Community Radio Mission Statements

2-Oct-2001, by Paul Bame

These mission statements are offered as examples to be used by PRFR (Public Radio for the Front Range) to construct a mission statement. Undoubtedly there are omissions, and some of these may change over time. I will not attempt to keep this document up to date.

This is a sampling of mission statements from the first couple of pages of web search engine results. I attempted to ensure at least one college station, "NPR" station, and explicitly activist station in addition to a handful of familar and not-so-familiar community stations. I found these (mostly) by searching Google using the search community radio mission statement where you can find more than I excerpted here. I also did some minor editing, for example deleting non-mission paragraphs if they occurred in the middle of otherwise mission-related statments. You can follow the links in this document to the unedited statements.

I invite you to use the web version of this document instead of the text version, since the web version contains some links and navigation features. The web version of this document is at http://www.riverrock.org/~bame/missions.html.

KGNU KAOS WERU KVNF WNCW KUHF WJFF WORT KBOO ARD SFLR

KGNU

KGNU is Boulder County's independent, noncommercial community radio station. We seek to stimulate, educate and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or under-represented by other media. The board, staff and volunteers of KGNU are committed to collaboration with each other.

KAOS

KAOS is a community radio station, operating under the policies and procedures of The Evergreen State College. KAOS serves the interests of Evergreen students and the citizens of Thurston County and the surrounding areas, giving special attention to the interests of people historically ignored by the media. KAOS broadcasts educational, informational, cultural and entertainment programs exploring a wide range of cultural, political and social alternatives, and emphasizing information, news and local relevance. KAOS provides training in radio broadcasting to all members of the community.

WERU


KVNF

"It is the mission of Mountain-Grown Community Radio KVNF to participate in and reflect the diversity of its community by presenting a program service which addresses the community's education, information, cultural, and entertainment needs.

"Within the limits of the station's format, KVNF should

"Serve as a community development station providing a reliable electronic communications facility for the residents of the KVNF broadcast area.

"Inform citizens of the significant issues facing society, thus contributing to the development of a community capable of dealing intelligently with those issues and providing a forum for citizens of the community to express those opinions.

"Entertain and enrich the lives of our listeners by presenting the significant and diverse in the fields of music, the arts, and ideas in an appealing, professional way that will tend to encourage new insights to life, people, and relationships in a changing world.

"Reflect credit upon ourselves, KVNF Community Radio, North Fork Valley Public Radio, Inc., and our listeners by holding to high standards, by serving the whole and diverse community, and by achieving local, regional, and national attention due to program excellence and outstanding performance."


WNCW

It is the mission of WNCW to advance the educational goals of Isothermal Community College through the operation of a full service, professional public radio service. The rich and varied programming of WNCW constitutes education in the broader sense, challenging listeners in Western North Carolina and beyond, to pursue a quest for lifelong learning. Within its format, WNCW will:

Broadcast a world of music, news, information and diverse opinion in a non-commercial setting.

Serve the interests of listeners rather than those of the broadcasters or Isothermal Community College.

Enrich the lives of listeners by presenting material that will encourage new insights and expand awareness of the listener?s world, rather than confirm and satisfy pre-existing awareness, interests and understanding.

Grow in service to new listeners, beyond those already within standard public radio demographics, to new listeners who come from diversified cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds.

Enlighten listeners about diverse forms of music and become known as a music resource for live recordings and live performances.

Inform listeners of the significant issues facing society, providing in-depth analysis and discussion that can contribute to the development of a population capable of dealing intelligently with those issues.

Reflect credit on Isothermal Community College by presenting a professional, full regional and national program service, and being in the region as a valuable resource and integral part of the quality of life we all might enjoy.


KUHF

["Clasical Music, NPR News" -PB]

KUHF-FM, as a not-for-profit, listener-supported radio station, broadcasts classical music and National Public Radio news to the Gulf Coast region. As a central part of its public service mission, KUHF-FM records concerts presented by a diverse cross-section of the Houston performing arts community and broadcasts them on Houston in Concert, Sundays at 1:00 pm. KUHF-FM provides national exposure to the performers by making these recordings available to NPR's Performance Today, broadcast Monday-Friday at 1:00 pm.

[...]


WJFF

[Cool, they're hydro-powered! -PB]

WJFF, Radio Catskill, is a noncommercial educational radio broadcaster whose mission is to make available to its community a broad range of ideas and ideals useful to a full and enlightened life. It also aims to involve the community in preserving and transmitting its own cultural heritage and artistic expressions in addition to those of the global community and to promote understanding among peoples of diverse social and cultural backgrounds.


WORT

WORT-FM is a non-commercial, listener sponsored, member controlled community radio station broadcasting to south central Wisconsin. WORT volunteers and staff provide quality programming and services to a broad spectrum of the community through:

WORT is committed to radio programming with a human perspective -- respecting all peoples and their environments.


KBOO

KBOO shall be a model of programming, filling needs that other media do not, providing programming to diverse communities and unserved or underserved groups. KBOO shall provide access and training to those communities.

KBOO's news and public affairs programming shall place an emphasis on providing a forum for unpopular, controversial, or neglected perspectives on important local, national, and international issues, reflecting KBOO's values of peace, justice, democracy, and human rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, freedom of expression, and social change.

