Diversity Policy

Diversity is a core value at Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) and Morehead State University. This is reflected in MSPR's programming, community outreach, station staff and Community Advisory Board.

With approximately 9,000 students from 100 Kentucky counties, 45 states and 36 nations, our commitment to diversity is displayed through the university's unique student body, as well as our employees. Morehead State University strives to create and educate an inclusive community that embraces and enhances the importance of diversity through promoting values and development of all individuals, while respecting all human differences.

Diversity, as a concept, describes an inclusive community of people with varied human characteristics, ideas and world views related, but not limited, to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, color, creed, national origin, disabilities, socio-economic status, life experiences, geographical region, or ancestry. Diversity also recognizes the creation of a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment by institutions that honors and respects those differences. The policy "focusing on a diverse student body and workforce" advocates the inclusion of students and employees from historically and continuing underserved populations. 

The President's Diversity Council at Morehead State University strives to create and maintain a campus and community environment that embraces, values, and celebrates the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, talents, and abilities of students, faculty and staff at Morehead State University.

The duties and responsibilities of the President's Diversity Council include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Advising the president on issues and practices that impact the University's commitment to diversity and equity, and providing recommendations for addressing inequities under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  2. Collaborating with the Affirmative Action Officer concerning policies, procedures, and implementation of the University's Affirmative Action Plan and the Kentucky Plan on Equal Opportunities.
  3. Coordinating and implementing the University Diversity Plan, proposing diversity-related initiatives, and promoting a safe and supportive campus community to enhance the academic success and intellectual growth of all students.
  4. Reporting annually to the campus and community the actions taken and the progress made by the Council.
  5. Developing planning and assessment processes that inform successive phases of the Diversity Plan.

Diversity Resolution (2009)

MSU Diversity Plan (2011-2015)


Morehead State Public Radio's CPB Diversity Report (2014)

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) and WMKY’s primary listening area is Morehead, Kentucky located in Rowan County and twenty surrounding counties throughout eastern Kentucky. Coverage is extended by a translator (W202BH) in Inez, Kentucky located in Martin County.

The 2013 U.S. Census provides the following data for WMKY’s primary coverage area in Rowan County:

Population = 23,527

Persons ages 18 or younger = 19.3%

Persons ages 65 or older = 13.3%

Females = 51.5%

White = 96%

African-American = 1.9%

Hispanic or Latino = 1.4%

Asian = 0.8%

American Indian = 0.2%

Language other than English spoken at home = 2.6%

Foreign-born persons = 1.1%

Military Veterans = 1,345

Median household income = $33,615

Persons below poverty level = 30.0%

Land area in square miles = 279.80

Persons per square mile = 83.4

MSPR’s mission is to provide programming that is educational, informative and entertaining to the region. It is imperative for WMKY to be responsive to the interests and needs of the diverse population served in our region.

To best serve our community and to meet eligibility criteria required by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the following are some of MSPR’s diversity accomplishments during the 2013 calendar year:

  • Produced several public service announcements for the Fair Housing Project for low-income families
  • Participated in TRiO Day at MSU to discuss careers in broadcasting
  • Sponsored a performance by the ARCOS Dance Ensemble at MSU
  • Broadcast “Gay In The Eyes Of God” special from Interfaith Voices
  • Broadcast “The Unghosting Of Medgar Evers” special from WUKY
  • Sponsored ceramic artist Aisha Harrison as an Artist-in-Residence at MSU
  • Sponsored the Col. Bill Williams Blues and Heritage Music Festival at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park

The following are some of MSPR’s Diversity Goals for the 2014 calendar year:

  • Participate in Morehead State University open house and informational events
  • Participate in regional job fairs for minorities or other diversities
  • Recruit individuals representing diverse groups for internships or work-studies
  • Launch a locally-hosted Spanish language music program
  • Sponsor arts and cultural events at Morehead State University designed to appeal to diverse audiences

Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) is committed to diversity in programming, community outreach and staff. Comments or questions may be directed to Paul Hitchcock, MSPR General Manager, at 606.783.2001 or by e-mail at: p.hitchc@moreheadstate.edu