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Operations Manager Update #4

Hi Everyone,

It has been a bumper month on the operations front and since my last update in late Feb, I’ve been speaking with, meeting and planning a workflow for close to 30 new volunteers, recruiting 10 new St Albans Drive presenters, assisting Andy in delivering the Drive training over a 2-day intensive weekend workshop (with the brilliant help of Ed Barradell and Dave Adcock), creating and looking to implement a pilot project of production teams to support St Albans Drive and Verulam in the Morning. I also attended a strategy meeting with the board and senior management to decide what is important for the station to be focusing on – in terms of our priorities, volunteers and goals. To say it has been all systems go is an understatement!

On that note, here’s a bit more detail about what’s been happening:

Recruitment for volunteer roles. We are currently in a recruitment drive for a Volunteer manager and Engineering team members. These are now advertised on the website and will be also be advertised through other media channels as well. If you do know anyone that is looking to get involved in a community project, has a spare day during the week and loves radio, please tell them to get in touch with me (volunteer manager) or Lawrence Card (engineering team).

New volunteers. After a lot of shortlisting and conversations, we now have 20+ new volunteers that applied for existing roles with Radio Verulam. The short-to-mid term plan is to help them get trained up – by letting them observe both in the studio and at external events, practical hands-on tasks and real-time experience. The longer term goal is for production, tech-ops, studio assistant and local reporting teams to be in place for both daytime programming and specialist shows which are needing support. In saying that, we are on a recruitment freeze and only backfilling volunteer gaps. The biggest priority now is for both new and existing volunteers to be upskilled and trained, so we can really raise the profile of the great, quality content we are creating. 

– St Albans Drive training. A HUGE thank you to Andy Waterfield who gave over 50 hours of goodwill time, to create, deliver and assist in managing the Drive training. I put in around half of that time, and we could not have done it without the help of Ed Barradell and Dave Adcock doing the live studio training and Nick Hazell on the administration front. It is a significant undertaking to train people and the commitment, enthusiasm and motivation shown by our 10 new Drive presenters has been great. Please warmly welcome: Ameen Almosawi, Robbie Dove, Gemma Karuthasami, Steve Shrimpton, Stephen Simpson, Michael Praide, Allan Monteiro, Jon Chapman and our own Ed Barradell and Jenny Hames.

They start this week as co-presenters. Over the next month, do get to know them if you are in the station; as St Albans Drive will be broadcast live from the studio over this time.

Social media. Ren has met with a couple of new volunteers – a journalism student, Ezinne Chinda and a musician and social media coordinator for bands, Tom Wilson. Both will be part of a social media team with Ren and she will provide an update once they’ve settled in.

– Programme promotions. When you are creating read-outs for other presenters to trail your show, please do use the programme promotion function in RV Inside (if not already). This helps Ren from a content perspective, as she can use that same brief through our social media channels to drive listeners and new audiences to your programme; including what you have coming up. I’ll be doing some short videos to help with daily tasks like this and do let me know if there is anything you’d like help with or as a resource tool.

More on training, resources to be made available and how to get involved in a production team in next week’s update.

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