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April 28, 2021

Restructuring Your Organization Post-Pandemic? Maintain DE&I Commitments

As organizations prepare for a post-pandemic world, restructuring and reorganization to account for lost revenue in 2020 likely will be on the radar for many in 2021. Employers should be careful, though, not to backtrack on progress made last year toward diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).
April 27, 2021

SBE Issues Guidance About RWT Failure

The Society of Broadcast Engineers has issued helpful guidance to stations about what to do in light of the failure of an IPAWS Required Weekly Test on Monday.
April 26, 2021

To Create Space for Great Ideas to Blossom, Set Aside 10% of Your Work Week

To build a culture that enables your staff to embrace a 21st-century vision for public radio, one of the most important things you can do is block off 10% of your weekly schedule to do “nothing.” As a station leader, or even a mid-level manager, you can take that 10% time a number of ways: one afternoon a week, two blocks of two hours, or an hour a day four days—whatever. But it’s critical that this time be sacred. It can’t be canceled, scheduled over, or blown off. 
April 16, 2021

Post-COVID Workplace Realities—and What HR Can Do Now

Employees have changed. Management has changed. Work has changed. Now it’s time to adapt to the post-COVID workplace realities. How, where and why we work are different than before the coronavirus. Here’s what researchers and experts found – and how HR can proactively manage the new workplace realities.
April 14, 2021

Sources: FEMA Plans To Bring Back National EAS Test This Summer

One year after the pandemic sidelined the now-annual national test of the Emergency Alert System, the Federal Emergency Management Agency expects to return to form this summer. Sources say FEMA is tentatively planning to conduct the national EAS test on Wednesday, Aug. 11 with a backup date of Wednesday, Aug. 25 to be used if any unforeseen circumstances – such as a hurricane – requires a two-week delay.
April 8, 2021

CPB Funds COVID-19 PSAs for Tribal and HBCU Public Radio Stations

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded more than $300,000 to Native Public Media and to KTSU-FM, a public radio station licensed to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), to coordinate COVID-19 public outreach campaigns to 51 public radio stations serving Native and Black communities. The campaigns, airing on 36 tribal stations and 15 stations licensed to HBCUs, will provide trusted, life-saving information to populations that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.
April 2, 2021

Viewpoint: What Is Your Organization’s Long-Term Remote Work Strategy?

Virtually all projections anticipate the post-pandemic workforce will be relatively more remote—that is, nearly all firms will experience an increase in remote work relative to their pre-pandemic baseline levels.
March 31, 2021

New Multimillion Dollar Pirate Radio Fines Go Into Effect April 26

More than a year after Congress adopted new pirate radio fines as high as $2 million, the new penalties are set to take effect April 26. Signed into law in January 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted an order in December that also explicitly said it would go after landlords, advertisers, and any other business that provides “physical goods or services” to an unlicensed station. The Enforcement Bureau concluded that under its interpretation of the new law, any parties that help facilitate illegal broadcasting on their property should also be liable for fines of up to $2 million.
March 22, 2021

FCC Seeks Input on Spending Billions on Remote Learning

The FCC is seeking public input in how to quickly stand up the $7 billion COVID-19-related emergency schools and libraries advanced telecommunications connectivity fund created by Congress in the American Rescue Plan to help close the homework gap and aid in remote learning more widely during the pandemic.
March 19, 2021

Companies Weigh Changes to PTO Policies for Post-Pandemic Times

Today, company leaders and HR professionals are seeing the cost of a workforce that hasn't taken a proper vacation in over a year. Employee burnout and other mental health issues are widespread, and as spring arrives and the number of vaccinations increase nationally each day, families are thinking ahead to vacation time together.