CPB Compliance Document
Grand Valley Public Radio CO Inc. dba KAFM 88.1 Community Radio holds license for public radio station 88.1 FM, Grand Junction Colorado. KAFM complies with Section 396 (k) (4) of the Communications Act by providing notice to the public before holding public meetings of the Board of Directors and meetings of the members, and the Community Advisory Board. Notice of these public meetings is posted on the website kafmradio.
KAFM includes the following in the CPB folder of its public file:
- Annual Audit and Financial Report - FY 2018-19
- Annual Audit and Financial Report - FY 2017-18
- Annual Audit and Financial Report - FY 2016-17
- Annual Audit and Financial Report - FY 2014-15
- IRS 990 - 2016
- IRS 990 - 2015
- IRS 990 - 2017
Community Advisory Board:
Community Advisory Board membership and minutes of the meeting will be kept in the CPB folder in the public file and on KAFM’s website.
The Community Advisory Board has a distinct membership from the organization’s governing Board of Directors.
KAFM strives to ensure that Members of the CAB represent a diverse cross-section of the community.
Minutes of the meeting indicate that the CAB is performing its primary functions under the CPB rule:
1. establish and follow its own schedule and agenda, within the scope of the community advisory board's statutory or delegated authority;
2. review the programming goals established by station;
3. review the community service provided by the stations;
4. review the impact on the community of the significant policy decisions rendered by the station; and
5. advise the governing board of the station whether the programming and other significant policies of the station are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the station. The advisory board may make recommendations to the governing board to meet those specialized needs.
Licensees and Permittees of public broadcast stations with fewer than five full-time employees are not subject to the reporting and public records requirements in provision of Section 396 (K) (11) of the Communications Act. KAFM does not meet the five-full-time-employee threshold (i.e. has fewer than five). As such, the FCC EEO Public File Report complies with the FCC's EEO rule and is posted on the website, with a copy placed in the Public Inspection File of the station. It is the policy of KAFM to comply with all FCC and CPB EEO requirements. KAFM does submit annual statistical reports regarding employment to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Donor Lists and Political Activities:
1. KAFM will comply with all current laws and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service, and with all other applicable Federal law or regulations governing political activity and lobbying
2. KAFM will not sell, rent, lease, loan, trade, give, donate, transfer or exchange its membership or donor names with any outside organization for any purpose
3. KAFM maintains active control of its contributor and donor lists, and takes all appropriate measures to ensure against unauthorized use of such lists. The bylaws of the organization do not allow any use of its membership and contributor/donor lists by any outside parties.
4. The organization periodically reminds contributors/members/donors that its lists are never used outside of the organization.
Station Activity Survey
KAFM's mission as a member supported, volunteer driven organization is provide excellence and diversity in musical, cultural and public service programming to contribute to and ensure a healthy and vital community. KAFM's on-air broadcast provides an accessible forum for music, arts, culture and information created by and for the local community.
On-air broadcasts include very diverse music programming hosted solely by volunteers from the community.
Community Affairs broadcasts include a host of topics defined by and shared with our community. Short-form segments focus on collaboration with youth, the school district and other community partners. A large segment of our public affairs programming is shared via podcast for easy, free access to the content and sharing nationally. We started tracking downloads of podcast three years ago and we have had over 48,000 downloads of our podcasts, locally and in other countries. In person and educational engagement is explored through our Life Long Learning events and concert series hosted in our Radio Room as well as outreach events.
2018 the Radio Room Players performed an Evening with Edgar Allen Poe, “The Best Man “by Gore Vidal and the classic Casa Blanca. The Evening with Poe was a partnership with the Poe Project and The Lost Theater Troop. Chautauqua performances this year was Eleanor Roosevelt and have included performances from winning children from the local Chautauqua organization. These were partnerships with the Museum of Western Colorado. We partnered with the Western Colorado Writers forum to do a writing workshop for performance and then performed the best piece.
Western Colorado Writers Forum also sponsored our Rabbit Holes series which featured artists, writers, poets, musicians and short film creators both locally and across the state for our local audiences.
In 2017 we were awarded "Champion of the Arts' Award by the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture for our support of local artists, music, and theater groups. We partner with District 51 schools to produce, record and air original children's stories. We also were named The Best of the West community radio station by the Grand Junction Sentinel.
We have over 200 nonprofits that use our Community Affairs shows to get their messages out about their upcoming fundraisers, need of donations and volunteers needs. This year the Grand Junction Junior Service League awarded us a $1000 grant in recognition of our service to the community.
We have Community rooms we make available for women's groups, the Latino Chamber, art classes and other class projects. In 2018 we had our first ever Broadway Bound theater camp for children.
