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.

Meeting Archive

All meeting announcements can be found on the Meeting Announcements page on the WYSU website.

Closed Meetings: YSU Board of Trustees Institutional 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.
  • March 2020 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • June 2020 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • September 2020 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • December 2020 Meetings -- No executive sessions
  • March 2021 Meetings -- No executive sessions.
  • June 2021 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 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 -Virtual Meeting - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:00 am -Tod Hall,Virtual Meeting - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 12:30 pm -Virtual Meeting- Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 10:00 am -Kilcawley Center, Chestnut Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 12:30 pm -Virtual Meeting - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 10:00 am - Virtual Meeting - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:30 pm -Kilcawley Center, President's Suite - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 10:00 am -Tod Hall,Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 12:30 pm -Kilcawley Center, President's Suite - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 10:00 am -Tod Hall,Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 3:00 pm - Kilcawley Center, President's Suite- Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 10:00 am -Tod Hall,Board Meeting Room - General Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:30 pm -Tod Hall,Board Meeting Room - Institutional Engagement Committee
  • Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 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 2020, the Community Advisory Council consists of 25 members. Of those, 12 are female; 13 are male; and 5 are racially diverse.

In FY2020 the WYSU staff consists of 6 full-time employees. Of those, 3 are female with one of these also being from a protected racial minority, and 3 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.
  • 3356-2-05 Title IX Sexual Misconduct Policy:The policy establishes university compliance with the U.S. Department of Education’s new regulations on Title IX.
  • 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.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AT WYSU-FM

INTRODUCTION

An excellent start point and foundation for any statement on diversity, equity and inclusion are the first two articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1948. The entire Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be seen here.

ARTICLE 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

ARTICLE 2

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

As a department of Youngstown State University, WYSU embraces and adheres to all the diversity goals, policies and procedures of Youngstown State University.

WYSU GOAL

WYSU’s diversity, equity and inclusion goal is to cultivate, promote, and preserve a welcoming culture of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the entire organization and its operation. This culture extends to the station’s staff, advisory board, volunteers, listeners, as well as to the station’s programming and community outreach initiatives. WYSU endeavors to represent diverse perspectives in its programming and community activities.

GENERAL INITIATIVES

To reflect and reinforce this goal, WYSU will:

  • Foster, welcome, value and promote diversity among staff, students, volunteers, and our community.
  • Provide professional programs and trainings; educating WYSU’s management, professional staff, advisory board, students, and volunteers on the best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for everyone.
  • Provide programs with different cultural contexts to serve the educational and lifelong learning needs of our diverse community.
  • Develop the capacity to understand and address issues of difference, bias, power, and privilege.
  • Include diverse individuals in internships and student work experience positions.
  • Ensure a diverse pool of applicants for employment, by following FCC/EEO and Youngstown State University guidelines regarding job posting and recruitment; utilize the resources and training materials available from Youngstown State University’s Offices of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity; and make use of local and network public radio resources to address outreach and diversity in all position searches.

ACTIONS

1. Education and Training:

To educate and train WYSU employees on the important issues and consequences of workplace violence, discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, all staff members will complete the following educational/training courses annually:

  • Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace
  • Anti-Discrimination/Harassment & Title IX
  • Workplace Harassment and Sexual Violence
  • Ohio Ethics Law

