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XRAY Is Powered by Volunteers!

We look for individuals who are motivated, independent workers, team players, organized, efficient, and excellent communicators with a love of community, music and support XRAY.FM's mission in our city and beyond.

We embrace and encourage our volunteers ’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our volunteers unique.

Volunteering is an incredible way to connect with your community, meet like-minded folks and contribute to a fulfilling mission. Not just will you be able to gain skills, but you will be able to network and get to know DJs, musicians, engineers, talk show hosts, and experts in our community.

New Show Application

The New Show Application form is open through August 8th, 2022. If you want to host a show on XRAY, whether it's music, talk, or something in between, the New Show Application is the form for you! We open show applications annually in the summer, and onboard new shows in the following months. To hear first when we open a show application window, subscribe to our newsletter. We encourage you to get acquainted with the station by volunteering in the meantime with the info on this page! 

Have questions? Check out the Show Application FAQ. 

Audio Equipment Library 

Want to produce audio pieces but don't have the equipment? XRAY’s audio equipment library is open to all, including but not limited to current XRAY Hosts and volunteers. To see the terms of service and request an item, check out the library info page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are you looking for in volunteers? 

We look for volunteers for a wide range of activities! We currently have opportunities including administrative work, content creation, in-studio operations, news writing, morning news board operation, event support, community outreach, audio editing, phone banking, and, of course, becoming a DJ. Don't see what you're looking for? Just ask us on the form below, we'll work with you one-on-one to find the volunteer opportunity that makes sense for you. 

Do I have to fill out the form or can I just sign up when I see something I like? 

We'd definitely prefer you fill out the form so that we can bring you to a volunteer orientation and know what we have current interest in from folks. We do have a volunteers listserv, but most opportunities are not emailed out to it unless they are significant projects without enough help currently (typically station-wide objectives/events like fund drives, big events, holiday thank yous, marketing events, etc.). 

Want to stay in the loop with XRAY in the meantime? Sign up for our newsletter! 

Do I need to come to anywhere physically to volunteer? 

It depends on the task! We're happy to have you come into our office for tasks that do not require in-person presence, but it is not required. A few tasks, such as packing/mailing merchandise, in-studio operations, event presence, etc. require an in-person component. For any in-person activities held at the station, masks, and proof of full COVID vaccination are required.

Note: The XRAY office and studios are unfortunately not ADA accessible. We would love to meet one on one to get you acquainted with XRAY in a more accessible location, just let us know when you register interest. Most of our volunteer opportunities are remote or can be made to be, but we hope to be able to welcome you to an accessible office and studio in the future! 

I signed up to volunteer! When will I hear back? What are the next steps?

We hold orientations for new volunteers intermittently when we reach a certain level of interest and have the capacity to best onboard and train a new volunteer cohort. As a small team with 100+ weekly volunteers, this can sometimes take longer than expected. 

We tend to put more concerted efforts into onboarding volunteers surrounding periods of great need for single-shift signups, usually surrounding events and campaigns with the station. This could be things like pledge drives in Spring and Fall, summer events, etc. 

Orientations are meant to get folks acquainted with the station's internal operations and explore current opportunities. If you indicate specific interests or skills that do not require significant orientation and/or are solo tasks, we may reach out prior to a volunteer orientation being scheduled with specific applicable opportunities. 

How do I become a DJ or host a show? 

You pitch us a show! 

Our most recent application window closed on August 8th, 2022. 

We hold open show application periods annually, usually in the summer, and onboard cohorts in the upcoming months following applications. Our volunteer On-Air Advisory Committee of current hosts evaluates applications as a group alongside the Station Manager and Traffic & Programming Manager, so we appreciate your patience as we continue on that intentional but slow process. 

When we are accepting applications for new music shows, you'll find a link to submit your pitch here! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram to be notified about the next opportunity to apply for a show on XRAY. In the meantime, we welcome you to fill out the general volunteer interest form, especially if you're new to volunteering with us, so you can get acquainted with the internal workings of the station. Note that if you list becoming a DJ/Host as your only interest in the form, you will still need to submit an application for a show during an open application period.

What are you looking for in Shows/Hosts? 

We're always looking to increase representation in experiences, genres, backgrounds, identities, and more. Since XRAY utilizes a freeform radio format, we want to know about the unique experience you'll bring to the schedule and the city of Portland on the airwaves! We review applications on a rolling basis, but we are a small team so it may take a while to hear back! Generally, to have a show, be ready for a 6-month minimum commitment and being an active participant in the station. That means you should expect at least 3 hours/week for each hour of programming (so a 2-hour show would be 6), be ready for quarterly all-station meetings, and be an active participant in station-wide events such as fund drives and special programming.

Don't see the answer to your question? 

Feel free to ask it in the question box on the interest form! This form does not lock you into anything, but helps us plan to bring folks into the community.

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