It is the mission of KSBR to serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity
by non-commercial means as defined in its license from the Federal Communications
Serve the Saddleback College Communication Arts instructional
program by providing students with an educational experience in a professional
Reflect credit upon the South Orange County Community College
District as the licensee by being known as a station that exhibits outstanding
performance in every facet of its activities and favorably reflects the college
goals of service to its community;
Provide a conduit between the various communities of service
to inform citizens on the significant issues facing society with an emphasis
on local issues.
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE RADIO POLICY MANUAL
Welcome to Saddleback College Radio, which includes KSBR, a non-commercial, educational radio station licensed to the
South Orange County Community College Board of Trustees, and OC Rock Radio.com, an Internet station. As you begin working
at the stations, you'll find that every effort has been made to create a professional
radio environment. Here you will have a lot of fun, but you will also learn
the skills, techniques and discipline necessary to enter the professional radio
field. As a student operator or community volunteer, you may involve yourself in numerous station activities
from live remotes to fund-raisers to all aspects of radio production, programming
and promotion. The more skills that you acquire and the better you are at each
of these skills, the more doors that will be open to you when
you start that great job search. Saddleback College Radio offers a tremendous opportunity
and it can be your first crucial step to a career in the entertainment profession.
The faculty and staff of the stations have drafted the policies that appear
herein in an effort to insure the most efficient operation of Saddleback College Radio. Students
and Community volunteers are responsible for knowing and complying with all
parts of this manual.
The primary purpose of Saddleback College Radio is to serve as an instructional laboratory for the
department of Communication Arts. The stations provide a broadcast service in
the form of information and entertainment programming designed to meet the public
interest of the College and surrounding communities. Both stations are responsible to
the Board of Trustees of the South Orange County Community College District
for the day-to-day operation of the broadcast facility and KSBR is responsible to the Federal Communications
Commission for compliance with all laws, rules and regulations pursuant to the
operation of the station.
KSBR began broadcasting in 1975 when the Federal Communications Commission,
(FCC) granted an educational license to what was then known as the Saddleback Community College District.
The original station broadcast from the first floor of the library building
with a limited schedule and 10 watts of power. Because of the station's low
output power, KSBR covered only a few miles surrounding the campus. Two years later,
the district applied for KSBR to be upgraded
to a full "Class A" operation (equivalent to 3000 watts). This became
a reality on May 7, 1979. KSBR has grown considerably in popularity over
the years with more than 40,000 over-the-air listeners per week in the local area, and thousands more who listen to KSBR in more than 90 different countries on the Internet. In 1990
with the dedication of the new Student Services Building, KSBR moved into its
current state-of-the-art broadcast facilities while its former quarters in the library were
converted to a 4-studio digital laboratory for beginning radio students. In January of 2007, an Internet-only station named "OC Rock Radio."was added to the KSBR studio complex. It is expected that this station will become KSBR's HD2 station upon KSBR's conversion to HD Radio. All college
rules that pertain to KSBR also apply to OC Rock Radio. In addition, all FCC regulations that
apply to KSBR-FM are also enforced on OC Rock Radio.
Operating on 88.5Mhz on the FM dial, KSBR is south Orange County's only
non-commercial FM radio station, while OC Rock Radio is linked from OCRockRadio.com. Both stations
operate 24 hours a day/365 days a year utilizing
all student and community volunteer operators. The Communication Arts Department
currently offers a comprehensive program in all aspects of radio production
and station operations. Students are required to complete two introductory radio
courses (CA110, CA113) before auditioning for a weekly air shift, which may
be repeated up to four semesters. In addition to their air shifts, students
are required to elect additional roles in the station operation in conjunction
with the Advanced Radio Broadcasting and Radio Station Activities courses (CA114/CA115). These activities include
engineering, production, programming, promotion, public affairs, and research.
Students are also encouraged to enroll in the Communication Arts Internship
Program, which offers valuable professional broadcast experience in the Los
Angeles and Orange County areas. Saddleback College has been very successful in placing graduates
in paid professional positions.