2. Programming:

  • WYSU is continually striving to enhance the diversity and inclusive scope of its programming. Programs recently added to the broadcast schedule include The Takeaway, hosted by Tanzina Vega; Latino USA, hosted by Maria Hinojosa; It’s Been a Minute, hosted by Sam Sanders; and Snap Judgment, hosted by Glyn Washington.
  • WYSU partners with the City Club of the Mahoning Valley, a civic dialogue organization, to record, produce, air, and archive all City Club programs. The subject matter for these programs is often of significance to minoritized interests. The City Club is sensitive to recruiting panelists of diverse backgrounds for each panel discussion, and to presenting topics that serve the interests of a community that is often seen as racially and economically divided.
  • WYSU, in partnership with the local nonprofit organization Ebony Lifeline Support Group, produces, and makes available on the Internet, the program Life on Life’s Terms. This program has minoritized hosts and producers, primarily features minoritized guests, and addresses issues of drug and alcohol dependency in the community. WYSU has archived hundreds of these programs for easy access to the community.
  • WYSU regularly inserts local interviews into network news programs that address local topics of special interest to diverse audiences. Recent topics include: the Green Book locations in the Mahoning Valley, the services provided by the Dorothy Day House of Youngtown, immigration policies and practices, and the mission of the Warren Family Mission.
  • WYSU regularly provides free public service for events and programs organized by the minority and multicultural communities in our area.
  • Recent examples include: Hispanic Heritage Month Organizing Committee programs, YSU Africana Studies programs for Black History Month, the YSU Diversity Leadership Award Dinner, and Women’s History Month, as well as other specific event requests that are submitted to the station.
  • WYSU provides opportunities for listeners to record and air commentaries on topics of interest to the community.
  • WYSU actively participates in and supports community events of interest to diverse audiences.
  • WYSU, in a partnership with Goodwill Industries, carries the Youngstown Radio Reading Service on its sideband. A small staff and over 100 volunteers read various materials for the sight impaired and those with other physical ailments like strokes and dyslexia.

3. OPERATIONAL INITIATIVES:

  • WYSU funds two broadcast/journalism scholarships for minoritized students. 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 minoritized 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 minoritized student in English, Journalism, or Communications.
  • WYSU works in conjunction with its licensee (Youngstown State University) to ensure that all WYSU facilities and its website are ADA compliant.

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 FY2020

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.

WYSU-FM’s primary goal, that shapes all other goals, is to be a community leader that supports the fine and performing arts and educational resources that Youngstown State University and the region have to offer. WYSU addresses this goal by maintaining locally-hosted classical music programming; providing a public community calendar; sponsoring and organizing lectures and concerts; producing local programs related to the well-being of the community – Life on Life’s Terms, Doing Good interviews, community issues interviews -- and also providing opportunities for citizen commentaries. WYSU offers informational resources on the website for state and national political events, including live streaming state and federal pandemic briefings, presidential speeches, special congressional proceedings, and election coverage. The station also has established partnerships with local news organizations to provide local news headlines on air throughout the day, and post local stories on the website. In addition, WYSU provides unique student training opportunities as librarians, audio assistant, assistant engineer, production assistants, and more. Everything WYSU does is done with a focus on promoting life-long learning opportunities for our audience.

WYSU also shares the mission of its licensee, Youngstown State University, and the following goals drawn from that mission inform everything WYSU does.

  • 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.

In the past year, WYSU has expanded its partnership with The Business Journal, and has maintained its relationship with the Statehouse News Bureau. Spurred by the pandemic, the station has also greatly increased its partnership with Mahoning Matters, which provides an online news service for the community. The most significant result of this is a local news report every hour from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm.

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, YSU scholars, and local activists to the WYSU audience.

Other local interviews that air during morning network news on a weekly basis are hosted by university English professor, Dr. Tim Francisco. The program features interviews with area residents, guest speakers, visiting artists, and YSU faculty involved in the arts, education, community research and development, and politics.

In addition, listeners can submit and record commentaries on subjects of interest to them and to the general audience. These commentaries are then aired during the morning network news program.

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

Audience growth is measured, not only through traditional methods like the Nielsen rating survey, but also through advanced website and streaming metrics. Key indicators of website activity have increased year-over-year, with this year performing measurably better than last year: users and sessions increased 28% and 21% respectively. Streaming indicators remained somewhat flat with active sessions down 2.5% and quarter-hour sessions up 1.1% respectively.

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 interviews strategically placed in network news magazines, single-themed network programs, and the network news magazines themselves.

WYSU connects with the community by regularly sponsoring and holding open events in order to meet listeners, obtain their feedback, and modify station operation based on community response. WYSU also actively works with other community organizations to bring in speakers, concerts, and other events for the benefit of the entire community, and to provide more engagement opportunities. These events have, of course, been moved to a virtual platform, and some curtailed for the present because of the pandemic.

An active presence is maintained on Facebook, where listeners can interact with WYSU and learn about station events. Finally, WYSU’s Community Advisory Board continues to be a reliable sounding board for WYSU initiatives, and a valuable source of community support.

