In direct affiliation with and as a department of Elizabeth City State University, WRVS-FM 89.9 is:
“committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all applicants for employment, faculty, staff and students regardless of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, age, disabling condition, genetic information or political affiliation, except where religion, sex or age are bona fide job related employment requirements. This is in keeping with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1968, as amended, Executive Order 11246 as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, NC G. S. 126-16 as amended, and other State EEO and anti-discrimination laws or statutes.”
Local Content Services Report (2016)
1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.
WRVS's goals are to continually and increasingly support: a) Elizabeth City State University (our licensee) and its enrollment management goals. b) community engagement initiatives through active partnerships with public school systems, other colleges/universities, civic groups, service agencies, non-profit organizations, CDCs, etc. This includes but, is not limited to on-air content, educational services, partnership support, information dissemination, and other events and activities held/hosted. WRVS continued producing vignette programming to address healthy eating initiatives, workforce development, and financial literacy. Station staff not only engaged the community by way of person-to-person contact but, by way of the airwaves, e-correspondences, various social media platforms such Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Periscope.
2. Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community, teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you’re connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.
WRVS had numerous partners in 2016. Some of them included various departments at Elizabeth City State University; College of the Albemarle; Mid-Atlantic Christian University; the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce; the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; River City CDC; local area barbershops and hair salons; area restaurants, retailers, and grocers; the Elizabeth City Police Department; Food Bank of the Albemarle; NC Works Career Center, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., C.H.A.N.G.E. Enterprises, Inc.; HBCU Nation; Pasquotank County High School; Northeastern High School; Bertie County High School; First Flight High School, Currituck County High School, Hertford County High School, and a host of area churches and faith-based organizations.
3. What impact did your key initiatives and partnerships have in your community? Describe any known measurable impact, such as increased awareness, learning or understanding about particular issues. Describe indicators of success, such as connecting people to needed resources or strengthening conversational ties across diverse neighborhoods. Did a partner see an increase in requests for related resources? Please include direct feedback from a partner(s) or from a person(s) served.
The various partnerships WRVS engaged in demonstrated a tremendous impact to both the station's partners as well as those who benefited from our services. Through community events and activities, radio remotes, interviews, feature programming, PSAs, newsletters, and emails - we continued to provide a reliable means of disseminating information and, creating awareness and understanding of issues that affect our local area as well as the world around us. This outreach has been impactful in that we were able to continue documenting the increased the number of station partners; the number of events, activities, events, PSAs, and remotes; and the number of people served. Since August 2012, we have been able to co-sponsor a free back-to-school event for K-12 children in need of school supplies, haircuts, hairdos, and personal hygiene products. This year we sponsored a high school football media day, canned food drive; co-sponsored a girl empowerment summer program; participated in a local high school and a local community college career fair and a Groundhog Day Job Shadow program. WRVS began incorporating survey assessments at a few of our 2016 events/programs as well as at the conclusion of each academic semester (student training assessments). We will work to incorporate surveys at all of our events -where possible- in FY2017.
4. Please describe any efforts (e.g. programming, production, engagement activities) you have made to investigate and/or meet the needs of minority and other diverse audiences (including, but not limited to, new immigrants, people for whom English is a second language and illiterate adults) during Fiscal Year 2016, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2017. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
During the 2016 fiscal year, we continued to reach more diverse audiences with inspirational interviews that included Christian authors, poets, musicians, and motivational speakers. We not only appealed to the general listenting audience but, also addressed health and financial disparities within the African American community. We maintained The HBCU Nation Radio Show which began airing in September 2013. This three-hour program is comprised of key interviews from chancellors/presidents of historically black colleges and universities across the country, HBCU queens, and other credentialed professionals and supporters of HBCUs. The program is still carried SiriusXM's HBCU Channel- channel 142.
5. Please assess the impact that your CPB funding had on your ability to serve your community. What were you able to do with your grant that you wouldn't be able to do if you didn't receive it?
CPB funding allowed WRVS to continue purchasing programming from sources such as NPR, PRI, Window to the World Communications, and the African American Public Radio Consortium. If the station were not a grant recipient, we would not be able to provide our listeners with such an array of public information, news, and entertainment. Grant funding also supported general operations and allowed us to secure much needed contractual services in the areas of broadcast engineering, legal, and accounting. These services help us to maintain FAA, FCC, and CPB compliance. Additionally, we were able to use the grant to support community engagement initiatives as well as student, staff, and volunteer development.
Public Media Code of Integrity
Public broadcasters have adopted shared principles to strengthen the trust and integrity that communities expect of valued public service institutions.
Public media organizations contribute to a strong civil society and active community life, provide access to knowledge and culture, extend education, and offer varied viewpoints and sensibilities.
The freedom of public media professionals to make editorial decisions without undue influence is essential. It is rooted in America's commitment to free speech and a free press. It is reflected in the unique and critical media roles that federal, state, and local leaders have encouraged and respected across the years. It is affirmed by the courts.
Trust is equally fundamental. Public media organizations create and reinforce trust through rigorous, voluntary standards for the integrity of programming and services, fundraising, community interactions, and organizational governance.
These standards of integrity apply to all the content public media organizations produce and present, regardless of subject matter, including news, science, history, information, music, arts, and culture. These standards apply across all public media channels and platforms - broadcasting, online, social media, print, media devices, and in-person events.
Public media, individually and collectively:
- Contribute to communities' civic, educational, and cultural life by presenting a range of ideas and cultures and offering a robust forum for discussion and debate.
- Commit to accuracy and integrity in the pursuit of facts about events, issues, and important matters that affect communities and people's lives.
- Pursue fairness and responsiveness in content and services, with particular attention to reflecting diversity of demography, culture, and beliefs.
- Aim for transparency in news gathering, reporting, and other content creation and share the reasons for important editorial and programming choices.
- Protect the editorial process from the fact and appearance of undue influence, exercising care in seeking and accepting funds and setting careful boundaries between contributors and content creators.
- Encourage understanding of fundraising operations and practices, acknowledge program sponsors, and disclose content-related terms of sponsor support.
- Maintain respectful and accountable relationships with individual and organizational contributors.
- Seek editorial partnerships and collaborations to enhance capacity, perspective, timeliness, and relevance and apply public media standards to these arrangements.
- Expect employees to uphold public media's integrity in their personal as well as their professional lives, understanding that employee actions, even when "off the clock," affect trust, integrity, credibility, and impartiality.
- Promote the common good, the public interest, and these commitments to integrity and trustworthiness in organizational governance, leadership, and management.
The Public Media Code of Integrity was developed by the Affinity Group Coalition and the Station Resource Group, collectively representing public television and radio stations and service organizations from across the country, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
WRVS FinancialsThe station's Annual Financial Report (AFR) can be obtained in-person at the WRVS offices or by contacting Melba Smith, Director of Radio & Television Services (GM) by phone at (252) 335-3985, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing in to: WRVS-FM, 89.9, Elizabeth City State University, 1704 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.
WRVS is not required by the IRS to file an IRS Form 990, compensation information, unless prohibited by law, comparable to the information outlined in the IRS Form 990 Part VII A, and contractor compensation in IRS Form 990 Part VII.