Nerve Radio Applications

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Apply below to be a part of the 2018/19 Nerve Radio committee

Nerve Radio is Bournemouth Universities Student Radio Station. Nerve is a blank canvas for creativity and experimenting. We offer a platform for students to try something new, if anyone has an interest in being in on the radio, it is Nerves responsibility to help them out as much as possible. Our target audience is our students, we have to cater to what they want or what we believe they would like to hear. Nerve is funded by SUBU (Student Union of Bournemouth University), we work closely with SUBU, bouncing ideas back and forward to put on events which will help benefit the radio and the students. Overall, Nerve is a place for fun and meeting new people who all share similar interests and passions. It is more of a community then a radio station with a contagious atmosphere.

Download the application form here.

Please send all applications to applications@nervemedia.org.uk, with the position and committee being applied for as the subject.

Applications are open until May 14th.

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 have 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.

Key Responsibilites:

  • 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. This includes Daytime, Evening and Sports presenters. 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.

Key Skills:

  • 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.

Evenings Controller

The Evenings Programme Controller is responsible for the stations output between 6pm and 12am. You’ll become the first point of call for all Evening Nerve 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 be required to carry out training for all evening presenters in the studio, and help with some of the radio content training. It is your job to shape the sound of Nerve during the evening, 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. You should have good Myriad and studio desk competency already; however additional training will be provided during the hand over. The Evenings Programme Controller 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 evenings radio are given that opportunity and can develop their presenting skills.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create and maintain the Evenings schedule for Nerve Radio during online and FM broadcasts (including helping update the online schedule and Myriad accounts).
  • Co-ordinate events that occur during the evenings, such as Nerve Live from Lollipop.
  • Take steps to ensure the maximum attendance of shows and dealing with presenters that do not attend shows regularly.
  • Ensure that evenings presenters are fully trained in studio use and content planning, and that they are aware of OFCOM regulations.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

Daytime Controller

The Daytime Programme Controller is responsible for the stations output between 9am and 6pm. You’ll become the first point of call for all Daytime Nerve presenters, and you’ll be responsible for co-ordinating and helping them. The role involves 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 daytime presenters in the studio, and help with some radio content training. 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 Daytime Programme Controller requires passion for daytime 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. If you would like to be considered, please submit your application describing why you are fit for the role, your previous Nerve Radio experience, and what skills you have which will make you an amazing Daytime Programme Controller. Good luck!

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain the Daytime schedule for Nerve Radio during online and FM broadcasts
  • Provide feedback and advice to help ensure the best quality output for daytime shows
  •  Take steps to ensure the maximum attendance of shows and dealing with presenters that do not attend shows regularly.
  •  Ensure that daytime presenters are fully trained in studio use and content planning, and that they are aware of OFCOM regulations.
  •  Develop the flagship 3-5pm weekday drive time slot, and building producer roles for these shows. – Attend regular committee meetings

Head of Production

The Head of Production is responsible for our stations on-air branding throughout the entire day. Your main responsibilities involve the creation, organisation, and scheduling of our jingles, idents and sweepers. You’ll use Myriad to add new branding to the database and Auto track to schedule in your production. This involves categorising idents and jingles correctly as well as ensuring daytime and evening branding is scheduled. You will need to work closely with the Daytime and Evening controllers as well as the station manager to ensure that a professional sound is maintained through the station at all times. The Head of Production 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. Alongside jingles, sweepers and idents, you’ll also need to create upcoming Nerve event/show promos, audio for special occasions, and a complete on-air branding refresh for Nerve FM. If you would like to be considered, please submit your application describing why you are fit for the role, any previous Nerve Radio experience, and what skills you have which will make you an amazing Head of Production. Good luck!

Key responsibilities:

  • 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 Daytime and Evening programming.
  • Attend regular committee meetings.

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 both daytime and Evenings (but mainly daytime as evenings is fairly self-sufficient).

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. The station is being constantly tweaked and changed so the music must follow its direction comparatively. For example, this year we have seen a growing popularity for Hip-hop and alternate sounds amongst online stations so have geared the station to follow that trend. These trends change all the time so it’s important that the person taking on this role has a good eye for that.

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.

3 most important qualities:

  1. Hard working– you must do whatever you can to make the station sound as fresh as possible.
  2. Good with programmes– You must be able to fluently use editing programmes so you can keep up with potential high volumes of work.
  3. THE MOST IMPORTANT.. 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.

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. If you’re applying for the Head of Social Media position you will be expected to; Tweet about presenters and their shows and retweet and interacting with our listeners. (This is pivotal for when we go on FM!) Broadcasting on Instagram or Facebook when we do Lollipop takeovers, outside broadcasts and Varsity. 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. Working with the other Nerve departments to ensure that our social media presence is frequent and up to date. If you would like to be considered, please submit your application describing why you are fit for the role, any previous Nerve Radio experience and what skills you have which will make you the best person for the job! Good luck!