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 (2015)

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 2014 calendar year:

  • Produced a series of public service announcements on the Fair Housing Project for low-income and homeless families, minorities, persons with disabilities and people with limited English comprehension
  • Created “Sin Fronteras,” a monthly Spanish/English bi-lingual program on the people, places, culture and lifestyle of the Spanish-speaking community
  • Broadcast highlights of the SOAR Health Impact Series regarding Appalachian healthcare
  • Sponsored MSU’s Creative Writing Symposium, Reading and Film Series
  • Sponsored the Cave Run Storytelling Festival at Cave Run Lake

The following are some of MSPR’s Diversity Goals for the 2015 calendar year:

  • Partner with Radio Eye to provide a radio reading service to the blind, visually challenged and impaired
  • Partner with regional public radio stations to report on Appalachian issues including health & welfare, education, employment and economy
  • Sponsor cultural events with an appeal to attract diverse audiences
  • Recruit individuals representing diverse groups for internships or work-studies
  • Participate in Morehead State University open house and informational events
  • Continue efforts to broadcast diverse programs with a focus on people, places, cultures and lifestyles

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