WQCS is licensed to Indian River State College.
The IRSC Board of Trustees is the governing body and has an open meetings policy. Meetings are noticed in the local daily Scripps Treasure Coast newspapers and can be found at: http://www.irsc.edu/eventscalendar/eventscalendar.aspx?id=6847
Committee meetings are held on the same day and prior to the board meetings.
The list of Board of Trustees members can be found at: http://www.irsc.edu/aboutirsc/aboutirsc.aspx?id=450:
Board minutes are available from the IRSC President’s Office at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981, or Phone: (772) 462-4763 Fax: (772) 462-4724
WQCS contact information:
WQCS Engineer - Randy Murdock
WQCS Business Manager - Michelle Rhinesmith
WQCS Operations Manager - Joe Lenartiene
WQCS, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
As a recipient of funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WQCS FM makes available for review its annual Local Content and Service Report.
WQCS FM Radio is a public telecommunications entity owned and operated by Indian River State College. WQCS is not required to file an IRS Form 990. WQCS broadcasts National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and local programs that inform, enrich and entertain the public.
The following information is as of calendar year 2014.
The list of Board of Directors are as follows.
T. Rene Perez – Board Member
Werner Bols – Board Member
Vicki H. Davis – Board Member
Cheryl Kirton – Board Member
Samuel L. Patterson – Board Member
J. Hal Roberts – Board Member
Gerald T. Roden – Board Member
Sandra Krischke– Board Member
Linda T. Syfrett – Board Member
Edwin R. Massey – Secretary to the Board
Directors receive no compensation.
The organization's current key employees (over $150,000 of reportable compensation) – not applicable
The organization's five current highest compensated employees (other than an officer, director, trustee, or key employee) who received reportable compensation of more than $100,000. – not applicable
The organization's former officers, key employees, and highest compensated employees who received more than $100,000 of reportable compensation. – not applicable
The organization's former directors or trustees that received, in the capacity as a former director or trustee of the organization, more than $10,000 of reportable compensation from the organization and any related organizations. – not applicable
Five highest compensated independent contractors that received more than $100,000 of compensation from the organization. – not applicable
CPB - Transparency-Diversity 2014
The mission of WQCS is to provide high quality, appealing and culturally enriching radio programming that informs, educates, and/or entertains, with special emphasis on serving the local interests and needs of Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and Saint Lucie counties. While there are pockets of great wealth in the WQCS listening area, the local per capita income is still generally well below the state average. In addition, due to the area’s heavy dependence on agriculture, it also continues to have one of the highest seasonal unemployment rates in the state. WQCS remains the area’s sole source of in-depth national news and public affairs programming. The station is also the only source in the four-county area for NPR News, classical music, traditional jazz, radio drama, variety, state and local news. WQCS produces an award-winning daily public affairs program examining issues of immediate concern to the station’s large listenership. Given special emphasis are topics relating to emergency management, improving racial relations, education and environmental issues.
The radio station currently employs ten full-time and five part-time staffers. When a job opening occurs, WQCS abides by the “Equal Opportunity/Equal Access” policy of its licensee, Indian River State College, Board of Trustees:
“Indian River State College is an equal opportunity/equal access institution. It is the policy of the District Board of Trustees to provide equal opportunity for employment and educational opportunities to all (including applicants for employment, employees, applicants for admission, students, and others affiliated with the College) without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or genetic information.”
WQCS promotes on-air that it is an Equal Opportunity Employer. These pre-produced announcements air twice-daily on its analog signal. WQCS provides local organizations with the opportunity to be notified when a job opening at the radio station occurs.
The primary goals of WQCS are to expand and improve the distribution of public service programming through digital, mobile, and social media, and to continue to participate in outreach activities within the community. During the past fiscal year, WQCS became part of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN). As an active member of FPREN, WQCS provides up-to-date emergency information to its broad listenership and has working relationships with the local Emergency Operation Centers in the four-county area.
As WQCS enters its second year as a member of FPREN, the radio station continues to look for new ways to improve, develop, and foster communication skills with local, state, and federal emergency operation centers. In addition, WQCS has been selected as one of fifty public broadcasting stations to beta test a text-based emergency alert system as part of the “Gulf States Project”. This is the first effort to deliver real-time accessibility-targeted emergency messages, such as weather alerts, via radio broadcast texts. This pilot system is intended to demonstrate that all individuals, including those who are deaf or hearing impaired, can rely on battery-powered radios to stay informed in emergencies when electricity, internet and other communications channels are unavailable. The “Gulf States Project” is a joint venture between NPR Labs, The Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local public broadcasting stations.