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 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 -- No executive session.
  • December 2017 -- No executive sessions.
  • March 2018 -- No executive sessions.
  • June 2018 -- No executive sessions.
  • September 2018 -- 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, September 5, 2018 - 11:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 10:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Thursday, December 5, 2018 - 11:00 am - Tod Hall, Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 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 22 members. Of those, 10 are female; 12 are male; and 3 are racially diverse.

In FY2018 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 Violence: 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.
  • 3356-7-49 Domestic Partner Benefits: Establishes the University’s commitment to equity and the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified and diverse workforce by providing benefits to domestic partners of eligible employees.
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-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-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 FY2017

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.

One of WYSU’s continuing goals is to be an important resource for the community on local issues and activities. We have challenged ourselves to meet this goal on-air, in digital media, and with community events.

A major goal to address community issues, needs, and interests was to increase our regional engagement footprint both on air and with public events by expanding our partnership with 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. WYSU is the media partner for City Club events, and we have a major presence on the City Club advisory board.

WYSU helped initiate the unique City Club program Views and Brews at Suzie’s, where serious topics are discussed in a casual environment. Recent panel discussion programs were: Terror: What's the Real Threat? White Nationalism, Xenophobia, & the Politics of Division; Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Weather Events, Climate Refugees: the Environmental, Public Health, and Economic Costs of Global Climate Change; Bridging The American Divide: Understanding Different Economic Realities - New York City vs. The Mahoning Valley; Immigration Policy Under President Trump; Religion, Violence and Nationalism: Myanmar, Ethnic Cleansing and Human Rights. The programs were well-attended and both audiences and panelists have been very diverse. They were also all produced, hosted, and aired on WYSU, and some also aired on WCPN in Cleveland.

Through partnerships with local commercial news entities and by developing our own local news and interview modules utilizing university professors and local news professionals, we constantly strive to creatively address community issues despite not having the resources to maintain a news department. We work internally and with our community partners to identify significant community issues and those best equipped to talk about them, in order to produce a balanced and thorough discussion.

We maintain partnerships with two local newspapers, The Youngstown Vindicator and The Business Journal, both of which supply us with local news segments that address community issues on a daily basis. We use daily news stories from The Youngstown Vindicator to construct a local news headline segment each hour during Morning Edition. The Business Journal produces a five-minute business and local news segment that we air each hour during All Things Considered.
A local interview segment titled Doing Good airs during Morning Edition, and is designed to raise social consciousness and public awareness about significant concerns in our community, as well as draw attention to the good work being done to address these issues. This program encourages listeners to become engaged and involved in projects and activities featured on the show. Topics addressed in the past year on Doing Good include urban farming, local United Way projects, outreach activities of the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, teaching young students how to build computers, volunteer opportunities on MLK Day, inner city arts programs, helping inmates transition back into the community, fighting the opioid crisis in our region, outreach programs for the homeless, services for underprivileged women and children of the region, the African American Male Wellness Walk, the nonprofit Sight for All, special programs for autistic children, the Alzheimer Association of Greater Ohio, and much more.

An interview module now in its second year and also airing during Morning Edition on a weekly basis is hosted by a university English professor. The program features interviews with area residents and YSU faculty involved in the arts, education, community research and development, and politics. Topics in the past year have included: new plays by local playwrights; State Senator Joe Schiavoni and others weighing in on the Youngstown School Plan; local water contamination; multiple discussions with YSU professor Paul Sracic on politics, government, and world affairs; ethics in the intelligence agencies; a local plan for leveraging arts through community engagement; the impact of domestic violence on teenagers; Barb Ewing, CEO of the Youngstown Business Incubator speaking on economic development in the region; counseling inner-city students; food insecurity; the Youngstown mayoral race; President Trump’s appeal to voters in Rust Belt states; YSU Holocaust Studies program; local predatory lending; city planning for climate change; the crisis in Myanmar; and much more.

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 Edition. We have had commentaries on the local election process and the need for civility, the potential divisiveness of community statues and monuments, gun control, and other topics.

All local programs are archived on the WYSU website for access at any time, something we frequently promote on all platforms.

WYSU thoroughly reviews the issues and programs process each quarter. We explore 15 to 20 topics of community concern every quarter using a combination of local public affairs programs strategically placed in network news magazines, single-themed network programs (e.g. Alternative Radio, On the Media), 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. Speakers in the past year included John Kiriakou, CIA whistleblower; Scott Simon, NPR program host; Carol Anderson, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide; a lecture by Mark Winne, Food Justice speaker; the Dave Rivello Jazz Concert at YSU; Bands at the Baugh concert series at Stambaugh Auditorium; the YSU Performing Arts Series; Opera Western Reserve’s performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen; and performances by Ballet Western Reserve.

