There’s a really nice piece on the Do It website about how to get into radio through volunteering, and I’ve talked a little bit about some of the opportunities CSV Action offers.
In addition, there’s some nice personal insights from the worlds of Hospital and Community Radio, both of which I’ve done before, and if I had the time I would happily do again. They taught me everything (or rather what little,) I know…
Yours nostalgic for chinagraph pencils and cart machines,
Extract below (from: Radioheads)
CSV Action Desks
Volunteering charity CSV has a unique relationship with the BBC, providing 200 volunteers to 36 different BBC local radio stations across the country through their network of Action Desks.
The 37 CSV Action Desks are run by a CSV Producer who works with BBC colleagues to produce great content for radio, TV and online. Across the network, there’s a potential weekly reach of 10 million.
CSV uses its community links to identify local needs – encouraging the audience to then become part of the solution, either through volunteering or by learning new skills.
Damian Radcliffe runs the Action Desk programme for CSV. Having worked for community and commercial radio stations himself he knows what it takes to make a career in broadcasting. “Nothing works better than knowing your stuff and being passionate about radio, you really need to do your homework. We have a huge demand for voluntary places and we are often more interested in attitude than aptitude, you can teach the skills but not that intrinsic interest in the world about you.”
Opportunities with CSV reflect the diversity of positions in radio stations. “It isn’t just about being the next Chris Moyles,” Damian says. “You may specialise or you may be a bit of a jack of all trades. There are many other elements to radio such as production, editing, sales and marketing.”
Many CSV volunteers have gone on to work at in radio, including James King the Radio 1 film critic.