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
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.
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
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.
is defined as blasphemous or irreverent comments involving
references to God or sacred things. Expletives would fit into this category.
is defined as offensive or lewd comments related to sexual
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
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.
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.
While present on the station premises, you must have your Keystone College
ID with you.
You are responsible for maintaining a logbook; please remember to fill it
During your scheduled shift, you have full responsibility for the protection
and operation of the station.
When you accept responsibility of a shift, you can’t leave the premises
during the shift. The station must never be unmonitored during your
Live telephone calls on the air are prohibited.
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.
Smoking, food, and beverages are prohibited in the station.
Vandalism of the studio in any form will not be tolerated, and will result
in disciplinary action.
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.”
comments are prohibited. If you must ad-lib with your shift associate, both
of you must be on-mic.
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.
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.
sure to note any malfunction in your shift log.
Should a malfunction occur, or a piece of equipment fail, please don’t
try to repair anything yourself—instead, report it in your shift log.
In case of emergency, contact the Station Advisor, Julia Peterson or the
Coordinator of Operations, Justin Kraky.
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.
If there are two people on a programming shift, then both must be present
each week and take turns running the board.
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.
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
The legal ID must be heard at the top of the broadcast hour, as close to the
hour as possible.
begin your shift by filling out your log book.
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.
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.
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.
Avoid dead air. Your goal is to have a “tight shift” with rhythmic and
smooth flow between program segments.
Watch your VU meters. Don’t go “in the red” or “in the mud.” Make sure to
match levels between program segments.
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.
All “entertainment” sketches (including comedy routines) must be
pre-approved by the Station Advisor (and in most cases they must be
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).
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).
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