KSBR has developed a highly successful music format (contemporary jazz) which
has gained the respect and support of the music industry. KSBR-FM has been asked
to report its weekly play lists to the major trade publications, including Radio
and Records. The format of OC Rock Radio was developed by Saddleback College Communication Arts
students following a number of surveys of fellow Saddleback College students. OC Rock Radio is
targeted at local listeners between the ages of 16-20, encompassing both potential and recently enrolled
students at Saddleback College. The station reports its playlist to CMJ. The programming elements used by the students during their air shifts on both stations are applicable to a wide range of formats used throughout commercial radio industry. This has enabled Saddleback College students to attain professional positions at stations
using such diverse formats as country, alternative rock, adult contemporary,
news/talk, adult alternative, and CHR.
In addition to music, KSBR-FM hosts a highly acclaimed News Department. The
station carries the Associated Press (AP) Wire Service and is affiliated with
the Total Traffic Network. News is broadcast every half hour in the
mornings and hourly throughout the business day. KSBR-FM has received numerous awards
from Associated Press for excellence in news coverage. Under the supervision
of a professional news director, students in the college's Radio/Television
News and Public Affairs class staff the News Department.
AREA OF LICENSE
All radio stations are assigned to a particular community of license, which for KSBR is Mission Viejo. In order to keep
the station's license, the Federal Communications
Commission requires the station to "operate in the public interest"
and to be responsive to the needs to that community. Since our signal
covers more than just the college, we must be responsive to the needs of both
the college and the community.
KSBR is organized into several departments, including operations & engineering,
music & promotions, public affairs & sports. A student staff member
heads each department.
Three groups of personnel participate in the operation of the radio
stations: paid staff (full, part-time and hourly), students, and community volunteers.
To assure compliance with District and FCC rule and regulations, management will exercise
the appropriate level of supervision over all radio station activities. Under the direction of the Dean of the Division of Advanced Technology and Applied Science, supervision
will be provided by the Director of College Radio Station Operations with the assistance of the Radio News Director and faculty.
Student and volunteer staff members will be considered to be performing in
the interest of the radio station only if the performance of such duties is
assigned and supervised by a college radio station employee.
Only these employees will be given the responsibility of keyed access to the
studio both during and after normal college operating hours. Such employees
will be supervised through an assignment of work shift duties and monitored
by the Dean of Fine Arts and Media Technology. After normal college operating
hours, no other personnel except college radio station employees are authorized
to be present within the studio facility without prior approval of management.
Students are required to complete prerequisite course work before auditioning to broadcast live on Saddleback
College Radio stations.
While holding an air shift, students must be enrolled in CA 115 Advanced Radio
Broadcasting or CA114 during summer semesters. These courses may be repeated up to four times. On-air students
must also receive an acceptable score on the KSBR Operator's Exam, which is
administered each semester. Students involved in news broadcasting must be enrolled
in CA 128 Radio/TV News and Public Affairs.
Community Volunteer Staff
Volunteers, under district policy, will not be compensated for their services.
Volunteer staff is used on an "as needed" basis and must complete
the same prerequisite course work as student staff. On-air volunteers must also
receive an acceptable score on the KSBR Operator's Exam, which is administered
each semester. Volunteers will be evaluated on a continuing basis. Criteria
for continuing as a volunteer includes, (but is not limited to), technical
performance, on-air performance, adherence to station and college policies,
and participation in other station activities. All community volunteer staff
must be approved by the South Orange County Community College Board of Trustees
and must have on file a signed "Volunteer Hold Harmless and Release of
Liability Agreement" form.
Studio A is used for live broadcasting by OC Rock Radio. It may also be used for simple production during voice-tracked hours.
Studio B is generally the source of all on-air programming for KSBR-FM. Studio B also designated
as the transmitter control point, is where the operator on duty observes the
transmitter meter readings and makes routine adjustments to keep KSBR operating
within FCC specifications.
