KHSU deal with CapRadio excludes community volunteers – Times-Standard

Beginning April 1, Sacramento-based Capital Public Radio will oversee KHSU’s functions in addition to other noncommercial NPR member stations licensed to Humboldt State University.

The new partnership with CapRadio paves the way for increased student participation at KHSU, but does not extend to the community as a whole as it did before HSU administrators laid off the majority of KHSU staff and volunteers. in April 2019.

“We do not anticipate any volunteer-produced programming or content,” HSU spokesman Grant Scott-Goforth told The Times-Standard Wednesday morning.

“(The programming) can be a variety of things, including campus updates, expert insights from faculty, community interviews, etc. Students might have the opportunity to participate in production,” he said. “We expect there will be internship opportunities in a wider range of operations than before. However, the new internship program has not been created and therefore it is not yet clear how it could be different.

When asked how CapRadio would partner with the community to create locally relevant programming, Scott-Goforth said the university plans to reach out to the community and form focus groups “to gather information about programming interests”.

“With the research findings as a guide, we will evolve KHSU’s on-air and digital programming and be able to secure stronger resources to improve service to the public. This includes uninterrupted access to national programming from NPR, BBC and APM,” CapRadio chief executive Jun Reina said in the statement.

Initially, most if not all of KHSU’s staff will work remotely, but it’s possible more staff will work locally in the future, Scott-Goforth said.

HSU plans to continue local underwriting, advertising for public radio stations, for KHSU “once basic operations are in place,” the statement said.

“Subscription is an important source of revenue for operating a public radio,” Scott-Goforth said. “KHSU ceased underwriting activities in the spring of 2019 due to a lack of capacity.”

HSU administrators have previously cited financial reasons for why the university laid off the majority of KHSU staff nearly three years ago. Scott-Goforth said the university has saved more than $250,000 a year since.

“The $250,000 was the approximate station grant from the university before the changes made in the spring of 2019,” he said.

HSU will continue to operate Radio Bilingue on 103.3 FM and 89.7 FM as well as BBC station KHSQ 107.7 FM which are not part of the agreement with CapRadio, according to the statement.

“This is an exciting new partnership that achieves our goals and opens up new possibilities for the future,” Frank Whitlatch, HSU’s vice president for academic advancement, said in the prepared statement. “HSU students will continue to have internship opportunities at KHSU, with the added benefit of CapRadio’s expertise, and our North Shore communities will have a connection to state and national public radio programming. .”

Whitlach has overseen KHSU operations since the summer of 2019 and worked with former KHSU chief executive Ed Subkis to negotiate the deal with CapRadio on HSU’s behalf, according to the release.

HSU will continue to license the stations.

“Under the new agreement with HSU, FCC-issued broadcast licenses for KHSU stations will be retained by the university, while CapRadio and Chico (North State Public Radio) will be responsible for day-to-day operations and in-service programming. on the North Shore public,” according to a statement prepared by the university

CapRadio did not respond to The Times-Standard’s request for comment by the print deadline.

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