WYSU connects with the community by regularly holding open events in order to meet listeners, obtain their feedback, and adjust 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 a presence on both Twitter and 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 our on-air local information service, especially useful and significant as we operate 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 ATC in the evenings we air a segment produced by The Business Journal, a weekly business paper, with daily electronic features, as part of a broad partnership.

WYSU Community Presence

We have developed an interactive Community Calendar on our 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 our 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.

We also are 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 has increases its involvement with the recently-formed City Club of the Mahoning Valley. The WYSU director serves on the steering and program committee, and WYSU is the primary media sponsor for the City Club’s community discussions and events.

In 2017, WYSU had partnership and sponsorship agreements with the following organizations for many community events:

  • The American Heart Association
  • The Butler Institute of American Art
  • Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra
  • Ballet Western Reserve
  • 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
  • Oh, Wow! Children’s Museum
  • 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
  • Villa Maria Community Center
  • Warren Philharmonic
  • YMCA
  • YSU Foundation
  • Youngstown Peace Race
  • Youngstown Playhouse
  • Youngstown State University
  • 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.

Operating over the SCA (sideband) of WYSU-FM, the Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS) is a private nonprofit station serving the sight impaired. The YRRS broadcasts the reading of print materials, which are not otherwise accessible to its listeners. Specially tuned radios are provided free of charge to qualified listeners. These services are provided in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Ashtabula Counties, as well as areas of western Pennsylvania.

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 continues to be fully committed to fine and performing arts events, believing that they are important to a healthy city and to the people in it. We have been a partner and sponsor for Opera Western Reserve’s annual opera production – Bizet’s Carmen this past year – and for other events throughout the year.

“WYSU-FM has been a valuable partner of Opera Western Reserve throughout the fourteen years of the opera’s existence. Our by-laws reserve a position on our board for a representative of WYSU. Gary Sexton, the station director, serves as a board member and also currently is a member of the OWR executive committee.”

“WYSU has been a media partner for performances of our main stage performance every November and for our newer initiatives in the past two years, including a collaboration with an art gallery and literary group and a cabaret style performance. WYSU always lists our performances on its community calendar and posts our production flyers on its webpage, Facebook page and phone apps.”

“As a rare over-the-air classical music station, WYSU’s mere existence in our community promotes classical music to the advantage of all classical music ventures in the Youngstown area.” -- Elliot P. Legow, Chair, Opera Western Reserve

WYSU is a partner in all City Club events in the Mahoning Valley and Cleveland.
After the successful launch of the City Club of the Mahoning Valley in 2016, WYSU expanded its partnership by helping to implement the series Views and Brews at Suzie’s in which serious issues are discussed in a civil way in a casual environment. We have been involved in constructing the programs, finding panelists, writing questions, and, following the events we have produced and hosted, The programs are then aired on WYSU and archived on our website. We believe our participation in the City Club programs has increased awareness of WYSU in many segments of the community that have been difficult to penetrate.

“WYSU has been a crucial partner for us as we have begun working with community members to bring City Club programming to the Mahoning Valley. While our programs attract in-person audiences in the 75-300 person range, with the station’s support and partnership, each program is able to reach thousands more through broadcast and podcast. In addition, working with WYSU and their counterparts in the Cleveland market, we’re able to bring Youngstown-generated content to Greater Cleveland audiences and Cleveland content to the Mahoning Valley. In short, this is a tremendously valuable partnership, and we look forward to continuing it.” – Dan Moulthrop, Chief Executive Officer, City Club of Cleveland

The Oh, Wow! Children’s Museum in downtown Youngstown attracts visitors from all over the region. WYSU was a media sponsor for two events: The Science of Brewing fundraiser in August, and Silly Science Sunday, part of the STEM festival in September 2017. As a sponsor, WYSU is promoted on the wall of museum and in the program, on signage, publications where possible and announced at the event. Again, this partnership has been most useful in helping WYSU reach out to new, and younger, audiences.

“OH WOW! is proud to partner with WYSU in many ways. We are a proud underwriter on the station. We believe this gets our message in front of educated and involved "explorers" and also helps us promote our events and grandparent membership program. WYSU has also generously sponsored some of our events, helping us get the word out and promoting this vital community partnership leading up to and on the date of the event. We are grateful to have such a sophisticated media jewel in the neighborhood.” – Lisa Long, Associate Director of Oh Wow! Children’s Museum.

The partnership between WYSU and Stambaugh Auditorium grew this past year with WYSU’s sponsorship this summer’s Bands at the Baugh series. We reached an entirely new audience by sponsoring a concert series that featured soft rock, folk, and rhythm and blues music.