Studio C is a production studio used for recording calendars, voice tracking for both KSBR and OC Rock Radio, underwriting announcements
and other special programs aired by the radio station. One of the computers
in Studio B is equipped with advanced production software including ProTools,
Sound Forge, Audition, and Acid. This studio also serves as a back up in case of
a major failure of the main studio.
The News Studio is used for news broadcasts, news and specialty show production, and recording
various interview programs. It can also be used to do production such
as calendars and voice tracking for both stations. The output of the news studio is available
to both the on-air and production consoles.
You may reserve Studio C and the News Studio up to 2 weeks in advance by using the
schedules posted on the studio doors, (reservations are highly recommended).
As a broadcast facility, we come under a number of FCC rules and regulations.
As a facility licensed to the college, we are also subject to college policies
and procedures. In addition, we have a few policies of our own that every member
must be aware of and must follow.
Air Shift Attendance
Hosts are expected to arrive at the station early enough to properly prepare
for their show. They should be ready to go on the air no later than 10-minutes
before the top of the hour (after the final break by the preceding host). The
preceding host must 1) have the studio "cleaned up" for the next host
at that time; and 2) program sufficient music to reach the top of the hour (without
going over more than 1 minute).
If you cannot fill a shift you have been assigned, it is your responsibility
to secure a qualified replacement and to notify management of the time and date
of your absence as well as the name of your replacement (substitutions should
be noted on the white board in Studio B). You are expected
to contact everyone on the list in the effort to find a replacement. If station
management has to make calls to find a replacement and discovers you did not
try to contact everyone on the list you can face disciplinary action. If you
have exhausted all efforts to find a replacement please notify the Operations
Director as soon as possible. Each station member must provide the Operations
Director with a phone number where they can be reached, in case of an emergency
or a problem at the station. Leaving your shift uncovered will result in probation,
suspension, or termination from the staff.
Broadcasting Telephone Conversations
Because of the conditions set forth under the District's liability insurance,
broadcasting live or taped telephone conversations is not permitted on KSBR
without the specific permission of station management. Personnel engaged in
newsgathering activities are exempted as long as they follow federal and state
law. Federal and state laws require that before a telephone conversation is
broadcast live or taped for later broadcast, the other party must be expressly
notified that the conversation will be taped or broadcast (or both).
Keeping the station clean is everyone's responsibility. Each person should not
only clean up his or her own mess, but also be willing to help out whenever
a clean up is needed.
The District's Digital Information Network Acceptable Use Policy governs use
of computers in the Saddleback College Radio facilities. This policy states that the network is a shared and publicly
owned resource. Access to the District's digital network is authorized for students
and employees of the District using the resource for appropriate academic, professional,
and institutional purposes, and in accordance with prevailing law and regulation.
Misuse may constitute a misdemeanor or felony under state or local law and may
result in the deprivation of network privileges and/or District disciplinary
Users are to access the network in understanding that the resource guarantees
neither confidentiality nor user anonymity and that system administrators may
review files stored on or transmitted over the network and to take such corrective
actions as may be necessary in light of the policy restrictions.
You may not use the network for the creation, transmission, receipt, and/or
storage of materials whose contents are obscene, illegal, or advocate illegal
actions, or whose purpose or effect is to harass, intimidate, abuse, denigrate,
or to incite hatred against persons or groups of people.
You may not use the network in a manner that would violate laws protecting
intellectual property. Unless expressly within the public domain, text, audio,
image or video files as well as computer programs are protected by copyright
and licensing laws.
You may not take any deliberate action as a user that would destroy, corrupt,
render inoperative, or cause to function in unintended ways any of the files,
programs, or hardware devices on the network. Unless authorized to do so, you
may not modify workstation hardware or change configuration settings.
System resources are finite and the system is collectively utilized by a large
number of individuals. You may not: use printers to execute batch-printing jobs
or produce multiple copies; download large files; use the network to play games;
engage in other activities that tax or waste system resources.
