FreshAir is for everyone. We welcome members both from within and outside of the university, and we help people produce shows on everything from political issues and local news to reggae music, film reviews, science, pop, unsigned bands and more.
If you don’t want to get in front of a mic quite yet, you can also get involved with our HUB shows? These are flagship shows fronted by an experienced presenter and with an open-door policy for any member to go along and contribute, learn the ropes and get some experience and confidence. Check the programming schedule to find out when they are on!
Maybe live radio isn’t for you. We also offer a pre-recording studio where you can record a podcast and edit it to your heart’s content, or where you can get involved with making jingles and soundbites.
If you'd like to meet other FreshAir Members with similar interests, and work on one of the HUB Shows, join one of the many hardworking teams within the station, such as music, news, arts, sport, production, events and marketing.
Just signing up as a member will get you loads of benefits, especially if you’re looking for a career in media! Contributions to FreshAir from Edinburgh University students are also recognised as part of the new ‘Edinburgh Media Award’.
FreshAir.org.uk would love to have you on board- so here are the instructions for getting involved!
How to apply for your own show:
If you would like to present your own show on FreshAir.org.uk, we open up our broadcasting schedule at the start of every semester (September and January).
Step 2: Attend studio training.
Both new and old members must attend studio training every academic year in order to be eligible for their own show. Training occurs at the start of each academic semester. Join the “FreshAir Members” Facebook group, or contact our Secretary ([email protected]freshair.org.uk) and join our mailing list in order to be notified when the sign-up sheet for training goes live.
Step 3: Record a demo.
Following studio training, you will be able to sign-up to use the studio for an hour in order to record your demo. Your demo will show us that you know how to use the studio controls and will give us an idea about what your show is going to be. The sign-up sheet for recording a demo is sent out as a newsletter and posted in our Facebook group after training.
Step 4: Submit a show application.
Once you have recorded your demo, you submit it along with a completed presenters contract and show application form. Signing the presenters contract means you have read and promise to abide by FreshAir’s rules, and the show application form allows you to tell us more about your show and when you would like it to be. The presenters contract and show application form are posted in the FreshAir Members Facebook group and sent out as a newsletter following Training dates.
Step 5: Our Head of Programming listens to everyone’s demo and puts together the schedule. If your application is successful you’ll be given a one-hour slot during the week.
Step 6: Broadcast Launch! Once the Head of Programming has posted the broadcasting schedule, we hold a Broadcast Launch event. From then, the schedule will run and it will be your responsibility to broadcast your show each week!
How to produce a show:
Production is at the heart of radio, it's what makes a programme stand out from the crowd and ensures everything runs as smooth as possible. Producers are key to making good radio programmes through co-ordinating with presenters, liasoning with guests, and helping to organise and make radio features. At FreshAir.org.uk, the production team is a great way to meet people and get started with learning these skills in a low stress environment!
Producers get assigned to shows and it is up to the presenter and producer to decide the nature of their role. Some people need help with research, others need help with interviews, features and recording soundbites.
Join the Production Team Facebook group to find out more about becoming a producer and register your interest.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Aside from having your own show, there are lots of ways you can get involved. We have teams you can join depending on your interests, including Music, Arts, News, Sport, Design, Production and Tech. Each team looks after different aspects of our station. Why not join their Facebook groups if you think you might be interested in finding out more?
For updates and opportunities, it is recommended that you join our main group “FreshAir Members”.
Music Team group: https://goo.gl/kU5Ky5.
Arts Team group: https://goo.gl/Wvp6YY
News Team group: https://goo.gl/XSVMLq
Sports Team group: https://goo.gl/898jQd
Design Team group: https://goo.gl/ziZzqf
Production Team group: https://goo.gl/KyUVrC
Tech Team group: https://goo.gl/x6yDyh