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KKJZ Station Senior/Executive Management

Saul Levine
General Manager
stephanie@kkjz.org (310) 478-5540
Stephanie Levine
Station Manager/General Counsel
stephanie@kkjz.org (310) 478-5540 ext. 233
Mike Johnson
Operations Manager
mjohnson@kkjz.org (310) 478-5540 ext. 229
Michael Levine
Director of Underwriting
mlevine@mountwilsoninc.com (310) 478-5540 ext. 246

http://www.foundation.csulb.edu/contacts/kkjzmngnt.htm

Diversity Statement: CPB Policy

The following are the Diversity Policy Guidelines for KKJZ and its licensee, California State University, Long Beach Research Foundation ("CSULB Research Foundation").

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

KKJZ's policy is to provide equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, religion (including religious dress or religious grooming), color, sex (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding, transgender status), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, family care status, military or veteran status, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender, gender orientation, gender identification, gender expression, genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected by law. KKJZ policy prohibits harassment of applicants or employees related to these bases.

Review of Station Practices

Consistent with past practice, and as further suggested by the CPB Policy Guidelines, KKJZ ensures that the diversity goals as outlined above are adhered to in all hiring matters. Additionally, station management reviews internal practices to ensure continuing compliance with applicable FCC guidelines on an annual basis.

Diversity Statement

The CPB Policy Guidelines include a request that each community service grant recipient prepare a brief statement that covers (a) the elements of diversity that KKJZ finds important to its public media work, (b) the extent to which its staff and governance reflect such diversity, (c) the progress the station has made to increase diversity in the last two to three years, and (d) its diversity plan for the future.

This document as a whole is submitted as constituting such a statement.

Initiatives

The CPB Policy Guidelines asks that the station undertake on an annual basis at least one of five enumerated initiatives. In this regard:

• KKJZ works closely with its licensee to offer paid student internships in all aspects of running a radio station;
• KKJZ participates in diversity job fairs; and
• KKJZ provides diversity training for management and appropriate staff

http://www.foundation.csulb.edu/departments/documents/Div_Statemnt_KKJZ.pdf

Local Content and Services Report from 2019 CPB Survey for KKJZ

1. Describe your overall goals and approach to address identified community issues, needs, and interests through your station’s vital local services, such as multiplatform long and short-form content, digital and in-person engagement, education services, community information, partnership support, and other activities, and audiences you reached or new audiences you engaged.

Our primary goal is to promote and preserve the American art form of jazz.  We work to meet this goal by regularly reviewing and improving our on-air programming, as well as investing more in our specialty programs that have included community members. 

In January of 2019, we made major upgrades to our broadcasting equipment, which improved the signal quality and the reach of KKJZ all around Los Angeles and Orange County. KKJZ continues to invest in its paid student internship program. Interns learn about multiple aspects of running a non-commercial jazz radio station.  We also give them special projects to work on that involve specific areas of operating the radio station with which they have expressed interest. 

We have expanded on our efforts from prior years to provide support to local organizations, from the Los Angeles Jazz Society, The World Stage, the California Jazz and Blues Museum, and the Jazz Bakery, to Friends of Jazz at UCLA, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, and more.  This year we also supported the Sutro Avenue Summer Soiree and Jazz Festival, the West Adams Jazz & Music Festival, and several other free community events.
KKJZ continued to provide four scholarships for jazz studies students at CSULB and supported graduates of the jazz studies program by incorporating jazz music from several graduates in our regular programming.

This past summer KKJZ launched a new free community concert series called the KJazz Mobile, in coordination with The World Stage and Just Jazz.  The KJazz Mobile is intended to be an ongoing monthly series of free concerts in the community.  Though the KJazz Mobile is open to the public, the goal of the KJazz Mobile is to cater to underprivileged communities and those places where music is not as accessible, providing these communities with a means to feel more connected not only to the community, but most importantly, to the gift of music. KKJZ pays for the costs of the musicians, hosting, and other necessary fees for each concert, as well as provides the primary source of promotion for the concerts and our promotional partners.  Just Jazz and The World Stage assist with the booking and the promotion of the concerts.  For the first several KJazz Mobile concerts that we held this past summer, we teamed up with The Library Foundation to hold our concerts in connection with their brand new Branching Out Series.  The concerts were held in parks near historic libraries.  We are looking to continue our KJazz Mobile concerts this year.

2. Describe key initiatives and the variety of partners with whom you collaborated, including other public media outlets, community nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions, the business community, teachers and parents, etc. This will illustrate the many ways you’re connected across the community and engaged with other important organizations in the area.

KKJZ continues to work with community music, art, and education groups, local charities, and other public media outlets.  Our key community initiative is to produce more free community concerts to expand the reach of jazz and provide education about jazz to the community.  We worked with Hollywood & Highland, LACMA, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Friends of Jazz at UCLA, Just Jazz, The World Stage and more groups to promote and present free community concerts.

3. What impact did your key initiatives and partnerships have in your community? Describe any known measurable impact, such as increased awareness, learning or understanding about particular issues. Describe indicators of success, such as connecting people to needed resources or strengthening conversational ties across diverse neighborhoods. Did a partner see an increase in requests for related resources? Please include direct feedback from a partner(s) or from a person(s) served.

From staying in close contact with our community partners over the last year, we have received direct feedback that we have increased awareness for our partners and attendance at their events.  We meet regularly with our student interns to discuss their assignments, experience and get their feedback.  This allows us to make adjustments to their work.  We also communicate with the Jazz Studies Program at CSULB about the impact of our four scholarships.

4. Please describe any efforts (e.g. programming, production, engagement activities) you have made to investigate and/or meet the needs of minority and other diverse audiences (including, but not limited to, new immigrants, people for whom English is a second language and illiterate adults) during Fiscal Year 2019, and any plans you have made to meet the needs of these audiences during Fiscal Year 2020. If you regularly broadcast in a language other than English, please note the language broadcast.

Our KJazz Mobile concerts were intended to, and did, reach minority and diverse audiences.  Our goal is to continue and expand on these concerts this year.

KKJZ also regularly airs public service announcements, arts reports, specialty programs, and public affairs programs for community groups.  Our emphasis with public service announcements is supporting diverse, as well as minority, groups and audiences.

KKJZ also will be providing a one-day free jazz program at a local high school to help teach kids about jazz, including about the importance of minorities and women in the development of jazz and how jazz has impacted popular music today.

5. Please assess the impact that your CPB funding had on your ability to serve your community. What were you able to do with your grant that you wouldn't be able to do if you didn't receive it?

The CPB grant plays a crucial role in our ability to serve the public.  As an all-music station, and particularly in a format such as jazz, it is a challenge to obtain the underwriting and fundraising we need to operate the station and do the community outreach that is so important to us and this format.  The CPB grant allows KKJZ to continue producing almost all of our own local radio programming, as well as to  produce and promote community concerts and educational events.

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