Please Read This Before You Begin

Thank you for your interest in applying to produce a program on KFAI. Please answer every question as completely as possible, keeping in mind that members of the Content Advisory Committee will have multiple proposals to review.

Program Proposals Requested – Wednesday Afternoon Music

It is with regret that KFAI is now accepting program abstracts for the 2 to 4pm time slot on Wednesday afternoon.   This key position in the station’s schedule was held with great style and dignity for many years by the highly regarded host Tad Selzer, who passed away on July 4th, 2018.   

KFAI’s afternoon shows appeal to the largest possible audience with polished production values and engaging voices.    Approachable, upbeat personalities with a good sense of humor excel at this time of day, which connects the lunch hour to the beginning of rush hour.  The program that goes in this slot will follow “Indigeneity Rising”, a public affairs show which speaks to the issues, lives and culture of indigenous people worldwide. 

It will lead listeners to “House Party” with Harold Tremblay – arguably KFAI’s most popular drive time program, presenting “new and old Blues, Roots / Americana and more.” 

KFAI’s early afternoon shows are expected to do well with listener support during annual fundraising, so if your concept appeals to a small fringe audience, this may not be your best opportunity.  Our aim is to entertain and enlighten listeners tuned into the live broadcast and those who listen through our online archive.    

In addition to accepting fresh proposals, KFAI will entertain bids from show producers who are already on the schedule if they want to move their music program to this time slot.      

All show proposals should speak to KFAI’s mission: 

KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds.   By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.

While we don’t require any one program to serve every single component of the mission statement, we do want KFAI shows to be distinctive, creative and rooted in the community.    

Along with the submission form, please deliver a 30 to 60 minute sample of your proposed show on CD, or as an .mp3 or .wav file via e-mail, Soundcloud, or a file sharing service such as Dropbox. 

Proposals open:  July 11
Proposals closed:  August 6
Committee Review:  August 14

Some tips about submitting a compelling proposal: 

Extended music mixes with minimal host presence may be great for clubs, but radio programs are also about curation and companionship.  Your music program abstract will be reviewed for personality as well as for the tunes you choose.  Let us hear how you perform as a radio host. 

Applicants for this slot should have a clear vision of who they intend to serve and how their program will add to KFAI’s legacy of community service. 

Date of Application:

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* 1. Date of Application:

Date:
Proposed title of program

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* 2. Proposed title of program

Primary Host Contact Information

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* 3. Primary Host Contact Information

Additional show participants - (If you are applying for a program as a group of two or more, list the names of all participants here. Please be specific as to the role of each person listed; e.g., Jane Doe -- program host; John Henry -- program engineer; Sally Brown -- guest curator. You must also indicate whether this person is a regularly appearing on-air contributor; generally this would mean a co-host):

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* 4. Additional show participants - (If you are applying for a program as a group of two or more, list the names of all participants here. Please be specific as to the role of each person listed; e.g., Jane Doe -- program host; John Henry -- program engineer; Sally Brown -- guest curator. You must also indicate whether this person is a regularly appearing on-air contributor; generally this would mean a co-host):

Are you and members of your program team currently certified to operate KFAI's on-air equipment?

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* 5. Are you and members of your program team currently certified to operate KFAI's on-air equipment?

If selected do you commit to fulfill the weekly playlist reporting requirements (music or talk) for your show?

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* 6. If selected do you commit to fulfill the weekly playlist reporting requirements (music or talk) for your show?

Please provide a detailed description of your program.
If it is unique, explain what makes it so.

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* 7. Please provide a detailed description of your program.
If it is unique, explain what makes it so.

Who is the intended audience for this program?

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* 8. Who is the intended audience for this program?

How will you market your program to your intended listeners? How will your social networks/community connections serve to grow the listenership of your proposed program?

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* 9. How will you market your program to your intended listeners? How will your social networks/community connections serve to grow the listenership of your proposed program?

What special knowledge, experience or education do you have that will help you produce this program? Please include any broadcast experience you may have.

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* 10. What special knowledge, experience or education do you have that will help you produce this program? Please include any broadcast experience you may have.

KFAI’s Mission Statement: KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.

How does this program help fulfill KFAI's mission?
Be specific; simply quoting the phrase "it serves underserved communities" may not adequately answer this question.

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* 11. KFAI’s Mission Statement: KFAI is a volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds. By providing a voice for people ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media, KFAI increases understanding between peoples and communities, while fostering the values of democracy and social justice.

How does this program help fulfill KFAI's mission?
Be specific; simply quoting the phrase "it serves underserved communities" may not adequately answer this question.

What access to relevant materials do you have?
Please be specific about music collections, personal libraries, subscriptions or other resources you currently have access to and would utilize on your show.

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* 12. What access to relevant materials do you have?
Please be specific about music collections, personal libraries, subscriptions or other resources you currently have access to and would utilize on your show.

Give a detailed description of a typical show.
• If you are proposing a music show, make a sample playlist of artists/selections.
• If you are proposing a talk, public affairs, or arts program, list people you may interview, topics you might discuss, and sources of information you might use.
• List any ideas you have for special programs, recurring features, etc.

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* 13. Give a detailed description of a typical show.
• If you are proposing a music show, make a sample playlist of artists/selections.
• If you are proposing a talk, public affairs, or arts program, list people you may interview, topics you might discuss, and sources of information you might use.
• List any ideas you have for special programs, recurring features, etc.

Please describe your current volunteer duties at KFAI. How many hours do you volunteer per month?

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* 14. Please describe your current volunteer duties at KFAI. How many hours do you volunteer per month?

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