Manager & Director ChartAs mentioned before on an auxillary page, WAVM has an organized chain of command made up of Manager and Directorships to help with decision-making, lines of communication, and issues of who is responsible for what. In essence, the station is operated just like a corporation. And as mentioned before, the students get a "real life" experience of what it is like to work at a corporate radio station.
The student managers and directors also learn many other lessons. One is responsibility for your department, but there's also such life skills as leadership, which can be particularly difficult for a teenager. At that age, the teens are trying to be accepted, and there is a lot of peer pressure to do things in certain ways even if that act is not right. The Manager/Director system tries to counteract that trap. Each Manager/Director has duties to fulfill, and the students in these departments know that same fact. A common goal basis is formed along which lines these students must interact. Hopefully, a sense of trust and a good working/living relationship is formed so students can respect their peers as individuals and human beings. It's quite a learning process.
The following is an example of the Manager and Director positions, all of whom are held accountable by the General Manager(s). As of 1997, there are four primary areas in the station's operations: radio, the world wide web, promotions (which works for the good of the whole station), and cable television. Students can only be the manager or director of one department, but as a staff member, any student can participate in any area. One of WAVM's golden rules is "Do what you like to do, but don't take on responsibility if you can't handle it."
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