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Station Management / Diversity / Local Content and Services

KKJZ Station Senior/Executive Management

Saul Levine
General Manager
stephanie@kkjz.org (310) 478-5540
Stephanie Levine
Station Manager/General Counsel
stephanie@kkjz.org (310) 478-5540 ext. 233
Mike Johnson
Operations Manager
mjohnson@kkjz.org (310) 478-5540 ext. 229
Michael Levine
Director of Underwriting
mlevine@mountwilsoninc.com (310) 478-5540 ext. 246

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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.

Diversity Statement

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.

Initiatives

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

http://www.foundation.csulb.edu/departments/documents/Div_Statemnt_KKJZ.pdf

Local Content and Services Report from 2019 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.

It is our primary goal to promote and preserve jazz in our community.  We continue working to meet this goal with our constant examination and improvement of on-air programming and by our strong involvement in the community.  In 2018, we made a big push toward that goal by expanding our on-air programs to provide a wider range of music, as well as our education of the audience about the music.  In July, we introduced two new programs.  We added “Beyond Symphonic Jazz” to our Sunday night programming.  “Beyond Symphonic Jazz” airs on Sundays from 9-11pm and is hosted by Mitch Glickman, Music Director and Founder of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra.  The show explores where the worlds of jazz and classical music meet.  And, after many years of discussions and planning, we added “Excursions: Connecting the Dots Between Jazz and Hip-Hop” on Thursday nights from 10pm-midnight. Hosted by Daniel Seeff, Program Director of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (formerly the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance), "Excursions" explores the connections between jazz and hip-hop.  The goal with this program is to bring in new and younger listeners, who may have very little or no exposure to jazz music.  We are very excited about the programs and have received great feedback about both of them.

As far as our community events and produced concerts, we have worked to highlight more emerging talent, in addition to showcasing some of the important, established musicians in the community.  We also have provided more support to local organizations, from the Los Angeles Jazz Society to the Jazz Bakery, Friends of Jazz at UCLA, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, the California Jazz Foundation and more.

We also provided four scholarships for jazz studies students at CSULB and employed paid student interns. It also is our goal to reach as large and diverse of an audience as possible and to assist as many community groups, particularly music, art, and education based, as possible.

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.

KKJZ has continued to expand its work with community music, arts groups, local charities, and other public media outlets.  One key initiative has been producing more free community concerts.  We worked with Hollywood & Highland on the five-week Sunset Jazz Series and partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("LACMA") to promote their Jazz at LACMA series on Friday nights and their Latin Sounds series on Saturday nights. We have collaborated with LACMA to present their Jazz at LACMA series on-air on Sunday evenings.  The broadcast contains two sets of music by local Los Angeles musicians and an interview segment that is intended to educate the public.  We aired the series every Sunday evening from 7-9pm.

We also have provided more support to local organizations, from KCET, PBS SoCal, the Los Angeles Jazz Society to the Jazz Bakery, Friends of Jazz at UCLA, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, the California Jazz Foundation and more.

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 evaluate the effectiveness of our community events, our work with local arts groups and charities, our student internship program, and our jazz scholarships throughout the year. 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 and we communicate with the Jazz Studies Program at CSULB regarding the impact of the four jazz scholarships.  There are several examples of the success of our jazz scholarships.  Jason Fabus, a saxophonist and accordionist, and Maria Schafer, a vocalist, were both part of the Jazz Studies Program at CSULB.  We have hired both of them to perform professionally for KKJZ listeners at several events and we include some of their music in our on-air programming.

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 2018, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2019. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.

KKJZ regularly airs public service announcements and arts reports and airs weekly public affairs programming regarding community groups.  Our emphasis with the public service announcements is to support diverse and often minority groups and audiences.  We also partner on and sponsor free community concerts and events, provide paid student internships and four jazz scholarships.  One of our goals for this Fiscal Year is to provide more free programming in underserved communities.  We plan to produce free concerts that will include an educational component in such communities.

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?

The CPB grant continues to play a crucial role in our ability to serve our community.  Underwriting remains a challenge, particularly for a jazz radio station that does not air news/NPR programming, and fundraising for jazz programming continues to be struggle.  The CPB grant allows us to continue creating local programming and to produce and sponsor community concerts and events in this important genre.

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