WCMU Public Media
A Service of Central Michigan University

CPB Community Service Grant (CSG) Compliance - WCMU

As a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Community Service Grant (CSG) recipient, Central Michigan University and WCMU present this information and documentation to ensure transparency in business matters to the general public.

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Shannon Peak
1999 East Campus Drive,
Mt Pleasant, MI  48859


WCMU Management and Staff List:  http://wcmu.org/insideWCMU/staffDirectory/


Eligibility Criteria

WCMU-TV is an existing Grantee that receives a TV CSG grant each year; is the licensee of one or more over-the-air DTV stations operating under a valid FCC license; completes and submits all reports as required by CPB:  TV Certifications of Eligibility (Due June 30); TV CSG Agreement (due June 30); TV IC Agreement (due June 30) TV DSG Agreement (due June 30); Certified Annual Financial Report (due Nov 30); Audited Financial Statements (due Nov 30); Annual Station Activities Benchmarking Study (due Feb 15) ; Annual Station Activities Survey (due Feb 15); Local Content and Service Report.

WCMU-FM  is an existing Grantee that receives a Radio CSG grant each year; is the licensee of a full-power non-commercial educational radio station operating under a valid FCC license; completes and submits all reports as required by CPB:  Radio Certifications of Eligibility (Due June 30); Radio CSG Agreement (due June 30); Certified Annual Financial Report (due Nov 30); Audited Financial Statement (due Nov 30); Annual Station Activities Survey (due Feb 15); Local Content and Service Report (due Feb 15).


WCMU Governing Board (CMU Board of Trustees)

WCMU TV and FM are licensed to the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University.  Central Michigan University's Board of Trustees consists of eight members appointed by Michigan's governor with the consent of the State Senate and with authority granted through the state constitution. The board governs the business and affairs of the university.  For additional information and to see a list of the members of the Board of Trustees, please visit: https://www.cmich.edu/bot/Pages/members.aspx


Community Advisory Board

WCMU TV and FM are owned and operated by a state university and therefore are not required to have a Community Advisory Board.


Open Meetings Policy

WCMU TV and FM are licensed to the Board of Trustees of Central Michigan University. The Trustees comprise the governing body for WCMU. The CMU Board of Trustees follows an opening meetings policy.  
Please visit https://www.cmich.edu/bot/Documents/BYLAWS.11-0217.pdf to view this policy. 

The Board of Trustees meets several times per year.  The meeting dates, agendas, and minutes are publicized on the Central Michigan University website at https://www.cmich.edu/bot/Pages/meetings_agendas_minutes.aspx.

WCMU TV and FM will make on-air announcements on three consecutive days, at varying times, once each calendar quarter. These announcements provide guidance on how the public may obtain information on the time, dates and location of Trustees meetings. Notice of these meetings will be sent via letter, email, fax, telephone or in person to individuals who have specifically requested notification.


Financial Reporting Requirements

WCMU makes the annual Audited Financial Statements and Annual Financial Reports submitted to CPB available to the public, both online at the station's website, and in paper along with the stations FCC Public File in the main office: 1999 East Campus Drive, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.

WCMU adheres to a discrete accounting system, which allows the grantor and auditor to discretely track funds within the accounting system.

WCMU Consolidated Financial Statement – 2016
WCMU Public TV Annual Financial Report – 2016
WCMU Public Radio Annual Financial Report – 2016

IRS Form 990 Equivalent

Due to the fact that WCMU and CMU are not required to file an IRS form 990, the equivalent information can be obtained in the following attachments (Parts VII (A) and VII (B)):

CMU Compensation Report – Equivalent to IRS 990 Part VII (A)
CMU Independent Contractor Report – Equivalent to IRS 990 VII (B)

Diversity Statement 

WCMU TV and FM is a joint licensee and departmental unit of Central Michigan University (CMU). WCMU follows the Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity protocol of CMU https://www.cmich.edu/office_president/OCRIE/Pages/default.aspx , as well as CMU’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Protocol

In addition to meeting the diversity and inclusion guidelines outlined in all related CMU policies related to hiring goals, WCMU is committed to promoting respect among employees, students, visitors, volunteers and all members of the community. We believe our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace and promote understanding of the diversity in our community as both a value, and a practice.
WCMU Public Media embraces cultural diversity and provides a forum to better understand our rich heritage.  We believe that education is essential to improving our future and that lifelong learning is desirable and necessary. We believe an informed public is better equipped to make decisions on the social issues that face our communities.

WCMU Public Television is proud of its locally-produced documentaries that reflect economic development, Michigan’s unique and storied history, and the culture of its diverse people. In 2014, a documentary and a six-part series were produced and aired: “Special Olympics Michigan: Compete, Inspire, Achieve” and “America: From the Ground Up!,” an exploration of America’s archeology.  

WCMU Public Radio prides itself on creating and distributing a wide variety of news reports throughout the year. The department includes two full-time employees and five students from the School of Journalism at Central Michigan University. Together they produced a diverse collection of over 1,500 local reports on issues relating to our 44 county coverage area.

Going forward, WCMU has set the following diversity goals for 2016:

  • To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our community.
  • To provide equal opportunity in employment.
  • To educate our management and staff annually in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
  • To recognize and embrace the geographical, cultural and age diversity of our viewers and listeners.  And to find new and exciting ways to educate, inspire, and entertain those individuals in the communities we serve and beyond – with the expansion of online digital programming, web-streaming, mobile apps, and the like.

Training Programs available for management and appropriate staff

The CMU Human Resources Department provides online, instructor-led, and customized training on key areas such as leadership, diversity, communication, and legal issues. Examples of specific topics include:

  • Leadership Excellence
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Violence Prevention
  • Safe Zone Training
  • Synergy From Others: Cultural Diversity on Campus
  • Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts
  • Disability Awareness Training for Staff and Faculty

Supervisors and staff of WCMU routinely take advantage of these educational resources.


EEO Requirements

All personnel hiring is coordinated with the Human Resources Department at Central Michigan University, which exercises its own EEO policy. Further, WCMU will comply with the hiring and reporting practices as required by FCC regulations. Yearly EEO reports are posted on the station's website at http://wcmu.org/insideWCMU/employment/


Local Content and Services Report

WCMU TV Local Content and Service Report 2016
WCMU Radio Local Content and Service Report 2016

Donor Lists

Donor lists will not be sold, rented, loaned, traded, or otherwise transferred to outside parties. Please see WCMU’s privacy policy, which is posted on our website at http://wcmu.org/privacyPolicy/