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 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. New for 2020, WYSU also actively shared pertinent community events (live and virtual) on the “events page" of the station's official Facebook page (which is followed on Facebook by more than 1,900 users).

WYSU is also both a direct sponsor and a media sponsor for many community events (live and virtual). Station representatives attend these events (in person or virtually) in an effort to connect with other community leaders and promote public radio.

In 2020, WYSU had partnership and sponsorship agreements with the following organizations for many community events:

  • Arts & Education at the Hoyt
  • Ballet Western Reserve
  • Blossom Music Center
  • Burning River Baroque
  • Business Journal
  • Canton Ballet
  • Canton Symphony Orchestra
  • City Club of the Mahoning Valley
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • Cleveland Orchestra
  • Commonwealth, Inc.
  • DeYor Performing Arts Center
  • KSU Trumbull
  • League of Women Voters of PA
  • Mahoning Valley College Access Program
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society
  • Mastropiétro Winery
  • Mill Creek MetroParks Davis Center
  • National Shows 2
  • Noble Creature Cask House
  • Opera Western Reserve
  • Peter Allen Inn & Event Center
  • ProPublica
  • Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County
  • Robbins Theater
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church (Youngstown, OH)
  • Stambaugh Auditorium
  • Stambaugh Youth Concert Band
  • Suzie's Dogs & Drafts
  • The Butler Institute of American Art
  • Thiel College
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown
  • Vicki Doe Fitness
  • Villa Maria Community Center - Sister's of Humility of Mary
  • Warren Civic Music
  • WKSU-FM
  • Youngstown State University
  • Youngstown State University Alumni Engagement Office
  • Youngstown State University Career & Academic Advising Office
  • Youngstown State University Cliffe College Dean's Office
  • Youngstown State University Cliffe College’s Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series
  • Youngstown State University Dana School of Music
  • Youngstown State University Department of Africana Studies
  • Youngstown State University Kilcawley Center
  • Youngstown State University McDonough Museum of Art
  • Youngstown State University Summer Festival of the Arts
  • Youngstown State University Theatre & Dance
  • Youngstown State University Ward Beecher Planetarium

WYSU has a very special partnership with Ebony Lifeline Support Group, airing online, and archiving on the WYSU website the program Life on Life’s Terms. The program addresses issues of chemical dependency, with special guests to share their addiction recovery stories with the listening audience. Education and information at the grass roots level is the goal. Out of concern for all those involved in producing Life on Life’s Terms, it is on a hiatus since March 2020 until it can safely be resumed.

WYSU has been in a partnership with Goodwill Industries for over 40 years to carry the Youngstown Radio Reading Service on its sideband, providing a valuable service to sight-impaired members of the community.

WYSU partners with its parent university, YSU, to hire and provide valuable workplace experience to YSU students. Students learn hands-on broadcast communication or computer science skills while producing high-quality station content or working on special IT projects. This partnership is reciprocal as WYSU benefits from student work hours, and the community doubly benefits as students of the community gain valuable work experience and the rest of the community benefits from the services the students help provide.

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.

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.

From Mark Sweetwood, Local Editor for Mahoning Matters about the growth of its partnership with WYSU in the past year: “When Mahoning Matters launched, our first strategic partner was WYSU. The reasoning for us was simple: We wanted to partner with the smart, in-touch audience that makes WYSU such a vital part of the community. While we originally expected to provide content via audio content from our Report for America reporter, the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans. Instead, we strengthened the partnership by providing daily news content from the Mahoning Matters team to be aired Monday-Friday mornings. I often hear from readers who enjoy that they can wake up weekday mornings [to WYSU] and hear our news headlines before they even check their phones. We know that the future is bright for more collaboration after the pandemic ends and we really believe we are serving our mission 'to provide useful and accessible information to help Mahoning Valley residents navigate their lives, especially in times of crisis' with our WYSU partnership."

WYSU now airs a “top of the hour" local news segment with content provided by Mahoning Matters and the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau.

Christopher T. Meta, a partner with the Cleveland based law firm Pearne & Gordon LLP shared his thoughts about the value of underwriting on WYSU. "As an underwriter, we appreciate the quality of news, music, and entertainment programming provided by WYSU. Partnering with WYSU gives us an opportunity to support a vital community resource, while also reaching engaged listeners in the Mahoning Valley."

