Nerve Radio Committee Applications 2019/20 are OPEN!

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Apply below to be a part of the 2019/20 Nerve Radio committee

Nerve Radio is the epitome of fun and creativity.

As many of us move on to new challenges, we need YOU to help keep Nerve looking and sounding great. Nerve is an amazing part of your university experience so make sure you get involved.

This year, we have introduced a few new roles and shifted a couple round through feedback from previous years teams. We are constantly looking at ways of improving and expanding. With an exciting new Podcasting arm and a shift to more visual content, this is the time to get on board!

Here is the new structure of the committee:

Fill out the application form here.

If there are any questions with applications, please email charlie.a@nervemedia.org.uk.

Applications are open until 15/04/2019.

Good luck!

AVAILABLE ROLES

STATION MANAGER

A Station Manager is the face of the radio station. It is your responsibility to see that all tasks are complete, and that output is being broadcast. You must understand that it is your role to make sure that Nerve is up and running – you are number 1 so if anything goes wrong, it is your responsibility to handle it. A Station Manager has great time management and conversational skills, you must be involved with Nerve on a daily basis, you need to show your face to keep morale high within your team and with your presenters. You will be working closely with SUBU, who fund Nerve Radio. Together you will create and organise events, Nerves role will be to cover and broadcast these events from outside of the studio. To be Station Manager you need past experience of working at Nerve, you need to understand how Nerve works, who our target audience is, what the vibe of the station is and what the listeners want. You must organise and plan meetings with all your presenters offering them help and support but also guidance, you must be willing to hear everyone’s thoughts and opinions and take them into consideration before you make any decisions. You will work with the Student Radio Association and will want to attend their training days around the UK. To get this role, you must be willing to work late night and over the weekends to see that Nerve is always moving forward and new content is being produced.

What’s required

  • Maintain and run the radio station.
  • Attend fortnightly meetings with the Student Union.
  • To create and run events.
  • To cover of SUBU events in form of an outside broadcast.
  • Work closely with your committee and deputy station manager.
  • To make sure presenters are trained and turning up to their shows.
  • To set rules and to make sure that these rules are being met.
  • Be willing to go and help anyone at whatever time if something has gone wrong in the studio.
  • To fix problems.
  • To motivate and keep track of deadlines.
  • Make sure that all output is catered to your target audience.
  • To work closely and collaborate with the other Nerve departments.

DEPUTY STATION MANAGER

The Deputy Station Manager of Nerve is responsible for aiding in the general day-to-day running of the station. Your role will be to provide support to the Station Manager, and together, effectively run the station. You will also be the first port of call for the rest of the committee to help and support each individual department with anything they need. This may include training presenters, scheduling, organising outside broadcasts, running events (e.g. freshers and elections) and promoting content online. You will also be expected to work alongside SUBU to make sure that the station achieves its full potential. You will also oversee all the presenters that come under Nerve. You will be expected to make sure that each presenter is given the support and provided with the opportunity to gain as much as they can. The biggest project of the year at Nerve is the FM weeks. As the Deputy Station Manager, you will be responsible for putting in place everything that is needed for this period. This will include: The selection process for presenters, promotion of the event around Uni and Bournemouth, making sure the tech is prepared, briefing presenters on the stations expectations, making sure everything is uploaded and scheduled on Myriad, and being on hand throughout the two weeks to help with any problems.

What’s required

  • Effective communicator – must be able to communicate well in the committee team and with presenters.
  • Organised- must be able to organise yourself and others throughout the year, especially during key events.
  • Supportive- most of this role is helping wherever you are needed throughout the different departments at Nerve. You must be willing to offer help and support to everyone throughout the station and SUBU.
  • Time Management- must be able to meet deadlines, especially in the lead up to FM.
  • Creative- must be able to bring a variety of new ideas to help better the station and help it move forward in the future.

PROGRAMME CONTROLLER (NEW FOR 2019)

As the Programme Controller, your main role is to ensure that the station’s on-air output meets the creative needs Nerve and our student audience desires and will work closely with the Deputy and Station Manager in achieving this.

You will define the vision for the station’s on-air output, manage personnel in this area, cultivate talent and determines the best ways to showcase on-air personalities. Smooth on-air operations and shaping an on-air product that appeals to the targeted demographics are tickets to success in this position.

You will work closely with presenters and are involved in developing new ideas, handle creative production with the head of station imaging.