Food - Smoking
Broadcast equipment is extremely sensitive and may be ruined by smoke and liquids.
The South Orange County Community College District is committed to a smoke-free
environment in all college and district buildings and hallways. No food or beverages
are allowed in any of the on-air or production studios.
Operators are responsible for correctly maintaining the station log. If a station
log is found to contain an error, a notice will be posted on the Studio B door.
Check the door each time you come into the station. If you find a notice indicating
that you made an error, correct the error and place the corrected log back in
the folder in Studio B. Log errors must be corrected as soon as possible and
by no later than your next shift. Failure to correct a log error may result
in a suspension.
Obscene, Indecent, or Profane Material
The Supreme Court has established that, to be obscene, material must meet a three-pronged test:
1) An average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
2) The material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and
3) The material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
The FCC has defined broadcast indecency as “language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities.” Indecent programming contains patently offensive sexual or excretory material that does not rise to the level of obscenity. The FCC has defined profanity as “including language so grossly offensive to
members of the public who actually hear it as to amount to a nuisance.”
The broadcast of indecent, profane, and/or obscene material on KSBR and OC Rock Radio is prohibited at any time.
If there is any chance that a member of the community might consider any part of a broadcast indecent, profane,
or obscene, the specific material must be cleared by station management before
it is aired.
The KSBR staff includes a wide variety of talented people, each with a different
background and level of experience. Everyone is expected to treat each other
with dignity and respect. While everyone is encouraged to assist other staff
members if they have a question, criticism of performance must be directed through
station management or faculty. Please carefully consider whether the issue needs
immediate attention, or can wait to be addressed during regular business hours.
Hosts are not allowed to editorialize or comment on news, traffic, or produced spots
(station promos, underwriting). Making negative comments regarding music played
on the station, other hosts, station policies, other programming, and the college
is also prohibited (even if it is meant in jest).
As the designated "Operator on Duty," the on-air host is responsible for strictly following the
programming format and FCC regulations. The host is also responsible for the behavior of in-studio guests and
Recordings - CDs
All audio equipment and materials received in conjunction with station activities
are the property of the State of California. All the necessary music and program
material needed to do an air shift on KSBR and OC Rock Radio is provided by the station (with
the exception of specialty programs, i.e. Reggae Show, Latin Show, etc.).
All materials sent to Saddleback College Radio stations or intended for use on the stations become property of the
District (see "Station Property, Donations, and Gifts"). Removal or
misdirection of such property from the stations is a violation of law and may result
in dismissal from the station and prosecution under state law. Material may
be checked out from the station on a very limited basis for the purpose of reviewing
it for inclusion on regular programming, or planning specialty shows. Material
must be checked out using approved procedures and it is the responsibility of
those checking out material to replace it if it becomes lost or damaged. All
materials must be returned to the station upon request by station management.
Important station information will be posted regularly on the station's bulletin
boards and the Studio B door and window. Each staff member is expected to read
and be responsible for any posted changes in policy, procedures or regulations.
Everyone is responsible for answering the phones as quickly as possible. It is extremely
important that each caller be treated with politeness and courtesy regardless
of the nature of the call. Since the stations do not have a full-time receptionist,
it is the responsibility of the operator on duty to answer and forward all calls
or take messages for personnel out of the office. Telephones are for radio station
business only. Personal calls are not permitted during air shifts. When off
the air, such calls should be kept to a minimum and any personal toll calls
must be made from a pay telephone or cell phone.
All guests invited to participate in programs broadcast on KSBR must be approved
in advance by station management and must have a clearly defined role as to
their programming contribution. KSBR hosts are not permitted to guest on another
host's program without prior management permission. A guest is a visiting participant and cannot
assume a regular role or presence on any program broadcast on KSBR. Due to the
limited size of the KSBR broadcast studios, the number of guests for
any one program should not exceed three persons.
