Program Application (Propose a KKFI Show)Matt Quinn2019-04-04T14:25:18-05:00 KKFI 90.1 FM New Program Application Instructions: The purpose of this Program Proposal form is for the KKFI 90.1 FM Programming Committee to get to know you and the program you are proposing. The Programming Committee reserves the right to disregard or reject incomplete proposals. After you complete this proposal follow the Instructions at the end of this form. Step 1 of 8 12% Training to be a certified programmer at KKFI consists of the following elements: (1) You must read the current version of the Programming and Operations Manual and related materials, and pass a proctored closed book test on its content; (2) You must arrange in-studio training sessions with one of our certified trainers, and learn how to operate the board, as well as to perform all of the other functions required of an on-air engineer/programmer; (3) Board operation also requires separate training in the PAL system, a system used to provide a variety of content during our broadcasts; (4) You must fulfill volunteer hour requirements as set out below; and (5) You must sign a document agreeing to be bound by the KKFI Mission and Philosophy Statements and to fulfill the ongoing volunteer hour requirements (see below) for maintenance of your status as a certified programmer. If you have difficulty in passing the test on the Programming and Operations Manual and related materials, additional training will be provided and you will have additional chances to pass the test. You will only get a sign-off on the board operation portion of your training when our certified trainer attests that you can operate the board professionally and reliably in all respects. While there needs to be at least one board operator for every show (who may also be the programmer for that show), group shows may also have programmers who are not also certified as board operators. These would be regular hosts or co-hosts who provide content, while someone else operates the board. To be a programmer in this sense, you need to have passed steps 1 and 4-5 above, but not steps 2 and 3. Your mentor will introduce you to our certified trainers, and help you make arrangements for training at a time mutually convenient for all. Volunteer Requirements To obtain your certification as a programmer and/or board operator, you need to have performed at minimum fifteen hours of volunteer service for KKFI. KKFI has, and can afford, very few paid staff, so the station is reliant to an astounding degree on volunteer labor in order to function. All of our programmers are volunteers, and donate both the time they spend on the air and the even greater time (3-4x as much in many cases) they spend preparing their programs for the air. But in addition to this time, the station itself has many needs that can only be met with volunteer labor, in sustaining our daily operations and also in station governance and decision-making. The fifteen hour requirement is a means of introducing you to some of the functions at the station, obtaining your help in getting needed work done, and also giving you a foretaste of what will be required of you as a programmer and/or board operator – outside of the joys of producing a show – in order to maintain your status as a programmer. Time spent training to be a certified programmer doesn’t count toward this requirement. Once you have completed the requirements to become a certified programmer, you must begin to meet the new volunteer hours required for that status. If you have a show, the requirement is six hours per month, of which at least two must be for work outside of your show (i.e. outside of both your on-air time and your time spent preparing for your show). If you do not have an assigned show yet, the requirement is still six hours per month, but of course it will all be for work outside of an assigned show. In either case, work as a substitute on someone else’s show counts as volunteer time outside your show. Your mentor will introduce you to our volunteer coordinator and to other people like our chief operator who may be able to help you find volunteer opportunities. Part I: New Programmer InformationPlease provide a record of your work in radio, media, and with KKFI. This information provides background to help KKFI promote your work as a Programmer. A Programmer is a person with regular and ongoing responsibility for presentation of a radio show aired on KKFI 90.1 FM and who contributes on a regular basis (or fill-in basis) to the content of a radio show, including but not limited to producers, engineers, announcers, disc jockeys and writers.Contact InformationEnter information on how KKFI programming committee members can reach you.Name First Last PhoneEmail Mailing Address Street Address City AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces Pacific State ZIP Code What is the best way to contact you?Select one or more ways you would like to be contacted about your application. Email Phone Typically, KKFI requires applicants to be certified as Board Operators before considering show applications. Have you been trained and certified as a Board Operator at KKFI?*YesNoHow familiar are you with KKFI? Describe how often you listen to KKFI; what are your favorite and least favorite programs. We want to get a sense of who you are as a listener.* Radio and Media SkillsThis section provides a place for you to describe your radio production and media skills experience.Media Skills HistoryDescribe what skills you have acquired from working with other radio, media, or relevant organizations and list the organizations. Radio Production SkillsDescribe any skills you have that might help you produce a radio program. Describe your radio production, engineering or appearances on radio. Note: Some of your experience may fit in the sections below for hosting or substituting as host on shows on KKFI or other radio stations, in which case enter it there.KKFI Radio Program History (maximum 3 entries - click + to add more)Please list any KKFI radio shows you have hosted or co-hosted.Name of the KKFI Radio Show You Worked OnDate of the Radio ShowName of the KKFI Programmer You Substituted For Other Radio Program HistoryPlease list any KKFI radio shows you have hosted or co-hosted.Name of a radio show you worked on at another radio stationName of the radio stationDate of the radio show Part II: Program InformationThe more complete the description of your show, the better the Programming Committee can assess its merits relative to KKFI'S philosophies and needs. Include an outline of a specific show or sample playlists. (if relevant).Enter the name of the proposed programEnter the name of the proposed programFull Description of the Proposed