WYSO is committed to the goal of achieving equal opportunity for all and, accordingly, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and characteristics, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, visible or invisible disability, or status as a disabled veteran of the Vietnam era. WYSO complies with federal and state legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. Inquiries concerning this policy should be addressed via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via mail to:
Attention: General Manager
150 E. South College Street
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
WYSO Diversity Goals
- WYSO intends to reflect the rich diversity of our listening audience in southwest Ohio and seeks to maintain a diverse workforce, management, volunteer pool and community advisory board.
- WYSO is committed to reflecting our region’s diversity in our programs and services, maintaining an attitude of inclusivity in all that we do and broadcast.
These goals are reflected in the WYSO mission, vision and core beliefs, as adopted in 2017:
Our mission is to give voice to our local community and to inform and inspire our listeners with news, storytelling and music.
Our vision is to be the greatest small station in the country as measured by the number of local stories told; the number of local citizens trained to make radio; and the vitality of our budget, 90% of which will come from local sources.
We will achieve our mission and realize our vision by operating from our core beliefs:
- We believe in education. We believe an efficient and inspiring way to tell local stories is to train community members to make radio.
- We believe in collaboration. WYSO engages in partnerships with nonprofits and educational institutions across our region. This builds our capacity to deliver more and better programs.
- We believe in editorial independence. Our funding model of local listener support ensures that WYSO will remain an independent voice.
- We believe that public radio should be a home for voices that are often excluded from mainstream media. We offer audio portraits of the people and places that comprise our community.
The following ongoing initiatives allow us to achieve our diversity goals:
- We disseminate our job openings broadly, through local and national outlets, where diverse candidates would be likely to see them.
- We maintain an ongoing training project, open to the community at large, called “Community Voices,” that trains individuals in radio production skills and then works with them to include their work on our airwaves.
- We invite community-based interns and volunteers into WYSO from diverse backgrounds throughout the year. They perform duties across the broad spectrum of activities at WYSO, working directly with WYSO professional staff.
- We maintain an active internship program in collaboration with Antioch College and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, known as the “Miller Fellowships.” We seek diverse candidates and train students to professional standards.
- We follow a formal and intentional process to nominate candidates for the WYSO Community Advisory board. We consider elements of diversity when we nominate our candidates and seek to maintain a balance of those factors on our Board composition.
- We create daily news reports, special projects and music programs that reflect the diversity of our listeners.
Since 2010, WYSO has increased diversity among staff, on-air volunteers, administrative volunteers, Resource Board members, Fellows and Interns.
Our local programming contains increasing amounts of music, reports, documentaries and oral history collection devoted to issues of interest to our minority population, including:
- In 2014, with funding from the Ohio Humanities Council, we instituted a series of historical documentaries based on our digital audio archives, which highlights Civil Rights-related stories and profiles.
- In January 2014, WYSO began a new program called Behind the Groove, devoted to the funk music, which began and thrived in the Dayton region.
- WYSO has an ongoing oral history collection project in Yellow Springs, devoted to collecting the stories of African American citizens with experiences and memories of the Civil Rights period.
- In September 2014, WYSO began a radio training project called Dayton Youth Voices in collaboration with Ponitz Career Technical Center. We work directly with high school students from diverse backgrounds to provide professional-level audio training, air their stories on WYSO Weekend, our weekly magazine program, and archive them on our website.
- In early 2014, WYSO collaborated with the Victoria Theatre Association to teach Dayton-area high school students. One group of students learned about the role of radio in the civil rights movement, a second group learned about the social importance of funk music in Dayton’s history.
We intend to continue and expand these projects when funding and staffing allows.