1975 WTMA/WPXI Station Policies
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WTMA and WPXI employees in the mid 1970s were subject to similar rules and restrictions that part of many non-broadcasting jobs, as evidenced in this 1975 memo, provided by former WTMA PD Lee Richards.

Statement of Station Policies

 WTMA/WPXI Radio

Charleston, South Carolina - August 1975

A. HOURS OF WORK

The official office hours or this station are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday thru Friday. Each of us (full time personnel) is required to perform official duty eight hours per day and/or 40 hours per week. Air and production personnel are required to work at least 40 hours per week plus designed overtime. Any additional hours worked must be approved by the General Manager. Except for the lunch period, all other absences during your designated working time are subject to the General Manager and your department head.

B. TARDINESS

The General Manager and/or department heed have the authority to excuse only occasional tardiness for good cause. You are on time only if you are your woks station on time you are required to report for duty. Unless excused for good cause, tardiness will not be tolerated. This includes part-time personnel as well as full time personnel. Chronic tardiness will occasion disciplinary action or possible dismissal.

C. LUNCH PERIOD

For those employees taking a lunch break, the official lunch period is one hour. Any absence over one hour is subject to approval by the General Manager and/or Department Heed. Lunch breaks will be set for each individual by the General Manager and/or department head and scheduled to aid in the smooth operation of each individual station department.

D. VACATION

Vacations should be requested in advance and are subject to approval of the General Manager. Request tor vacation due to emergency will be considered. Your vacation should be scheduled early enough to avoid problems of conflicting with other employee vacation schedules. One week vacation is earned after one year employment. Two weeks vacation is earned after two years employment.
 

E. CONDUCT ON THE JOB

1. Transaction of personal business:

Personal telephone calls shall be permitted on a limited basis and when they occur should be for a limited duration. Under no circumstances is visiting by telephone permitted.

2. No personal business of any kind is to be permitted on station property.

3. Office Conduct:

Employees are expected to maintain business-like decorum at all tines. Interaction between employees must be kept on a business-like basis.

4. Use of station property:

Each employee has a positive duty to protect and conserve station property including that entrusted or issued to him or her.

F. OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT

Any outside employment held by any employee shall not serve to interfere or be in conflict with FCC regulations or the duties assigned to such employee by the management of WTMA/WPXI Radio. The General Manager must be notified of outside work.

G. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

The manner in which an employee discharges his or her financial responsibilities reflects on the Company and the Station as the employer. The Company and Station cannot condone laxness on the part of an employee in discharging the employee's financial obligations.

H. CORRESPONDENCE

All outgoing correspondence must be reviewed by the General Manager and is subject to his approval.

I. REASONS FOR DISCHARGE OR OTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION

1. Insubordination:

The failure by an employee to comply with any Company policy, rules or procedure set forth by Management verbal or written end/or disrespect for Management shall be grounds for discharge.

2. The possession, use or discharge of firearms on company premises shall be grounds for dismissal.

3. The possession, use, sale or purchase of narcotic drugs - (drugs that are not prescribed by a doctor) shall be grounds for dismissal.

4. Falsifying company records or failure to comply with company rules and FCC rules in keeping transmitter logs or station program logs shall be cause for immediate discharge.

5. Fighting on Company premises shall he grounds for discharge.

6. Wasting time, loitering, leaving place of work during working hours without permission shall result in disciplinary action.

7. Immoral conduct, indecency, and/or loud abusive language shall be grounds for dismissal.

J. VISITORS

Any and all persons not employed by this Company or unauthorized persons shall not be permitted in any area beyond the front office area without the permission of Management. Visitors must remain in the front office until they have permission to proceed further. This included ex-employees. All visitors must use the front entrance.

K. BUILDING SECURITY

The back and side doors must be kept closed and locked at all times when not being used by employees.

L. RECORD PROMOTERS

All record promoters will be permitted to visit the station during normal business hours 8:30am - 5pm - Mon-Fri). They are not permitted to visit the station control rooms.

M. DISCRIMINATION

No employee, on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, will be subject to discrimination under any program or activity conducted by the Management of WTMA/WPXI or any or its personnel.

 


 

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