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It’s Over To You
This year we have made some changes to the roles available, so do read the descriptions of the roles prior to applying. The roles available are Station Manager , Assistant Station Manager , Head of Daytime , Head of Specialist , Head of Music , Head of Digital Content , Head of Events , Head of Technical , Head of Outside Production and Head of Station Sound.
There are also 3 NEW teams this year; Music Team, Journalism Team, and Outside Content Team. Please scroll to the BOTTOM to find out how to apply for the teams.
Applications are open to ALL University of Westminster students.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn new skills, meet industry personnel, be creative and to run an award winning radio station!
How to apply
We ask you to submit a full, 400-600 word (maximum) application which outlines, your experience, how you would suit to the role, what you would improve and what you love about student media. Send your application to Pulama at email@example.com before MAY 8TH AT 6PM. 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 University of Westminster students, no matter what course you study. You must also be free for 30 minutes on Monday 13th May to attend an interview at the Cavendish campus (115 New Cavendish St.) with the current committee and a member of the SU staff. If you’re unable to make this, let us know your availability 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 multiple roles, but please make sure to submit a different application. The new committee will be unveiled by May 31st.
And remember… it is important that all applications are passionate about reinforcing our mission of making content by students for students to enhance the student experience!
The roles are as follows:
As Station Manager you will be managing the overall output from a day-to-day basis, constantly helping develop programmes and content ideas. It’s important that you make sure all of the committee know exactly what’s happening and that they are all working together in order to make Smoke Radio the best it can be. From working closely with committee members, you are the person to encourage them to maintain their standards throughout the year and to help them within their role. You will be making sure that the Station complies with OFCOM’s code, rules and regulations to maintain those standards that you would hear at any other station, it’s all good practice!
You will be chairing weekly meetings with the committee to hold them to account, and to develop the station further. You will be communicating, managing and developing volunteers: bloggers, producers, presenters, on-air talent etc. As well as being responsive to any questions/queries that anyone involved or not involved in the Station has. It’s also important that you create good connections with the Student Union and other societies within the University, this will help you expand and gain more interest in the Station. You will seek to find further opportunity for the station in the local area and across London, showcasing Smoke Radio image. 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
Assistant Station Manager works closely with the Station Manager in the overall running of the station. 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!
You will be in charge of the studios at the Cavendish Studio (fully re-done this summer!). That means making sure all the equipments are up and running and providing training to those who would like to use the studio in Central London. Organisational and good management skills is a must as you’ll also be responsible for help running events such as Student National Pride and SU Election Coverage.
Head of Daytime
The Head of Daytime is in charge of the station’s programming from the hours of 8-6pm Monday to Sunday, a focus of mainly entertainment shows. This includes maintaining the schedule on a consistent basis. It must be pointed out the scheduling requires making strategic and sensible choices that will make listening enjoyable for listeners.
Responsibilities include ensuring that daytime presenters are fully trained with not only using the studio, but with presenting and producing quality content.
You must make sure presenters are aware of OFCOM regulations. You’ll be communicating to daytime presenters to ensure presenters regularly present their show and producers are keeping the shows to a high standard.
A big expectation of this role is actively promoting and recruiting students to fill the schedule that you outline.
Head of Specialist
The Head of Specialist is in charge of our content from 6pm to the early hours of the morning, which is wide variety of programmes from music, speech, and journalistic shows. You will be shaping Smoke’s sound in the evening, so that we sound professional and enjoyable for our audience.
You’ll be in charge of programming, teaching, and mentoring everyone within these hours. The role involves the maintaining the schedule on a consistent basis of show schedules. It must be pointed out the scheduling requires making strategic and sensible choices that will make listening enjoyable.
A big expectation of this role is actively promoting and recruiting students to fill the schedule that you outline. A new element of this role is overseeing “The Smokedown” the urban music and speech takeover of Smoke Radio during the Saturday specialist hours.
Head of Digital Content
As Head of digital content you‘ll be in charge of ensuring the Smoke Radio messaging, across all mediums, is consistent. You’ll create event posters, promotional videos or any other official visual branded material.
Your other main responsibility will be the creation and curation of social media content designed to appeal to a London-based student audience. You will work to ensure the social network strategy increases engagement and awareness of the brand across all campuses, as well as planning and implementing well thought-out marketing campaigns for station events throughout the year (such as Student Pride). You’ll also coordinate social media teams for events when required, work closely with other members of the team to ensure the branding and brand messages are consistent in all areas of the radio station.
You must have knowledge of the Adobe Suite, in particular: Photoshop, Premiere and Illustrator. Previous graphic design, video production and social media management experience would be a plus. It would be beneficial to your application to include examples of previous design work.
