CPB Compliance

Open Meeting Policy

All meetings of WYSU-FM’s Advisory Board, Youngstown State University’s Board of Trustees, and Youngstown State Universities Board of Trustees’ Institutional Engagement Committee are open to the public.

The Youngstown State University Board of Trustees is WYSU-FM’s supervisory board, so the meetings that might address WYSU-FM business are the General Meetings and the Institutional Advancement Committee Meetings.

The WYSU-FM Advisory Board does not make station policy, but it is open to the public for observation and comments. Notices for all meetings will be posted on the WYSU-FM website – wysu.org/advisoryboard.

On-air announcements for all meetings will be made on WYSU-FM, 88.5 MHz.

Any questions about WYSU-FM’s open meeting policy can be addressed to Gary Sexton, station director, or by phone at 330.941.3363.

Closed Meetings: YSU Board of Trustees Insitutional Engagement Committee and General Meeting (The committees that oversee WYSU business.)

  • September 2015 Meetings - No executive sessions.
  • December 2015 Meetings -- December 1, 2015, 5:30 pm - The YSU Board of Trustees Institutional Engagement Committee went into executive session to consider matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes.
  • March 2016 Meetings - No executive sessions.
  • June 2016 Meetings - No executive sessions.
  • June 2016 Meetings - No executive sessions.
  • September 2016 Meetings - No executive sessions.
  • November/December 2016 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • March 2017 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • June 2017 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • September 2017 Meetings -- No executive session.
  • December 2017 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • March 2018 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • June 2018 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • September 2018 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • December 2018 Meetings -- December 5, 2018, 11:20 am – 12:15 pm -- The YSU Board of Trustees Institutional Engagement Committee went into executive session to consider matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations or state statutes; specifically to consider details of security arrangements and emergency response protocols.
  • March 2019 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • June 2019 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • September 2019 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • December 2019 Meetings -- No executive sessions.

Donor List and Political Activities

WYSU-FM is in full compliance with the CPB Donor List and Political Activities Requirements.

  1. WYSU-FM annually certifies to CPB of continued compliance with the laws and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service, and with all other applicable Federal law or regulations governing political activity and lobbying in effect at the time of certification;
  2. WYSU-FM does not sell, rent, lease, loan, trade, give, donate, transfer or exchange their membership or donor names to, with or from any candidate for Federal, State or local office, political committees, or political parties for any purpose whatsoever, except as otherwise required by law or judicial process;
  3. WYSU-FM maintains active control of their contributor and donor lists, and take all appropriate measures to ensure against unauthorized use of such lists including requiring any third party, including but not limited to list brokers, mail-list management organizations, Friends organizations, fundraising organizations, or advertising or public relations agencies, to abide by a grantees’ compliance requirements, except as otherwise required by law or judicial process;
  4. WYSU-FM refrains from disclosing contributor or donor names or other personally identifiable information to any nonaffiliated third party unless, before the time that such information is initially disclosed, they clearly and conspicuously disclose to contributors and donors that such personal information may be disclosed to a nonaffiliated third party. If such disclosure is not required by law or judicial process, the grantee shall give the contributor or donor the opportunity to direct that such information not be disclosed to a nonaffiliated third party, and give the contributor or donor an explanation of how to exercise that nondisclosure option; and
  5. WYSU-FM periodically remind contributors or donors of any potential for sale, rental, lease, loan, trade, gift, donation, transfer, or exchange of their names and personally identifiable information, and offer a means by which the names and other personally identifiable information may be suppressed upon request; and suppress the names as requested, except as required by law or judicial process.
  6. WYSU-FM maintains complete, accurate, and secure records of all uses of membership and donor lists for fundraising purposes, and must furnish such records to CPB on request.

YSU Board of Trustees

A list of YSU Board of Trustees members can be found on the YSU website Board of Trustees page.

YSU Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

YSU Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule that applies to WYSU:

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 9:30 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 9:30 pm - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 9:30 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 9:30 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:30 pm - Kilcawley Center, President's Suite - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 12:30 pm - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 12:30 pm - Kilcawley Center, President's Suite - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 12:30 pm - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting

Diversity Statement and Goals

As a university licensee, the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees serves as WYSU-FM’s governing board. The Board of Trustees of Youngstown State University is composed of 11 members who are appointed by the Governor of the State of Ohio, with the advice and consent of the State Senate. WYSU does not control the selection of the board members.

