News, Radio

Apply to join the Smoke Radio 2017/18 Committee!

News, Radio

Apply to join the Smoke Radio 2017/18 Committee!

6 months ago
By Callum Denning Callum Denning

It feels like only yesterday our current committee were typing up their applications and being interviewed, but the time has come to select a new Smoke Radio committee for 2017/18!

The roles available are Station Manager, Assistant Station Manager, Head of Daytime, Head of Specialist, Head of Music, Head of Social Media and Branding, Head of Events, Head of Journalism, Head of Visuals and Online, Broadcast Engineer and our new role – Head of Production.

Applications close on 24th April at 5pm, and if you’d like any more information on the roles and why you should apply, we’ll be hosting a recruitment event in The Forum on the Harrow Campus from 12pm til 2pm on 12th April

How to apply

Send a 500 word application to before the deadline. Feel free to include any work that shows you’d be a good pick for the role, we’re looking to see what you’ve already done that can relate, but don’t worry if you don’t have loads of experience, as passion and drive go a long way!

Applications are open to all current first year University of Westminster students, no matter what course you study. If you apply, though, we need full commitment – therefore Smoke Radio will be the only committee you can be part of. You must also be free on 2nd May, 9th May or 10th May to attend an interview at the Harrow campus with the current committee and the Students’ Union’s Student Media Co-ordinator. If you’re unable to make this, let us know in your application.

Please include your name, current year of study, which course you are taking and which campus you’re based at.

You can apply for two roles, but please make clear which is your preference in your application. The committee will be unveiled at the Smoke Awards on the 18th of May!

Roles available

The roles are as follows:

Station Manager

As Station Manager you will be managing the overall output from a day-to-day basis, constantly helping develop programmes, content ideas including online, social media and audio alongside the committee. You will be offering the vision for Smoke Radio over the next 12 months. You’ll be responsible for making sure that the Station complies with OFCOM’s code, rules and regulations. You’ll also be in charge of the station’s finances, working closely with the Students’ Union.

You will be chairing meetings with the committee, as well as meeting regularly with the Students’ Union. You will be communicating, managing and developing volunteers: bloggers, producers, presenters, and more! You will be in charge of developing the relationships we already have across the University, and working to grow Smoke Radio over the next year. We will be looking for students that have dedication, organisational skills, work well with others, and can demonstrate leadership skills and most importantly have amazing ideas.

Assistant Station Manager

The Assistant Station Manager plays a vital part in keeping Smoke ticking over the year. You’ll need to support the Station Manager in meetings with the Students’ Union and University, as well as helping with structuring the plan for the whole of the next year. You will need to be able to work closely with the Station Manager and the Students’ Union and help make sure that everything is organised, from keeping a collection of audio to being in charge of making sure everybody is kept aware of what’s happening!

The Assistant Manager needs to have a good understanding of Smoke and what it is all about so that with communication to the Students’ Union, other stations and the rest of the team, you can provide the support need to create a great student station.

Head of Daytime

The Head of Daytime will be in charge of the station’s programming from the hours of 8-5pm Monday to Sunday. You’ll be in charge with ensuring presenters regularly present their show and producers are keeping the shows to a high standard. Working closely with the Head of Specialist and Music is vital to ensure the music played out on Smoke’s daytime output is a good representation of what students around Westminster are listening to.

Head of Specialist

The Head of Specialist is in charge of our content from 5pm to the early hours of the morning. You’ll be in charge of programming, teaching, and mentoring everyone within these hours. You will need to keep on top of making sure people are doing their shows, as well as helping to give advice on how to improve. You will need to be competent with the equipment in the studios, as you will often be the first port of call for help when it’s needed.

Head of Social Media and Branding

Being in charge of Smoke’s Branding will involve creating jingles, idents and trails which represent Smoke Radio. This may include jingles which represent the the seasons, such as Christmas, Halloween etc. Creating trails could involve working with the Head of Events & Marketing for anything coming up for the station: Student Pride or a night at the SU. Being in charge of Smoke’s branding will also involve creating idents and sweepers that play between songs. Also importantly, you will also run the Smoke Radio social media and help to create the online brand as well as the on air brand. You’ll also be in charge of approving posts on Facebook or AudioBoom, as well as keeping an eye on shows’ Twitter and Instagram content. You’ll be responsible for creating graphics and working with Head of Events & Marketing to make sure the online branding is as strong as on air.