All visitors must sign-in at the front desk, and are only allowed on the station
premises between Monday and Friday, from 8:00am to 4:00pm, or by appointment.
Appointments must be made in advance with station management.
No visitors are allowed on nights or weekends without prior permission from
the Operations Director or News Director. A visitor is considered
anyone who is not a current member of KSBR as listed in the station telephone
directory. Each night and weekend operator is responsible for enforcing this
policy and, if a problem arises, is expected to contact campus security. Any
violations of this policy may result in immediate suspension from the station.
The station will operate under the business rules and practices of the District.
Specific policies affecting the unique business operations of the station shall
be developed through consultation with district business officials.
The station holds ASCAP, BMI and SESAC music broadcast licenses. Only music
covered under these licenses or in the public domain will be played on the station.
All copyright material (except excerpts for reviewing purposes) must be cleared
for use in writing by the copyright owner.
Any material or programs that are written or produced by paid station staff
becomes the copyright property of the South Orange County Community College
District. Such material may be submitted by management to other broadcast entities.
The work of volunteers or guests will be aired only after the appropriate signed
copyright release form is on file with the station. Management must approve
all submissions to other broadcast entities. All recorded materials owned by
the District, or held by the station and owned by an outside entity are copyrighted.
They may not be duplicated by station personnel or any other individual without
express permission of station management.
The Saddleback College Radio stations webcast under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,
and pay performance fees to Sound Exchange, which requires that electronic records be maintained on every song played on
the station. The Scott Studio system automatically produces that record during
regular format hours. During specialty shows song information must be manually
entered into the computer. Information should be entered in close proximity
to the actual time that the song played.
All staff members, student operators, paid assistants and community volunteers
assigned to station duties will be included in the District's general liability
policy. Community volunteers must have a signed Volunteer Hold Harmless and
Release of Liability Agreement form on file with the district personnel office.
Further, student and volunteer staff who perform station duties at the studio
or off-campus remote locations, or who assist the station outside normal college
operating hours, will be subject to supervision by paid college staff members
and be expected to comply with all District regulations.
The Deputy Chancellor will advise on the
necessity of special broadcast insurance to cover specific needs, such as slander
Payola is accepting or agreeing to accept anything of value in return for broadcasting
music or any other material without disclosing the payment. Section 507 of the
Communications Act requires station personnel who receive such payments to report
them to station management before broadcast. Failure to do so can result in
a $10,000 fine and up to a year in prison. In addition, Section 317 requires
that the broadcast of such material contain a sponsorship identification announcement.
Plugola is the practice of an on-air personality promoting non-broadcast activities
on the air. Section 507 of the Communications Act requires station personnel
who engage in these activities to report them to station management before broadcast.
Failure to do so can result in a $10,000 fine and up to a year in prison. In
addition, Section 317 requires that the broadcast of such material contain a
commercial sponsorship identification announcement.
It is the policy of the Saddleback College Radio stations to prohibit on-air personnel
from promoting or publicizing any activity or matter in which the staff member, student, or
community volunteer has a direct or indirect financial interest on the air.
Station Property, Donations and Gifts
All materials sent to the stations or the South Orange County Community College District
for use on the stations become the property of the District and under state laws cannot
be used, dispersed, transferred or removed for the premises without a violation
of law. All mail or deliveries directed to individuals within the stations, shall be
considered the property of the stations and thus subject to the above regulation.
In addition, all material solicited by students or volunteers in connection
with their association with the stations becomes the property of the District and must
be directed to the station address. Sources for such material include but are
not limited to record companies, record stores, and entertainment venues.