Although WYSU as a university licensee is not required to have a Community Advisory Board, it does maintain a Community Advisory Council that meets three times per year. In FY 2019, the Community Advisory Council consists of 23 members. Of those, 12 are female; 13 are male; and 4 are racially diverse.

In FY2019 the WYSU staff consists of 8 full-time employees. Of those, 4 are female with one of these also being from a protected racial minority, and 4 are male. WYSU also works with student employees who add additional age, race, and cultural diversity to station operations.

Youngstown State University Policies and Procedures regarding Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Workplace Environment

Youngstown State University Notice of Non-Discrimination Policies

Youngstown State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability, age, religion or veteran/military status in its programs or activities.

  • 3356-2-03 Discrimination/harassment: Establishes expectations for institutional and individual conduct, defines discrimination and harassment, aids the university community in recognizing and preventing discrimination and harassment, and provides effective reporting and response mechanisms.
  • 3356-2-03.1 Sexual Misconduct: Provides the university community with a clearly articulated set of behavioral standards, common understandings of definitions, descriptions of prohibited conduct, relevant information, and reporting options in order to foster a climate free from sexual misconduct.
  • 3356-2-02 Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Recruitment and Employment: Establishes the University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action in recruitment and employment.
  • 3356-7-04 Workplace and off-campus violence, threats, and disruptive behavior: Provides a process and procedure that delineates Youngstown state university’s commitment to providing a supportive work and learning environment that is safe, secure, and free from threats, intimidation, and violence.
  • 3356-7-20 Drug-free Environment: Establishes the University’s commitment to create and maintain an environment which sustains the general health and well-being of students, employees, and visitors and to comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.
Employment Search Procedures and Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

In order to comply with the equal opportunity requirement of The Communications Act, 89.7 and equal opportunity and affirmative action requirements established by the University, WYSU follows the search procedures established by the University when filling an open position:

  • A posting is established through the Office of Human Resources. The posting includes the job description, duties, minimum and desired qualifications and a summary of the position.
  • The position is posted on-line through the Youngstown State University Job site and on various job sites, local newspapers, and other broadcasting publications that are specific to the position being advertised and those that have requested notifications of job opportunities.
  • A Search Committee is established and completes on-line training in order to understand the relevant equal employment opportunity laws and University polices applicable to their actions; to evaluate applicants in an objective and consistent manner; and to recommend an applicant or applicants for hire/appointment.
  • Application materials are collected through the Youngstown State University's on-line application system.
  • The Office of Equal Opportunity and Policy Development (EOPD) monitors and approves the Search Committee’s actions to ensure compliance with applicable laws, and University policies and procedures for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
  • Once the search process has been approved for equal employment opportunity and affirmative action compliance, reference and background checks are completed.

Education and Training

To educate and train University employees on the issues and consequences of workplace violence, discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct University employees are required to complete the following educational courses annually:

For WYSU Supervisors:

  • Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace
  • Intersections: Supervisor Anti-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
  • Ohio Ethics Law: It's Everybody's Business
  • Workplace Violence Protection

For WYSU Employees:

  • Duty to Prevent Violence
  • Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace
  • Intersections: Supervisor Anti-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
  • Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence
  • Ohio Ethics Law: It's Everybody's Business


In order to ensure a diverse pool of applicants for employment, WYSU will follow FCC/EEO and YSU guidelines regarding job posting and recruitment and will utilize the resources and training materials available from Youngstown State University’s Offices of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity to address outreach and diversity at WYSU.

Financial Reports

In order to comply with open financial records requirements of The Communications Act of 1934, 89.7 WYSU, a service of Youngstown State University, provides the following reports made available for public inspection:

  • WYSU's Annual Financial Report
  • WYSU's Annual CPB Financial Report
  • WYSU is not required to file an IRS Form 990. WYSU has no employees who meet the IRS definition of “highly compensated employees” in Form 990, Section VII A and B. WYSU has no contractors who meet the definition of “highly compensated” or are paid over $100,000.

You may request an accessible document version or hard copy of the PDFs above by contacting Gary Sexton.

Local Content and Services Report FY2018

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.

As one of Youngstown State University’s strongest daily links to the community, WYSU strives to be a valuable asset to the entire community by providing a forum that promotes the artistic and intellectual activities and values of the university, its faculty, staff and students.

