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GOALS OF KUNM
As a noncommercial, educational radio facility of the University of New Mexico, the station
shall fulfill the following goals:
1. Serve the people in KUNM's listening area by providing a variety of high quality
programming that serves diverse interests, particularly programming that might not
be available on commercial radio stations, including but not limited to:
a. Providing programming, information and informed commentary including the arts, the
sciences and culture generally;
b. Presenting information and discussion of significant issues facing society, thereby
contributing to the development of an informed citizenry;
c. Conveying the diverse cultural richness of our society, and by presenting it, making
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it known to the present generation and also preserving it for future generations;
d. Developing diverse local programming;
e. Encouraging listeners to enrich their lives through music and the arts and
encouraging new insights concerning life's experiences and the relationships
between individuals, society and our cultural milieu.
2.Comprise an integral component of the University's academic mission, including but
not limited to the following:
a. Encouragement of creative initiatives from all sectors of the university;
b. Scholarly and cultural activities such as broadcasting of lectures, recitals and other
appropriate forms of faculty, staff and student expression;
c. Opportunity for experience in public radio station programming and operations.
Maintain a high standard of quality in content, presentation and technical competence.
OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF KUNM
The station will operate as a University radio station, with management responsibility delegated
from the Board of Regents, as licensee, to the President as the chief administrative officer of the
University and to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Management, staffing and budgeting
of the radio station will be carried out through normal University administrative channels under
applicable University policies.
Volunteer participation in the operation of the radio station will be encouraged and will be
subject to volunteer policies and procedures established by station management and the radio
board and approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs .
A radio board shall make recommendations to station management on programming issues and
other important station policies and practices. Because of the potential impact of major
programming changes on the academic mission of the University and on the station's
responsiveness to the community, station management must consult with the board before
making such changes, except in emergency situations. After the board has issued its
recommendations regarding programming changes, station management may either follow the
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recommendations or may request that they be reviewed by the Vice President for Academic
Affairs, who shall make the final decision as to whether a proposed program change shall or
shall not be adopted. In making such decisions, the Vice President shall be guided by and act
consistently with the current Regents' Policy Statement on KUNM. His or her decision,
accompanied by a written explanation, shall be forwarded to the Radio Board and the station
The Board of Regents shall adopt bylaws governing the composition and duties of the board.
Answers the main phone for KUNM, directs calls or takes information requests, as needed. Greets visitors, and conducts tours of the radio station. May assist with on-air programming at the station.
The role of a docent at KUNM is three-fold. 1. They are the station's "front-line" or main human representatives. 2. They facilitate communications between the public, clients, staff and volunteers. 3. They are a safety net, ensuring that someone is on hand who can help in various KUNM departments, as needed.
Attendance of a General Orientation is recommended, whenever possible, either before or after beginning service at KUNM.
On-site training will be provided, beginning with the first volunteer shift in the reception area.
Reception area volunteers with at least six months of service at KUNM, and who can commit to an additional six months of service after training, may attend an optional broadcast class, which meets an average of 60-90 minutes, once a week, for 6 weeks.
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