WVIA Public Media is a catalyst, convener and educator, using media, partnerships, powerful ideas and programs to improve lives and advance the best attributes of an enlightened society.
“WVIA touches lives, influences opinion, and noticeably impacts on matters of public interest and concern, through measurably significant, differentiated local and national television and radio broadcast products and wvia.org, as well as outreach projects and educational services. Grounded in the concepts of lifelong learning, the arts, culture and quality of life, the WVIA staff relentlessly pursues excellence and relevance. We will develop future programs and services in collaboration with strategically chosen organizations successfully serving Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. WVIA will grow in revenue, independence, recognition and coverage, achieving significant public service by continuously improving relationships with members, underwriters, partners and our communities.”
WVIA Public Media is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization that adheres to all federal, state and local laws. WVIA will also comply with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting guidelines for list activities. These guidelines require WVIA to annually certify compliance with laws and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service regarding tax-exempt status, and with all federal laws and regulations governing political activity and lobbying.
Issues and programs lists
Consistent with our organizational practice of complete transparency, and as part of our commitment to keep our membership and the public fully informed, WVIA has received notice from the PA Department of Revenue, Bureau of Audits, that it will be conducting a routine tax audit of WVIA. This is the first time that WVIA has been subject to a tax audit. To our knowledge, WVIA was selected at random, and the audit will include review of sales and use tax as well as a limited audit of employee withholding tax. The in person audit and review of tax records will be conducted in early December, and is expected to take about a week. WVIA of course will extend its complete cooperation to the state auditor. If necessary, we will seek advice and guidance from our professional consultants in connection with the audit. The results of the audit, once issued, will be disclosed.
The PA Department of Revenue, Bureau of Audits has determined that WVIA has a clean bill of health. The organization’s exposure is approximately $260.00. WVIA will pay this amount in its year end Sales Tax Filing.
For information about WVIA's AFR, contact Lynne Pouria Sandone at email@example.com
WVIA Board of Directors
WVIA Board of Directors Meeting dates & times
- Friday, December 8, 2017 at 12pm
- Friday, March 9, 2018 at 12pm
- Friday, June 8, 2018 at 12pm
The Executive committe of the WVIA Board of Directors will meet on Friday, December 8th, 2017 at 10:30am.
All meetings are scheduled to occur at the WVIA Public Media Studios.
WVIA Community Advisory Board
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) originated with the passing of the Public Telecommunications Financing Act of 1978, which mandates the establishment of a council “broadly representative of the communities served by WVIA. The CAB is composed of citizens who represent the diverse interests of the communities served. The CAB advises WVIA management on a wide variety of programming and outreach issues relating to our communities served. Through its work, the CAB strives to develop stronger connections between WVIA and the communities it serves.
Community Advisory Board Policies
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) shall assist WVIA in fulfilling its mission to inform and educate its audience by providing programming for northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. The CAB shall be representative of the diverse constituencies within northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley, monitoring and evaluating programs, giving voice to underserved segments of the community, serving as a sounding board for ideas presented by WVIA staff and bringing issues of community concern to the attention of the station management.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Communications Act governing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the CAB shall advise the WVIA Board of Trustees with respect to whether the programming and other policies of WVIA meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley, and may make such recommendations as it considers appropriate to meet such needs. As part of this advisement, the CAB shall be permitted to review and assess the WVIA programming goals, the community service activities, and the impact on the community of significant policy decisions rendered by WVIA. The CAB deliberates independently of station management and the Board of Directors, determining its own agenda and electing its own leadership. The CAB is an advisory body only, and is not authorized to exercise any control over WVIA daily management or operations. The CAB conveys its findings and recommendations based on public input to the Board of Directors on an annual basis.
Community Advisory Board Meeting dates & times
- Thursday, January 11th, 2018 at 12pm
- Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12pm
All meetings are scheduled to occur at the WVIA Public Media Studios.
The next meeting of the WVIA Community Advisory Board is scheduled to be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 12pm at WVIA Public Media Studios.
Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are at the WVIA Public Media Studios, 100 Wvia Way, Pittston, PA. Meetings of WVIA's Board of Trustees, Board Committees and Community Advisory Board are generally open to the public.
Any member of the public may attend any open meeting for the purpose of observing the meeting. Members of the public are not required to register their names with WVIA or provide WVIA with any other information as a condition of attendance. However, visitors may be asked to provide ID to building security at some meeting locations. In addition, WVIA does require that members of the public observe a few simple rules so that meetings proceed in an orderly way:
1. Visitors will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats available to the public have been occupied. Visitors may not reserve seats for others. All visitors should be in their seats by the start of the meeting.
2. Visitors should not leave their seats unless they exit the meeting room. Visitors who leave their seats and exit the meeting room will not be reseated.
3. Visitors may attend the meeting as observers only. They may not address the trustees, speak out or otherwise attempt to participate in or to interrupt or delay the meeting.
4. Visitors are not permitted to photograph or record the proceedings.
5. Visitors who violate any of these rules will promptly be asked to leave this meeting and not to return.
Certain meetings, or portions of meetings may be closed to the public to address matters relating to individual employment, proprietary information, litigation and other matters requiring the confidential advice of counsel, commercial or financial information obtained from a person on a privileged or confidential basis, or the purchase of property or services whenever the premature exposure of such purchase would compromise the business interests of WVIA.
