FAQ for Youth Collective Members

What Training Classes are offered by the News Department?

If you want more in-depth training, or to improve and practice your skills, you can take classes through the News Department. The sign up sheets for these classes are in the lobby, to the left of the board where the Staff Members sign in. Classes Include:


Learn the basics of KBOO Evening news production process, how to begin volunteering with Evening news, how the Newsroom production studio works, and some basic interviewing techniques.  


Learn your way around the KBOO studios, how a mixing board works, the ins and outs of our equipment, and the checkout procedure.  Test out the mics and learn how to fade in and out.


In this class, you’ll get your hands on the mixing board and learn how to mix sound, cross-fade, do a phone interview and cue.  After this class, you’ll be able to check out a production studio and begin practicing putting together reports, promos and samples.

BOARD OPERATOR TRAINING (pre-requisites: Intro to Audio, Audio Production)

This course is the third step in becoming an on-air engineer.  You will learn about the process of on-air broadcasting – from preparation to completion of an on-air show. 


You will learn the different types of recorders that KBOO has available for field recording: minidisks, microtracks, digital recorders, cassette and DAT.  You will also learn the check-out and check-in procedure for equipment, and tips for getting the most out of your field recording.  This class  is required before you can check out equipment for field recording.

 You will learn how to effectively write new copy for radio: intros, outtros, what to avoid, how to write copy for anchors, and the basics of voicing into microphones.


Interviewing techniques – the art of the interview.  It’s more than just putting a microphone in front of someone!  Learn how to prepare for your interview, how to phrase your questions, and audio techniques for maximum effect.

What are the rules for equipment checkout?

We will discuss in the meetings who needs equipment on which weeks to do their work. When you check out one of the recorder kits, write your name on the calendar with the kit you took out on the day you took it, and when you will return it.

In your introduction packet, you signed a paper promising to replace equipment if it is damaged or lost under your care. The cost of the whole kit is about $250. Erin has information about where we bought the stuff in the first place, as to make it as easy as possible for you to replace.

What are the Background Music Regulations?

When we have music in our pieces, if it is only going to be played on the KBOO Airwaves, you can play whatever music you want to. BUT, if you want your piece to be archived on the KBOO Website, or at Generation PRX, you’ll have to use music that is not copyright by ASCAP or BMI because we now have to pay royalty rates for streaming digital sound recordings. So, every time we play a song we have to pay for it, and we don’t have that kind of money. Sorry.

We also need to report every song we play on the radio, copyright or not, about every 3 months. That is why we keep track on the producer sheet that you fill out every time you make a piece.

To find music that is not copyright, you can search for “Copyleft Music” or use sites like

freeplaymusic.com, opsound.org, hiphopdomain.org, or create your own!

What is Generation PRX?

Generation PRX (http://generation.prx.org) is our dear friend who connects Youth Radio Producers with Radio Stations who want to play Youth Produced pieces. We use them a lot for listening to what other groups of kids are doing around the country, and we upload our pieces so that others can know what we’re up to. We have an account with them, so to get your pieces on the internet, make sure they are saved in an MP3 file form, and let Erin know you’re interested. Then, you’ll learn how to do it yourself!

What are our office rules?

The only rules we have about using our office are about making it just as easy for the person after you to use as it was for you… you know clean up after yourself, make sure to put things back where you got them, clear your dishes, that kind of thing. Also, if there are any books in our library that you want to borrow, just ask Erin, and we can make arrangements!

What are general rules for collectives and consensus?

We make decisions by Consensus, as a Collective. We don’t have to agree on much because of the individual nature of creating radio pieces, but we do have to work together to create a show and the other events and projects we do as a group. Consensus is about the long-term process of building a society that respects the individual as well as the group. We spend time listening to each other as part of this process. People who meet on their own and decide on issues in advance, or who use manipulative strategies to get votes for their position should find it difficult to behave in this way with a consensus procedure. Consensus is about not treating minorities groups of Any Kind badly. When people are continually voted down they are disempowered. Consensus decision-making is

a way to include minority positions by listening and understanding, by compromising on a position held by the majority, or by allowing the minority position to be tried out occasionally. Consensus also takes emotions into account. At our meetings it is possible to say that people are angry or hurt. It is possible to consider that someone is speaking from the need to feel important. It is possible to consider emotions as well as rational arguments. If you want more information, there is information posted on the Youth Collective Bulletin Board. If you don’t feel this is true, please come talk to Erin. Your concerns and complains are totally confidential. This is your collective, and your responsibility to share conflict situations and help resolve them, or at least try to deal with them.

What are my KBOO Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities?
You Have The Right To:

--Be treated as a co-worker, not just free labor

--An equal voice in the KBOO Community

--Know about all aspects of KBOO’s policies, programs, and personnel

--Differing Tasks, providing a variety of training and experience

--Have a say in planning and to serve on committees

--Recognition for your efforts

--Use the Conflict Resolution Process to address conflicts

--Written letters of recommendation and job references from the staff

You are expected to:

Be Open Minded – have a desire to learn and be trained, welcome supervision and guidance.

Be Dependable – We are relying on you and expect that you will come though on commitments. Be clear about what you can contribute. It is okay to say NO.

Represent KBOO in the Community – You create an impression each time you are in public, so try to spread the good word about KBOO.

Be Responsible for yourself – There are no maids or butlers here, so take care of your stuff.

Take Care of the Equipment – It is for all to share. If you break it, you must make arrangements to compensate the station with our Finance Coordinator.

Share the work – Lots of things need doing around here, and everybody’s busy. When you are here, lend a hand and take out the trash, re-stock paper towels, wash the dishes, etc. Thanks!!!

Be Tolerant and Respectful – KBOO is a community of many races, political philosophies, sexual orientations, lifestyles, disabilities, levels of moodiness, and personalities! Tolerance, respect and good humor are essential; racist, sexist, and homophobic attitudes or condensation are not welcomed at KBOO. If you experience this, let Erin or Ani know immediately.