Riot Radio packed with new shows and talent


Kortney Beresford in front of the Riot Radio studio.
Kortney Beresford in front of the Riot Radio studio.

Riot Radio (RR) is packed with volunteers this year and the future looks bright for the Durham College and UOIT campus radio station. Kortney Beresford, the Volunteer Coordinator has been with RR for the last three years, and has seen it grow into what it is today.

The RR is a visual radio station and, has a full schedule this semester and is full until January. RR now has a whopping 69 shows, 50 of which involve first year students.

“The number of shows brings Riot Radio to an all time high over the last three years,” says Beresford.

This steady increase has been encouraging, from 40 shows in 2013, to 55 shows in 2014. September seems to be the busiest time for RR in regards to show volume because of first years wanting to take an active role in the college experience, Beresford says. In regards to the type of shows the only limit is your imagination.

“It’s really exciting that so many students have decided to create shows this semester,” says Beresford.

“Shows run from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and consist of talk shows and music shows,” says Beresford. “But there are all kinds of shows, it all depends on the what the volunteers want their show to be about.”

The on-air positions are optional and the jobs are quite flexible, Beresford says. The volunteer positions that are available are the On-Air Host or Hosts, which lead the show, create ideas, and can be more then one person. The Assistant Technician, who operates the equipment, like the mixing board, monitors the live chats, and supports the on-air host. The Live Event Team covers live events such as concerts, and various other events like Campusfest. RR has had quite a few assistant technicians this year that have topped off at 50 setting a record, says Beresford.

All anyone needs to do to get a show is simply go into RR and ask for an application. Positions are open to all full- time students of DC or UOIT and if space permits part-time students can get a spot as well. Beresford says experience in broadcast isn’t needed, all that anyone needs is the enthusiasm to try.