPARTMENT ASSISTANTS
Weekday, daytime tasks working with local music promoters & record labels. Tasks include: music library and digital downloads.
“LIVE & LOCAL”
Record local artists and performances and help host the show 2nd Fridays of each month, 11PM-Midnight
THE PROMOS, Tuesdays 7-10pm
Get on-air and production experience with a multi-disciplinary team incorporating musical knowledge and skills in research, script writing, music selection, voice-over, engineering and audio editing with computer software. (Women needed for voice-over of announcements) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUDIO ARCHIVE MAINTENANCE
Volunteers with strong computer & data entry skills (experience with Windows XP required/Mac & Linux a plus) Familiarity with recording software preferred. Trim and edit digital recordings and transfer between different computers and media. Work with programmers to maintain updated descriptions in archive database. 1-2 times/week
Engineering; Events; Community Advisory Board
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
The CAB is comprised of community members interested in the diverse needs and interests of WORT’s listening audience. The CAB advises WORT’s Board of Directors as to how the station’s programming and policies address community needs. The CAB meets once a month except for June, July and August.
PLEDGE TAKERS –
Be part of the fun that keeps the station running. 2-3 hour shifts taking pledges by phone. To volunteer, contact Glenn Mitroff by email: email@example.com or call: 608-256-2001