Station Management / Diversity / Local Content and Services
Updated: 11/12/2018 11:36
KKJZ Station Senior/Executive Management
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Station Manager/General Counsel
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Director of Underwriting
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Diversity Statement: CPB Policy
The following are the Diversity Policy Guidelines for KKJZ and its licensee, California State University, Long Beach Research Foundation ("CSULB Research Foundation").
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
KKJZ's policy is to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, religion (including religious dress or religious grooming), color, sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding, transgender status), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, family care status, military or veteran status, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender, gender orientation, gender identification, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by law. KKJZ policy prohibits harassment of applicants or employees related to these bases.
Review of Station Practices
Consistent with past practice, and as further suggested by the CPB Policy Guidelines, KKJZ ensures that the diversity goals as outlined above are adhered to in all hiring matters. Additionally, station management reviews internal practices to ensure continuing compliance with applicable FCC guidelines on an annual basis.
The CPB Policy Guidelines include a request that each community service grant recipient prepare a brief statement that covers (a) the elements of diversity that KKJZ finds important to its public media work, (b) the extent to which its staff and governance reflect such diversity, (c) the progress the station has made to increase diversity in the last two to three years, and (d) its diversity plan for the future.
This document as a whole is submitted as constituting such a statement.
The CPB Policy Guidelines asks that the station undertake on an annual basis at least one of five enumerated initiatives. In this regard:
• KKJZ works closely with its licensee to offer paid student internships in all aspects of running a radio station;
• KKJZ participates in diversity job fairs; and
• KKJZ provides diversity training for management and appropriate staff
Local Content and Services Report from 2018 CPB Survey for KKJZ
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.
Our primary goal is the promotion and preservation of the genre of jazz and blues music. We work to meet this goal through our regular evaluation and improvement of our on-air programming and our involvement in the community. We continue to expand our on-air programming to include a wider range of music, along with our education of the audience about the music.
This past year we continued our wonderful partnerships in the jazz community, from our work with the Los Angeles Jazz Society, the Angel City Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Bakery, to the California Jazz Foundation, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, and many more organizations. For the second year in a row, we produced a free jazz festival on International Jazz Day in Leimert Park with the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, the Vision Theater in Leimert Park, and officials from the City of Los Angeles. We also booked many up-and-coming artists for several jazz and blues concerts, including our opening for our Summer Benefit Concert at Disney Hall, Hollywood Blues Bash, and our two indie blues cruises. We continue to provide four scholarships for jazz studies students at CSULB and employ several paid student interns each year.
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.
As mentioned above, we continued our partnerships in the jazz community, from our work with the Los Angeles Jazz Society, the Angel City Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Bakery, to the California Jazz Foundation, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, and many more organizations. For the second year in a row, we produced a free jazz festival on International Jazz Day with the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, the Vision Theater in Leimert Park, and officials from the City of Los Angeles. We held this free festival in Leimert Park, which is an important cultural center for African Americans in Los Angeles.
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.
We examine our progress with listenership by reviewing Nielsen ratings, listener and donor feedback. We still look at the effectiveness of our live music events by reviewing the attendance levels and the feedback from the audience, our partners on the events, and the performing artists. We stay in regular contact with our community partners to determine our impact and whether we should modify our contribution to be a more effective partner.
We meet with our student interns to discuss their assignments, experience, and feedback. We also communicate with the Jazz Studies Program at CSULB regarding the impact of the four jazz scholarships each year.
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 2017, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2018. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
We remain committed to the challenge of operating KKJZ and supporting jazz in the community. With our on-air programming, we keep evaluating the music and presentation to maintain our existing audience and expand beyond the current audience, including to reach a larger minority audience. We also will continue identifying up-and-coming talent for airplay and for booking at our community events and produced concerts.
KKJZ continues to air regular public service announcements and run a weekly public affairs program, as well as create special arts reports to support community groups. Our emphasis with the public service announcements is to support diverse audiences, including minority groups. Once again this year, we will look to expand these efforts.
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?
As fundraising and underwriting have continued to be a challenge, the CPB Grant plays an even greater role in KKJZ's ability to serve the community. It helps fill the gap between fundraising and underwriting so that KKJZ can continue to operate as one of the few remaining full-time jazz radio stations and the only one to provide 24/7 music programming. The grant also allows the station to continue offering our 4 jazz scholarships, paid student internships, free community events, and support to the local community.