Station Management / Diversity / Local Content and Services
KKJZ Station Senior/Executive Management
Station Manager/General Counsel
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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").
KKJZ is located in the City of Long Beach; its broadcast reach includes greater Los Angeles, Orange County and the station reaches into San Diego.
As a full-time jazz station, KKJZ strives to achieve diversity through its music and its free community concerts. The free community concerts were intended to, and do, reach minority and diverse audiences. Our goal is to continue and expand on these concerts every year. KKJZ also regularly airs public service announcements, arts reports, specialty programs, and public affairs programs for community groups. Our emphasis with public service announcements is supporting diverse, as well as minority, groups and audiences. KKJZ also has provided and supported free jazz programs at local high schools to help teach kids about jazz, including about the importance of minorities and women in the development of jazz and how jazz has impacted popular music today.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
KKJZ’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. KKJZ does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race (including hair texture and natural hair styles), religion or religious creed (including religious dress or religious grooming practices), color, sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding, transgender status), gender, gender identity (including transgender identity and transitioning), gender expression and sex stereotyping, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical disability, mental disability, legally protected medical condition or other information (including, genetic information), family care or medical leave status, military caregiver status, military or veteran status, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, engaging in protected communications regarding employee wages, requesting a reasonable accommodation on the basis of disability or bona fide religious belief or practice, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal laws. This policy applies whether the individual has or is perceived to have any of the characteristics protected by law or is associated with a person who has or is perceived to have any of the characteristics protected by law. KKJZ’s 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 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.
Our primary goal is to promote and preserve the American art form of jazz. We work to meet this goal by regularly reviewing and improving our on-air programming, as well as investing more in our specialty programs that have included community members. We have been working on a new radio program with a legendary African-American jazz artist in order to further our mission of promoting and preserving jazz. While we have several episodes of the new program ready to be released, our work on the program was interrupted in March with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are waiting to produce a few more episodes with the artist before launching the new program. At the end of 2020, we also got ready to launch in early January a new weekday program, entitled “Bop, Straight Ahead,” to explore the Bop evolution and the wide spectrum of Bop, from Bebop and Hard-Bop to Cu-Bop, Post-Bop and Straight Ahead. In addition to covering the pioneers of the music, we also will cover the great jazz icons who had local roots.
We continue to expand on our efforts to provide support to local organizations, from the Los Angeles Jazz Society, The World Stage, the California Jazz and Blues Museum, and the Jazz Bakery, to Friends of Jazz at UCLA, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, and more. Unfortunately, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to produce any of our numerous free jazz and blues concert series or our free KJazz Mobile concerts. In direct response to the cancellation of all concerts and events, KJazz created a new virtual concert series entitled the “KJazz Stay at Home Concert Series.” We developed this series to provide free, high quality music to our audience and jazz lovers around the world. The series also is a way for KKJZ to support musicians by providing them with some compensation at a time when their ability to work is almost nonexistent.
KKJZ continued to provide four scholarships for jazz studies students at CSULB and supported graduates of the jazz studies program by incorporating jazz music from several graduates in our regular programming. KKJZ also continues to invest in its paid student internship program. Interns learn about multiple aspects of running a non-commercial jazz radio station. We also give them special projects to work on that involve specific areas of operating the radio station with which they have expressed interest.
At the end of 2020, we also started a pilot program to provide virtual jazz education programming to middle schools in the community public school system. The “Jazz is Now” program is meant to teach children about the history of jazz while making connections to the present. The 45-minute class is presented as a live concert with world-famous but locally based musicians. There is a live chat aspect to engage the students. At the end of the program there is also a live video question and answer section with one of the performers.
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 continues to work with community music, art, and education groups, local charities, and other public media outlets. We work with PBS SoCal, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Friends of Jazz at UCLA, Just Jazz, The World Stage and more groups. All of the free community concerts and events that had been planned for 2020 were cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 stayed in close contact with our community partners over the last year and did what we could to help promote their organizations. We met with our student interns to discuss their assignments, experience and get their feedback. We also communicated with the Jazz Studies Program at CSULB about the impact of our four scholarships.
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 2020, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2021. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.
Our free jazz and blues concert series and free KJazz Mobile concerts were intended to reach minority and diverse audiences. While we were not able to hold any in 2020 due to the pandemic, our goal is present these concerts later in 2021 when it considered safe to do so by the community health departments. In the interim, we plan to continue producing the free KJazz Stay at Home Concerts to reach a diverse audience. We also plan to continue expanding the virtual “Jazz is Now” program for middle school students in the local community, primarily at schools serving a diverse and minority population.
In 2021, we plan to expand our outreach to minority and diverse audiences with the new on-air program with the legendary African-American jazz artist and through the recently launched on-air program “Bop, Straight Ahead.”
KKJZ also regularly airs public service announcements, arts reports, specialty programs, and public affairs programs for community groups. Our emphasis with public service announcements is supporting diverse, as well as minority, groups and audiences.
During Black History Month, we also sponsored a one-day free jazz program at a local high school to help teach kids about jazz, including about the importance of minorities and women in the development of jazz and how jazz has impacted popular music today. The high school serves a predominantly minority community.
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?
This past year the CPB grant played a more crucial role than ever in our ability to serve the public. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we lost over 70% of our underwriting revenue and we had to adapt our fundraising plans in the spring of 2020. The CPB grant has played a vital role in allowing KKJZ to produce almost all of our own local radio programming, as well as to produce free virtual concerts and virtual jazz education programming.