WMUK EEO Public File Report
For the period June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012
WMUK had two vacant permanent full-time positions during the reporting period: Office Assistant position filled November 18,2011 and News Producer & Announcer filled November 9, 2011. A total of 17 people were interviewed for both positions.
After a mailing to several community organizations and after running on-air announcements on WMUK, one organization requested WMUK to provide notification of job vacancies in the future: Michigan Works, firstname.lastname@example.org, Kathy Olsen, 1601 South Burdick Street, Kalamazoo (269) 383-2536. The on air announcements for community organizations who wish to be notified ran as follows: one day every two weeks, twice a day in random day parts.
WMUK's EEO outreach activities during the period covered by this report include:
- News internships are designed to teach young people skills needed for broadcast employment, specifically skills required to become radio reporters and producers. Internships cover a period of 14 weeks per semester. Three periods (semesters) of internships are offered each year. During a semester each intern spends 10-15 hours per week at the station receiving training and producing features. Thirteen (13) interns participated in the program between June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2012, of whom five (5)were minorities (African-American: 4; Asian: 1). Participation for each semester was as follows: Summer, 2 interns; Fall, 3 interns (1 African American, 1 Asian); Spring, 5 interns (2 African American). All news features produced by WMUK interns were broadcast on air.
- WMUK’s General Manager offers consultation, administrative assistance to and program evaluation for WKDS-FM, a high school student-operated station licensed to the Kalamazoo Public Schools and managed by the Public Media Center with participation in the area's Education For Employment program. This community group is active in providing information about broadcast employment issues. WMUK’s General Manager serves on the WKDS Radio Broadcasting Advisory Committee, attends 2 meetings per year (4 every two years). WMUK’s GM attended two meetings this past year. WMUK’s General Manager also participates in discussions with students about employment and careers in Broadcasting.
- WMUK offers on-site tours and in-class presentations about career skills, audio production, station management and developments in electronic media. These services have been provided to communications and journalism students at Western Michigan University during the past year. In these tours and tours with youth organizations, such as scout groups the station manager discusses employment and employment opportunities at WMUK. WMUK’s General Manager conducted three such tours this past year.
- WMUK provides an award of an annual $1000 radio scholarship for students at Western Michigan University's Communications Department. This scholarship is awarded to qualifying students with a strong interest in audio production and community service. In the spring of 2012, the scholarship was awarded to Western Michigan University students Michael Rux and Allison Friedman. Both are film, video and media majors who have shown in interest and talent in the area of radio.
- WMUK’s General Manager participates in at least two career fairs each year. WMUK’s GM, and WMUK’s News Director both attended the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Career and Networking Fair at Brown Hall at Western Michigan University on October 18, 2011. There WMUK's GM and News Director met with students and young professionals to provide information and career advice. WMUK's GM also met and consulted with students and young professionals at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Media Career and Networking Fair in at the Lansing Center in Lansing Michigan on March 14, 2012.
- During the past year WMUK has offered to engage in memberships with local high school area students. One of WMUK’s purposes in engaging in mentorships such as the one described below is to better acquaint those with interests in broadcasting about potential opportunities for employment in broadcasting. In early 2012 WMUK engaged in a mentorship for Mattawan High School senior, Colin Rensch. Mattawan seniors must complete a mentor-guided program of job exploration as part of their education program. WMUK’s Program Director served as mentor for Colin Rensch who has mobility challenges. Colin engaged in job-shadowing with WMUK’s Program Director. Colin also consulted with station staff including the GM and discussed employment opportunities and education opportunities in the broadcasting field. As a result of the mentorship, Colin was also able to complete his preparation for a self-contained jazz program.
Western Michigan University, WMUK's licensee, maintains a vigorous Equal Employment Opportunity program in compliance with state and federal law. The program is administered by David Glenn, Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity (269) 387-6316.
WMUK Employment Opportunities:
Currently there are no full-time employment opportunities available. However community organization may be placed on a list to be notified if you so choose.
WMUK provides notice of full-time employment openings as they occur to organizations within the community requesting them. If your organization wishes to be placed on our list of community groups to be notified you may make your request by e-mail to email@example.com or through a written request at WMUK, Employment Opportunities, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5351.
WMUK as an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:
As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, WMUK and Western Michigan University periodically inform staff (including WMUK staff members) and potential applicants for employment of our EEO policies, program and HR Policies within the university. To learn more about the University’s EEO policies, program and HR policy visit the following websites:
Staff Compensation System (This site explains how WMU determines pay grade for each position (equal pay for equal work). Link: http://www.wmich.edu/hr/compensation/index.html
WMU's Job Opportunity Program (This site explains equitable access to job opportunities within campus). Two links:
In addition information from the Office of Institutional Equity can be found at: http://www.wmich.edu/oie/