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Operations Manager Update #21

Afternoon everyone,

Radio Verulam Xmas dinner🎄celebrations 🎅.

It is that time of year to say a big thank you to everyone and enjoy the season’s festivities.

Let me know if you’d like to bring a partner or friend – details are below.

LUSSMANS ST ALBANS TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER

Arrive at 6pm and finish at 8.30pm

£25 per head (£10 deposit by Wed 13 Nov)

Please confirm attendance by Sunday 8 Nov by email: leona.fensome@radioverulam.com (I will email bank details)

Set menu: https://www.lussmanns.com/christmas/

Volunteer Recruitment

I am really pleased to announce Ed Barradell will be taking on the role of Volunteer Training Coordinator. He is a great example of a volunteer who has taken the initiative to develop his skills and further help volunteers learn how to be presenters, producers and deliver ongoing training. You’ll know that Ed is an all-rounder. He’s presented his own show, assisted at many external events on the tech-op front, including presenting and the production side. He’s also been a key part of delivering training to the St Albans Drive team in March (he gave up his weekend!).

Ed will start on an e-learning project with Nick, Dave Neal and Andy while working with me on ensuring volunteers are equipped to perform their roles. Congrats Ed, rapt to see your progress!

Breakfast presenter recruitment

Applications close this Sunday. We’ve had a number of strong responses and I’ll start shortlisting, then phone interviews next week. It is not too late to apply to be part of the Breakfast presenting team if getting up early is your thing!

Other volunteer roles

If you or someone you know has skills in the following areas, please get involved or direct them to the website: https://radioverulam.com/volunteer/. We are an award-winning community station, brimming with local content, supporting our community every day and always need committed passionate volunteers to help us grow our local footprint.

Community Circle manager: We’d love to hear from someone who is enthusiastic about helping not for profits and charities become a part of our community programme. It is a great way to develop relationships and be the person who enables their  important work to be shared in the wider community: https://radioverulam.com/team-role/community-circle-manager/

Competitions manager: People love winning things! And, where we can, competitions are a fun way to engage with listeners. If you are organised, good at copywriting, know how to run a competition and would love to say, “you’ve won!” then this is the role for you: https://radioverulam.com/team-role/competitions-manager/

Studio bookings

Firstly, thank you to everyone who books their studio time when needed. Unfortunately, I am still receiving messages weekly of studio clashes when people have either not booked or overstayed their slot. As a consequence, we will be introducing a new policy as of next week.

It disappoints me that this still happens. We are a radio station and studio bookings should be one of the first things you do. Double-check and triple-check if needed. This is a standard industry practice and part and parcel of presenting or pre-recording content.

As I’ve mentioned before, engineering needs to know who is in the studios and when. As do other volunteers. 55 people are engaged in shows and some people are travelling from home or work, only to turn around and go back again. Please be respectful of fellow volunteer’s time too.

If you need the process here it is. Or, better yet, bookmark it or do repeat bookings. There are many ways to manage this – plenty of volunteers are doing so already. Talk to others and share knowledge. We are a volunteer team and depend on each other to do the right thing.

If you present, produce or do pre-records, you ALWAYS need to book the studio to do so.

  1. Log into RV Inside
  2. Under the Operations tab – click Bookings
  3. Choose Book Studio Time
  4. Select the relevant day, timeframe and studio (either A or B)
  5. Complete the form, including your name and reason
  6. Check your email for a booking confirmation

As always, feel free to drop me a line with any feedback or suggestions: leona.fensome@radioverulam.com