WYSU shares the mission of its licensee, Youngstown State University, in the following ways:

  • being a key provider of informational programs to the region at large
  • fostering collaboration to enrich the region and the world
  • integrating teaching, learning, scholarship, and civic engagement
  • fostering understanding of diversity, sustainability, and global perspectives
  • advancing the intellectual and cultural life of the city, region, and world.

One of WYSU’s more specific continuing goals is to be an important resource for the entire community on local issues and activities. WYSU challenges itself to meet this goal on-air, in digital media, and through community events.

Seeking to increase its role as a community-wide platform for addressing community issues, needs, and interests, WYSU continues to expand its relationships with other community entities with a similar mission. One of WYSU’s very special partners is the City Club of the Mahoning Valley. The City Club of The Mahoning Valley, modeled after the prestigious City Club of Cleveland, and now a regional partner with them, is inspired by and founded upon the principles of free speech and civic discourse, and the belief in the power of informed conversation to spark change in the Mahoning Valley, the region, and the state.

Some of the community dialogue sparked by the City Club/WYSU partnership include: Climate Change; Understanding Different Economic Realities; Immigration Policy Under Trump; Myanmar, Ethnic Cleansing and Human Rights; Gun Violence in Schools; The Rust Belt Resurgence: Who Really Benefits; and The State of the Valley, featuring the mayors of Youngstown and Warren.

The programs continue to be well-attended, and both audiences and panelists have been very diverse. The programs were all produced, hosted, and aired on WYSU; and some also aired on WCPN in Cleveland. All programs are archived on the WYSU website and available for listening at any time.

Through partnerships with local commercial news entities and by developing its own local news and interview modules utilizing university professors and local news professionals, WYSU constantly strives to creatively address community issues during network news programs. WYSU works internally and with its community partners to identify significant community issues and those best equipped to talk about them, in order to produce a balanced and thorough discussion.

WYSU maintains partnerships with two local newspapers, The Youngstown Vindicator and The Business Journal, both of which supply local news segments that address community issues on a daily basis. Daily news stories from The Youngstown Vindicator are essential to a local news headline segment aired each hour during Morning Edition. The Business Journal produces a five-minute business and local news segment that is aired each hour during All Things Considered.

A local interview segment titled Doing Good airs weekly during Morning Edition, and is designed to raise social consciousness and public awareness about significant concerns in our community, as well as to draw attention to the good work being done to address these issues. It has been a popular feature and brings many community leaders and activists to the WYSU studios.

Doing Good programs of special general community interest in the past year included: Sight for All; Life of a Philanthropist; Educational Partnerships and Collaborations; About Lit Youngstown; Non-Profit Giving on Giving Tuesday; The Alzheimer Association of Greater Ohio; The Diocese of Youngstown Programs for Domestic Violence in Church Families; Animal Welfare League Services; Improving Community Health; Home Repair Assistance; Women’s History Month; #metoo; and Little Free Libraries.

Other local interviews that air during morning network news on a weekly basis is hosted by university English professor, Dr. Tim Francisco. The program features interviews with area residents and YSU faculty involved in the arts, education, community research and development, and politics. Interviews in the past year have included: Rust Belt Issues; United States – North Korea Relations; Trade Policy; Merit-Based Immigration; 100th Anniversary of the Youngstown Foundation; America First Policy; The Modern Public Library; Gun Control Policies; and The Literature of Deindustrialization.

In addition, listeners submitted commentaries on subjects of interest to them and to the general audience. They come to the studios to record their commentaries, which are then aired during morning network news. FY2018 commentaries included: The Community Impact of Statues and Monuments; Food Access in the City; and Immigrant Workers.

All the above local programs are archived on the WYSU website for access at any time, something which is frequently promoted on all platforms.

WYSU thoroughly reviews the issues and programs process each quarter. We explore 12 to 18 topics of community concern every quarter using a combination of local public affairs programs strategically placed in network news magazines, single-themed network programs, and the network news magazines themselves. Subjects include arts and entertainment; business, economics, and finance; community and personal growth; education; environment, nature, and agriculture; medicine and health; philanthropy and assistance; politics and government; race, identity, and culture; religion and spirituality; and science and technology.