KBOO's arts, cultural, and music programming shall cover a wide spectrum of expression from traditional to experimental, and reflect the diverse cultures KBOO serves. KBOO shall strive for spontaneity and programming excellence, both in content and technique.


Americans for Radio Diversity

[A LPFM/radio-for-the-people advocacy group -PB]

The mission of the non-profit Americans for Radio Diversity organization is to promote community- oriented commercial and public radio broadcasting. The scarce radio spectrum must include quality programming that is of, for and by the community. In order to promote local competition and local programming, we must reverse the destructive trend toward the anti-competitive, concentrated radio ownership in mega-media corporations. As radio listeners, our voices must be heard.

Americans for Radio Diversity's main function is to facilitate information sharing and communication among people in the United States dedicated to this mission.


San Francisco Liberation Radio

[This one is long but covers some interesting facets -PB]

San Francisco Liberation Radio is a community radio station serving primarily western San Francisco. Our staff, comprised of local activists, journalists, writers, and others who care about freedom and social justice, is dedicated to giving our audience a politically progressive point of view, with a special emphasis on topics of local concern. As a non-commercial radio station, we will concentrate on airing voices and viewpoints that are now almost totally excluded from the airwaves. These include local citizens and citizen groups opposed to domination and control of our city by national and multi-national corporations. We will also broadcast independent music, call-in talk shows, uncensored news and children's programming. The vast majority of shows will be produced locally by our staff.

Topics given special attention on our airwaves will include police brutality, environmental degradation, political prisoners and prisoners' rights, media censorship, animal rights, homelessness, equality and economic justice, and attacks on women and women's right to choice.

We will also work closely with civil authorities and public safety personell to provide emergency broadcast information in the event of weather and climate emergencies, earthquakes, or other public disasters.

Cultural programming will also be a key ingredient in our daily broadcast schedule. We are especially sensitive to the difficulties faced by independent record labels. We believe a local community station such as ours has a special obligation to ensure that local poets, musicians and other artists have an opportunity to be heard.

Our airwaves will never be used to advocate violence against any human or animal.

We will not tolerate "hate speech" in the name of "free speech." We define hate speech as that designed to inflame hatred or prejudice against anyone based on their race, sexual preference, class, sex, religion, or status of being unhoused.

We believe we can best serve the public interest when all topics of concern to the community, such as those listed above, can be discussed without concerns or fears over offending advertisers. For this reason we have chosen non-commercialism as the course best suited for ourselves and our listening community. Station fund rasing activities will include, but will not be limited to: a) solicitations from listeners, b) t-shirt sales, c) the sponsoring of concerts and lectures. We are in the process of applying for a tax exempt status, though neither the acceptance nor rejection of such application, nor the acceptance or rejection of any grant applications, will alter the values and ideals outlined in this mission statement.

Persons who violate, undermine, or act contrary to the values, goals, and ideals outlined in this mission statement will be asked to leave the airwaves. Such determinations will be made by a central, core staff of at least, but not less than, five (5) individuals who will also be actively involved in the day to day operation of the station. The central staff shall function as a collective or directing board, and will be referred to as "the Collective." Decisions to terminate someone from the airwaves will be made by a simple majority vote of the Collective. All other decision making will be done by consensus of the Collective. The Collective will determine financial transactions and conduct all other station business. The Collective may vote to increase its membership only by consensus. All persons retaining membership in the Collective must work in the day-to-day operation of the station.

We also believe a small community station such as ours should provide training opportunities to members of the community, particularly youth, who wish to learn studio production skills, news gathering, DJing, and other aspects of running a broadcast operation. We will endeavor, whenever possible, to make our facilities available for this purpose. Indeed we regard station volunteers as an invaluable resource. Such volunteers will be an integral part of our operation.

As an association, we are non-racist, non-sexist and non-violent. We welcome participants of all ages and sexual orientations. We have extended our sphere of compassion to the Earth and all of its creatures. We will not air material that is antithetical to these core values.

Should the Collective undermine or significantly deviate from the values, goals, or ideals outlined in this mission statement, it will be considered grounds for the public to challenge our right to broadcast before either the FCC, or a duly appointed regional micro radio broadcast authority.


Pacifica 1948

Mission Statement from the proposed by-laws.

The objectives and purpose of KPFK shall be in accordance with the Pacifica Foundation's "Mission Statement" found in the Pacifica Foundation's Articles of Incorporation (1948), the text of which follows:

~ To establish a Foundation organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation.

~ To establish and operate for educational purposes, in such manner that the facilities involved shall be as nearly self-sustaining as possible, one or more radio broadcasting stations licensed by the Federal Communications Commission and subject to the regulatory actions of the Commission under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

~ In radio broadcasting operations to encourage and provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community; to conduct classes and workshops in the writing and producing of drama; to establish awards and scholarships for creative writing; to offer performance facilities to amateur instrumentalists, choral groups, orchestral groups and music students; and to promote and aid other creative activities which will serve the cultural welfare of the community.

~ In radio broadcasting operations to engage in any activity that shall contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors;to gather and disseminate information on the causes of conflict between any and all of such groups; and to promote the study of political and economic problems and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms.

~ In radio broadcasting operations to promote the full distribution of public information; to obtain access to sources of news not commonly brought together in the same medium; and to employ such varied sources in the public presentation of accurate, objective, comprehensive news on all matters vitally affecting the community.