Volunteering at Peach City Radio

Get Involved with CFUZ

CFUZ is a not-for-profit community radio station run entirely by a small group of volunteers. Every time you tune into CFUZ, you're hearing a volunteer on the air. Volunteers also help by maintaining our music library, doing the majority of the fundraising, producing on-air sponsor mentions, keeping our tech equipment running smoothly, organizing special events, and more. Put simply, volunteers are our lifeblood. Without our volunteers, CFUZ could not function.

We're currently seeking community-minded and reliable volunteers with relevant experience to join our team. Anyone can apply to be a CFUZ volunteer! Just follow these easy steps:

1. Review the information on this volunteer web page to learn about our volunteer program, our different departments, and some frequently asked questions. Finish by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator in order to find out more.

2. Sign up to attend Radio 101: our basic orientation session for new volunteers. Radio 101 is about an hour long and includes a tour of our space, as well as a presentation to help you understand the station even better & learn about the work that we have available. Our orientations usually occur once a month and are scheduled at a variety of times, including evenings and weekends.

3. After Radio 101, one our Volunteers will get in touch with you to make an appointment to chat more about volunteer opportunities and further training. If you're hooked, we'll ask you to complete our volunteer application form.

4. Next, you'll be connected to 1 or more departments and will be provided with all of the specific information that you need to continue on your CFUZ journey.

Our volunteer corps is broken down into six departments that deal with different aspects of CFUZ operations. Each department is run by a department chair, a veteran volunteer who understands the flow of the station. The department chair works closely with the Volunteer Coordinator as well as a committee to organize volunteers to meet the station's needs.

Please read through each department description carefully and think about where you might want to help. Choose a place that aligns best with your interests, values, and skills, to make the most of your CFUZ experience.

Visit the CFUZ Departments Page

Check out what some of CFUZ's volunteers have to say...

"I got involved in the station through friends when I was looking for a new experience. Music and radio have always been a very important part of my life. It is fun to help out in the community, with the market booths, and at the FUNdraising and other events - retro parties, radio plays, and games nights anyone?!" ~Katie Bowling

I co-host a music program featuring songs by women-identifying singers because we feel that there aren't enough women's voices in the media. I think this is one of the great things about community radio: you get to use your program as a platform to create change. I’ve also developed my computer skills by learning sound recording and production. I'm using my smartphone and computer for more than just cat videos.” ~Glory McIntyre

New projects are tough but exciting, and building the Okanagan's first community radio station is no exception. CFUZ is all about the people who are creating it - and there are so many great people making programs, building the studio, getting the word and out generally supporting the idea. We are moving forward and looking for new voices to join Peach City Radio!” ~Jackie Del Rizzo

Volunteering FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Please read this FAQ. It may help clear up some of your questions or misconceptions that you may have about volunteering at CFUZ. (Adapted from Geneviève Dale for CJSW 90.9 FM in Calgary.)

I have zero experience with radio. Is that a problem?

No problem at all. Many of our most experienced volunteers came through our doors for the first time with zero radio experience. We teach you everything - free of charge. We ask in return that you take the training seriously. Please respect the station, your fellow volunteers, and the listeners. Show us dedication, and we’ll show you how to do some amazing things.

I'm interested but I can't make it to the next Radio 101! What do I do?

No worries. Let us know and we'll invite you to the next one. You can also keep an eye on our Facebook page or sign up for our e-cast newsletter to receive information regarding upcoming Radio 101 orientations. Chances are good that there will be another session soon.
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I work a 9 to 5 job. Can I volunteer?

So do many of our current volunteers! There are volunteer opportunities on evenings and weekends throughout the year. We also have some flexible opportunities for people who like to work on their own timelines, as well as seasonal and on-call work.

I'm under 18! Can I volunteer?

Of course. We want CFUZ to be a very inclusive environment and we welcome the young volunteers who come through our doors. If you're looking to grow your resume, we have leadership positions that might fit your goals. We can also help if you’re looking to fill volunteer hours for a school requirement.

I’m running late for my volunteer shift. What should I do?

In those special circumstances when you can't make it on time, we ask that you let as know as soon as you possibly can. The way we see it is this: if you’re late a few times that’s fine. If you’re often running late, we start to wonder. You can’t be late for radio, so you can’t be late for your shifts. We understand that life happens but a chronic lateness makes a bad impression. The same applies to missed volunteer slots that you’ve booked beforehand.

Is CFUZ a diversity-friendly organization?

Absolutely. CFUZ aims to reflect the diversity of our community in all of its facets. People of all identities find their way through our doors, and we do our very best to make sure that our environment is inclusive. We encourage volunteer applications from people young and old, and from various cultural backgrounds, abilities, genders, orientations, and more. Feel free to speak to our Volunteer Coordinator about anything that might help make your volunteer experience with CFUZ a positive one (e.g., pronoun preferences, necessary accommodations, etc.).

I’m so busy. I signed up to volunteer, but I’ve honestly run out of time in my life to participate.

That’s ok! Things can get busy. We understand. The best thing to do is to continue to support the station by being an active listener. Tune in, follow us on social media, and tell your friends about the station. Not everyone who listens to CFUZ can become a volunteer, but we need listeners as much as people helping behind the scenes.

You can also support us financially by purchasing a membership to the Peach City Community Radio Society. If you are a business owner, you might also consider signing up for one of our on-air sponsorship packages (contact our Support Coordinator for more information).