2017EEO Program Report

June 1st, 2016 – May 31st, 2017

AKRON, OHIO STATION GROUP:

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

 

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:

RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION

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.

 

POLICY DISSEMINATION

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.

 

 

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 external media outlets, print and online, where we feel we can reach a significant number of minority and female candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.  Some of these include

·         The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Newspaper)

·         The Akron Beacon Journal (Newpaper)

·         The Cleveland Call & Post (Newspaper)

·         Monster.com (Online Classifieds)

·         ZipRecruiter (Online Classifieds)

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 Media School

·         Employment Resource Center

·         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:

·         Rubber City Radio Group sponsored a Job Fair, September 14, 2016.  Held at the Ohio Means Jobs Center, Tallmadge Ave., Akron.  Staffed by Mark Biviano, Sr. Vice President.

·         All Stations participated in a Job Fair at The Kent State University, March 1st, 2017.  This was staffed by Mark Biviano, Sr. Vice President.

·         Rubber City Radio Group sponsored a Job Fair, March 8th, 2017.  Held at the Ohio Means Jobs Center, Tallmadge Ave., Akron.  Staffed by Joyce Lagios, Events Manager, Vice-President, Director of Marketing & Public Relations and Mark Biviano, Sr. Vice President.

·         All stations participated in a Job Fair at the Ohio Media School, in Valley View, Ohio, March 10th, 2017.  Positions in Sales, Street Team and Non-Traditional Services were presented at the event which was open to all graduates of the school.  Staffed by Mark Biviano, Sr. Vice-President.

 

 

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

o   We maintain a website based employment opportunities page, accessible directly from any of our station’s sites, which outlines each of the positions for which we are currently recruiting. Positions that we recruit/interview on an ongoing basis, are also listed.

 

o   TRAINING/INTERNSHIPS

·                     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:

o   The University of Akron

o   Kent State University

o   The Ohio Media School


 

 

·                     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/scholarships.

 

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.  One example is a current trend moving to online recruiting and away from Newspaper Classifieds (which no longer generate adequate referrals.)

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.

EXHIBIT A

RCRG EEO Plan

WAKR - WONE - WQMX

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.

 

                  

Source:

Type:

Address:

Phone:

Akron Beacon Journal

     Classified Desk

 

Newspaper

44 E. Exchange St.

Akron, OH   44328

330-996-3600

Cleveland Plain Dealer

     Classified Desk

 

Newspaper

1801 Superior Ave, East

Cleve., OH   44114

216-999-5555

Northeast Ohio Media Group

     PD Online Portal

Online

Cleveland.com

 

Kent State University

 

 

School

261 MSC

PO Box 5190

Kent, OH   44242 

330-672-2360

University of Akron

   Center for Career Mgt.

School

The University of Akron

Center for Career Management

302 Buchtel Mall

 Akron, OH 44325-4306

uaccm@uakron.edu

330-972-7747

Ohio Media School

  Janis Hannah-Hardy

  jhardy@beonair.com

School

9985 Rockside Rd.

Valleyview, OH  44125

216-593-5900

Cleveland State University

     Career Services Center

 

School

1983 E. 24th St.

Cleve., OH  44115

216-687-2238

The Cleveland Call & Post

   Victoria Mackabee

Newspaper

11800 Shaker Blvd.

Cleveland, OH  44120

 

216-588-6700

216-588-6723 (fax)

 Ohio University

 Ms. Rosemary Mayronne

 

School

Career Services

Division of Student Affairs

Baker University Center 533

One Park Place

Athens, OH 45701 Mayronne1@ohio.edu

740-593-2909

The Ohio Association

   of Broadcasters

   Ms. Christine Merritt

Trade

   Agency

88 East Broad St., Suite 1180

Columbus, Ohio 43215

614-228-4052

www.oab.org

Mount Union College

  Ms. Rebecca Doak

  Dir. of Career Development

School

1972 Clark Avenue

Alliance, OH  44601

www.collegecentral.com/MountUnion

 

Rubber City Radio Group

   Online Career Fair

Job

  Board

www.wakr,net

www.wone.net

www.wqmx.com

www.wnwv.com

 

Jobs Ohio

Job Board

www.jobsohio.com

 

Facebook

Social Media Platform

www.facebook.com

 

Twitter

Social Media Platform

www.twitter.com

 

All Access

Trade

   Media

www.allaccess.com

 

Monster.com

Online Classifieds

www.monster.com

 

Zip Recruiter

Online Classifieds

www.ziprecruiter.com

 

GlassDoor.com

Online Classifieds

www.glassdoor.com

 

Beyond.com

Online Classifieds

www.beyond.com

 

MediaRecruiter.com

Online Classifieds

www.mediarecruiter.com

 

Indeed

Online Job

   Board

www.indeed.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rubber City Radio Group

Akron Equal Opportunity Program

May 31st, 2017

EXHIBIT B

 

FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT ACTIVITIES

 

June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017

 

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.      Building Maintenance Engineer (All Stations)

a.       Recruitment Sources used to fill this position include:

                                                                                                                    i.      Akron Beacon Journal

                                                                                                                  ii.      Cleveland Plain Dealer

2.      News Anchor/Reporter (WAKR/WQMX)

a.       Recruitment Sources used to fill this position include:

                                                                                                                    i.      www.rcrg.net

3.      News Anchor/Reporter (WAKR)

a.       Recruitment Sources used to fill this position include:

                                                                                                                    i.      www.rcrg.net

                                                                                                                  ii.      Monster.com

                                                                                                                iii.      University of Akron

                                                                                                                iv.      Cleveland.com

                                                                                                                  v.      Internal Referral

                                                                                                                vi.      External Referral

 

 

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

    during the period was :  18

 

 

·   Referrals for our full time positions came from the following

     sources (# referrals)

 

·         www.rcrg.net (5)

·         Cleveland Plain Dealer (1)

·         Akron Beacon Journal (6)

·         Monster.com (2)

·         University of Akron (1)

·         Cleveland.com (1)

·         Internal Referral (1)

·         External Referral (1)