Station Tech for the Non Technical

Title
Station Tech for the Non Technical

Aim
Provide a broad understanding of the technology behind and in the operation of a community radio station, to a level which assists non-technical stakeholders to deal with technology items and technologists.

Class description
The class is in six modules:

1. What does it all mean:  introduction to terminology, review of typical station requirements and exploration of broadcast architectures.
2. What’s your stuff:   starting with an inspection of technology in use at the station, learn how to identify and describe pieces of equipment, and how to create station documentation
3. Getting from here to there:  review of the station’s business plan and how that translates into technology requirements;  assessment of state of health against needs, and planning for the future
4.  Useful technical skills:  what tools do you need; introduction the multimeter;  basic soldering technique and cable repair
5.  Supporting the station:  tech and operational procedures, building documentation, risk management;  building a technology team; strategic technology thinking
6.  Wrapping up:  next steps, unanswered questions, simple on-station repairs

Along the way, participants will learn about the gear in their station, typical maintenance requirements, risk-assessment and replacement planning, what to do when something goes wrong, how to solder and repair cables, equipment selection, grant application,

Outcome

Participants who complete the session should have a better understanding of technology needs, how to describe and document technology at their station, and how to communicate effectively when dealing with technology challenges.

Attendees

Station managers, board members, volunteers, newly joined technologists, and anyone who needs an orientation to the technology side of a radio station

Attendee prerequisites
The class assumes reasonable familiarity with radio station operations, but no technical knowledge or experience is required.

Class size
Up to eight

Cost of class
Contact Technorama Incoporated or CMTO for details