What’s required

  • You will have a great understanding of our primary audience (students) and will put them at the heart of every idea
  • You will co-ordinate a team of producers to enhance content output
  • Every minute of broadcasting is your responsibility – you will work with the Head of Music, Head of Station Sound, DSM and SM to carefully curate a broadcast clock that suits the station
  • You will work with both the Content and Specialist Managers to ensure the right personnel are presenting the right shows and are responsible for their training and development
  • Along with the Content and Specialist Managers, you will regularly train and help presenters improve through review sessions and feedback
  • You will actively encourage creativity and be creative yourself
  • You are not expected to stick to the status quo – you should always be reviewing the station’s output and thinking of new ways to improve

SPECIALIST CONTENT MANAGER (Formerly Evenings Controller)

The Specialist Content Manager is responsible for the stations output between 6pm and 12am. You’ll become the first point of call for all specialist presenters, and you’ll be responsible for co-ordinating and helping them. The role involves the creation and management of show schedule and making strategic and sensible choices in how you form the schedule for the benefit of the listener. This may involve grouping presenters of certain genres together (i.e. DJs on Fridays/Saturdays) to target certain listeners. You’ll work closely with the Programme Controller to carry out training for all specialist presenters in the studio. It is your job to shape the sound of Nerve during these hours. You’ll also be jointly responsible with the Station/Deputy Station Manager for the organisation beforehand and running on the day of regular outside broadcasts and events. You should have good Myriad and studio desk competency already; however additional training will be provided during the hand over. The Specialist Content Manager requires passion for specialist student radio, and great management skills. You’ll be supporting students to ensure that all who want to be involved in specialist radio are given that opportunity and can develop their presenting skills.

What’s required

  • Alongside the Programme Controller, create and maintain the specialist show schedule for Nerve Radio during online and FM broadcasts (including helping update the online schedule and Myriad accounts).
  • Take steps to ensure the maximum attendance of shows and dealing with presenters that do not attend shows regularly.
  • Ensure that specialist presenters are fully trained in studio use and content planning, and that they are aware of OFCOM regulations.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

CONTENT MANAGER (Formerly Daytime Controller)

The Content Manager is responsible for the stations output between 9am and 6pm. You’ll become the first point of call for all personality-based Nerve presenters, and you’ll be responsible for co-ordinating and helping them.

The role involves, alongside the Programme Controller, the creation and management of show schedules, and making strategic and sensible choices in how you form the schedule for the benefit of the listener. You’ll be required to carry out training for presenters and their continual development throughout the year. It is your job to shape the sound of Nerve during the daytime, so that we sound professional and enjoyable to listen to.

You’ll also be jointly responsible with the Station/Deputy Station Manager for the organisation beforehand and running on the day of regular outside broadcasts and events. This may range from a small setup, to a campus-wide all day broadcast.

You should have good Myriad and studio desk competency already, however additional training will be provided during the hand over. The Content Manager requires passion for student radio, and great management skills. You’ll be supporting students to ensure that all who want to be involved in daytime radio are given that opportunity and can develop their presenting skills.

What’s required

  • Alongside the Programme Controller, create and maintain the schedule between 9am-6pm for Nerve Radio during online and FM broadcasts (including updating the online schedule and building Myriad accounts).
  • Take steps to ensure the maximum attendance of shows and dealing with presenters that do not attend shows regularly.
  • Ensure that presenters are fully trained in studio use and content planning, and that they are aware of OFCOM regulations.
  • Develop the flagship Breakfast (9-11am) and Drivetime (4-6pm) slots, and working with producers in roles for these shows.
  • Attend regular committee meetings
  • Disciplining any daytime presenters who break OFCOM or Nerve regulation.
  • Be willing to go and help anyone at whatever time if something has gone wrong in the studio.
  • Effective communicator – must be able to communicate well in the committee team and with presenters.
  • Organised – must be able to organise yourself and others throughout the year, especially during key events.
  • Time Management – must be able to meet deadlines, especially in the lead up to FM.
  • Creative – must be able to bring a variety of new ideas to help better the

PODCASTING MANAGER (NEW FOR 2019)

New for 2019/20 – We want podcasting to really take off in the next academic year. This role will put you in charge of landscaping this department at Nerve, so we want someone with a real passion for podcasting, ideally someone who wants a career in that kind of sector. If you have loved making podcasts in the past and want to be on the committee then this role is for you.

You would be responsible for building a schedule for podcasting, managing the publication of Nerve podcasts and aiding any help presenters need to make a great podcast. We want Nerve Radio to finally be able to take part in Podcast awards at the SRA awards, this would massively help grow the stature of the station and also be a great tool for students maybe who don’t have the full confidence to be on Live radio.

