July 22, 2012
2012 Annual EEO Public File Report
The purpose of this EEO Public File Report is to comply with Section 73.2080(c) (6) of the FCC’s 2003 EEO Rule. This report has been prepared on behalf of the Station Employment Unit that is comprised of the following stations: WVLI – Kankakee, IL, WIVR – Kentland, IN, and WFAV – Gilman, IL and is required to be placed in the public inspection files of these stations.
The information in this Report covers the time period beginning July 22, 2011 to July 21, 2012
The FCC’s 2003 EEO Rule requires that this report contain the following information.
1. LIST OF ALL FULL-TIME JOBS FILLED JULY 23, 2011– JULY 22, 2012
No Job Openings
2. RECRUITMENT SOURCES
“THE EMPLOYMENT UNIT” intends to use the following recruitment sources to ensure that information concerning vacancies at the stations is widely disseminated.
Kankakee Community College
CCJOB.net.com River Road
Contact: Julie Anderson-Muniz 815-802-8578
Illinois Broadcast Association
Contact: Deb Gray 681-985-5555
Governors State University
Job Fair/University Park, IL
Contact: Cynthia Comber 708-235-3974
The Daily Journal
8 Dearborn Sq. Kankakee, IL
Contact: Terry Adkins 815-937-3300
Twin States Publishing
Contact: Christy 815-432-5227
Olivet Nazarene University
One University Avenue Bourbonnais, IL
Contact: Mary D. Anderson 815-939-5011
PO Box 7, Gilman, IL
Contact: John Elliott 815-265-7332
The Herald/Country Market Newspaper
500 Brown Blvd. Bourbonnais, IL
Contact: Toby Olszewski 815-933-1131
3. RECRUITMENT SOURCE WHO REFERRED THE HIREE FOR FULL-TIME VACANCY
4. TALLY OF INTERVIEWEE SOURCES FOR FULL-TIME VACANCY
5. DESCRIPTION OF SUPPLEMENTAL OUTREACH INITIATIVES
A. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
WVLI/WFAV/WIVR, Milner Broadcasting Enterprises, LLC places priority on establishing opportunities for young communication students pursuing this career category in radio.
Internship programs are an effective way to identify, assess and develop future broadcast professionals. Our interns can be assigned short- or long-term opportunities that will develop an intern’s professional career and benefit the industry. They experience all the actual workings that pertain to a radio career whether it is in announcing, sales, production, or engineering. This program is supervised under the direction of Michael Milner.
Joe Fretto Winter 2011
Justin Gray Spring 2011
Antonio Funches Spring 2011
Jeremy Butterfield Summer 2011
Vincent Petty Spring 2012
Jake Wulbert Summer 2012
B. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Milner Broadcasting Enterprises has played a part in our community’s scholarship programs knowing how very important it is to support these efforts toward furthering education for our young people. Our company has been a member of the Century Club, an elite group supporting scholarships for Kankakee Community College students. This past year WVLI/WIVR/WFAV awarded their $1200 2012 annual scholarship through the Kankakee Community College program. Our winner was Joshua Beneze, an Asian student from Chebanse, IL.
WVLI/WIVR/WFAV also supports the Kiwanis Club of Kankakee who award annual scholarships to students in the community. This is done through the Kiwanis Club’s huge “Peanuts Sale” in which our radio stations promote on the air. Six scholarships are awarded each year.
C. COMMUNITY JOB FAIRS
Mr. Tim Milner, President and General Manager of our employment unit WVLI / WIVR/ WFAV conducts and represents us at all job fairs. He manages the Fair Booth and visits interviews those who are interested in broadcast careers. All resumes are on file in our EEO file. Considering the state of the economy in our country at this time and over the past two years and the high unemployment rate, our community job fairs are a contributing factor in giving the unemployed a ray of hope by being continually brought up-to-date.
1: KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE FALL JOB FAIR
October 13, 2011
The WVLI / WIVR / WFAV employment unit joined KANKAKEE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE FALL JOB FAIR on Thursday, October 13th, 2011. This is an outstanding fair held at the KCC Workforce Development Center. It is always very popular and a great opportunity to meet potential employers. Over 30 very influential companies were in attendance and ready to visit with potential employees and listen to their
needs and questions pertaining to career services, financial aid, networking, the
GI BiIl etc. Tim Milner, President and General Manager of Milner Broadcasting,
visited with the many students answering their questions and their opportunities
in the broadcasting industry.