We periodically host the Mesa County Organization for Arts and Culture.
Once a year we do a local celebration of the arts with around 60-65 artists with a 60/40 split and gave back between $7500 to $9,000 to local artists. This event includes promotion of the artists on our website, mass emails, on air promotion and interviews with artists.
Engaging youth is always a key initiative for KAFM. This year we added Kids Stories program where children write their own stories and then have the opportunity to produce them at the KAFM facility. These Stories air fourteen times a week.
This year we included the winners from District 51 “Write On” contest. We continue our collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS to co-sponsor events and we continue to host weekly community affairs programming that includes regular segments on Trail issues, Health & Wellness, Conservation, and a diverse array of arts, cultural and non-profit organizations. New Community Affairs shows started this year include Colorado Mesa University Athletic Department, The Downtown Show, The Cork Dorks, Reader’s Radio, and more. We work with major non-profits providing critical resources in the Valley including, STRIVE, Hospice, Homeward Bound among many others.
The following are direct quotes from two of our valued partner organizations: "No other organization allows you access to all their equipment, trains you to use it and educates and coaches you to utilize their airwaves to make a difference in the community. KAFM provides all of this at no cost. Thank you KAFM for your wonderful vision and mission." Doug Sorter, Business Development Director - Strive (Mesa Developmental Services).
“Why do I support KAFM? Because it’s everything I look for in a non-profit to support. It provides much needed services, great music by passionate people and they support other cultural groups within the valley through Radio Room concerts, plays, art auctions, public service announcements, and entertainment calendar. And they support the work of other non-profits, through their community affairs programming and psa’s. All of this on a shoestring budget and with Five modestly paid staff and 250 volunteers. So when you support KAFM you are not only supporting their cultural mission but you have the absolute certainty of knowing that your support is being stretched as far as humanly possible.” Harry Griff-Board member, Underwriter, Member, Programmer.
Our Community Affairs segments strive to include issues that impact the local Hispanic community. We have hosted segments on issues impacting Veterans, Homeless population, the LGBT community and other diverse segments of our population without regular access to the airwaves.
Without CPB funding, KAFM would not have the ability to offer the quality public affairs programming that we currently offer our community. Funding allows us to employ a part time Community Affairs coordinator who focuses on the issues and organizations that benefit from utilizing KAFM's airwaves to serve the community. Whether it is an organization that provides resources to developmentally challenged individuals, or a Veteran's Art program that helps returning vets deal with PTSD through creating art, or the local hospice organization that needs to get their message out about the need for volunteers, they all find opportunity on KAFM's airwaves.
CPB funding also allows us to expand our production collaboration with local youth, and helps fund resources for staff and contractors to work off-site to accommodate the kid's schedule to record them at their schools and other organizations. CPB funding helps KAFM pay the fees to keep us on the air and allows us to host podcasting on various issues that the community has shown interest in and benefits from.
Without CPB funding, KAFM would not have the ability to have staff and resources to respond to our communities needs and provide local content by and for our community that helps connect the community to the issues and resources that keep us healthy and thriving.
Diversity Statement 2019
The service area for KAFM 88.1 includes Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade, plus small towns and unincorporated areas in Mesa County, Colorado. Grand Junction is situated 247 miles west-southwest of the Colorado State Capitol, Denver. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 58,566, making it the 15th most populous city in the State of Colorado and the most populous city on the Colorado Western Slope. Grand Junction serves as a major commercial and transportation hub within the large area between the Green River and the Continental Divide. It is the principal city of the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 147,083 in 2011.
Service Area Demographics:
91.78% White, 0.60% African American, 0.94% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 3.81% from other races, and 1.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.86% of the population and 13.8% in households of 65 years or older.
Diversity is important to the public service mission of KAFM, and those elements that receive the most attention through the station's programming are culture, ideas, music, community engagement, geographic location, gender and generation. KAFM does not take a position on specific, controversial community issues, political perspectives or religious beliefs as part of its program service, although these topics are frequently covered in cultural and community affairs programming.
Through our community affairs programming, KAFM is consistently exposed to people, organizations and cultures across the community and these connections are utilized to recruit from and promote to various groups for the purpose of staffing, volunteers, membership on the licensee's governing board and other committees working on behalf of KAFM. The station is conscious of the value of keeping diversity at the forefront of content planning and meaningful decision-making processes for the organization, but we should and do have goals to continue to improve
To address and increase diversity KAFM will:
Non-Discrimination Policy Statement 2019
It is the policy of the Board of Directors of KAFM Community Radio, that there shall be no unlawful discrimination or harassment against applicants for employment, employees or volunteers for the organization because of race or color, religion or creed, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, military status, genetic information or other protected status.