WYSU also actively works with other community organizations to bring in speakers, concerts, and other events for the benefit of the entire community. Some highlights from the past year include: the Bands at the Baugh Concert Series; the YSU Pipino Performing Arts Series; a bus trip to the Blossom Music Festival to hear a Cleveland Orchestra concert; a visit and lecture by NPR’s news analyst Cokie Roberts; a concert by singer/songwriter Tom Manche; and the monthly City Club lectures and panel discussions.

WYSU connects with the community by regularly holding open events in order to meet listeners, obtain their feedback, and modify station operation based on community response. At least twice each year, we hold member appreciation parties and events to thank contributors for their support. We also maintain an active presence on Facebook, where listeners can interact with us and learn about station events. And WYSU’s Advisory Board continues to be a reliable sounding board for WYSU initiatives.

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.

WYSU is committed to its mission of being the community’s leading source for trusted news, engaging conversation, and music that stimulates the mind and spirit. In addition to providing this for listeners, WYSU is also committed to supporting other local non-profit agencies, organizations, and groups, by providing media and direct sponsorship for their events, and by promoting awareness of their activities and missions.

The WYSU staff believes that its product is one that the community has come to equate with professionalism and integrity, and one that it will continue to vigorously support. Each year, it is a goal of WYSU to extend outreach to the community and strengthen relationships with leaders, agencies and organizations. This is accomplished through the following efforts.

WYSU Media Partnerships

Two high-level partnerships with commercial media are extremely important to WYSU’s on-air local information service, especially useful and significant since the station operates without a news department. Our local Morning Edition host puts together a local news segment each hour using stories from the local newspaper, The Youngstown Vindicator, as part of a trade agreement. During network news in the evenings WYSU airs a segment produced by The Business Journal, a weekly business paper, with daily electronic features, as part of a broad partnership. Material is also provided by Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau.

WYSU Community Presence

WYSU has developed an interactive Community Calendar on its website. It concentrates on local university events, fine and performing arts events by local arts organizations, and other community service organization activities. The program sponsors can enter their event data on the Calendar (subject to editing), which is available to anyone in the community. This Calendar is also the source for WYSU’s on-air public service announcements, providing these organizations with free media exposure, valued collectively at more than $40,000 over the course of a year.

WYSU is also both a direct sponsor and a media sponsor for many community events. Station representatives attend these events in an effort to connect with other community leaders and promote public radio. WYSU continues to increase its involvement with the recently-formed City Club of the Mahoning Valley and with the YSU Pipino Performing Arts Series. The WYSU director serves on the advisory board of the City Club, and WYSU is also the primary media sponsor for the City Club’s community discussions and events.

In FY2018, WYSU had partnership and sponsorship agreements with the following organizations for many community events:

  • Canton Symphony Orchestra
  • Cleveland Orchestra
  • City Club of the Mahoning Valley
  • Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek Park
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society
  • McDonough Museum of Art at YSU
  • Mill Creek Metro Parks
  • Opera Western Reserve
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Soap Gallery
  • Stambaugh Auditorium
  • Sunrise Entertainment of Warren
  • Theil College
  • Trumbull Art Gallery
  • Tuesday Musical of Akron
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown
  • Warren Philharmonic
  • YMCA
  • YSU Foundation
  • Youngstown Peace Race
  • Youngstown Playhouse
  • Youngstown State University
  • Youngstown State University Pipino Performing Arts Series
  • Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts
  • Youngstown State University Dana School of Music
  • Youngstown State University Department Theater and Dance
  • Youngstown State University Department of Art
  • Youngstown Symphony Orchestra

WYSU also airs the online and website archived program Life on Life’s Terms in partnership with the nonprofit organization Ebony Lifeline Support Group. The program addresses issues of chemical dependency and concerns that are especially directed to the minority population by inviting special guests to share their addiction recovery stories with the listening audience. Education and information at the grass roots level is the goal.

For over 40 years, in a partnership with Goodwill Industries, WYSU has carried the Youngstown Radio Reading Service on its sideband. A small staff and over 100 volunteers read various materials for the sight impaired, and also those with other physical ailments, like strokes and dyslexia. Listeners receive this service using a specially tuned radio. These services are provided to Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Ashtabula Counties, as well as areas of western Pennsylvania.

WYSU is a critical link in the Emergency Alert System, a state and national warning system for severe weather and other disasters.

