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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

I will be posting news and information here about any changes occurring at the station. As you are probably aware, staff member Mary Aigner is retiring after 22 years with KZYX. She will still be producing the show DEAD AIR on Thursday nights. She has provided incredible service to the station for many years, in many different positions, including her current job as Program Director, and her previous jobs as Interim Station Manager, Membership Coordinator and Underwriting Sales Director.

Angela DeWitt has been named our new Interim Program Manager. The staff is working together to create a new job description for the Program Director, and when that is done (and budget permits) we will post the job widely and have an open hiring process.

Stay tuned more news and information soon!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE

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All About the Money airs from 9 am to 10 pm on alternate Fridays and is hosted by John Sakowicz.
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on Friday, 12 July 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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   "All about Money" returns to KZYX on Friday, July 12, at 9 am, Pacific Time, with a two-part show.
 
   First we'll check into events in the Middle East with Emily Dische-Becker. She is a Beirut-based reporter who has worked for, among other publications, Harper's MagazineDie Zeit, and Al-Akhbar English
 
   War is the engine of the U.S. economy, and it looks like we may be gearing up more war, even as President Obama is pulling troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
   During the second part, and for most of our show, we;ll be speaking with Dr. Jeannette Wicks-Lim about a petition that over 100 prominent economists have signed in support of H.R. 1346, a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.50.
 
   Wicks-Lim teaches at the Political Economy Policy Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. See: http://www.peri.umass.edu/190/
 
    In a press release issued earlier this week, PERI said: "Over one hundred professional economists have signed on to a petition in support of H.R. 1346, the 'Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2013.' The act, sponsored by Congressman Alan Grayson of Florida, would raise the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25 to $10.50 per hour, the approximate level it would have been if the 1968 minimum wage had kept up with inflation. The act also indexes the minimum wage to inflation, ensuring that the real value of the minimum wage would no longer deplete in the way that it has over the past decades.
 
    "The petition, signed by economists from dozens of universities and research institutes, explains how a minimum wage employee working full time at the current rate earns $15,080 a year -- 19 percent below the poverty line for a family of three. Raising the minimum wage to $10.50 would 'deliver much needed living standard improvements to 45 million U.S. workers and their families.'
 
    "The economists counter various claims made against the minimum wage by corporate lobbyists. First, the petition clarifies that, contrary to the argument that minimum wage increases only affect teenagers working summer jobs, the average age for workers affected by the raise would be 32 years old and that only 9.3 percent of those affected would be teenagers.
 
    "Second, the petition explicitly challenges minimum wage opponents who argue that minimum wage increases are tied to unemployment, explaining that 'the weight of evidence from the extensive professional literature has, for decades, consistently found that no significant effects on employment opportunities result when the minimum wage rises in reasonable increments...because the increases in overall business costs resulting from a minimum wage increase are modest.'
 
    "Third, the petition rebuts those who attempt to connect a moderate minimum wage increase with huge consumer price increases, explaining how, for example, the fast-food industry would only see a 2.7% rise in costs. These cost increases, note the economists, can be paid for through negligible price increases, small productivity gains or more equal distribution of companies’ total revenues.
 
    "The economists conclude that raising the minimum wage to $10.50 and indexing it to inflation through the Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2013 would 'be an effective means of improving living standards for low-wage workers and their families and will help stabilize the economy,' while 'the costs to other groups in society will be modest and readily absorbed.' Moreover, a raise to $10.50, along with other related measures, could benefit the economy overall by promoting greater equality since 'greater equality means working people have more spending power, which in turn supports greater overall demand in the economy."
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All About the Money airs from 9 am to 10 pm on alternate Fridays and is hosted by John Sakowicz.

MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. Applications are due by January 30, 2016. To vote in the election, you must have been a member in good standing by December 31, 2015. For further information, please follow this link.

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KZYX Phone Numbers

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KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org