Pearne & Gordon is a new underwriter of WYSU programming, and their acquisition as a sponsor is the direct result of the station's efforts to acquire new program sponsors from outside of WYSU’s local, immediate service area.

WYSU's relatively recent underwriting partnership with The Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is an exemplification of the station's ongoing commitment to classical music and the performing arts, and is another example of WYSU's efforts to establish partnerships with organizations from outside of WYSU’s local, immediate service area.

Michelle Charles, President & CEO of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, finds the partnership between the CSO and WYSU to be mutually beneficial: "WYSU has been a great partner for us as we furthered our Northeastern Ohio reach into the Youngstown area. Since we have begun underwriting with them, we have seen a marked increase in the number of patrons attending our concerts from that area. Additionally, they have been great partners by supporting us with additional on-air time with interviews that have been instrumental in promoting our great orchestra."

These partnerships are just three examples of the scores of partnerships that WYSU has committed to over the station’s nearly 51-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.

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.

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 2019, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2020. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.

WYSU’s diversity, equity and inclusion goal is to cultivate, promote, and preserve a welcoming culture of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the entire organization and its operation. This culture extends to the station’s staff, advisory board, volunteers, listeners, as well as to the station’s programming and community outreach initiatives. WYSU endeavors to represent diverse perspectives in its programming and community activities.

WYSU is continually striving to enhance the diversity and inclusive scope of its programming. Programs recently added to the broadcast schedule include The Takeaway, hosted by Tanzina Vega; Latino USA, hosted by Maria Hinojosa; It’s Been a Minute, hosted by Sam Sanders; and Snap Judgment, hosted by Glyn Washington.

There are numerous other channels WYSU uses to reach out to diverse audiences.

Although on temporary hiatus because of the Covid-19 pandemic, WYSU is committed to continuing its long-standing partnership with the local nonprofit organization Ebony Lifeline Support Group to produce, and make available on the Internet, the program Life on Life’s Terms. The program is hosted and produced by minorities and primarily with minority guests, and addresses issues of drug and alcohol dependency in the community. WYSU has archived hundreds of these programs for easy access to the community.

WYSU puts much emphasis in providing a generous amount of free public service announcements for events and programs in the minority community such as YSU Hispanic Heritage Month Organizing Committee programs, YSU Africana Studies programs for Black History Month, the YSU Diversity Leadership Award Dinner, Women’s History Month, as well as other specific event requests that are submitted to the station.

Although on hiatus because of the Covid-19 pandemic, WYSU is committed to expanding its active participation and support for university and community-based events of interest to diverse audiences.

WYSU-FM continues to fund two minority broadcast/journalism scholarships. The annually-awarded WYSU-FM Broadcasting Scholarship helps to develop the next generation of minority 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.

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

Finally, with the news and information and cultural music programs, WYSU believes that its programming is a useful, informative and entertaining resource for all members of the community.

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. WYSU has been able to stay true to that original mission only with the stability of the four primary funding sources: university support, membership, underwriting, and the CPB Community Service Grant (CSG). However, because of the pandemic, two of the four primary funding sources -- university support and underwriting -- have significantly decreased. This reduction in these funding sources could cripple the station’s ability to serve the community if it persists much longer. Fortunately, listener support has rallied to the cause, and the CPB CSG remains a steadying income source.

The Youngstown-Warren area is an older rust-belt community that once relied heavily on manufacturing. As in similar cities, this provides a challenging public radio environment in which educational levels are significantly lower than the national average, there is a high poverty rate (currently at 38%), and a population that is in steep decline. Nevertheless, the staff of WYSU continues to believe that its educational, news, and arts programming are important to the region, and must be accessible to everyone in this service area, regardless of income or education level, and that it is more critical than ever they continue to be provided. The substantial financial assistance of the CPB CSG is more essential than it has ever been. It would be very difficult to make up for such a loss, especially in these times.

WYSU’s service is viewed by many community stakeholders as a valuable community resource, a key element in its stability and revitalization, that helps make the city and region a more desirable place to live and work. The CPB CSG is a critical partner in making sure that continues to be the case.