Apply To Be A Volunteer
We, the people, own the air waves.
At KKFI, we also own the station.
Community and democracy sustain us as your unique media source. Becoming a volunteer means that you contribute time and talent to fulfill our mission statement. Completing our volunteer application helps us get acquainted!
KKFI Mission Statement
KKFI is the Kansas City area’s independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals and groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media.
If you’re interested in helping out KKFI, just fill out this form, and we will be happy to get back to you!
New Volunteer Orientation
At our New Volunteer Orientation, learn about our history, our present, and how you can join in the future.
Tour our station, meet some of our Board Members, Programmers and Volunteers, while hearing what the station has to offer for those who want to serve their community in a deeper way.
Each month we post various ways to get involved at your community radio station.
Please review and let us know how you can help!
Apply To Host A New Show
Our on-air volunteer show hosts have creative ownership of show conception, production and execution!
Shows must align with our mission statement to be considered.
If you are interested in volunteering to host a show at KKFI, please fill out our online application.
Active members volunteer an average of at least 4 “non-show” hours per month over a six month period.
As an active member, you will approve new active members, elect the Board of Directors, vote on committee members, and vote to amend the Bylaws.
If you are interested in becoming an active member, please fill out our active member application and email to [email protected] or drop it off in person at the station.
The Finance Committee is responsible for general oversight of KKFI finances, including establishing policies by which staff and outside accountants transact day-to-day financial matters, recommending an annual budget to the Board of Directors, working with an approved auditor to provide annual audited financial statements and making sure that KKFI taxes are paid on time. No fundraising involved! The committee generally meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm.
The Governance Committee provides oversight of documents governing the corporation and its operations, including the KKFI Programmers Policy and Operations Manual and the Bylaws. Work with Governance to develop station policies and procedures, and to codify institutional knowledge into reference documents. The committee generally meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm.
The committee handles formal grievances using a procedure laid out in the KKFI bylaws. The Grievance Procedure is available to any KKFI volunteer, including programmers, who has been disciplined for a violation of station policy and believes it is unfair or believes they have been wronged in some other way by KKFI. The committee investigates, holds hearings, and recommends solutions aimed at improving compliance and good relations among our volunteers and staff.
The Membership Committee works to increase, as well as retain, the number of Active Members at KKFI. This includes assisting the Volunteer Coordinator in the recruitment, placement and appreciation of a pool of trained volunteers, as well as improving systems and processes to inform the KKFI community about volunteer opportunities and track volunteer hours. The committee generally meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
The Programming Committee provides oversight of the station’s programming and schedule, its quality, and the fulfillment of our mission. Work with the programming committee to review new show applications, provide programmer training and appreciation, and develop programming strategies aligned with the station’s mission (there is a separate application process for new shows and show engineering). The committee generally meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm.
Communications & Development
The Communications & Development (C&D) team promotes awareness of the station’s mission and brand by establishing and executing successful communications and fundraising strategies. Work with the C&D team to design and develop social media and other marketing plans and materials, to establish a KKFI presence at events in the community, to help plan and execute fundraising events, and to identify and help secure additional sources of funding. The committee generally meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
Electronics, Facilities, Technology
EFT provides guidance for upgrades to equipment, software, and facilities to help the station fulfill its goals. Work with the EFT Committee to manage and maintain the station’s audio, computer and broadcast equipment. The committee generally meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm.
News & Public Affairs
Work with representatives of Heartland Labor Forum, Radio Active Magazine, Jaws of Justice, Every Woman, etc. to develop ideas for and produce public affairs program episodes, news and events. The committee generally meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm.
The goal of the Podcast committee is to create a system that allows KKFI to branch out into the modern world of digital podcasting. As a part of this goal, the Podcast committee is dedicated to redefining and rebuilding our archived portion of our website, cultivating a list of local and regional podcasts to showcase on our website, and providing educational opportunities to the public concerning their own podcasting specifically and audio media generally. The committee generally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.
Security Committee is tasked with developing and implementing plans and protocols to help keep our volunteers and station premises safe and secure. Objectives include emergency response planning and parking lot safety.