WCBE-FM, Columbus, Ohio
Licensee: Columbus Board of Education
EEO Annual Report: June 1, 2011 - May 31, 2012
Recruitment for Job Vacancies: WCBE experienced no job vacancies during the license year June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012. Therefore, no recruitments occurred during this period.
Recruitment Sources and Job Referral Organizations:During this period, although there were no job vacancies, WCBE continued to maintain and update its list of Recruitment Sources and Job Referral Organizations. These include:
1. Columbus Public Schools’ Human Resources Division:
A. Web site listings: http://www.columbus.k12.oh.us/applications/employment.nsf/pages
B. Posting on employment opportunities bulletin board:
Classified Personnel Office of Columbus City Schools
270 E. State St.
Columbus, OH 43215
A. Station web site: http://www.wcbe.org/
B. Staff word-of-mouth and referrals
3. Local Newspaper Advertisements
A. Columbus Dispatch
34 South 3rd Steeet
Columbus, OH 43215)
B. Columbus Call & Post
11800 Shaker Blvd
Cleveland, OH 44120-1919
C. The Other Paper
5255 Sinclair Road
Columbus, OH 43229
4. Local Universities (departments notified may vary, based on particular job need)
A. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
B. Otterbein University, Westerville, OH
C. Capital University, Bexley, OH
D. Franklin University, Columbus, OH
E. Central State University (WCSU), Wilberforce, OH
5. Other Schools
A. Vocational Teachers in local school districts
B. The Recording Workshop, Masseyville, OH
6. Columbus-Area Professional Organizations
A. Columbus Association of Black Journalists
P.O. Box 1924
Columbus, OH 43216
7. National Publications
6930 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
8. Other Organizations
A. Corporation for Public Broadcasting (Washington, DC) jobs section (Website: http://www.cpb.org/jobline/
B. National Public Radio (Washington, DC)(Local station jobs section of website: www.npr.org/about/jobs/
C. TEEN – Teen Education & Employment Network (Franklin County, OH)
Godman Guild Association
303 East Sixth Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43201
D. Columbia School of Journalism (NY, NY) (Radio job resources for
E. Development Exchange International (Washington, DC)
9. Industry listservs (Pubtech, Pubradio, NPR A-Reps).
10. Columbus-area Job-referral Organizations
A. NAACP (Columbus Chapter)
233 S High St
Columbus, OH 43215
B. The Columbus Urban League
788 Mount Vernon Ave
Columbus, OH 43203
Outreach Activities, June 1, 2011 - May 31, 2012
Because WCBE is licensed to a school district, educating youth is core to our mission. Thus, most of the following outreach activities, including our extensive high school and college internship programs and our work-study program, are part of the fulfillment of that mission. Students here do not get coffee or take out the trash; rather, the programs are designed to give each intern or work/study student a broad overview of station operations. After that overview is obtained, the intern moves into an area of specialization: journalism, marketing, writing, membership, etc. The high school program gives a broader experience over a longer period – each student’s internship runs the course of the school year (September – May). The college internships are more specialized, as these students have a better-defined career focus. The college internships are also shorter, typically lasting one quarter. In both cases, the overall emphasis is to give the intern a true career experience, a taste of the real work of radio.
Ongoing Outreach Activities: These outreach activities and initiatives have become ongoing and standard from year to year at WCBE:
1. Internship program (high school students) (#5). WCBE-FM partnered with
Columbus City Schools (the Columbus Board of Education is WCBE’s licensee). This has been an ongoing program since 2000 and remained in effect throughout the entire 2011-2012 license year. It was developed and initially coordinated by General Manager Dan Mushalko. During the 2011-2012 license year, it was coordinated by membership director/webmaster, Richelle Antczak, with assistance from radio station operator, Heather Anderson.
2. Internship Program (college interns) (#5). WCBE’s college-level internship program
continued for another year. During 2011 - 2012, interns for this program were drawn from The Ohio State University (ongoing since 2004; full-year program); Southern Illinois University (Spring 2011); and Brown University (Summer 2011). College interns for news were coordinated by station news reporter Mike Foley and news host Alison Holm; other college interns were coordinated by general manager Dan Mushalko.
3. Career Outreach Programs Partnering with Educational Institutions (# 10)
A. The Ohio State University Professional Writing Program Career Seminars: (Fall 2011). General manager Dan Mushalko participated in this program on behalf of WCBE in partnership with the University. Various industries which rely heavily on writing are represented in the program. The purpose of the seminar is to demonstrate potential career paths to undergraduate and graduate students in the university’s professional writing program. WCBE was selected to represent the broadcast industry. Our presentation in this program focuses on the great importance of writing in our field, from underwriting (and advertising) copywriters to producers and journalists.
