Each month, KBMF staff hosts these free trainings to bring new broadcasters up to speed on the basic tenets and techniques of community broadcasting. They are presented as a public service of the Butte America Foundation, the license holder for KBMF.
A KBMF training session lasts up to 90 minutes and includes a basic primer of FCC rules and regulations, station policies and procedures, and an explanation of our mission as a non-commercial, educational radio station. The training concludes with a brief test, a certification that volunteers will comply with rules outlined in the training, and the scheduling of buddy sessions.
After the training, each new volunteer sits in with veteran DJs for three buddy sessions, where they learn to operate the equipment. After that, most new volunteers are ready to spend time alone in the studio hosting their own radio program. When a slot in the program schedule opens up that corresponds with a person's schedule, the are given those weekly shifts on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We strive to make this process as easy and accessible as possible so that the greatest number of people in our community can experience the joy of being on the radio. Hope to see you there!