RCRG Radio w mouse.jpg

2013 EEO Program Report

Period Covered: June 1st, 2012 – May 31st, 2013


WAKR/Akron, WONE-FM/Akron, WQMX/Medina



I.                   GENERAL POLICY

It is the policy of The Rubber City Radio Group to provide employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin or sex in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training and termination.

It is also our policy to promote the realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, continuing program of specific practices designed to ensure the full realization of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or sex.

To make this policy effective, and to ensure conformance with the requirements of the FCC, we have adopted an Equal Employment Opportunity Program which includes the following elements:




Our EEO Officer, for the Akron Employment Unit, who is responsible for the administration and implementation of our Equal Employment Opportunity Program, is Henry Zelman.  Henry reviews the practices of all persons making employment decisions with respect to the recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training and termination of employees to ensure that our policy and program are adhered to and that no person is discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex.



To assure that all members of the staff are cognizant of our equal employment opportunity policy and their individual responsibilities in carrying out this policy, the following communication efforts are made:

·         The station's employment application form contains a notice informing prospective employees that discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin or sex is prohibited and that they may notify the appropriate local, state or Federal agency if they believe they have been the victims of discrimination.

·         Appropriate notices are posted informing applicants and employees that the station is an Equal Opportunity Employer and of their right to notify an appropriate local, state or Federal agency if they believe they have been the victims of discrimination.

·         We include a copy of our EEO Policy and Program in personnel manuals, employee handbooks and orientation materials.

·         We remind our management staff of our EEO Policy at staff meetings and discuss our EEO Program at these meetings.  At all hiring opportunities, involved individuals are specifically reminded of their EEO responsibilities.

·         We inform our contacts in the local community of our EEO Policy and our commitment to it.  Close community contacts include our Local Chapters of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and United Way plus other community groups including Kiwanis, Victim's Assistance and more.


IV.             RECRUITMENT

            To ensure non-discrimination and foster their full consideration of all qualified candidates whenever full-time job vacancies occur, we utilize the following recruitment procedures:

o   We contact a variety of business and professional organizations whose membership includes substantial minority and women organizations on a systematic basis, both orally and in writing, to encourage the referral of qualified minority and women applicants whenever job vacancies occur.  The organizations we, contact are:

§  Akron Community Service Center & Urban League

§  East Akron Community house

§  Akron Chapter of the NAACP

§  Urban League of Greater Cleveland

§  Massillon Urban League

§  Greater Stark Urban League


o   In addition to the organizations noted above, which specialize in minority and women candidates, we deal only with employment services, including state employment agencies, which refer job candidates without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin or sex.  These employment referral services are:

§  Ohio Center for Broadcasting

§  Employment Resource Center

§  Summit Co. Executive's Office on Equal Employment Oppor.

§  Ohio Assn. of Broadcasters

o   When we recruit prospective employees from educational institutions, such recruitment efforts include schools and colleges with minority and women enrollments.  Educational institutions we contact for recruitment purposes are:

§  Cleveland State University

§  University of Akron

§  Kent State University

§  The Ohio University

§  Mount Union College


o   We encourage current employees to refer qualified minority and women candidates for existing and future job openings.

o   We participate in job fairs by station personnel who have substantial responsibility in hiring.  During the period, we have participated in the following job fairs:

§  Akron Urban League's Northeast Ohio Diversity Career Fair, September 12th, 2012.  Attended by Ms. Joyce Lagios, Vice-President, Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

§  Rubber City Radio Group Job Fair, May 14th, 2013.  Staffed by Joyce Lagios, Vice-President, Director of Marketing & Public Relations and Mark Biviano, Sr. Vice-President, Director of Sales.

o   We participate in events sponsored by organizations representing community groups interested in broadcast employment issues, including conventions, career days, and workshops.  They include.

§  The Ohio Association of Broadcasters

§  The Cleveland Advertising Association


§  We provide on-the-job training to upgrade the skills of our employees.

§  We provide internships or other assistance to individuals, schools, or colleges in programs designed to enable qualified minorities and women to learn about various facets of the business and to compete in the broadcast employment market on an equitable basis.  Most of our interns come from the following sources:

·         The University of Akron

·         Kent State University

·         The Ohio Center for Broadcasting

§  We participate on the Board of The Ohio Broadcasters Foundation, which awards scholarships, annually, to college bound seniors who will be studying communications and media.  Specifically, our General Manager, Thomas Mandel, President/CEO serves on the Board of the Ohio Broadcaster’s Foundation and the selection committee for the scholarship program.  More information about the program can be found at the following website address: http://oab.org/for-the-public/ohio-broadcasters-foundation-scholarships/index.php .