The station has also developed its own Disaster Response Program to better assist YSU and the region in the event of a widespread emergency.

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.

WYSU-FM continues to be fully committed to undertaking initiatives and establishing partnerships that provide essential community services. Some of the services and community benefits facilitated by these partnerships are often beyond the scope of those traditionally associated with public radio stations. Two such partnerships include association with the Youngstown Radio Reading Service for the blind and print impaired, and our association with Ebony Lifeline Support Group.

The Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS), the radio station for people who are blind or print impaired in the Mahoning Valley, has had a very special relationship with WYSU over the past 42 years. YRRS began broadcasting in 1976, and has always utilized the subcarrier frequency provided by WYSU-FM. WYSU provides much of the broadcast maintenance service for the YRRS. WYSU views this partnership and the service it provides as an essential element of its mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities to all its constituents.

Regarding the importance of this partnership to the YRRS, Michael B. Muder, Coordinator of the Youngstown Radio Reading Service says, “The Youngstown Radio Reading Service has always had an excellent relationship with the entire staff at WYSU, and from the beginning they have always been very generous with anything we need, including an extensive amount of technical support with equipment upgrades and changing technology over the years. We are very fortunate to have our relationship with WYSU – we would not be on the air without them. WYSU has always been a great friend to us and a strong supporter of the mission of the Youngstown Radio Reading Service, which is to provide independent access to printed information for people who are blind or print impaired in the Mahoning Valley.”

Ebony Lifeline Support Group started as a grassroots movement in 1984 with the goal of providing alternatives to minority persons who often experience difficulty in establishing and participating in traditional self-help groups such as AA and NA. In 2000, Ebony Lifeline Support Group and WYSU began its partnership with the production of Ebony Lifeline Support Group’s internet radio program Life on Life’s Terms.

Life on Life's Terms was developed specifically to address issues of chemical dependency in the minority community. The show addresses concerns that are unique to the minority population by inviting special guests to share their addiction recovery stories with the listening audience. Guests provide real-life testimony and share information about educational opportunities to recovering listeners, women, African Americans, Latinos, youth, and parents who are affected by the societal concerns of alcohol and drug abuse. The goal of the program is to provide education and information at the grass roots level.

With the alarming and dramatic increase in the opioid addiction problem in our region, particularly among the region’s minority populations, WYSU believes its partnership with Ebony Lifeline Support Group is more important than ever. The station is proud to produce Life on Life's Terms.

The value and importance of the partnership between WYSU and Ebony Lifeline Support Group is best summarized by Robert F. Thomas, Chairman of the Board for Ebony Lifeline Support Group:

Life on Life’s Terms is hosted by recovering people, who volunteer their time to reach out to people with problems and can identify with them through the power of radio. Our guests include people who have been helped and help, recovering people, professional counselors, ministers, the gay community, school board members, community mental health board members and politicians. Over the years we have learned, what comes from the heart, reaches the heart and WYSU has the heart and the tools to let us do what we do and become a small part of the community through WYSU.”

The WYSU hosted webpage for Life on Life’s Terms can be found here: https://wysu.org/lolt.

These partnerships, which are so important to in-need populations are just two examples of the scores of partnerships that WYSU has committed to over the station’s nearly 50-year history. All these partnerships illustrate the station’s devotion to its listeners, to the community at large, and to the general welfare of our entire region.

Another measurable impact of the value of WYSU’s initiatives and partnerships has been the continued growth and participation on social media platforms, particularly Facebook. Because WYSU’s Facebook page is a key way for the station to publicize its initiatives and partnerships, the growth of WYSU’s Facebook community is an indication and measure of our constituents’ enhanced awareness, and of the impact its efforts and events have had upon constituents.

WYSU has been organizing and recruiting listeners for yearly educational overseas trips since 2000. They not only attract a core of repeat travelers, but they continually draw in listeners who have never traveled before, and who say the impetus is the opportunity to travel with someone they know and trust. Given that the staff has never previously met a lot of these people, that kind of statement speaks volumes about WYSU’s relationship with these listeners. This past summer’s trip was to Costa Rica. A trip to Spain, which is nearly sold out, is scheduled for May 2019. A 2020 trip to Japan will be the first trip to Asia in this WYSU travel program.

