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October 2, 2020

Tom Karlo to Retire as GM of KPBS

Tom Karlo, GM of KPBS in San Diego, will retire from the station at the end of the year.   Karlo started working for KPBS in 1973 while attending San Diego State University, the station’s licensee. He held several positions, working in departments including production, operations, finance, and program distribution. He was named GM in 2009.
September 24, 2020

World College Radio Day Approaches

Though much of college radio station activity has been hamstrung by COVID-19 limitations, early October will see the return of World College Radio Day. Officially October 2, the 10th annual World College Radio Day will feature rocker Bret Michaels as its Official 2020 Ambassador. Michaels is best known for his work with the band, Poison.
September 21, 2020

Development from a distance: How to conduct performance reviews remotely

A return to the office is still a long way off for many, driving some employers to shift out of crisis mode and work to instill a sense of normalcy into operations. For some, that will include performance reviews, a staple in many businesses. Often, reviews give employees feedback to improve job performance and provide the manager and employee an opportunity to create career development plans.
September 18, 2020

Public TV Fights Datacasting Fees at FCC

Should public TV stations that use a portion of their spectrum to provide noncommercial data services have to pay fees for that service? That question is before the FCC in a rulemaking proceeding with groups including PBS, America’s Public Television Stations, and the Public Media Venture Group arguing that the fees are hindering development of ATSC 3.0 “broadcast internet” datacasting.
September 15, 2020

Considerations and Planning for a License Transfer

It has been observed, with great insight that divorces as well as marriages, can fail. So too the transfer of an existing non-commercial broadcast station is full of many possibilities for failure as well as success.
September 11, 2020

12 Truths About Spearheading Diversity and Inclusion

Do you ever wish, as a diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioner, that someone had sat you down and told you what it takes to lead D&I efforts at an organization?
August 18, 2020

'It's just breathtaking': How a turbulent 2020 is likely to impact HR policies in the long run

The end of a year is typically a time for businesses to take stock of their successes and failures as well as the major turning points that defined them. In 2020, however, a succession of world-changing events may force those conversations sooner than usual.
August 13, 2020

Branded Face Masks Are Letting Virus-Conscious Wearers Show Their Pubmedia Love

Move over, socks, mugs and tote bags—a new premium in public media is seizing on an urgent need among many audience members. 
August 7, 2020

NPR, Advocacy Group Call on Congress to Give University Stations Access to PPP

NPR and the University Station Alliance are leading an effort to convince Congress to extend the Paycheck Protection Program to public media stations licensed to universities.
August 4, 2020

New COVID-19 screening rules: What’s allowed, who’s paying

As employers grapple with how to screen employees for the coronavirus upon returning to the workplace, several federal agencies have issued new testing rules and guidance.