— Pennsylvanian fans of WJFF Radio Catskill, rejoice! Remember all those times you told yourself you should go over and volunteer at the station, but just couldn’t find time to get to Jeffersonville, N.Y.? Well, those days will soon be gone.
Your favorite station will soon be a lot closer to home, thanks to a new satellite studio in The Cooperage expected to hit the airwaves within the next month.
With its brand-new studio roughly 80 percent complete, the station is looking for volunteers interested in helping out with just about everything involved in running a radio station — from on-air shifts at the soundboard to maintenance and office work.
The new studio is already capable of broadcasting live on WJFF’s 90.5 FM, but with a fund drive coming up next week and more equipment yet to be moved in, station manager Winston Clark says the first live broadcast from the new production booth will likely be sometime in the middle of August
The studio opening marks a major milestone in the 22-year history of WJFF, the only hydro-powered radio station in the country, Clark says.
“We believe having a footprint in Pennsylvania will not only allow for a wealth of great programming, but it will also make volunteering opportunities a lot easier for our listeners.”
There is no concrete plan for how often or in what ways the new studio will be used, Clark said at an introductory get-together for would-be volunteers, adding, “We’re going to let it grow organically.”
Volunteer training will begin in about two weeks, Clark said, and can range from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the volunteer’s chosen activity and comfort level.
Volunteers are needed to run two to three-hour on-air soundboard shifts, to serve as reporters for news magazine shows (a great way for those with limited time to get on the air), to help out with special events such as Foodstock and farmer’s markets on an on-call basis, to write press releases and public service announcements, to do other office work including data entry, to serve as maintenance people for the new studio and to fill many other roles.
If you would like to consider volunteering for WJFF either at the new Honesdale studio or the original Jeffersonville, N.Y. location, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you after next week’s fund drive.