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Operations Manager Update #6

Hi Everyone,

Next month you’ll start to see the station and website take on a new, refreshed feel. Kevee Lynch has been in talks with Oaklands College for some time and we are now in the process of giving the interior a bit of a lift. As this gets confirmed, I’ll update you all. As a builder and former student at St Alan’s College and Herts College of Building, Kevee has been a great help in organising this.

The same goes for our Radio Verulam website. Nick Hazell and Dave Neal have also been redesigning some of the pages and functions. Thank you to them both for working on this project; it’s no mean feat! If any of you are also making something happen in the background – let me know and we can all give you a high five. As we are nearing 100 volunteers, I’d love us to all keep sharing and recognising the great work that is happening.

Recruitment for volunteer roles. We still recruiting for Engineering team members. If you would like to get involved or know someone who can develop software, look after network and infrastructure or, has station maintenance experience – tell them to apply through our website. Any questions about volunteer engineering roles can be directed to Lawrence Card: Lawrence.card@radioverulam.com. On the volunteer manager front, I’ve been speaking with a few people and will let you know the outcome in the next weekly newsletter.

New volunteers. We’ve had some more new volunteers join the team: Dave Creasey a producer for Prison Radio Association and founder of Record Them will soon be filling in presenter gaps and creating features, journalism student Samuel Clark will be joining the Drive production team, and music engineering student Hannah Cowell will be helping out as a studio engineer and with outside broadcasts.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll introduce a few more people, however, please note, we are still on a volunteer recruitment freeze and will remain so over the next few months to allow for all the teams, current volunteers and training to be delivered.

– Volunteering at events. With the Herts County Show around the corner (Saturday, May 25), there are 19 volunteer opportunities to get involved in presenting, tech ops, reporting, editing and being a brand ambassador for the station. Please log into RV Inside and head to the Operations tab >> Events & OBs calendar to register your name. It is an excellent way to get involved with one of the 14 events we are committed to this calendar year. Clive will be listing the events and roles required, so please do let us know if you’d like to be a part. They are great fun and a chance to get out of the studio and into the community we broadcast to.

Interviews. We are in the process of increasing our local interviews, stories and features across Verulam in the Morning, Drive and other daytime programmes. If you are able to help out, drop me a line! I’d like to get a system in place to start managing interview ideas, guest bookings, creating audio features, with short videos and really boosting our local broadcasting and social media content.

– Studio bookings. Please, do ensure you are booking the studios as needed. This is particularly important for Drive presenters, anyone creating pre-recorded content or those coming in on the weekend. I’ll send out a little how-to video on the Facebook group (RV Inside >> Operations Tab >> Bookings).

Shout Outs. Big thanks and congratulations to:

Weekend presenters: Speaking of the weekend, a big thanks to some of the weekend crew who I caught up with recently: Dereck Staines, Stephen Hall, Darrell Andrews, Kevee Lynch, Tony Rice and Daniel Bury. Between them all, there is an incredible amount of music knowledge and ongoing preparation for their shows. If you need insights into any music history – drop in on the weekend!

Tim Smith from Reggae Vibes told me they are fast approaching their 70th episode (next week). Amazing to hear and congratulations to Tim and Chantal for all their commitment.

On the sales front, by now, you would’ve seen the brilliant work Denise Parsons has put in with securing not one, not two, but five advertisers! (along with Kerry Cobb and Phil Richards). This is a stellar effort Denise and we can’t wait to see which independent businesses are around the corner. If you know anyone that would like to get involved, drop Denise an email: denise.parsons@radioverulam.com

Aline Bavister shared with me her great tip for prepping shows (well it’s thanks to her brother!) and writing scripts needed for interviews. If you want to find out more, tune in to Bouche à Oreille (good incentive to learn French).

The Parenting Show with Kathy, Lydia and Seema really do have great community impact. In a parent group I’m in, someone put a shout out for parenting podcasts to listen to. It was great to see a fellow mum recommending The Parenting Show straight away. It’s just a good reminder, that the content you are creating really does reach our local community and beyond. Kathy Weston is also the new St Albans Drive sponsor, so a massive thank you to Kathy for being the inaugural supporter.

And lastly, Nik Fox for quickly creating our Volunteer Manager radio ad. It's an incredibly helpful way to complement our online recruitment through social media (thanks Ren) and get the word out there.

If you hear anything during the week or, want to shout out about your show, team or, another presenter – drop me a line. I will put it into the weekly update so we can all have a listen or say give props to our fellow volunteers. We don’t always get to hear everything, and I know so many of you are creating some great community content.

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