Items of value, such as those listed here, but not limited to these, must be
distributed under the following practices: tickets to events, merchandise, records,
certificates for complimentary goods or services, invitations to events, meals,
press conferences, etc. shall be (1) directed to the station manager or lead
person of the operational area to which the gift applies; (2) If in the judgment
of the station manager or lead person, such a gift a can be usefully employed
in the performance of his/her duties at the stations, the goods or services shall be
used solely by that person; or (3) distributed to persons within the operational
area for use on a rotating, fair basis among the members of that area; (4) Multiple
gifts should be distributed fairly on a rotating basis to members of the operational
All promotional announcements, "plugs" or other consideration on
air in exchange for the items listed above are subject to Federal Law (see "Payola"
and "Plugola") and must be cleared by the programming department prior
to acceptance and on-air promotion associated with the gift.
Personal use of goods and services belonging to the stations without consideration
for these guidelines is expressly prohibited.
Radio station personnel will be subject to all security and safety rules and
clearances as required of college employees. Security checks will be made by
campus police officers at regular intervals, particularly during weekends, early
mornings, late evenings and holidays. Security of the Student Services building
will be maintained by the on-the-air operator through a phone-call
entry system and by the Cardkey/Password system. Propping open locked doors compromises the security of college
property, and those doing so may face District and/or station disciplinary actions.
Animals or Pets On Campus
No animals or pets are allowed within the boundaries of the college. This restriction
also applies to animals or pets confined in any vehicle parked within the college
To access the stations during off-hours (see College Hours) you must be on a pre-approved weekend or holiday list. To be put on this list contact the Operations Director prior to noon on Friday of that week. A new list is sent every week to Campus Safety. If a weekly list is not available, the master list for the semester should be used.
To enter the station during off-hours you should use the Cardkey/Password system. The system uses the Saddleback Student ID card in association with a special password that is unique to each student/volunteer. If you do not have a card AND you have been pre-approved to enter the station, call the on-air operator, who will check the pre-approved list for your name. If you are cleared to be in the station, the on-air jock will open the door for you. If the college phone system is non-operational or the station is in unattended operation, contact the Campus Safety officer by calling 582-4950. It is recommended that you contact the officer before arriving on campus to give the officer time to meet you at the door.
If a last-minute substitution is necessary, or if there is any other question regarding who should have access to the station, Campus Safety will contact Terry Wedel or Dawn Kamber.
Do not attempt to access the station during off-hours without the approval of station management. While the operator on duty is responsible for all personnel in the station during their air shift, Campus Safety officers have the discretion to limit access to the building based on their assessment of the situation.
FCC inspectors have the legal right to enter and inspect the station at any time, whether or not the station is attended. The FCC has the main station number, but only the college street address, so it is expected that they will attempt to call the station before they arrive (another reason to be courteous on the phone). While providing the FCC inspector access to the station, immediately contact Terry Wedel and Dawn Kamber (cell numbers are located on "Who to Call" list in "What to do" book.
Saddleback College is open the following hours:
6:30 am to 11:00 PM--Monday through Thursday
6:30 am to 5:00 PM--Friday
Outside of these hours, students and community volunteers must sign in at the front desk and are not allowed access to the station without prior approval of management. Minors are not permitted in station facilities outside of these hours.
Drugs - Alcohol
No person shall use, possess, distribute or be under the influence of alcohol,
narcotics or other dangerous drugs on campus at any time, or off campus at any
college-sponsored event. The possession or use of drugs or alcohol on the premises
will result in immediate dismissal from the station, and the matter will be
referred to the Campus Police for further action.
Fire and Disaster Drills
In order to keep the station operating, as required by the FCC, during legitimate
drills, the following procedure will prevail: When the alarm signal sounds,
all personnel will immediately evacuate the premises. The operator on duty should
place the station in the "auto" mode unless his/her personal safety
would be placed in jeopardy by doing so, and then must evacuate the premises.
It is illegal to possess or use any firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals,
or other potentially harmful implements or substances while on the college campus
or at a college-sponsored function without prior authorization of the college
president or designee.
Traffic and Parking Regulations
Traffic and parking regulations are developed by the college, approved by the
Board of Trustees and published in the catalog and other appropriate publications.
