Volunteer or Work at WHWS
If you are a Hobart or William Smith Colleges student, you can volunteer at WHWS in a variety of roles.  No previous experience required, just an enthusiasm for radio!  Contact the Program Director for more information, and read up on the details below.
  • Ways Students can be Involved at WHWS
  • WHWS Student Handbook (pdf)
  • Student Volunteer Staff
  • Paid Professional Staff
  • Internships
  • Come to our opening general meeting at the start of each semester, or stop by 113 Hamilton Street (the brown house between Scandling and Routes 5 &20) and ring the back door bell. All new and returning student have to fill out a one page form EACH semester. Then, if you have not been trained before, sign up at (the station inside the back door on the wall) for a training shift. Training takes about an hour, and we'll cover all the basic technical issues and FCC requirements.    At the end of your training session, you'll get a copy of the WHWS Student Handbook, and a simple take-home test.  Read the Handbook, answer the test, and e-mail your answers to the Program Director.   The PD will assign you an airshift based on your preferences and schedule availability, and you'll be off to the races.

WAYS STUDENTS CAN BE INVOLVED AT WHWS: Any and all new and returning HWS students that want to be involved at WHWS 105.7FM should attend the Opening General Meeting held at the beginning of every semester.  Date, time and location will be posted on the homepage. New students will also need to complete a training session (see above) and complete a simple take-home test on the WHWS Student Handbook. What exactly are the roles are available for students?  Read our Student Handbook (pdf) and find out the details, but here's a quick overview: SENIOR STAFF (student management): These are the four "managers" over all other positions at WHWS.
  • Program Director (student GM): the (student) "boss" of all over positions. 
    • Megan Silverstein WS '14
  • Music Director: handles all incoming music and keeps new stuff coming in.
    • Jackson Bartell HOB '14
  • News Director: reports newscasts and manages news team.
    • Available - inquire within!
  • Promotions Director: handles all non-broadcast events, plus staff for live, remote broadcasts.  Plus promotional swag, website and social media.
    • Anne Downey WS '14
STAFF: These are non-managerial positions.  All are equally important in providing a quality radio product to our listeners and fans!
  • Assistant Music Director: help the MD handle all the music reviewing/categorizing.
    • Ethan Mattos HOB '17
    • James Silliman HOB '17
    • Kayla Jones WS '17
  • Assistant Promotions Director / Live Event Engineer: help the Promo Director.
    • Available - inquire within!
  • Community Calendar Coordinator: organize incoming arts/culture/events calendar submissions and record them into the Enco Automation system for playback.
    • Maximillian Eyle HOB '16
  • Newscaster: research, report and record audio newscasts for our 12 daily newscasts.
    • Available - inquire within!
  • Sportscaster: provide live color commentary for our 100+ live sportscasts of HWS athletics.
    • Ben Ayres HOB'14
STAFF (special): Certain staff positions have unique characteristics and thus are categorized separately.
  • On-Air DeeJay (DJ) Play music, announce tracks, and provide a coherent, entertaining hour of programming on the airwaves.
  • Talk Show Host: Similar to DJ, but host a weekly talk show, subject to certain restrictions.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF There is one full-time, paid professional staff member at WEOS and WHWS: General Manager Greg Cotterill. Greg has been working the local radio landscape since 1980. GREG COTTERILL (General Manager)
Biography: Greg manages virtually every aspect of keeping both WEOS and WHWS running; including news reporting, operations, music organization, student management and promotions.  He received his bachelor’s degree in radio and television from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and has worked at local radio stations ever since.  In addition to WEOS/WHWS, he does the morning news for the Finger Lakes Radio Group (1240AM/ 96.1 FM WGVA, Geneva).   On campus he has also served as an HWS Common Ground instructor and is generally the "den mother" to all the WHWS students.

INTERNSHIPS Internships for credit are available, but not guaranteed, to HWS students. Internships are coordinated with WXXI and travel to their studios in Rochester is required for part of the internship. There are several internships specific to various operations within a radio and TV station.   For more information, contact HWS Career Services.