B. High School Career Days. In partnership with its licensee, the Columbus Ohio
Board of Education, WCBE routinely participates in Career Days at high schools within the Columbus schools system. During the 2011-12 license year, WCBE participated in two local high schools career days.
C. Ohioana Book Festival. This is an annual Columbus-area event which celebrates Ohio authors, and promotes the writing profession. In addition to attending the festival and hosting a booth in the exhibit area, WCBE worked with students from Ohio State University who recorded interviews with published authors discussing the writing profession for use in our weekly Writer’s Talk program.
4. Station Tour Programs (#10, #11):
A. Boy/Girl Scouts; School Tours, General Tours: The WCBE Station
Tour Program began as a way for local Boy and Girl Scouts to earn credit toward their career merit badges, but has now expanded into tours for all members of the public, including school classes, adults interested in radio careers, “shadow” students, etc. The tours, which are coordinated by radio station operator Heather Anderson, are designed to give a general overview of the radio industry, the different types of careers available in radio (engineering, writing, deejay/host, sales, management, and so on), and “behind the scenes” radio operations.
B. History tours: WCBE is located on the grounds of an old Civil War army
fort, with many of the original buildings still standing. Since 2009, station personnel have offered historical tours of the campus. School groups and adults taking advantage of special events (such as members of the Columbus Historical Society) are the usual participants. These tours are coordinated by Dan Mushalko, with tour content assistance provided by a college student intern (history major) and high school history/English teacher employed by the licensee. Because WCBE is a public radio station and a member of National Public Radio, it draws upon diverse content for its programs, including history, literature, political science, sociology, etc. Thus, it looks at careers in broadcasting through a wider lens, as encompassing also content providers and potential future producers of programs for radio broadcasting. Thus, its interns include students majoring in fields other than communications or journalism, to include those majoring in English, history, etc.
5. Staff Mentoring Program (#8, #9): This is a formal management training/ mentoring program that was instituted in the Spring of 2008 to provide training and opportunity for advancement for mid-level management staff at WCBE. At least two (female) staff members are presently participating in the program. The program is coordinated by Dan Mushalko, General Manager.
6. Host site for STEP (Franklin County’s Summer Teen Employment Program)(#4):
For the second summer in a row,WCBE served as a host site for the county teen employment program, called STEP. This program focuses on urban youth in poverty. Many of these students have few role models to offer advice for early employment, from applying for jobs to how to behave in the work environment STEP is designed to provide that first job experience in a guided, educational manner so these teens learn the skills to better qualify them for full-time employment after high school graduation. The program ran for the months of June and July, 2011, and involved the following WCBE personnel: Dan Mushalko, Jim Coe, Heather Anderson, and Alison Holm.
7. New Business Internship Program (#5). In the 2011-12 license year, WCBE added
a new business thread to our internship program, expanding beyond our usual broadcast and writing intern programs. These interns work with the station’s development staff to learn about and enhance business skills. Our second year offering this thread included a high school student from Eastmoor Academy as participant..
8. The Dick & Jane Project (#10): WCBE partnered with its licensee, Columbus City
Schools, on this initiative, which tries to reach students at a younger age than the usual high school- and college-level student we work with. In this new initiative, which focuses on one schools per week, public middle school students are guided to develop communication skills through song composition; their finished works are broadcast by the station Fridays at 11:55am, with the entire student body of both that week’s school and the school scheduled for the next week tuned in. The initiative began in January, 2012, has become very popular with students and schools, and will become an ongoing project for WCBE.
9. Fort Hayes High School Vocational Curriculum Advisory Committee (#10): In yet
another partnership with Columbus public schools, WCBE has become a member of the Fort Hayes High School Vocational Curriculum Advisory Committee. In this capacity, WCBE personnel, including Dan Mushalko and other staff, advise teachers on best educational practices and content for vocational classes relating to broadcasting, audio recording, and production classes, and for preparing secondary students for the workplace. .
10. Management-Intensive Volunteer Program:(New in 2011). In this new program,
either a student or an adult from the community, who has the time and interest, is selected to work one-on-one with our general manager, shadowing and assisting him in a period of more intensive work which provides both a broader and more in-depth experience of radio station operations, from learning FCC compliance issues to meeting major donors.