Head of Events
Head of Events will be coming up with fun and exciting events for Smoke Radio throughout the year, in line with Student Union commitments (e.g.
elections), and acting in the interests of maintaining good working relationships with external e.g. National Student Pride, Regents Lights Switch On etc. You play an important role in enhancing student experience. You will be managing and booking acts for events at the Undercroft Bar, and across Central London. You will work with closely with the Head of Digital Content to create promotional material in line with your events. You will also be responsible for making sure all events are effectively advertised online (eg; Facebook events, Eventbrite). You will have strong communication and interpersonal skills as you will be working closely with external guests and vendors to plan successful events. You also need to have a good eye for detail, work well within a team and be able to plan ahead to manage your time effectively.
Head of Technical Operations
You are the first port of call for all things technical, but above all, keeping the stream on air. You will ensure output is available 24/7 for the station. You’ll also be responsible for ensuring our stream-managing platform, Airtime is running smoothly. You must have strong organizational skills as this role includes log keeping of valuable and important information, including socials logins and studio access.
You will support the team in Outside Broadcasts by providing 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.
On top of these required tasks you have the freedom to develop and enhance our digital and broadcast capabilities (eg; visualization of broadcasts, developing the website, developing the app, creating more engagement opportunities, etc.)
Head of Music
Head of Music provides the music output for Smoke Radio. The station’s playlists is updated every fortnight with the hottest songs as well as new music from smaller/local artists and students, past and present, of UoW!
Liasoning with label pluggers and the Head of Music of the SRA is a big part of the role as they provide the songs and interviews for the website and on the radio. You will also be the editor of the music blogging team and will need to read through blogs before posting them.You will also be responsible for arranging interviews and gig reviews with artists via record label pluggers.
Your music blogger team also helps you record interviews with musicians and reviews gigs!
The Head of Music should be a big music lover and have a good understanding of what our listeners want to hear in a student radio playlist.
Head of Outside Production
Head of Outside Content oversees the station’s production of outside broadcast. This can include sports broadcasts, outside events, community events, etc. You will work with Station/Deputy Station Manager for big events such as Varsity and set up for live events and facilitate audio content. You will also add all the little touches and put together packages for broadcast and create podcasts like National Student Pride podcast. You will be in charge of making sure all outside events are staffed well (including studio producer) and you will coordinate the staff and the equipment on the day. You will also source producers and work closely with them ro create content and running orders for the day .
The successful applicant for this role will have unique and creative ideas, work well with a team and have strong organizational and planning skills.
Experience in planning outside events is a plus but not experience.
Head of Station Sound
The main responsibility is working with the Head of Digital Content to creating and producing imaging, music, jingles, idents, trails, voice overs and sound design that represents Smoke Radio. This includes creating imaging to be played on regular basis and for special broadcasts such as SU Election Coverage and seasons such as Christmas and Halloween. Being in charge of Smoke’s sound and imaging will also involve creating idents and sweepers that play between songs. You will work with show presenters/producers to create jingles, trails, and ident for their programmes. Creating trails could involve working with the Head of Events & Marketing for anything coming up for the station.
Please submit any previous imaging work you have done with this application if possible.
Team Roles available
This year. We are excited to introduce 3 new team roles. Team members will be official members of the committee but they will not be heads. This entitles you to attend the meetings and be part of making Smoke Radio the best it can be! You won’t have the same responsibilities or powers as heads, but it is a good way to make positive change and learn on the job! These roles are perfect for first or second year students or anyone new to Smoke Radio!
Please send a short application (200-400 words) to
firstname.lastname@example.org by MAY 8TH AT 6PM that includes; your name, your course and year of study, and a description of why you want to be a team member and what you want to contribute. You DO NOT need to interview for a team member role. You will find out if you have been given the role BY MAY 31st.
Music team members will work under the Head of Music and will assist in curating playlists, conducting artist interviews and gig reviews and writing music related posts for the website. This can be anything from a profile on a favorite artists to an album review. You will also help the Head of Music during events and special broadcasts to make playlists fitting the theme of that particular show. Ideal music team members will have a passion for music and gigs as well as a good attention to detail!
Journalism team members will work under the Head of Journalism to assist them in creating packages for news and speech shows by interviewing relevant individuals, charities or companies. You will assist in the production of “The Smoke Detector,” our weekly news show, by creating features and coming up with new and exciting journalistic content! Lastly, you will assist the Head during events by writing live blogs, reports and conducting interviews for the website. Ideal journalistic team members will have a passion for unique storytelling and have the student interest in mind at all times!
Outside Content Team:
Outside Content team members will work under the Head of Events, Head of Digital Content and Head of Outside Production. Your main responsibility will be to assist during outside broadcasts and events. You could be doing numerous things in this role! From helping the Head of Marketing to promote an event or update socials during the live event. Or you could help the Head of Events to man the door during an event or help them to source materials and guests leading up to the event. Or you could be working with the Head of Outside Production to studio produce during an OB or helping them to source guests for an outside interview. This is a very exciting and versatile team role perfectly suited for someone who wants to try their hand at multiple aspects of radio production!
Please send any questions about the application process to Sam at email@example.com