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WYPL VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

WHAT IS WYPL?

W Y P L is a radio reading service for the visually and print impaired located at 3030 Poplar Ave. in the Memphis Shelby County Public Library and Information Center.

Broadcasts are intended primarily for the print impaired and air on FM 89.3 from 24 hours a day,  365 days a year. Volunteer hours are from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday and from 8:00 till noon on weekends.

Our goal is to present news and information otherwise not readily available to our visually impaired audience in as timely a fashion as possible. To accomplish this, W Y P L presents daily readings from newspapers, including The Commercial Appeal and weekly publications such as Time, Newsweek, and The Memphis Business Journal. Also recorded are magazine programs consisting of articles on science, nature, medicine, women's concerns, the entertainment industry, and special programming on matters of interest to the visually impaired and physically challenged.

WHO DOES ALL THIS READING?

Our 140+ skilled and dedicated volunteers are the lifeblood of the radio reading service.

Since volunteers work as part of a team to meet production schedules and do "live" programming, dependability is essential. A time commitment of 1-2 hours per week on a regular basis is required.

After the potential volunteer has passed an audition demonstrating proficiency in reading the appropriate subject matter and having an acceptable vocal quality, every effort will be made to schedule applicants into a time slot based on the station's needs.

Volunteers at WYPL basically do two kinds of reading: Newspapers, which are "live", two hour productions read by teams of three volunteers, and magazines and neighborhood newspapers, which are pre-recorded by individual volunteers for 59 minutes, generally WYPL records a limited number of books. Book readers must have 6 months WYPL radio reading experience and exemplary attendance.

The Audition Committee will use the following criteria in reviewing your tape.

  1. Is the diction clear and distinct and free from hesitations?
  2. Does the reader make the material come to life? Does the reader express shades of meaning and emphasis in the voice?
  3. Is the reader's pace or rate of delivery appropriate to the material being read?
  4. Does the reader have the well developed vocabulary to do "cold readings" with little or no outside preparation?
  5. Does the reader have appropriate volume for recording?

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT VOLUNTEERS PRACTICE READING THE NEWSPAPER ALOUD BEFORE TAKING THEIR AUDITION

The characteristics listed below are some of the reasons why applicants may not be offered volunteer positions:

  1. The reader's words are slurred or garbled.
  2. The reader has a limited vocabulary.
  3. The voice lacks expression or is dry and lifeless.
  4. The reading is too slow and monotonous.

If you have been selected as a volunteer, but no openings are available for you to begin reading, we will place your name on a "waiting list" for at least two months. If no openings occur during that time space, you may request to have your name kept on the list either by calling the station (415-2752) or writing the Coordinator of WYPL Volunteers, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38111.

Now that you have reviewed these reading characteristics, you are ready to fill out the application and take the audition test. Good luck!!!

 

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