WRVS Financials

CPB Compliance


Diversity Statement

WRVS-FM, 89.9 is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all volunteers and applicants for employment  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.


Governing Information

The Elizabeth City State University Board of Trustees (BOT) is the governing body for WRVS.  BOT meetings are accessible to the public and are held quarterly. Please note that closed session portions of the meetings pertain to personnel matters.  Here is a listing of ECSU's BOT members.

 ECSU BOT Meeting Schedule



It is the policy of Elizabeth City State University  and WRVS-FM, 89.9 that race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation nor disabling condition or genetic information is to be considered in the recruitment and selection of new employees of the State; selection of employees for promotion, training, career development, transfer, demotion for fiscal purposes, and/or reduction-in-force; administration of disciplinary policies or termination or cause; and establishment of rate of pay including the aswarding of salary adjustments and/or salary increases. 

2017-2018 EEO Report

2018-2019 EEO Report

2019-2020 EEO Report

Local Services Content Report (2020)

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: a) serve as a high-quality, member-supported media service to Elizabeth City State University and its surrounding areas  b) support Elizabeth City State University, our licensee, and its enrollment management  goals and objectives  c) serve the community through engagement initiatives and active partnerships with public school systems, other colleges/universities, civic groups, service agencies, non-profit organizations, etc.  d) provide an industry-standard training facility for students interested in the field of radio broadcasting. 
Our station slogan is "Your Community Voice." As such, our goal is to provide programming and services to the community at-large. Through short-form content, in-person engagement, community information, partner support, and digital interaction, the staff at WRVS strives to meet the needs not only of our listeners, but to the community as a whole. The station is always looking at ways to diversify its program offerings in order to maintain an inclusive and engaging program schedule. We have also increased the number of annual station events and activities in attempt to stay engaged with our community. 

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 both retained old and welcomed new partnership opportunities in FY20. We pride ourselves in reaching beyond the "four walls" to find ways to engage our community at-large, especially those who are not a part of our listening audience. Partnership opportunities included working with various departments within Elizabeth City State University, College of the Albemarle, and area K-12 public schools; local barbershops and hair salons; area restaurants, retailers, and other small businesses; the Elizabeth City Police Department; Food Bank of the Albemarle; NC Works Career Center; Albemarle Hopeline; Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families; Sentara Albemarle Hospital; numerous Greek-lettered service organizations; Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals; 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 took part in FY20 demonstrated great impact not only to all involved, but especially to those who benefited directly from the services provided.Through community events and activities, radio remotes, interviews, feature programming, PSAs, social media content, and email correspondences, WRVS was able to provide a reliable means of disseminating vital information, connecting listeners to available resources within the community and, creating awareness and understanding of issues that affect our local area and the world around us. As a result, many of our community partners have shared with us how exposure of their events on the station helped increase awareness of their events and services. Our station outreach was very impactful within the community and we were able to document the number of events and activities held, station partners and volunteers involved, and people served.  
Station events included our Annual Back-to-School Bash and Food Drive which focuses on preparing children for school. The event also supports our local food bank and the ECSU campus food pantry in the battle against food insecurity in our region. Our Annual High School Football Media Day, M.E.D.I.A. Week (Media Education Does Inspire Achievement), and Coats in Totes events also serve as opportunities for WRVS to invite community partners to join us in providing resources such as health screenings and information about youth literacy, parenting programs, college admissions, and more. We also established six new community partners this year and surveyed several of our events/programs as well as our students in-training at the radio station as a means of gathering data that will be used toward continued growth and improvement.    
"Thank you, all involved! I personally also received a phone call from a family that you directed to us Ms. Smith! It has truly helped us be more intentional in connecting all families with our resources and resources we know about in the community. Thank you for serving our area and helping us propel our mission.  We appreciate the continued partnership."
-Jenna Caldwell, Community Partner (Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families)
"WRVS-FM helps the faith-based community connect to the many faces we may never get a chance to meet. They are our community voice when we need to get our messages out, especially in those hard-to-reach areas. WRVS-FM is a help to us whether it’s getting out a public service announcement, promoting our activities and events, providing partnership opportunities, inspirational music, resourceful information, keeping us connected to local news, helping us maintain a relationship with our local HBCU, and much more."
-Pastor Tim Stallings, Community Partner (Master's Touch Ministries) 
"WRVS 89.9FM "Your Community Voice" is the voice of the community that some people depend on for the most current news and soul filling music!"
- Deputy Chief James Avens, Community Partner (Elizabeth City Police Department) 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 2019, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2020. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.

During the 2020 fiscal year, we continued to reach diverse audiences with on-air content centered on health and wellness, inspiration and empowerment, service and engagement, business and entrepreneurship, and career preparation and employment opportunities. We not only appealed to the general listening audience, but also addressed topics of interest within the African-American community. Additionally, the station featured monthly segments that addressed learning disparities in the African-American community and discussed student success strategies for all students in K-12 school systems. For FY21 WRVS, will explore partnership opportunities that support youth literacy in our local schools. 

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, PRX, the African American Public Radio Consortium, and Miles Ahead Broadcasting. 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, much needed equipment repair, professional development, staff salaries, student training, and it allowed us to secure contractual services in the areas of broadcast engineering, legal, and accounting. These services help us to maintain FAA, FCC, and CPB compliance. 


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.

September 2013 


WRVS Financials

The 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 mybrown@ecsu.edu, 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. 

WRVS-FM 2018 Annual Financial Report (AFR)

WRVS-FM 2018 Annual Financial Statements (AFS)

WRVS-FM 2019 Annual Financial Report (AFR)

WRVS-FM 2019 Annual Financial Statements (AFS)

WRVS-FM 2020 Annual Financial Report (AFR)

WRVS-FM 2020 Annual Financial Statements (AFS)