It is the policy of WVIA to comply with the open meetings requirement for public broadcast stations as set forth in the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. 47 USC § 396(k)(4). Nothing in this policy may be deemed to require WVIA to do more than is required by law.
SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS: Please note time and location are subject to last minute changes; confirm with Sarah Marie Thomas at (570) 602-1162 before attending.
The support from our individual members and donors is critical to fulfilling WVIA’s mission of community service. WVIA conducts our fundraising in compliance with nationally established guidelines while ensuring that our member’s trust and faith in us is deserved.
WVIA maintains lists of names, addresses, giving history, programming interests and other pertinent data for those who have supported us financially or otherwise have indicated an interest in our organization's programming or activities.
WVIA does not sell or exchange its member or donor lists with any other organization.
On occasion, WVIA provides its list to vendors who conduct work or an activity for WVIA. WVIA requires all vendors to maintain the confidentiality of WVIA’s files and confidential information and to adhere to a policy of not exchanging, selling, or otherwise disclosing the organization's member, donor and underwriter lists.
WVIA will adhere to all federal, state and local laws.
WVIA is required to disclose the identity of all donors who provide direct funding for any program produced by WVIA.
WVIA may publish a list of members and donors (for example, as part of our Annual Report.) This listing may indicate a monetary range into which each member or donor's gift falls. If you wish to be excluded from any such listing, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WVIA will also comply with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting guidelines for list activities. These guidelines require WVIA to annually certify compliance with laws and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service regarding tax-exempt status, and with all federal laws and regulations governing political activity and lobbying.
WVIA will not rent or purchase any mailing list that is politically affiliated including, but not limited to, political organizations, campaigns and committees.
Donor Bill of Rights
Each nonprofit organization holds a public trust to improve the quality of life. Likewise, philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, WVIA accepts several guiding principles that all donors have the right to:
- Be informed of WVIA's mission, of the way WVIA intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
- Be informed of the identity of those serving on WVIA’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
- Have access to WVIA's most recent financial statements.
- Be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
- Receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
- Be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
- Be assured that privileged or confidential information about themselves and their giving will not be disclosed to unauthorized parties outside of WVIA.
- Expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
- Be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
- Feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
- Ensure that all solicitation materials are accurate and correctly reflect WVIA's mission and use of solicited funds.
- Receive informed, accurate and ethical advice about the value and tax implication of potential gifts.
- Give their consent before WVIA might alter the conditions of a gift.
- Know that their names will not be sold, rented, leased, traded, loaned, donated, transferred or exchanged from WVIA donor lists.
- Know with confidence that WVIA will use accurate and consistent generally accepted accounting methods that conform to the appropriate guidelines adopted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
Member List Sharing Policy
Long-term support from our individual members is critical to fulfilling WVIA’s mission of community service. Maintaining and preserving a strong, trusting relationship with our members is key to this vital source of support. WVIA maintains lists of names, addresses, giving history, programming interests and other pertinent data for those who have supported us financially or otherwise have indicated an interest in our organization's programming or activities. As policy, WVIA does not sell or exchange its list with any other organization. On occasion, WVIA provides its list to vendors who conduct work WVIA. Vendors are required to maintain the confidentiality of WVIA’s files and to adhere to a policy of not exchanging, selling, or otherwise disclosing the organization's lists. It is WVIA’s intention to retain the trust of its donors, members, viewers and listeners through this policy.
Policy Prohibiting Sale to Political Candidates
WVIA does not sell commercial time of any kind, including time to candidates for public office, and does not sell, rent, give or exchange a member or donor name to, with or from any candidate for public office, committees or organizations supporting a candidate, political parties, or organizations that solicit funds for use in political campaigns for any purpose.
For reference: WVIA reserves the right to delete comments that contain:
- offensive language;
- personal attacks;
- improper comments that target any ethnic, racial, or religious group;
- spam or include certain links to other sites; or
- are clearly off topic.
For Closed Captioning concerns, please contact our captioning hotline:
Phone: (570) 602-1141
Fax: (570) 655-1180
We will make every effort to respond or otherwise resolve your inquiry within 24 hours or 1 business day.
Written Closed Captioning complaints should be directed to the following:
100 WVIA Way
Pittston, PA 18640-6197
Before sending a formal written complaint, we recommend you first contact our captioning hotline. We may be able to resolve your problem immediately without the need for a formal complaint. In any event, we will respond to your complaint within 30 days.
Closed Captioning Quality Certification
All programming provided by WVIA Public Media adheres to the closed captioning requirements established by the Federal Communications Commission as embodied in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1, including regulations concerning closed captioning quality. Programming provided by WVIA Public Media adheres to these regulations by either: (i) satisfying the caption quality standards set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(j)(2); (ii) adopting and following the “Video Programmer Best Practices” set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(k)(1); or (iii) being subject to one or more of the captioning exemptions set forth in 47 C.F.R. § 79.1(d), including programming for which the audio is in a language other than English or Spanish and that is not scripted programming that can be captioned using the “electronic news room” technique; interstitial material, promotional announcements, and public service announcements that are 10 minutes or less in duration; and/or programming that consists primarily of non-vocal music.
If you need assistance accessing the Public File, please contact Joe Glynn at (570) 602-1170 or email@example.com during regular business hours (weekdays 9am-4:30pm)
WVIA Public Media
100 WVIA Way
Pittston, PA 18640
Main Phone Numbers: (570) 826-6144 or (570) 344-1244