Our Policies

These are a few of the most commonly-asked-about policies that WKCV adheres to. For a detailed list of our policies and procedures, please see the handbook that is available in the station.

Statement of Equal Opportunity


WKCV-FM seeks on a continual basis student participation in all areas of the station’s operation and management.  Station positions are available to all part- and full-time Keystone students studying any major regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, or physical disability.  Students working with WKCV during the summer months must be either enrolled for the following fall semester or active in summer classes.  Members of the Faculty as well as other members of the campus community are also invited to participate in the station.

Staffing Guidelines

While participation in WKCV in the form of General Members is actively encouraged and open to all, Executive Staff ranks are appointed positions which are highly selective and competitive.  Appointment as an Executive Staff member is dependent on a number of criteria including leadership ability, radio-related skills and aptitudes, and academic standing.

WKCV-LP FM Offensive Language Policy

As an F. C. C.-licensed broadcast station, WKCV-LP FM’s programming must comply with Federal Communication Commission regulations.  According to F. C. C. regulations and Federal judicial rulings, profanity, obscenity, and indecency are prohibited from public airwaves.

Profanity is defined as blasphemous or irreverent comments involving references to God or sacred things.  Expletives would fit into this category.

Obscenity is defined as offensive or lewd comments related to sexual activities.

Indecency is defined as comments that offend common community standards of public morality and good taste.  This category is often the most difficult to identify, for standards may vary from community to community.  As a rule of thumb, remember that our local region has long been identified as a conservative community, so please try to watch what you say.

As WKCV staff, each member of the station must understand and follow these rules.  The reputation and continuation of the station depend on this, as does license renewal by the F. C. C.

Remember that while the F. C. C. might not have the time to listen to our station, it does listen to feedback, reports, and complaints from the listening community and is charged with taking action on such information.

 Procedures

As a WKCV staff member, you represent both the station and Keystone College.  Therefore, it is your responsibility to perform professionally at all times.  Remember, to a large extent, the station’s image will affect your professional image upon graduation and might affect your career. The specific procedures below require your continuing attention.