What’s required


People skills – to be able to speak to presenters who want to learn how to make podcasts with ease and effectiveness.

Creative mindset – be open to new ideas, forward thinking about the progression of this department.

Passion – to be passionate about making podcasts, if you don’t listen to podcasts then you simply wont be able to manage this department.

Software knowledge – Sufficient knowledge of software such as Audacity and Adobe Audition, in addition being able to use the desk in studio B.

HEAD OF MUSIC

This role puts you in charge of all the music played here on Nerve Radio. Throughout the year you will need to update the station A, B and C lists for output.

It’s important for you to be very into listening and finding new music. If you don’t enjoy finding new sounds, then this role isn’t for you. You must be constantly focusing emerging trends in the music world and be in tune with exactly what our audience want to listen to.

You must also have sufficient experience in using Audition, Audacity or any other music editing software as a heavy portion of the job involves censoring music for the station as well as being available to new presenters to help them with getting to know the station. Making new presenters feel comfortable and making yourself approachable is also very important.

You will work closely alongside the playlist manager to ensure that any song that plays out of the station has been thought about in terms of our audience. This will be done by working closely alongside the Student Radio Music Network.

What’s required

  • Hard working– you must do whatever you can to make the station sound as fresh as possible.
  • Good with programmes– You must be able to fluently use editing programmes so you can keep up with potential high volumes of work.
  • Passion– You must be really passionate about new music. If you’re too stuck in the past, then this isn’t for you. You need an open mind and a keen eye for trends.
  • Networking – you must be able to create relationships with local musicians and venues to gather interviewing opportunities

 

Playlist Manager (NEW FOR 2019)

A new role for this year, alongside the Head of Music you will be involved in the curation of the station’s A, B and C lists for output.

Music should be a huge passion of yours and this should be an enjoyable role for the right person. You will be constantly thinking about how to develop the lists further and help the Head of Music to do so

What’s required

  • Organisation – you must be able to collate playlists in an organised fashion that can be uploaded to our system with ease
  • Passion – you must live and breathe music.

 

HEAD OF MARKETING (NEW FOR 2019)

A new role for 2019, the Head of Marketing is responsible for how the station is presented both internally and externally alongside the Station Manager. From an on-air campaign to a Facebook cover photo, the Head of Marketing must ensure that every element of the station is coherent to the Nerve Brand. You will constantly be thinking ahead and ways to promote the station to a wider audience

You will work closely with the Head of Station Imaging to ensure all shows are promoted effectively on-air. You will work closely with the Head of Social Media to ensure all shows are promoted effectively off-air. You will also work closely with the Visual Content Manager to create engaging and entertaining video content appropriate for our target audience. You will also ensure that both the Student Union and fellow presenters are informed of everything the station does through a weekly roundup written with the Head of Social Media.

During our FM fortnight, you will work closely with the SUBU Marketing team to carefully manage a commercial partnership for the station.

What’s required

  • Forward-thinker: you will be constantly looking ahead at ways of enhancing how the station is presented both on-air and off-air
  • Creative: you will have an eye for something unique and be able to form new ideas for the station
  • Social media savvy: you will be the ultimate millennial when it comes to social media and enjoy creating content for digital platforms
  • Although it is not required, competencies in programs including Audition, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Headliner are advantageous

 

HEAD OF STATION IMAGING (Formerly Head of Production)

The Head of Station Imaging is responsible for our stations on-air branding throughout the entire day. Your main responsibilities will be ensuring our new station imaging is scheduled and being used appropriately. You’ll use Myriad to Auto track and schedule in production. You will need to work closely with the Programme Controller as well as the Station Manager to ensure that a professional sound is maintained through the station at all times. The Head of Station Imaging should have a good understanding of our stations target audience and what makes a great student radio station sound. They will be responsible for ensuring our production is varied and of high quality,and fits our target listener. You’ll need to create upcoming Nerve event/show promos, audio for special occasions, and a complete on-air branding refresh for Nerve FM.

What’s required

  • Create professional sounding on-air branding, suitable for a radio station with our target student audience.
  • Create audio for special events, broadcasts, or other occasions.
  • Keep our audio library maintained properly.
  • Ensure a variety of jingles across programming.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

HEAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Head of Social Media is responsible for keeping all of our listeners and followers updated with everything that our student radio station is doing! You will be in charge of all of the social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, which you will need to keep updated constantly.

You will work closely with the Visual Content Manager to make sure that on-air content can thrive off-air too.