Other success indicators are primarily anecdotal, and include: partners who note the response to a story on WYSU; requests for information made available on the air, on the WYSU website, or on social media; and feedback from listeners who attend a WYSU sponsored event, or who visit the station.

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 2015, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2016. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.

WYSU strives to make its programming a useful resource for the entire community, offering numerous opportunities for life-long learners in music, news and information, and public affairs.

WYSU continues to be very active in the program development, production and broadcasting of the civic dialogue initiative, the City Club of the Mahoning Valley. A representative of WYSU serves on the program advisory board, and WYSU records, produces, airs, and archives all City Club programs.

The broadcasts of these various programs are aired during prime time hours in order to be more widely available to a larger audience, and the subject matter is often targeted towards minority interests. The City Club program advisory board strives to recruit panelists of diverse backgrounds for each panel discussion, and to present topics that serve the interests of a community that is often seen as racially and economically divided.

Here is a sample of programs WYSU helped to create, and then aired and archived: White Nationalism, Xenophobia, and the Politics of Division; Marching for a Movement: Reflections on the 2017 Women’s March and Next Steps for Equality; Consequences of the Tax Reform Bill: Who Benefits? Who Doesn’t?; and Stalemate: DACA, Dreamers, and the Future of Immigration Reform.

WYSU produces, and make available on the Internet, the program Life on Life’s Terms in partnership with the local nonprofit organization Ebony Lifeline Support Group. The program, hosted by minorities and primarily with minority guests, addresses issues of drug and alcohol dependency in the community. WYSU has archived hundreds of these programs.

WYSU does not have a news department, but still regularly inserts local interviews into network news programs. Here is a sample of the range of local topics of special interest to diverse audiences addressed: Working Class Financial Mentoring and Assistance; the African American Male Wellness Walk; Community Services of the Trumbull County United Way; Special Services and Programs for Autistic Children; All About Kwanzaa; Women’s History Month; Rescue Mission’s 125 Years in Youngstown; Services at the Second Harvest Food Bank; Mercy Health Expo; Anti-Semitism; Actions Against Predatory Landlords in Youngstown; Puerto Rican Resettlement in the Mahoning Valley; and Gaza with Norman Finkelstein.

WYSU is committed to providing free public service announcements for events in the minority community such as Hispanic Awareness Month, Black History Month, the YSU Diversity Leadership Award Dinner, and Women’s History Month.

WYSU is constantly expanding its support for university and community-based events especially focused on diverse audiences.

In its marketing strategies, WYSU attempts to increase the minority community’s awareness of its programming that reflects the entire community. Looking ahead to FY2019, WYSU is sponsoring these lectures: Austin Channing Brown, I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness; Melanie Warnick: This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are; and these concerts: Harlem String Quartet; and Burning River Baroque: The Other Side of the Story: Untold Perspectives on Familiar Tales.

WYSU-FM funds two minority broadcast/journalism scholarships. The annually-awarded WYSU-FM Broadcasting Scholarship helps to develop the next generation of broadcasters. Applicants must be a full time, traditional or non-traditional minority student, majoring in Telecommunications. WYSU-FM also established the Robert W. Peterson Scholarship, named for a former director of WYSU, which awards an annual scholarship to a second year minority student in English, Journalism, or Communications.

WYSU works in conjunction with Youngstown State University to ensure that the WYSU website is ADA compliant.

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?

WYSU began broadcasting in October of 1969 and the mission at that time was to provide the region with fine arts and educational programming. As it is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, WYSU has stayed true to that original mission which in large part made possible by the funding that received from CPB.

The Youngstown-Warren area is an older rust-belt community that once relied heavily on manufacturing. Like other similar cities, this provides a challenging environment in which educational levels are lower than the nation average, a high poverty rate (currently at 38%), and a population level in steep decline. Nevertheless, the staff of WYSU continues to believe that this educational, useful, and inspiring programming should be accessible to everyone regardless of income or education level. That can only continue with the substantial financial assistance of the CPB CSG.

Despite the many challenges, university, membership, and underwriting support continues to be solid and there has been growth in external funding. WYSU’s service is viewed by many as a valuable community resource providing inspiring programming and life-long learning opportunities.

Without CPB funding WYSU would be severely hampered in its ability to serve the citizens of this region. WYSU-FM is an extremely valuable resource that serves a rebounding community and is a key element in its stability and revitalization. The CPB CSG is critical to WYSU’s existence.