Membership Drive Behind the Scenes
These sugary delights from Ken’s Doughnuts are what keep us going during the membership drive.
It’s an acknowledged sign in the halls of KUT that if someone has a doughnut in their hand they are expecting a rough day. While membership drives are rewarding and exciting, they can also be exhausting and stressful. On air hosts are speaking to listeners more often because they are on the air more frequently. People with duties behind the scenes frequently have additional tasks added to their plates during the drive.
Here are a few things that have happened during the drive – hopefully without listeners ever knowing! We had a fire alarm go off and we all had to evacuate the building, including volunteers and on-air hosts. Thankfully it was a false alarm! An on-air host had to leave his shift suddenly when he learned his child had broken an arm at school (he’s fine now). We’ve had multiple computer crashes. We’ve had police come to investigate robberies – thankfully the theft happened in a different building – they just accidentally showed up in ours.
All in all, membership drives are not for the weak at heart! Or those who won’t succumb to a doughnut from time to time!