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Caribbean Radio Show Seeks Volunteers (Unpaid)

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ORGANIZATION: Pacifica Foundation Radio-WPFW 89.3 fm

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WPFW 89.3 FM - Washington DC

The Caribbeana Radio Show is seeking three volunteers: two people to help with news (writing, research, and on-air) and one person to help with program development. Reach out directly to Von Martin at von.martin@caribbeana.org.

College students are encouraged to apply. Caribbeana is a weekly radio program hosted by Von Martin which airs every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST on WPFW-89.3 FM. WPFW is a terrestrial radio station that went on air in 1977 as the fifth station within Pacifica, a network of U.S.-based progressive radio stations that have given an alternative voice to its programmers. Caribbeana is proud to have been one of the first programs aired on WPFW during its inception of the radio station in Washington, DC. Over the years the program has grown to having a listenership of 100,000 individuals throughout the Washington/Baltimore area. CRS also provides news stories and documentaries capturing historians, present day Caribbean artists, Caribbean business leaders and political figures as well as many other treasures and diverse facets of the Caribbean. Caribbeana provides music of the Caribbean beyond the typical reggae and dancehall known to mainstream. The Caribbean has a diverse grouping of musical genres, which are syntheses of African, European, Indian and various Caribbean influences. Caribbeana's programming is filled with up-to-date news broadcasts, Caribbean music genres such as Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Caribbean jazz, steel pan, to name a few.

If interested, please send resume and any questions to the Volunteer Coordinator.

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About Pacifica Foundation Radio-WPFW 89.3 fm


1990 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006, US

Mission Statement

WPFW Mission

"The purpose of WPFW-FM Pacifica is to provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community, to contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors, and to promote the full distribution of public information.
Programming on WPFW will principally be a mix of jazz, Third World music, news and public affairs.

The airwaves at 89.3 will be an accessible media outlet for Blacks, Hispanics, cultural groups, women, seniors, youth and other ethnic and non-traditional groups. WPFW programming will make the concept of community radio real by providing the local majority population with important and relevant education, information and entertainment. Through its programming the station will act as a networking agent for the community at large.

WPFW?s air will be commercial free and in conformance with Pacifica Foundation resolutions prohibiting commercial under- writing of programming.

Programming will lend itself to an on-air listener participation, will strive to exemplify journalistic integrity, and will work toward being engaging and intellectually stimulating.

Jazz, a major American art form which grows from the African-American experience, will be the major music programming. WPFW will act as archivist, educator, and entertainer on behalf of this under served national cultural resource.

WPFW is dedicated to programming which reflects progressive social change and democracy. The station will continue and further a global, humanistic, and futuristic approach to news, public affairs, the creative arts and cultural programming. Internally WPFW will work to upgrade the quality of work at all levels.

Our continued use of and high regard for volunteers will provide an opportunity for individual skill development in radio broadcast techniques, and broadcast management. Volunteer opportunities will be available in most areas of program administration."


WPFW History

WPFW is the fifth station of Pacifica Radio, a progressive network founded in 1949 by maverick broadcaster Lewis Hill. WPFW began in 1977, in a very modest facility?a single room, divided into four segments. One section served as the on-air studio, the others were the administrative office, newsroom, and a place for volunteers to prepare their programs. WPFW?s Blues man Nap Turner recalls the day he first came to the station. He was surprised to find that such a "big sound" was coming out of a corner where the turntables rested on crates. Some twenty-five years later, support from WPFW listeners has enabled the station to have modern facilities, with separate studios for broadcast, program production, and for volunteers to put together shows.

From the beginning, WPFW has been the voice for alternative programming in the Washington metropolitan area. In essence, the station started out, and continues, challenging the norm and passionately serving the under-served of our community.

WPFW has been and continues to be a unique community resource dedicated to aiding the community in a way that only radio can. In addition, we remain free of corporate sponsorship. Thus, listener support is crucial.

Since its inception, volunteerism has been at the heart of WPFW. Our own Von Martin, a volunteer, was the first voice to sign the station on a quarter of a century ago. Von began his first broadcast with Duke Ellington?s "Take the ?A? Train" and we?ve been the "Jazz Messenger" ever since. To this very day, we have volunteers who have been with WPFW for twenty or more years. Our volunteers are from all backgrounds and cultures, speak numerous languages, and come from all over the world. They come to WPFW and they stay because of their love for the station, its listeners and the craft of broadcasting. Through volunteerism, WPFW provides neighbors, friends, and family members opportunities to learn broadcasting and to gain a better understanding of the global community in which we live.


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1990 K St NW; Suite 14RWashington, DC 20006



  • Journalism
  • Sound Production
  • Social Media / Blogging
  • Grant Writing / Research
  • Business Development
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 19
  • Between 4-8 hours
  • Writing skills, attention to detail & the ability to meet deadlines are a must.

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