“The added partnership with WYSU for our Bands at the Baugh After Dark Series brought several different genres of musical interest closer together at one event. Not only did we have the opportunity to feature local bands at our event, we were able to broaden their reach through the voice of WYSU.” -- Jamie Fleeson, Director of Design and Digital Media at Stambaugh Auditorium.

These partnerships are just a few of the dozens that WYSU has committed to over the station’s 48-year history, illustrating a devotion to listeners and the community at large.

Another measurable impact of our initiatives and partnerships has been the continued growth of participation on our social media platforms. Because WYSU’s social media platforms are a key way for the station to publicize its initiatives and partnerships, the growth of our social media communities is an indication and measure of our constituents’ enhanced awareness, and of the impact our efforts have had upon our 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 we have never previously met a lot of these people, that kind of statement speaks volumes about our relationship with these listeners. This past summer’s trip was to Sicily. Costa Rica, already sold out, is scheduled for this summer, and our plan for a trip to Spain in 2019 has already drawn much interest.

Other success indicators are primarily anecdotal from partners who noted the response to a story on WYSU, or requests for information made available on the air and on our website or social media.

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.

We believe our programming is 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 a civic dialogue initiative new to the region, the City Club of the Mahoning Valley. 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 geared towards minority interests. We continually strive to recruit panelists and topics that serve the interests of a community that is often seen as racially and economically divided. As mentioned earlier, we have addressed topics such as immigration, racism, poverty, and the environmental and public health costs of climate change.

Of special note, WYSU was a major sponsor for a well-attended lecture by Carol Anderson, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.

Throughout the year WYSU continued to provide studio time, production assistance, program hosting and on-line archiving of the award-winning, local community affairs program Life on Life's Terms, a program produced by and primarily for members of the local minority community. This program is hosted by minorities and targets individuals with substance abuse problems.

In local interview programs WYSU seeks to provide a platform for voices from all segments of our community. Topics of special concern to the various minority communities are frequently addressed, especially in the Doing Good segment aired during Morning Edition. Some this year were volunteer opportunities on MLK Day, inner city arts programs, helping inmates transition back into the community, fighting the opioid crisis in our region, outreach programs for the homeless, services for underprivileged women and children of the region, the African American Male Wellness Walk, and much more.

WYSU provides a great deal of free public service announcements for events in the minority community such as Hispanic Awareness Month, Black History Month, the YSU Diversity Leadership Award Dinner, Women’s History Month, and a many other lectures, concerts and special events for different segments of the community throughout the year.

WYSU is constantly expanding its support for university and community-based events especially directed at diverse audiences. In its marketing strategies, WYSU attempts to increase the minority community’s awareness of our programming.

WYSU has a strong minority audience for the news and jazz programming. The expansion of jazz programming has proven to be very successful.

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?

To simply answer the question, the CPB Community Service Grant allows us to continue this finely balanced, 48-year service of network and local programming that we have worked so hard to develop over the years. The CPB CSG makes it possible for us to provide the programming our audience appreciates and expects that would not be feasible through local funding alone. Without the CPB CSG, the diversity of our program offerings and our reach throughout the region would be greatly diminished.

Making up approximately 13% of WYSU’s budget, the CPB CSG is part of a delicate and fragile balance of funding sources that makes up a 1 million dollar budget for WYSU. Each source impacts and leverages the others. Although WYSU is constantly striving to find ways to increase exposure and revenue, there are limited options in our region to make up significant operational funding deficits. This very challenging market consistently deals with a population whose education levels are below the state and national averages, a high poverty rate, and a population that continues to decline. Despite these challenges, university, membership, and underwriting support continued to be solid and steady in 2017.

We continue to believe WYSU-FM is an extremely valuable community resource, serving a struggling community with amazing life-long learning opportunities and inspiring programming, and will be a key element in its ongoing revitalization, and that CPB’s support is critical piece of our funding model to make that happen.

For instance, it would be a challenge to maintain the translators in under-served communities like Ashtabula and New Wilmington. It is also possible that we would have to cut some programming, or decide between local programming and network news programs, or even reduce personnel, which is already pared to the bone. There is no question that there would be a noticeable service reduction of some kind.

Without CPB funding we would not be able to provide our audience with the type of thoughtful and in-depth programming that they rely on to make educated decisions about the world around them. Many in our audience cannot afford or simply choose not to turn to digital sources for this information, which is why being able to provide it free of charge is critical.

We continue to believe WYSU-FM is an extremely valuable resource serving a struggling community and will be a key element in its revitalization. The CPB CSG is critical to WYSU’s existence as a valuable community resource.