Programmer Academy

Programmer Academy 2018-08-24T10:36:30+00:00

Have you been thinking about applying for your own radio program on KZUM? Now is the time to let us know! 

The inaugural KZUM Programmer Academy will be held on three consecutive Sundays, Oct. 14-28, and we’re currently accepting new program applications for enrollment in this new training course. Applications are due by noon on Sept. 29. Apply below!

The KZUM Programmer Academy will only be held once or twice per year and is now required to become a new volunteer programmer at KZUM.

The academy is designed as three-session training course that will teach you the ins and outs of being a KZUM programmer so that you are as prepared as you can be to take the microphone when called upon.

The academy will include:

  • Regulatory and compliance training
  • Expectations and requirements of volunteer programmers
  • Getting to know KZUM
  • Tips for doing a good program

Attendance at each session is required to successfully complete the Programmer Academy and be eligible for certification as a KZUM programmer. Participants who miss a session will not be eligible to continue in the process. There’s a huge amount of important information and the course is designed in three parts to be held at the following times:

  • Sunday, October 14, 1-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 21, 1-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 28, 1-4 p.m.

Before applying, please make sure you will be able to commit to these days and times. At this point, we are tentatively planning to hold the next Programmer Academy in April 2019.

Upon completion of the Programmer Academy, participants will need to complete 6-10 hours of technical training in the studio, pass the annual programmer certification exam and be a current donor to KZUM ($25 minimum every 12 months).

After these steps are completed, participants will earn their programmer certification and be eligible to substitute for current programmers until they are offered a time slot of their own.

Open time slots in the KZUM program schedule will be offered only to certified programmers who have completed the Programmer Academy and subsequent certification requirements.

Getting your own time slot: if you are accepted into the Programmer Academy in the first place, it means your idea has been identified as one that would be a great fit for KZUM. But please note that completing the academy and becoming a certified programmer does not guarantee you a time slot for your program. Openings in the program schedule tend to be competitive and will be filled based on considerations for programming strategy and community needs.  

The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 29, 2018 at noon. Applications will be reviewed by the program director and programming committee and applicants will be notified by Oct. 3, 2018 of their status. Questions we will ask in evaluating applications will include:

  • Does the idea address current community needs?
  • Does the idea align with any current KZUM programming priorities and/or look like a good fit for the program schedule?
  • Does the idea propose content that is not well-represented in other media in Lincoln?
  • Is the idea well thought out?
  • Does the applicant appear comfortable with the commitment of being a programmer and with fundraising?

KZUM will accept 5-10 applicants into the academy, so apply today! Questions? Email Ryan at

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