Frequently Asked Questions

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What does a DJ do

Being a college radio DJ is very different from being a party DJ or a commercial radio DJ. Here you can find out what the job requires, how much time is needed from you, and what you can and can’t do.

When you have read the following, please contact the General Manager to apply today!

How much time does a DJ dedicate?

In the studio, we ask DJs to host a one hour show, once a week. Outside of the studio, we ask DJs to dedicate some volunteer service to the program. This can consist of posting flyers, editing music, doing sports broadcasts, sitting at tables, etc. We are also requiring DJs to participate in monthly meetings, as well as check-in meetings with the Program and Music coordinator. So, we are only asking about 5 hours per month. Whether or not you dedicate more time outside of the studio to make your show better is up to you. Some people feel they need more time to fine tune, while others can just come in and get going.

How much do DJs get paid?

All University Radio DJ positions are voluntary, but may receive an "Award for Service," with the exception of Alumni DJs, who are ineligible. Please contact the general manager for further details.

Can DJs get University credit for DJing?

Unfortunately, we can not give University credits for any members volunteering here at University Radio Hilo. However, it is recommended that you check with your department of study to see what is offered in directed studies.

Do DJs have to do music shows?

DJs begin with a music oriented show focused on the genre of their choice. After (2) two semesters of University Radio Hilo on air experience, DJs can propose talk shows or more unique formats of programming to the program director for approval.

Does URH have music we can play?

URH has a limited, but growing, music selection. Most DJs contribute their own music to play.

What can and can’t DJs play on the air?

We encourage DJs to play any music that they feel fits into their respective show genre. Music must be “clean”, meaning no cursing or indecent material, and the DJ and the music must follow all University, State, and Federal laws and regulations.

Can DJs have guests or take calls over the air?

URH policy allows each show to have 2 guests in the studio. If a DJ wishes to have more guests for a special reason, they must first obtain permission from the Program Coordinator. Also, we do have the ability to take calls live on the air.

Can URH host live bands or other live events?

We have the capability to host live in-studio performances. If you are interested in being a DJ and having live music on your shows, please contact the General Manager after applying. URH is already planning to host and broadcast forums on a broad range of issues.

When can I do my show?

Time slots are assigned by the Program and Music Coordinator. Almost all time slots are an hour in length.

Iʻm an alumni/alumnus,how can I help?

URH previously offered an alumni DJ program, but it is currently closed. We are currently working on trying to get it up and running again. Please email, for questions or to express interest.

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