Head of Events

You will be in charge of managing and booking acts for events at the Undercroft Bar, and across Central London. You will need to create a brand for each event, and make sure it’s kept to. Events you’ll be in charge of will include the traditional School Disco during Freshers, the Smoke Awards, and a Refreshers Night! You will also be responsible for making sure all events are effectively marketed online, with Facebook events and online graphics. If you apply for this role, you need to be passionate about planning events and organising logistics, as well as making sure that you’re able to keep organised.

Broadcast Engineer

As Broadcast Engineer you are the first port of call for all things technical. You will take care of everything to do with the website and live streaming for the station. The Broadcast Engineer is responsible for keeping output available 24/7 for our entire range of programming. You will also provide monitoring of outgoing live and pre-recorded material across the range of Smoke Radio output. This includes the live stream (without this we wouldn’t even be a radio station!) and other online services services such as YouTube, Facebook Live, Audioboom etc. You’ll also be responsible for our stream-managing platform Faraday and content delivery system Marconi – full training will be delivered in the handover.

You will engage and assist in a range of broadcast and IT operations / equipment, provide technical support and offer original suggestions to any technical problems that might occur during operational and programme activities around Smoke Radio. The successful applicant must possess the aptitude and willingness to work across a broad range of Broadcast Engineering activities and Technical Operational tasks.

Head of Music

As the station’s Head of Music you will need to work closely with the Head of Daytime so the playlist represents what is popular at the minute including Westminster talent, you will need to actively search through blogs, other station’s playlists and constantly be on the ball with music, it doesn’t stop for anyone. You will also be the editor of the music blogging team and will need to read through blogs before they go live. Alongside the written blogs you will also need to get your team to record audio versions which will be edited and uploaded to Smoke’s audioBoom channel, please familiarise yourself with Adobe Audition if you haven’t already. You’ll also be responsible for arranging interviews andd gig reviews with artists via record label pluggers.

One of the biggest aspects you will need to keep on top of are playlists. Every two weeks you will need to listen through tracks you are sent from record labels to decide what makes the A, B and C lists along with tracks that go to recurrent or bumped up to a higher daytime rotation.

You will need to learn how to use Myriad and AutoTrack as well as who to contact if it has issues. Don’t worry too much if you haven’t got much experience in this role because full training will be provided.

You need to be proactive and creative in this role and have the ability to consistently keep up with the fast paced music industry. You will also need the initiative to evolve the station’s music output which may include live sessions, visualisation of said sessions and interviews.

Head of Visuals and Online

As radio is quickly becoming a more digital-based medium, with visual content as well as audio, you’ll be responsible for all of our visual content next year! This can include visualisation of shows, and also coverage of events that we’re part of (such as SRA training days and award nominations). You’ll be seen everywhere Smoke Radio is at, clutching your trusty camera and getting all the shots!

You’ll also be responsible for our website, working hard to ensure that everything is kept up to date, and working closely with the Students’ Union to make sure the website is looking as good as ever!

Head of Production

This is a brand new role for 2017/18. Your main role will be to take charge of all the little touches, putting together packages for broadcast from events such as the School Disco. You’ll also have responsibilities such as working on the National Student Pride podcast or the SRA Training Day podcasts.

As well as this, with big events such as Student Pride – you’ll work closely with the Station Manager and Head of Events and Marketing to facilitate audio content such as outside broadcasts on the day. You’ll also take a lead, alongside the Station Manager, on Freshers content such as the move-in day broadcast at Harrow Halls and Freshers’ Fair coverage.

Head of Journalism

The Head of Journalism will need to be quick off the mark, excellent at writing, radio and sourcing stories. You will be in charge of a creating a news team and will need to be aware of events going on across the university’s four campuses that we can go and report on. We are here to represent the students’ voice and that needs to be reflected in the news stories reported on. You will take a lead during the Students’ Union Elections and any other major events the station does. You will ideally have excellent contacts with Students’ Union staff, lecturers, students and managers. You will need and understanding of journalism law, and be able to ensure your journalists stick to the Smoke Radio style. You need to have an understanding of the different forms that journalism takes in online, social media and audio.

This is a great opportunity to run a radio station for the whole year so make sure you apply.