The board of Trustees authorizes the Department of Safety and Security to issue
traffic and parking citations within the boundaries of Saddleback College. All
parking permits will be issued under the authority of the Department of Safety
and Security. Student Parking Permits will allow parking in areas posted or
marked "Student Parking by Permit." These permits are not valid in
metered areas. Student Parking Permits may be purchased during the student registration
process or from the Department of Safety and Security at Saddleback College.
Guest Parking Permits, which have been duly issued and authorized by the director
of Safety and Security at Saddleback College, will be acknowledged and parking
will be permitted in the designated locations identified on the Temporary Parking
Permit form. These permits are not valid in metered areas.
It is the desire of the station to present programming which permits the students
to gain experience with professional format elements, and provides a flexible
format for the presentation of news and public affairs programming.
On-air contests are affected by a number of Federal laws and regulations, and also have the potential for
exposing the station and its staff to civil actions. Because of this, all on-air contests must conform to the KSBR Contest policy (which is enforced by the KSBR Promotions Director). Contests should be scheduled in advanced in writing by the
Promotions Director, and individuals at the station may not contact contest prize providers directly without
permission from the Promotions Director.
News and Public Affairs
All news and public affairs programming on the station will adhere to the principles
of the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press
Style Book and the specific FCC rules and regulations related to news broadcasts.
Further, such programming will reflect the principles of fairness and objectivity
in the tradition of American journalism and a democratic system of government.
Ascertainment studies of the station coverage area indicated that local news
and public affairs is of wide general interest to the community. News, therefore,
will be a major priority in programming. All other programming will be subject
The station will provide balanced discussion of political issues and candidates
(with priority on local candidates) within the program formats designated
by the FCC as bonafide news programs. Additionally, the station will broadcast
Political Broadcasts as required under Sections 312 and 315 of the Communications
Station management reserves the right to edit, revise or cancel any program
which: (a) does not conform to available time limits; (b) in its judgment contains
material which may be libelous, in questionable taste or which does not conform
to station, FCC or industry standards regarding form, content or technical quality.
Station management may cancel or pre-empt any program without notice in order
to present material that it determines to be more timely or significant.
The station will make airtime available for announcements concerning community
or college events providing such announcements meet the following tests: (a)
the sponsored organization is non-profit as defined by the IRS; (b) the content
of length of such announcements is subject to editing for program standards
Because of its license requirements, the station will balance the number of
announcements that are originated by the Saddleback College District with those
from the community at large.
No programming will be broadcast which advocates a particular religious belief,
persuasion or sect.
Persons who have completed at least one semester of the CA-115 class are eligible
to host an existing specialty program or may submit a written proposal for the
consideration of a new specialty program. In addition, a recorded demo tape
or pilot program may also be required for evaluation.
Criteria for acceptance includes (but is not limited to), time availability,
compatibility with other programming, contribution to the fulfillment of
community service mission, availability on other stations, and the technical competency, program material knowledge,
and past on-air performance of the producer/host.
Specialty programs and their hosts will be evaluated on a continuing basis
by station management. Criteria for continuation of a program and/or its hosts
includes (but is not limited to), time availability, continued compatibility
with other programming, technical performance, on-air performance, adherence
to station and college policies, fulfillment of program submission commitments,
continuing contribution toward fulfillment of community service mission, and
participation in other station activities. Specialty programs and/or specific
program elements may be required to be added, deleted, or modified at the discretion
of station management.
Specialty programming on OC Rock Radio will be presented as "On Demand" links on the OCRockRadio.com website. In addition to those meeting the above requirements, students in the CA110 and CA113 classes may produce O.D. programming with permission from their instructors. O.D. programming must meet the same legal and production standards as live programming on KSBR and OC Rock Radio.
KSBR CODE OF CONDUCT
KSBR is an instructional laboratory that is available to students completing
the necessary prerequisite classes and passing an audition. Each individual
student and volunteer helps define the overall image of the staff, the broadcast
facility, Saddleback College, and the South Orange County Community College District. All members are required to adhere to a code
of conduct. Anyone, who in the judgment of the management of Saddleback College Radio behaves in
an inappropriate or unprofessional manner may have his or her station participation
suspended. Any station member judged to be
in violation of our code of conduct may appeal to the department for a review
and reevaluation. The Communication Arts Department has the final word.