V.                SELF-ASSESSMENT

To ensure that our EEO Program is effective in providing equal employment opportunity, we utilize the following procedures every two years.

o   We evaluate the productivity of each of our recruitment sources and eliminate those which have been unsuccessful in widely disseminating our vacancies to all qualified applicants.  We also supplement our sources with new organizations and other recruitment sources, as needed.

o   We periodically review the composition of our station’s workforce for self-assessment purposes.  Where under representation of minorities or women exists, we re-examine the station's personnel policies and practices to assure that they do not inadvertently screen out any group.

o   We review our job hires to see whether all qualified applicants are considered for every job opening.

o   We review our hiring, promotion and seniority practices and results for consistency with our EEO Program.

o   We review the salaries and benefits of our employees to discover any inequities relating to minorities and women.




Recruitment Sources


When positions become available at Rubber City Radio Group stations, they are advertised by notification to the following mailing list.  Some are paid classified advertising sources.  Most are community job-board type agencies who let their constituents know about our openings.







Akron Beacon Journal

     Classified Desk



44 E. Exchange St.

Akron, OH   44328


Cleveland Plain Dealer

     Classified Desk



1801 Superior Ave, East

Cleve., OH   44114


Kent State University




261 MSC

PO Box 5190

Kent, OH   44242 


University of Akron

   Center for Career Mgt.


The University of Akron

Center for Career Management

302 Buchtel Mall

 Akron, OH 44325-4306



Ohio Center for Broadcasting

  Elizabeth Stratten




9985 Rockside Rd.

Valleyview, OH  44125


Akron Community Service Ctr.

   & Urban League

   Mr. Frederick Wright

Civic Org.

440 Vernon Odom Blvd.

Akron, oh 44307


East Akron Community House

   Ms. Dorothy Smith


Civic Org.

550 S. Arlington St.

Akron, OH  44306


Akron Chapter of NAACP

   Ms. Ophelia Averit


Civic Org.

1419 Copley Rd.

Akron, OH  44320


Cleveland State University

     Career Services Center



1983 E. 24th St.

Cleve., OH  44115


The Cleveland Call & Post

   Victoria Mackabee


11800 Shaker Blvd.

Cleveland, OH  44120



216-588-6723 (fax)

 Mr. James C. Hamilton

 Ohio Job and Family Services



 1040 East Tallmadge Avenue

  Akron, OH 44310


 Ohio University

 Ms. Rosemary Mayronne



Career Services

Division of Student Affairs

Baker University Center 533

One Park Place

Athens, OH 45701 Mayronne1@ohio.edu


Summit County Executive's Off.

   on Equal Employment Oppor.

   Mr. Don Mittiga


175 So. Main St.

Akron, OH   44308


Urban League of Greater Cle.

   Mr. Jonathon Holyfield, Pres.




2930 Prospect Ave., SE

Cleveland, OH  44115


Massillon Urban League

    Mr. Gregory Pringle



325 3rd St., SE

Massillon, OH 44646-6703


Greater Stark County Urban   League

    Mr. Vince Watts, Pres.



1400 Sherrick Rd., SE

Canton, OH 44707-3533


The Ohio Association

   of Broadcasters

   Ms. Christine Merritt



88 East Broad St., Suite 1180

Columbus, Ohio 43215



Mount Union College

  Ms. Rebecca Doak

  Dir. of Career Development


1972 Clark Avenue

Alliance, OH  44601



Rubber City Radio Group

   Online Career Fair








Cleveland Advertising Assn.

   Online Employment Board

Job Board



Career Builder.com

Online Classifieds




Online Classifieds




Online Classifieds




Rubber City Radio Group

Akron Equal Opportunity Program

May 28, 2013





6/1/12  -  5/31/13


The following is a list of new full-time positions filled during the period.  All positions were posted to the referral sources outlined in Exhibit A.  Sources listed here are those which produced qualified candidates for interviews.




1. Sales Executive    WAKR-AM  WONE-FM 

      Recruitment Sources used to fill this position include:


·         Monster.com

·         Akron Beacon Journal Website

·         Indeed.com

·         Personal Referrals




2. News Anchor/Reporter   WAKR-AM


      Recruitment Sources used to fill this position include:


·         Cleveland Plain Dealer

·         OhioMeansJobs.com

·         Rubber City Radio Group Online Career Fair

·         Phone Inqury



3. Show Producer  WAKR-AM 


      Recruitment Sources used to fill this position include:


·         Cleveland Plain Dealer Website

·         Word of Mouth

·         Rubber City Radio Group Website   




4. Air Personality   WONE-FM


      Unusual situation in which the Licensee seized the opportunity to hire a highly well known individual for an on air personality position which would not have otherwise been open.





·  The Total Number of Persons interviewed for all full time vacancies

    during the period was :  26



·   Referrals for our full time positions came from the following

     sources (# referrals)


·         Akron Beacon Journal Website  (1)

·         Cleveland Plain Dealer Website  (2)

·         Monster.com  (5)

·         Indeed.com  (3)

·         OhioMeansJobs.com  (1)

·         Rubber City Radio Group Online Career Fair  (2)

·         Word of Mouth  (11)

·         Phone Inquiry  (1)