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 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, American Public Media, Public Radio International and local programs that inform, enrich and entertain the public.
The following information is as of calendar year 2015.
The list of Board of Directors are as follows.
Phoebe Raulerson – Board Member
Vicki Davis – Board Member
Jose L. Conrado – Board Member
Susan R. Caron – Board Member
Anthony D. George, Jr. – Board Member
Sandra Krischke – Board Member
Mark A Feurer – Board Member
Christa Luna – Board Member
J. Brantley Schirard, Jr. – 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 2015
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 areas heavy dependence on agriculture, it also continues to have one of the highest seasonal unemployment rates in the state. WQCS remains the areas primary source for in-depth national news and local public affairs programming. The radio station is 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 related to: emergency management, improving race relations, education and environmental issues. In 2015, the WQCS news staff received five, Florida Associated Press Awards, including four, first place awards. Two of these award-winning stories were, The Last Place Zora Neale Hurston Lived and Boy Scout Troop 722, about at-risk area youths.
The radio station currently employs ten full-time and four 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 30-second 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. As an active member of Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN), WQCS provides up-to-date emergency information to its broad listenership and has on-going working relationships with the local Emergency Operation Centers in the four-county area. WQCS maintains a studio inside the Saint Lucie County EOC complex.
As WQCS enters its third 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 participated in the beta testing of a text-based emergency alert system for the hearing impaired. WQCS was selected as one of fifty public broadcasting stations to participate in the “Gulf States Project”. The project utilizes equipment that enables the delivery of real-time, accessibility-targeted emergency messages, such as weather alerts, via radio broadcast texts. This pilot system was 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. WQCS also operates a Radio Reading Service for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The local chapter of the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) holds its monthly meetings at the radio station.