Propose A Program

Have an Idea for a New KSFR Program?

More than 80% of KSFR's weekly programming is locally produced by talented New Mexicans. If you have an idea for a program, here's how to go about submitting it to KSFR's Program Committee for serious consideration.

Before you submit your program concept, listen at different times to 101.1FM, KSFR, and consult our published Program Guide here on the website.Will your idea be a fresh new addition to our Public Radio line-up? What will set it apart? Is there something about your concept that will especially appeal to Public Radio listeners in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico? (We also particularly encourage programmers interested in serving local Hispanic, Native American or other under-served audiences.)

The first step is to write us with details about your idea. We prefer email, but you can also send your proposal to our postal address.

Send an email to info@ksfr.org.

Include all of the following information:
Your name and contact information (mailing address, phone, email)
Any relevant experience with the subject matter of your program
Any relevant broadcast experience (though a radio background is not required)
Proposed length of program (60, 30, 5 minutes or other) and frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or other)
Tell us the concept. What's it about? Describe sample content of a typical show. Who do you think it would most appeal to? Why would it be a valuable addition to KSFR's schedule?

The Rest of the Process

Our Program Committee meets regularly and tries to respond to new proposals within two to four weeks. Once we've reviewed your written proposal, if we agree your idea would make a distinctive and engaging addition to the KSFR line-up, and if there is an appropriate opening in our program schedule, we will invite you to submit an actual "demo" of a show.

It should be as close to a "real" program as you can make it. This is the second step. Our production staff will help you produce the demo, using KSFR facilities, and at no charge.

When completed, the Program Committee members will each receive a copy. They'll listen and discuss it. They may have suggestions for modifications and may ask you to revise the demo before making a final decision. This part of the process usually takes another two weeks or so.

If the Committee approves your proposal and demo, a start date will be agreed on and you'll be referred to KSFR's operations team for orientation, training, and certification in the use of any equipment required for the production and airing of your program. You will also be asked to sign a formal Volunteer Producer's Agreement acknowledging our policies and procedures, and those of the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates broadcast stations. All new KSFR programs are considered probationary for the first three months and are subject to review and reconsideration by the Program Committee.

We're committed to recruiting and nurturing talented local producers who will help Santa Fe Public Radio continue to grow in service, stature and support.

Pictured: Entering KSFR Studios

Questions about the process?
Contact a Staff Member at 505-428-1527.