Serious violations, which may result in permanent suspension, include (but are not limited to):
Acts of physical or verbal abuse or violence
Acts of theft - intentional and unauthorized removal of station or staff property
Destruction or defacement of station or staff property
Violations of the US Criminal Code or FCC rules and regulations
Use or possession of illegal drugs and/or alcohol on station premises
Airing profane, indecent, or obscene material
Other violations, which may result in temporary suspension, include (but are not limited to):
Missing meetings without an excused absence
Editorializing on air
Missing an air shift
Things you HAVE to know
Because KSBR is a federally licensed facility, all station personnel
are required to know the information found in this section. An operator exam
may be administered at the beginning of each semester, and management may
quiz an on-air operator on this information at any time.
The FCC requires that a station identify itself every hour as close to the top
of the hour as programming permits with its call letters, followed immediately
by its community of license. For KSBR-FM, the Legal ID must be "KSBR, Mission
Viejo." A translator ID is required to be broadcast at approximately 8am,
1pm, and 4pm. The simple text for this is: "KSBR, Mission Viejo, with translator
stations K206AA, Laguna Beach and K208AM, Newport Beach."
Public Inspection File
Public access to the Public Inspection File must be permitted during regular
business hours (7AM - 3PM, Monday - Friday) or by appointment with station management.
Public Inspection File material may not be removed from the station at any time.
By request, specific material in the file will be photocopied for members of
the public by station. The copied materials will be available within 3 days
of the request. Station personnel may request personal identification (names
and addresses) of any person asking to see the public file but must not require
that person to tell if he/she is affiliated with any organization. Nor is a
station permitted to require members of the public to stipulate which documents
they wish to examine. A station must honor any requests for inspection of the
public file made in person. However, if the request is made by mail or by phone,
the station is free to determine whether it wishes to comply with the request.
EAS (Emergency Alert System)
Full procedures are in the EAS Binder
on the wall.
KSBR sends and receives a Required Weekly Test (RWT) EAS at least once per
week. Once per month we relay the Required Monthly Test (RMT) test from KWVE
or Orange County "Control One." We also receive RWTs from KWVE, Control One, KFI, and the National Weather
Sending a RWT
1) Play the EAS announcement (on the computer).
2) Push the button underneath the word "WEEK" on the ENDEC display
3) You are now given a "Proceed" or "Abort" option. You
have 4 minutes to start the weekly test, otherwise the menu will time-out. After
you play the announcement, press the button under "PROCEED." The "Outgoing
Alert" light will go on. When it goes out, the test is over.
4) Log and initial the test time on the EAS log and staple the printer output
to the log.
Receiving a RWT
KSBR should receive a Weekly EAS test once at least once a week.
The ENDEC will internally log these tests, which are printed and placed in the Station Log each week. No further action is necessary.
Relaying a RMT
KSBR is required to relay a monthly test message using the EAS encoder. The
test is held during on the first Monday of even months at 4:50 am, and on the
third Thursday of odd months at 10:50 am.
1) The "Incoming Alert" light will flash. Wait until the entire alert
is received - the ENDEC will display "P REQUIRED RMT" and a countdown
timer. If you take no action, the ENDEC will automatically cut out whatever
you're playing and relay the alert when this timer reaches "0" (about
2) If you want to relay the alert sooner (i.e., at the end of a song), push
the button underneath the word "PEND" on the ENDEC display screen.
3) Press the button under "SEND." You are now given a "PROCEED"
or "ABORT" option. You have 4 minutes to press "PROCEED"
or the menu will time-out.
4) When the "Outgoing Alert" light goes out, the test is complete.
Log and initial the test time on the EAS log and staple the printer output to