You will be knowledgeable of programmes such as Adobe Audition, Adobe Photoshop, Headliner and social media scheduling tools.

What’s required

  • Tweet about presenters and their shows and retweet and interacting with our listeners. (This is pivotal for when we go on FM!)
  • Liaising with the Head of Marketing, to make sure the station branding is consistent across the platforms.
  • Communicating with SUBU about their events and vice versa to spread the word and get Nerve involved.
  • Produce a weekly newsletter that is sent out to both SUBU staff and all involved at the station
  • Working with the other Nerve departments to ensure that our social media presence is frequent and up to date.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

HEAD OF VISUAL CONTENT (NEW FOR 2019)

This is a new role for 2019. As the medium of radio continues to evolve and the visual aspect becomes more and more important, we are looking for someone who is both creative and hard-working to drive our online content through both videos and images.

You will be an up and coming video editor/graphic designer who has a knack for getting the right shot or creating a Facebook cover photo. You will work closely with the Programme Controller and presenters to create engaging video content to be consumed by our audience online. The ultimate goal is to drive more listening figures through this content.

You will work closely with the Head of Marketing on any campaigns and events and will be expected to be heavily involved in the station’s annual FM fortnight.

What’s required

  • Competent with filming equipment and editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop
  • Effective at communicating and interpreting ideas for shoot
  • Liaising with the Head of Marketing, to make sure the visual content is consistent across the platforms.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

TECH ROLES

HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT

The Head of Technical Development at Nerve is responsible for maintaining all the existing codebases, while also leading active development on new technical projects for Nerve.

The role involves maintaining code for current Nerve applications, such as the website (nervemedia.org.uk); the radio player (listen.nervemedia.org.uk); and the API (api.nervemedia.org.uk). You will be the main point of contact for members of Nerve who are having issues with any of these applications, or if they wish to request changes or new features.

To enable you to carry out these tasks, you will need to be a confident programmer and developer. At a minimum, you should be familiar with a basic web stack (HTML, CSS and PHP) and understand development concepts such as Git and PHP Composer. Any additional language experience is useful too, as Nerve also has code written in C#, SQL and Javascript. Most importantly, you should be willing to learn new concepts and languages, and be proactive in widening your development and programming knowledge.

As requirements in other Nerve departments change, you will be the first point of contact for requests on new technical projects or solutions for the various departments in Nerve. Therefore, you will need to organise meetings on development progress for projects, and ensure relevant members are kept up to date on technical developments within Nerve.

Finally, you should be comfortable working with multiple people on development projects, including forming development teams where required. As Head of Development, it will be your responsibility to look for other developers if (or when) they are needed.

When applying for this role, please mention any previous technical development projects (with URLs where possible) that you have been involved in.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain existing codebases with Nerve, making improvements and fixes.
  • Be proactive in leading new technical development projects for Nerve, including engaging with Nerve department heads to elicit requirements etc.
  • Organise and lead a team of developers to help with projects.
  • Liaise with other members of Nerve Tech, including assigning them to development projects when needed

HEAD OF AUDIO

The Head of Audio Tech is responsible for the stations studio and live audio equipment along with the upkeep of the stations broadcast software. You’ll become the first point of call for presenters and committee who may have technical issues where you’ll be expected to help or repair equipment where necessary.

You will also be responsible for the ongoing development of Nerve’s broadcasting capabilities, ranging from investigating and implementing upgrades for our outside broadcasting equipment, ensuring our station sounds the best it can during events to upgrading or implementing new studio equipment to broaden our on-air capabilities.

The role will also involve the creation and management of a small team to help you maintain the upkeep of existing audio tech during busier periods and direct and manage the setting up of our outside broadcasting kit at events throughout the year. Such events may be broadcasting from off campus so a degree of flexibility and understanding of the equipment is desired.

To fulfil the role, you should have had previous live audio or studio technical experience with a passion to learn and experience how a student radio station operates. Before you step into the role training will be provided to get you up to speed with the quirks and features of Nerve’s audio equipment and broadcasting software to help you settle in. There’s a lot to it!

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of Nerve’s audio technology ensuring that Nerve keeps up to date with the latest technological developments, ultimately driving the station forward in providing the best platform for presenters and news readers.
  • Maintenance of the two-radio studio’s including broadcasting desks, computers, software and peripherals.
  • Maintaining Nerve’s outside broadcast kit and taking leadership in ensuring it is set up correctly at events and streaming back to the studio.
  • Attending regular committee meetings and listening and actioning feedback from committee members.