If you’re interested in joining us, we’d love to talk! But you may have a few questions first that you might find answered here.
Do I need to be an expert with computers?
You will need a good basic level of computer literacy. You should be able to use the Internet, e-mails and know your MP3s from your WAVs. We’ll teach you everything else you need to know.
What type of show will I be doing?
The choice is yours. However, shows that are broadcast between 7.00am and 7.00pm each day (except Sundays) must be generic shows that cater for a wide range of people and musical taste (think Radio 2) and also feature content that contains features with a strong local element. Shows that are theme specific or dedicated to a specific musical genre are broadcast after 7.00pm and on Sundays.
Do I need to supply my own music?
We have over 80,000 songs on file so it’s unlikely you’ll need to supply any yourself but if you do, these can be uploaded onto our system provided you legally own the song.
Is there a membership fee?
Yes, like any other club or society we need to charge subscriptions to contribute to our running costs. Once you have successfully completed training and a three-month trial period, you will be invited to become a Member of SaintFM. There is a one-off joining fee of £30 and a monthly subscription of £9 (concessions; £5). Anyone under the age of 18 and those in full-time education are exempt from the fees and we cater for those who may wish to join but are in financial hardship.
How do I earn commission?
Whilst you are not obliged to sell advertising or sponsorship, if you do, you can earn a commission on what you sell.
How long does it take to do a show?
Shows run for two hours and you’ll need to allow at least one-hour of preparation time. You can prepare your show at any time in advance of the broadcast date.
Can I do a show with a friend?
You certainly can. Some radio shows work brilliantly with a main presenter and co-presenter. It takes additional skill which we can help you to develop but we’d welcome applications from people wishing to present as a team.
Can my child become a presenter?
Yes. We have a number of opportunities for young people to get involved either via our Schools Out programme or through other on-air activity.
Where is the studio?
Our main broadcast studio is located in Burnham-on-Crouch. We also have a second studio based in Maldon
How do I know how many people are listening to my show?
The device that allows us to broadcast online indicates the percentage of bandwidth being used and this provides a accurate indication of online listener numbers. We can also monitor our Twitter and Facebook platforms to spot spikes in activity during shows.
Getting an accurate figure of the numbers of listeners is something undertaken by an organisation called RAJAR. It’s very expensive so we rely on the above coupled with subjective feedback from the communities we serve to asses listener numbers.
Depending upon the type of show and the time of day, you can expect to have anywhere between 500 and 2,000 listeners.
What support will I get?
You will receive initial training from an experienced member of the presenting team and will then be assigned a Mentor, also one of our presenting team. They will be with you in the studio for your first couple of shows to help you bed-in and then be available throughout your initial trial period for anything you need. We can provide additional training and guidance on voice and microphone techniques and how to create interesting show content.
We have IT support that you can call upon if anything fails and all our presenters and a nice bunch and always happy to lend a hand whenever its needed.
What will be expected of me?
We have a few important rules and there exists a set of codes of conducts to which all presenters are obliged to adhere to. You can review these in our Volunteer’s Handbook which you can download here.