  1. No unauthorized personnel are permitted on the station premises.  Any visitors must have been cleared and have written permission from the Station Advisor (Julia Peterson).  No visitors after 11 P. M.  These rules will be enforced by Campus Security.
  2. While present on the station premises, you must have your Keystone College ID with you.
  3. You are responsible for maintaining a logbook; please remember to fill it out.
  4. During your scheduled shift, you have full responsibility for the protection and operation of the station.
  5. When you accept responsibility of a shift, you can’t leave the premises during the shift.  The station must never be unmonitored during your shift.
  6. Live telephone calls on the air are prohibited. 
  7. Absolutely no smoking, drinking, illicit drug usage, or anything else illegal on the campus in the studio. Any such activities will be immediately reported to the College.
  8. Smoking, food, and beverages are prohibited in the station.
  9. Vandalism of the studio in any form will not be tolerated, and will result in disciplinary action.
  10. Don't slander or insult any Keystone College student, faculty member, or any members of the listening community. Slander is defined as “a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report.”   Off-mic comments are prohibited.  If you must ad-lib with your shift associate, both of you must be on-mic.
  11. You must take responsibility for keeping the entire station premises clean.  Everything must be in its proper place before you leave your shift. Do not leave empty bottles, scrap paper, or any other waste laying around.
  12. All staff members are responsible for reading news, weather, and other messages at the designated times.  Make sure to include these announcements as part of your shift log.
  13.  Make sure to note any malfunction in your shift log.
  14. Should a malfunction occur, or a piece of equipment fail, please don’t try to repair anything yourself—instead, report it in your shift logIn case of emergency, contact the Station Advisor, Julia Peterson or the Coordinator of Operations, Justin Kraky.
  15. Please refrain from speaking loudly in the vicinity of the radio station.  The studios are sound conditioned, not totally sound proof.  When the “on-air” sign is on please keep any sound to a minimum.
  16. If there are two people on a programming shift, then both must be present each week and take turns running the board.
  17. You are expected to arrive at the station early enough to properly prepare for your show.  A good show will be impossible to pull off if you arrive anything later than 10 minutes before show time. The preceding host must 1) have the studio “cleaned up” for the next host at that time; and 2) have enough programming to fulfill the rest of their show time. When you are granted the privilege of a radio shift, you accept responsibility for the entire semester.  If you can’t be present in a given week, you must find a qualified replacement (station member in good standing) well in advance.  You must also notify both the Station Advisor (Julia Peterson) and the Station Manager in advance, of both your absence and your replacement.  If you can’t find a replacement, you must do the shift.  Failure to show up for a shift without finding a suitable replacement and notifying the Station Advisor and the Station Manager will result in loss of your shift for the entire semester.
  18. It is essential that you identify the station continually during your shift.  Virtually every mic comment you make should in some way include a station identification.  However, you don’t have to use the legal ID every time.
  19. The legal ID must be heard at the top of the broadcast hour, as close to the hour as possible.
  20.  Always begin your shift by filling out your log book.
  21. Every person related to a shift (DJ’s, guests, engineer, etc.) must sign in at the beginning of the shift.  If any signatures, times, transmitter readings, or programming notes are omitted or falsified, the staff member will be penalized.  For the first offense, the member will be off the air for two consecutive weeks; if there is a second offense, the member will lose air privileges for the semester. Your presentation of news/weather/sports/announcements must be “straight” without editorial comments, unless such pieces are pre-approved and pre-recorded.  It is in your best interest to practice professionalism in your on-air delivery. Please try to avoid making inside jokes or obscure references. If you know you have friends listening, that's cool, but that does not mean that you don't have additional listeners. There are probably many more strangers than friends listening. In order to ensure that WKCV sounds as professional as possible please keep the broad audience in mind.
  22.  Rehearse your copy aloud before going on the air with it.  Also, be sure to identify yourself before and after each announcement.  Present these program segments at the times designated on the program clock and remember to note them in your shift log.
  23. The music you play must be in keeping with both WKCV policy and FCC regulations and guidelines.  No music may be played which has not been pre-approved by the Music Director(s).  Ultimately, you will be held responsible for the lyrics of any music you air, so check it out beforehand, before submitting it to the Music Director(s).  Music may be submitted to either Julia Peterson, Justin Kraky, or the music director. Beyond music lyrics, there are even tighter restrictions on how DJs express themselves on air, as far as the F.C.C. is concerned.  F. C. C. regulations and guidelines prohibit profanity, obscenity, and indecency.  Always remember that when you are on the air, you are representing both WKCV and Keystone College to the listening audience.
  24.  Avoid dead air.  Your goal is to have a “tight shift” with rhythmic and smooth flow between program segments.
  25.  Watch your VU meters.  Don’t go “in the red” or “in the mud.”  Make sure to match levels between program segments.
  26.  While music blocks become more appropriate during later evening hours, do practice ad-libbing between selections.  This is still expected of professionals.  Don’t play more than three or four songs without going on-mic.  However, the content of mic comments must be airworthy.  For example, limit superfluous ramblings.  If you can’t think of something interesting and articulate to say, just introduce the next song.  Ideally, you will come to your shift with a prepared and rehearsed script which will give you plenty of material to read or improvise with, if you’re so inclined.  In any event, try to limit your comments to no longer than three minutes at a time, unless your format is a talk show. 
  1.  All “entertainment” sketches (including comedy routines) must be pre-approved by the Station Advisor (and in most cases they must be pre-recorded).
  2.  Any music specials, including live performances, interviews, and album features, must be approved in advance by either the Station Advisor, the Station Manager, or the Music Director(s).
  3.  Any student-produced programming, including promos, jingles, and music, must be pre-approved by either the Station Advisor (Julia Peterson) or the Coordinator of Operations (Justin Kraky).
  4.  Attendance at all staff meetings is mandatory.  One absence is permitted, if the member notifies either the Station Advisor or the Station Manager at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting.  If a second meeting is missed without notification, that member loses air privileges for the semester.