Station Structure 101

At this point, readers who have never worked at a college radio station might be wondering how a station is set up to accommodate hundreds of volunteer staffers.

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I created this info-graphic to give you a basic idea of how stations operate. A varying number of departments are all overseen by a station’s general manager, who directs the station and reports to the university and its student government. Each director of a department puts in anywhere between 5 and 30+ hours of work each week to make sure the station continues to operate smoothly. Directors appoint smaller ongoing jobs to active volunteer staffers, who usually end up becoming directors themselves.

And thus the cycle of college radio goes on.

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