Brown Broadcasting Service, d/b/a WBRU 95.5 FM, is one of the few remaining college radio stations run by students. Technically established as a non-profit student workshop designed to give students of Brown University hands-on experience in a variety of roles in the broadcasting field WBRU's operating model resembles that of a for-profit radio station in which revenues are generated primarily from sales of advertising (instead of the traditional fund-raising campaigns used by non-profits).
The working environment at WBRU is unique due to a hybrid mix of student management and part-time interns as well as a handful of professional (compensated) employees. Overall, it is a fun laid-back atmosphere reminscent of certain tech companies. Attire is casual (e.g., t-shirt & shorts or jeans; shoes are optional) around the office, but sales positions usually dress more formally for internal/external client meetings.
Due to the non-profit status student management positions are elected from a pool of station members and turnover occurs annually. This creates some challenges with respect to: 1) quality/commitment/experience of leadership, 2) the preservation of best-practices, and 3) insitutional memory.
Advice to Management
The tendancy of new management is to try to leave an indelible mark in the station's history. Unfortunately, efforts can easily come across as micro-management of the professional staff (which is entirely un-necessary & counter-productive). In addition, novice idealism, over-confidence & a lack of sufficient mgmt experience can result in well-intentioned but poorly-executed initiatives that may incur negative financial ramifications. A willingness to learn, coupled w/ a less-is-more approach to corporate relationships is prudent and advisable for success.
I have been working at Brown Broadcasting Service part-time
It's great a great experience for college students, and you get to learn a lot that's applicable to any industry.
Some of the students are irresponsible and make life really tough when you have to count on them.
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