ProgramPlease describe the specific philosophies and goals of your program. Include an outline of a specific show or sample playlists. Note: The more complete the description of your show, the better the Programming Committee can assess its merits. Brief Description of the Proposed ProgramEnter a brief description of your show (approximately 100-200 words). This description will be used to promote your show on the KKFI website, if it is selected for production.Who is the Target Audience for your proposed show?How does your proposed program differ from programs on other radio stations in the area?How does your proposed program differ from or complement programs already on KKFI? Availability InformationProvide information about when you are available and most effective.Select the time you are most effective.Select one or more times that you are most effective. I am a morning person. I am a night person Both (I don't sleep) Neither (I become effective at 9am and lose it at 9pm) Your 1st Choice for Program TimeslotEnter the day of the week and time of the day when you prefer to produce a radio show on the KKFI schedule.Day of the WeekTime of the DayYour Other Availability for Program TimeslotEnter additional days of the week and times when you are available to produce a radio show on the KKFI schedule. Note: Select up to 3 additional days/times.Day of the WeekTime of the Day Production and Resources SectionWhat resources are needed to do your program?Describe the assistance that you would need from KKFI programmers, producers, promoters or audio board engineers.What type of show will you produce -- pre-recorded or live/in-studio?Select "Pre-Recorded" if you will pre-record your show prior to the airing on KKFI. Select "Live" if you are planning a live, in-studio production.Pre-Recorded ShowLive ShowDon't Know YetAre KKFI production facilities sufficient?Select "No" if you need recording resources or facilities outside of KKFI.YesNoDon't Know YetWill you be able to provide your own music/materials for your proposed show?KKFI has a music library available to all radio programmers and producers. Select "Yes" if you would like to borrow music/materials from the KKFI library.YesNoDescribe Your Music CollectionIf you’re intending to use commercially-recorded material, please describe where you intend to obtain this material. If you are going to use your own collection, how large is it in the genre proposed? In any case, how do you expect to add to the material you are using, and keep it current if applicable?Audio File Upload (8 MB file size maximum)Upload an audio file sample for your program application. Appendix: KKFI Mission/Philosophy Statement and Training RequirementsSection 1. 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. Section 2. KKFI’s Philosophy Statement KKFI is committed to diversity in programming and discourse and seeks to create a climate of mutual respect and collaboration among volunteers and staff. Our Program Selection Process In order to set reasonable expectations, we need to be blunt: for a new programmer, landing a show at KKFI is rarely an easy process or a rapid one. However, being associated with KKFI as a volunteer can be very fulfilling, as well as a great community service, and if and when you are awarded a show, you’ll have the opportunity to share your passion with an avid and engaged audience. You can also be certified as a programmer for the station and substitute for other programmers on their shows when they need to be out of town or are otherwise unavailable. There are a lot of ways to get involved at KKFI. The program selection process starts with our review of your application. Our New Show subcommittee will try to assess how well your program idea aligns with our mission and with the content on KKFI currently, or whether it meets any need we’ve identified for new content on the station. The subcommittee will also assess your potential for fulfilling both the requirements to become a certified programmer for the station and the ongoing responsibilities that you will have as a programmer. If it doesn’t seem likely that we would ever place your current program idea on the schedule, we’ll tell you at this point. On the other hand, if we think both you and the idea have potential, we’ll assign a mentor from among the volunteers at the station to help you through the qualification process to become a certified programmer, and to help you refine your program idea so that it becomes as attractive as it can be. When you have (a) passed the training requirements (see the section on training below), and (b) performed enough volunteer hours at the station to have some idea of what you are committing to if you do become a KKFI programmer (see the section on volunteer hours below), and finally (c) produced a demo or two of your show live on one of the programs we use for show tryouts, you and your mentor will polish your application for consideration as a new show. At that point, the New Show subcommittee will again consider your proposal. We’ll know you better at that point, we’ll have feedback from your trainers, our volunteer coordinator, and your mentor, and we’ll have one or more demos to listen to as evidence of what your show would sound like if scheduled. Broadly, there would be three possible outcomes of this consideration: (1) We might conclude that we were not interested in placing your current show proposal on the air. In that case, we would encourage you to think of other ideas that might be more attractive to the station, and make the acquaintance of other KKFI programmers for whom you might substitute when available and needed; (2) We might like your proposal, but not have a suitable available slot for it on the schedule. In that case, we’d keep it in a holding pattern for as long as you remain interested, to see if an appropriate slot could be created for the show; or (3) the New Show subcommittee might recommend that you be given a specific time slot (and move other programs off the schedule or otherwise re-arrange them to make room). Recommendations of the New Show subcommittee go to the general Programming Committee for consideration. If approved, or approved with modifications, the recommendations go to the KKFI Board of Directors for the final decision. At that point, we would ask you to sign a document agreeing to abide by the KKFI Mission Statement and Philosophy Statement, and to fulfill the responsibilities required of programmers, including the volunteer hours.You get a show only with Board approval. If approved by the Board, we’d put your new show on the air! Program Applicant's Name*Entering your name here acts as a signature on your Program Application Form. 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