2: 2011 BUSINESS, ADMIINISTRATION & COMMUNICATIONS CAREER FAIR
October 13, 2011
WVLI / WIVR / WFAV accepted an invitation from GOVERNOR’S STATE UNIVERSITY who sponsored this large and very productive career fair. Tim Milner, President and General Manager of Milner Broadcasting, represented our company while receiving and conducting over fifteen promising interviews. He received very
positive feedback from attendees.
3: 2012 BUSINESS, ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNICATIONS OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY JOB FAIR
February 23, 2012
It is always a satisfying experience hosting a table at the OLIVET NAZARENE
UNIVERSITY’S SPRING JOB FAIR. The WVLI / WIVR / WFAV employment unit has been attending this annual event since it began. Mr. Milner once again represented radio to the many graduating communications students and invited them to “intern” with our company. He conducted a number of interviews and discussed
job opportunities in the future.
4: KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 18TH ANNUAL SPRING JOB FAIR
April 5, 2012
What are the positives of visiting a job fair? They are countless at the KCC
SPRING JOB FAIR. It is huge and draws a huge crowd. Tim Milner always
represents our radio stations WVLI / WIVR / WFAV pointing out the positives of a
possible radio career. He conducted many interviews. There are opportunities to
meet representatives from many businesses and they have an opportunity to
make a great impression which goes a long way toward gaining employment.
5: WVLI / WIVR / WFAV JOB FAIR
June 14, 2012
Milner Broadcasting Enterprises conducted a job fair at their studios on Tuesday June 12, 2012 from 2 to 4 pm. Communications students and others were invited to come and bring their resumes and fill out applications for future possible openings. Plus, having an opportunity to visit with Tim Milner, a pioneer in the broadcasting field, to discuss and answer the student’s questions regarding the advantages of pursing a communications career. We had several promising applicants come through the fair as recently as July 11th, 2012 a young man who attended the fair is now interning with our programming department.
D. FURTHER OUTREACH INITIATIVES
Our employment unit WVLI/WIVR/WFAV in light of further public affairs initiatives have
listed the following efforts in serving the communities:
1: The SCORE (Students Coordinate to Organize Recycling Efforts) Program is underwritten by Belson Steel and Milner Broadcasting. The students have dedicated themselves to make this their best year ever in implementing this program in our community in their collecting of bottles and cans, etc. for recycling. It was indeed a successful 2012 effort. WVLI/WIVR/WFAV support was in many areas including running over 1000 60 second promotional announcements for this 6 month effort by the schools.
2: COMMUNITY VIOLENCE: Recent statistics expose the rise in Violence in our communities. As a result of several fatalities there is an outrage on the part of concerned citizens in this area on this issue. Milner Broadcasting worked in tandem with multiple those involved in organizing the March Against Violence. Over 250 people participated in the march on April 2012…a peaceful walk where the majority of the violence has occurred. Employees of our radio stations helped to organize the March and the station supported their efforts with news broadcasts and live on air interviews to bring awareness to the residents of this problem.
3: MOTIVATIONAL PUBLIC SPEAKING: WVLI/WIVR/WFAV are most fortunate to have Tim Milner, our President and General Manager, who, in addition to his obligations in running our broadcasting business, also gives his time to public speaking in the community. His expertise is “motivational” speaking to the young students in the community schools, encouraging them to stay in school, practice discipline and perseverance in reaching their goals and fulfilling their dreams. Many businesses and schools call on Tim throughout the year to address their people.
a.) OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
Tim Milner was invited recently by ONU to address a “Business Studies” class on March 20, 2012 to encourage their students of all gender, race and economic backgrounds interested in communication careers. Tim spoke on the history of broadcasting and its future and the different types of positions available in the industry. He emphasized that, first and foremost, study hard…persevere…rewards are great.
b.) TYJUAN HAGLER’S KIDZ KAN-DO YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP
Each summer the Tyjuan Hagler Foundation runs a “football camp” for the youth from our areas, African-American and Disadvantaged groups.
