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 (known as the WYSO Resource 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 values, as adopted in 2010 and as presented to the Antioch College Corporation Board of Trustees in early 2014:
WYSO Public Radio provides in-depth news and information plus thought-provoking entertainment programs to the more than one million people who live and work in the Miami Valley of southwest Ohio and to thousands more listeners online around the world.
WYSO will grow and be recognized as the regional go-to station for excellent news, public affairs and entertainment programs. We will provide a mix of local and national programs. We will nurture and train a community of media makers to bring our listeners local issues, stories and music. We will enrich public discourse, foster curiosity and creativity, respect differences and be a public forum for ideas and opinions on the widest possible spectrum.
Everything we do as a staff and all the programs we air will embody these qualities: excellence, community, inclusiveness, integrity, innovation, education and diversity.
The by-laws of the WYSO Resource Board include the following language, approved by the Board in June 2013.
The Resource Board shall reflect the rich diversity of the community and listenership.
The Board is charged with the inclusion of all persons with respect to race, ethnic identity, age, gender ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, family status and disability.
These are the elements of diversity that we find important in our public media work.
WYSO is owned and operated by the Antioch College Corporation, whose mission and vision we share:
The mission of Antioch College is to provide a rigorous liberal arts education on the belief that scholarship and life experience are strengthened when linked, that diversity in all its manifestations is a fundamental component of excellence in education, and that authentic social and community engagement is vital for those who strive to win victories for humanity.
Antioch College will be the place where new and better ways of living are discovered as a result of meaningful engagement with the world through intentional linkages between classroom and experiential education.
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 (known as the WYSO Resource 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.
WYSO Staff diversity (FT and contract)
Black/African American – 19%
White – 81%
Female – 44%
Male – 56%
WYSO Governance Diversity (includes WYSO Resource Board and Antioch College Board of Trustees)
WYSO Resource Board
Antioch College Corporation Board
Hispanic – 5%
White – 81%
Female – 41%
Male – 59%