Your Community, Your Station - Needs YOU!
CHBN is based at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro and are always looking for new volunteers to join the dedicated and enthusiastic team.
We are not just looking for presenters - there are a number of opportunities behind the scenes too. Explore some of the aspects you could get involved with below.
If you feel you have skills which might be useful to us or would like a new challenge, click to request an application pack.
The station is pleased to welcome new presenters who are able to bring something new to the programme schedule. This could be, for instance, presenting a general music based programme, a speech based programme, or specialist programme targeting a specific genre, theme or section of the audience.
CHBN is always keen to consider new programming ideas that complement the existing schedule, allowing the presenter the creativity to be able to develop their own programme, whilst providing them with the support and guidance necessary to get the best out of them.
All presenters are encouraged to include a good level of speech content within their programmes, this could include regular features or interviews on a variety of topics.
The station's modern state-of-the-art studios are equipped with industry standard equipment/software and full training is provided on this to ensure that every presenter is able to comfortably operate the equipment independently. Training and support is also provided to ensure that every presenter works within broadcast legislation.
In addition to working behind the microphone, CHBN are always looking for volunteers who are able to support presenters 'behind the scenes' during their programme.
This can involve taking calls from listeners and passing details to the presenter, assisting the presenter by finding requested songs in the music library, helping line up guests and programme segments for the presenter and greeting visitors when they arrive at the studio for interviews.
Those assisting presenters can also be involved with making information available via the station's website and social media where necessary.
Throughout the programmes CHBN are keen to provide information, advice and support around three main areas of 'Health', 'Wellbeing' and 'Lifestyle', whilst also letting the listeners know what is happening in and around the community.
In order to gather content for programmes, the station welcomes those who would be interested in working in a journalistic role to seek out new interview opportunities or follow up with organisations who have approached the station and would like to be featured.
This aspect can involve researching topics/questions to be covered in interviews, arranging and undertaking interviews either in-person at the studio, over the telephone or at their location.
Once interview material has been recorded, it will need to be edited before it is ready for broadcast. It may be that an interview would then need to be combined with others, possibly with music added to build a complete package ready for broadcast. This is all possible using the editing software that is available in each studio.
The station has two fully-equipped studios which mean that interviews and editing can be undertaken at any time – even if a presenter is in the other studio broadcasting a live programme.
Full training will be provided on interviewing and broadcast editing to ensure that every volunteer is able to make the best possible content for the programmes.
An important part of the station’s activities always has been and remains interacting with the patients within the Royal Cornwall, West Cornwall and St Michael's Hospitals.
The station are always keen to welcome volunteers who are willing to visit the patients to collect requests and dedications from them whilst also informing them about the Hospital Radio service and how they can tune in.
For a number of people in hospital, CHBN volunteers can be the only non-medical individuals that they see during their stay in hospital so a friendly face greeting them can make a real difference to their stay in hospital.
The station has to source all its own funds to cover the running costs associated with keeping it broadcasting each year. This is aside from purchasing new music, repairing equipment or investment in new equipment and facilities.
Over recent times the station has raised a significant amount of money which has equipped and furnished the two studio’s that are in use today. This would not have been possible without the initiative, enthusiasm and commitment shown by a large number of volunteers in fundraising.
CHBN ask that all volunteers assist with fundraising activities that take place during the year. Additionally the station are also keen to hear from those who would be willing to source and develop new fundraising opportunities.
The station has an extensive music library covering all decades and genres. Although a large number of songs are available electronically, the station still has a CD collection and extensive Vinyl Record Library.
Help is needed to keep the library in order and catalogued correctly whilst we continue to enhance the music collection based upon requests and listener tastes
In addition, the station would like assistance importing the most frequently played tracks from the CD library into the computerised playout system.
CHBN is fortunate to have industry-standard equipment and IT facilities comparable to Commercial and BBC radio stations.
The station welcomes individuals who have technical experience and would be willing to provide day-to-day support to presenters and other volunteers on the studio equipment and/or the computerised playout system that is available to them. Full training in equipment and software will be provided.
Furthermore CHBN welcomes individuals with engineering expertise who may be able to work with the existing technical team to diagnose/repair problems with equipment and work to improve the existing facilities.
The station also undertakes Roadshows within the community. Support is required on these occasions to ensure portable equipment is set up and that the the event goes as smoothly as possible.