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Backchat, FBi Radio’s flagship politics and current affairs program, is now looking for new volunteer reporters – apply here!
FBi Radio only exists because a bunch of amazing people volunteer their precious time to make sure it does. Both on-air and behind the scenes, it’s our volunteers that make sure FBi Radio is its best self day in and day out. Maybe you could be one of those volunteers?
Applications for our general intake are now closed but if you’re keen you can fill out an application here and we’ll consider it when the next call-out rolls around
What’s in it for me?
FBi Radio is a wonderland of possibility for the budding volunteer. Starting with front desk duties (YES!), volunteers move on to working in the music library (WOOT!), video-making, social media-doing, writing, designing and all of the other contenting (OOOOO!), and of course producing or presenting shows on-air (AHHHH; warm concluding applause). If you show us you’re committed, we’ll try our butts off to get you experienced in whichever area of the industry you want to pursue.
OK that sounds like the best, what do you need from me?
We’re looking for volunteers who can commit to at least one half-day a week for a minimum of 3 months (but hopefully you’ll continue on after that) and you’ll need to be a current FBi Radio supporter, just like all staff and presenters (you can sign up here).
And who am I?
You might be just starting out and looking for some general broadcast/creative industry experience, or you could be a super-skilled wonderperson looking to help us out in more specialised areas. In addition to radiobsession (real word) we’re looking for volunteers interested in content-making, particularly legendfaces with viral video making skills. PLS NOTE that this is not a prerequisite but if it does sound eerily like you (I am a legendface! I autotuned a vid of my nanna swearing at her new Apple watch and put it over some fresh af reggaeton for 41.5K views!!!) then make yourself known!
What will it be like there?
New volunteers will start out on our ‘Frontline’. As a Frontliner you’ll be the face of FBi Radio – stationed at the front desk you’ll greet guests and answer the phones – just like a real face does! You’ll also assist the staff, music librarians and broadcasters as the volunteer on duty during your shift.
Working on Frontline gives you the opportunity to get an insight into the organisation’s structure and the roles available while facilitating the day-to-day running of the station. It also means we get to know each other better so that when that Sweet Opportunity comes up, we can say “I know her/him/them from her/his/their illustrious time on Frontline. She/He/They would be perfect for this Sweet Opportunity!”
Volunteers are encouraged to be proactive in seeking new opportunities within the organisation. New roles crop up regularly and you’ll be exposed to opportunities to participate in training and other special projects.
If you have a question about volunteering at FBi Radio, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in presenting, keep an eye out for the next presenter training call out, it’ll be advertised here.
If you have an idea for a new show, you can email our Program Director Dan Ahern at email@example.com for information on submitting a pitch.
For a list of volunteer or job opportunities at other community radio stations in Sydney and around the country, see the Community Broadcasting Association’s website.
FBi Radio is a not-for-profit independent broadcaster serving youth in Greater Sydney and we strive to reflect the diversity of our audience. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, all genders, and people with disabilities.