Volunteerism, CHSR style
CHSR is your radio station. By ‘you‘ we mean pretty much everybody. CHSR is open to all interested volunteers. We are a community access broadcaster situated in the shared building of the St. Thomas and UNB students unions. What that leads to is a radio station which has both student and non-student members who produce programming according to their own tastes after receiving excellent training from our staff.
We produce programming for the public, and in large part that involves students. We get most of our funding from the students of UNB and St. Thomas (Thank you!). Our Mission Statement makes a point of saying that we will produce programming of interest to students, and we take that very seriously. A significant percentage of our membership is students, and they produce what is of interest to them… and therefore it is likely to be of interest to other students.
It is an important and fragile right in Canada for the citizenry to have access to the public airwaves. This is true for the broadcast of not just music but also news, opinion and Public Service Announcements. You don’t have to be a student to join, get trained, and get a show. We have a lot of listeners who are not students who also appreciate what CHSR can bring to the airwaves.
Some of our longest running shows are produced by community members. They bring a wide variety of on-air content to our listeners, and have dedicated fan bases.
Groups and Clubs
Radio is an important medium for keeping a community connected. If your community or student group wants to keep your members/neighbourhood entertained and informed by producing a focused broadcast, come in and sign up as a group. We’ll train you, and give you options for new members and turnover.
YOU and CHSR
Don’t just sit there listening! Come in and get involved. At least come in and look around. We’re sure you’ll find something you’d like to do here. It’s not all about being a DJ, there’s lots of projects and departments that can use volunteers.
Every member receives at least 2 training sessions: T1 (basic training) and T2 (technical, hands-on training).
T1 sessions are held either as group sessions every two weeks at the beginning of the school terms and the summer, or as individual sessions scheduled as needed. These sessions introduce new members to the way that the station works, the basic rules that all members must follow (both on- and off-air) and some of the ways that members can get involved.
The slides used in the T1 training (PDF) are available, as is the member handout (PDF).
T2 sessions are held in small groups (2-3 people) and give you an opportunity to get comfortable behind a microphone and familiar with our studios. These are more hands-on, focussing more on practice than theory.
Beyond these basic training sessions, we also offer workshops periodically during the year on topics such as: audio editing; speaking for radio; writing for radio; sound design; audio drama; social media & blogging; and more!
SOCAN Digital log sheet
If you are required to fill out SOCAN logs for your show, download this Excel-based spreadsheet and send it to the Program Director: SOCAN digital log basic . NOTE: this is not a form to be used for regular, non-SOCAN logs! It has different requirements.
Links for Members:
- Facebook Group
- Members only
- Find helpful documents
- Share photos and stories relating to the station
- Meet and interact with other club members
- Get notified of club only events
- Email List
- This is our main form of communication.
- If your email has changed since joining, be sure to get your current on on this list.
- Quick Guide to posting