This initiative was started with former NFL COLTS LINEBACKER TYJUAN HAGLER and he invited Tim Milner, Pres. and G.M., along with local basketball coach, Joseph Lightfoot to speak to participating youth. The emphasis of Tim’s presentation was “TO STAY IN SCHOOL…AND NOT FOLLOW THE CROWD” and he addressed the importance of “perseverance, patience and hard work to reach your goal and be a WINNER!”.
c.) KANKAKEE ROTARY CLUB
Tim Milner, Pres. and G.M., was invited by Tobey Olchewski, President of the Kankakee Rotary Club, to speak at the club on June 6th, 2012 to talk about radio and the part it plays in supporting not-for-profit organizations in our coverage area. WVLI/WIVR/WFAV is a vital wheel in serving the needs of our community. Our eyes, ears and microphone are always open to all points of interest to our audience. Mr. Milner estimates that for every dollar the company takes in for advertising we give away a dollar to non profit organizations in free advertising and support. Tim thanked organizations such as Rotary Club, who should be saluted for their volunteer work and the money they donate to people in need.
E. OTHER EFFORTS WITHIN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Considering the utmost importance of our EEO policy, management makes an accelerated and consistent effort to work with our African American community leaders, supporting their efforts in meeting the needs of their communities. Tim Milner, President and General Manager of WVLI/WIVR/WFAV, has worked closely with them over the past 25 years. Our eyes, ears and microphones are open to all points of interest re: issues in the black community i.e. education, water issues, youth recreation, drugs, alcohol abuse and childcare.
1: Representatives from Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s office visited the Kankakee County area as a result of “RE-DISTRICTING”. This area is now in Congressman Jackson’s district and they visited the area to become acquainted with the leaders of the community and to be brought up to date on the issues and problems facing them. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. himself visited with our President and General Manager of Milner Broadcasting Tim Milner to get in depth information on the seriousness of a major problem “Pembroke Township Situation”…this blighted area has been named the second poorest community in the United States. Mr. Milner has been working with the leaders of the African American community in their efforts to bring natural gas and city water to Pembroke Township to correct this deplorable situation. Leaders whom Mr. Milner works with through the year are:
a.) Steven Hunter – an alderman of the city of Kankakee
b.) James Taylor – prominent news editor of City News an African American newspaper;
c.) Theodis Pace – of the NAACP local chapters
d.) Pete Martin – of the Youth Uplift Ministries meeting the many needs of the underprivileged.
2: WVLI/WIVR/WFAV has cooperated with Dr. Pat Polk, President of the MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FOUNDATION, in their yearly celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Milner Broadcasting has participated in this event year after
year…and has contributed a full page ad in their program book and the director of our news department, Ken Zyer, covered the affair live and in turn inviting the community to come to this exciting event.
3: WVLI/WIVR/WFAV continually support Pete Martin’s YOUTH UPLIFT MINISTRIES’ efforts in reaching out to the young children of the African American community and meeting their needs. We sponsor a huge campaign in the winter for warm clothing “Coats, Hats, Gloves, Scarves for the young people. In the summer we work with Pete Martin in supporting and coordinating their big “Summertime Picnic”. Our radio stations provide games and all the hamburgers and hot dogs. The big attraction is the big “Bicycle Giveaway” to the neediest. We appreciate Pete Martin’s working with the young people, most importantly his efforts in mentoring the children in the area.
4: In working with the African American community, Milner Broadcasting celebrated their 15th year in promoting JAMES TAYLOR’S minority newspaper “CITY NEWS” in the form of the “Top Story of the Day”. WVLI and WIVR promote this feature after every newscast on every Friday 52 weeks a year. This segment runs 18 times every Friday on WVLI and WIVR and the “Top Story of the Day” is well received within the community.
RE: Form 396
This statement confirms that WVLI/WIVR/WFAV consistently adheres to a vigorous enforcement of the FCC EEO Requirements to ensure a genuine equality of opportunity to all when fulfilling our employment needs.
Tim Milner, President/General Manager