Thursday, April 05, 2012

What Drives You?

What drives you?  In Community Media where most people are unpaid (yes…that’s right…volunteers), it is proven time and time again, that with a little you can broadcast a lot.

Most community radio stations, especially regional/remote have very limited resources – money, equipment and usually unpaid staff.  How do they survive? And not only survive, but often thrive – producing quality content that reflects their community’s interest. 

They are purpose driven people.  Their desire is to produce quality content, and then broadcast it out through radio, television, internet, and print.

They are purpose driven to do their very best and reflect the interests and issues of the community in which they live, work and volunteer.  Often these people work 40+ hours a week in a paid job and then give up their time to volunteer by being involved in their community radio station.  If the station is able, it may pay a Station Manager and maybe a personal assistant/receptionist.  The community station I volunteer with has no paid staff, everyone works part-time or full-time jobs outside of the radio station.  They all volunteer hours each week and then assist in the production of programs, shows, scheduling, editing, etc. so that the station is on 24/7, 168 hours a week every week of the year.  No small feat for a group of people who come from all walks of life and have a variety of different jobs/vocations.

So, what drives you?  Do you volunteer in your community? 
Something to think about :-)

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