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Join WCDB - Become A DJ

To join WCDB you must be a registered undergraduate student at the University at Albany

As a student-run organization, WCDB depends on a staff of volunteer members to handle just about every task of running the station. These tasks include listening to and reviewing music submissions, updating the music library, writing scripts and newscasts, setting up for live in-studio bands or remote apperances, keeping the equipment in good working order, and of course, being an on-air DJ.

WCDB transmits all around the Capital District on 90.9FM and everywhere on the planet on the Internet. People all around town will hear you, and so will friends and family in distant locations if they know how to work the internet.

You don't need any particular skills to join the station. We will train you in the many aspects of running the station, and in time you'll become an expert yourself. There is a process in place to train new DJs so that the station can be operated in accordance with our FCC station license, and you will need to do shows within the basic format structures WCDB offers. Other than that, there is a lot of flexibility in what you are allowed to do on the air.

Training sessions begin every semester, so depending on when you apply there may be some time before your training can begin. However you can get a jump start on things by downloading and reading our Training Manuals and our Constitution.

To get started, send an email to training [at] containing the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Phone and email contact information
  • What year of school you are in (Freshman, Sophmore, etc.)
  • What music or nonmusic (sports, news) department you are interested in
  • Any skills you have that might be useful to WCDB (web design, graphics, computer skills, juggling, fish de-boning, etc.)
  • How many hours a week you can ideally contribute to the station (tip: we're not asking you to move in. A few hours/week is fine.)
  • Musical artists or genres you are most familiar with (for music positions)
  • Anything else you want to include!

We will advise you of how and when your station "onboarding" can begin. It may take several days before you hear back from us... that's kinda normal.

It will also help greatly if you listen to the station a lot and learn some of our program features and the way things are done, especially within the format or department you are interested in.