About

First Voice Media is an apprenticeship program at KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley and is designed to provide comprehensive broadcast, technical, and administrative skills training in radio. First Voice Media also aims to build and strengthen community and empower our participants to find their voice and tell their stories.

Our program is based on community building, a collaborative work environment and passing on our skills and stories. We focus on bringing women and people of color into media and work in partnership with Pacifica community radio station KPFA and other community media outlets, both locally and nationally.

The First Voice Media program is currently 18 months. Everyone is required to spend one business day each week working at KPFA, as well as two class nights.  The dayshift is a three hour shift and apprentices do administrative and production tasks.  The dayshift runs on an intergenerational group learning model, with each phase teaching the next, and integrates service to the station, skills acquired in classes, motivation and leadership.

Dayshift Hours: Monday – 5:30 pm-8:30pm   or

Thurs or Fri- 3:00pm-6:00pm

Lindsay, Gloria, Mwangi

11 Responses to About

  1. michael says:

    how do one get started with your program?

    • CstandsforCourage says:

      Hi Michael, thanks for your interest! We are actually accepting applications to the program right now, so your timing is impeccable 🙂 To apply to the Apprenticeship Program, just scroll up to the top of this page and look in the far upper right corner for the link that says “To Apply.” You’ll find all the information you need, including an application, right there. The deadline is September 17th at 5 PM, so download that sucker and start writing! We look forward to hearing from you.

      KPFA Apprentices

    • Miss Renee says:

      we are currently looking for new applicants for Group 37. We have updated the application and it can now be downloaded from the ‘to apply’ section of kpfaapprentice.org. thanks for listening and we look forward to reviewing your application! The deadline is June 10th, 2011 and the new group should start at the beginning of July.

    • Alexis Hall says:

      Hello, my name is Alexis Hall and I am also interested in apprenticeship program about radio. I am a poet and I have an outstanding personality.

  2. Lisa Bigeleisen says:

    I missed the dealine for this session, when does the next session start and when can I apply again?

    • Miss Renee says:

      We extended it to Oct 19 so there is still time!

    • Miss Renee says:

      Hello Lisa, we are currently looking for new applicants for Group 37. We have updated the application and it can now be downloaded from the ‘to apply’ section of kpfaapprentice.org. thanks for listening and we look forward to reviewing your application! The deadline is June 10th 2011 and the new group should start a the beginning of July.

  3. Shelena says:

    What days are the night clasess??

  4. Farah Gowani says:

    Can I still apply for the program?

    • Miss Renee says:

      we are currently looking for new applicants for Group 37. We have updated the application and it can now be downloaded from the ‘to apply’ section of kpfaapprentice.org. thanks for listening and we look forward to reviewing your application!

  5. nerd says:

    Hi. I see that folks are required to spend a 3 hour shift at KPFA during the daytime. Is there any way around this for folks that are required to be at work at those times? Like, possibly working another evening shift or coming in on a weekend, etc?

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