KSKQ Community Radio has created a COVID-19 resource guide for the local community. This guide can be downloaded here. This guide will be updated as new resources are identified so check back often to download the lastest version.
Please note that the FCC is warning about COVID-19 scams and has set up a dedicated page that includes examples that you can use to help spot the scammers: www.fcc.gov/covid-scams.
The FCC has received reports of robocalls purporting to offer free virus test kits, in an effort to collect consumers' personal and health insurance information. One pernicious version of this scam is targeting higher risk individuals with diabetes, offering a free COVID-19 testing kit along with a free diabetic monitor. Other robocalls are marketing fake cures and asking for payment over the phone.
The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration have posted consumer warnings about fake websites and phishing emails used to promote bogus products.
Opportunists are also making robocalls to offer HVAC duct cleaning as a way to "protect" your home and family from the virus.
Fraudsters are also preying on financial fears tied to the pandemic. The FCC is aware of robocall scams with COVID-19 themed work-from-home opportunities, student loan repayment plans, and debt consolidation offers. Consumers aren't the only target. Small businesses are also getting scam calls about virus-related funding or loans and online listing verification.
Julie Akins has been in broadcasting since she first cracked a microphone while in high school in the Seattle area. She worked her way through college in radio and eventually worked morning drive in Sacramento and the SF Bay area. From there Akins traveled the country moving into television news where she eventually became one of 15 first women to manage major network newsrooms in the country. She worked in Boston, Tampa, Los Angeles and San Francisco before returning home to the PNW where she managed news for KOBI tv, taught at SOU and wrote for the newspaper. She now serves on the Ashland City Council and runs her non profit housing homeless children and families and is excited to take on the role of Station Manager at KSKQ radio.
"At no time has freedom of expression been more important, perhaps in the history of our nation. KSKQ IS the voice of our community and I support it in all its expressions and invite the Rogue Valley to support it as well with your thoughts, words, contributions and deeds. Let's make something uniquely wonderful together. That's why I'm delighted to be a part of KSKQ as it's Station Manager."
The Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon owns KSKQ Community Radio. It holds the Federal Communications Commission Non-Commercial Educational license, is legally responsible for KSKQ and sets editorial policy. MCASO was founded to combat racism and other forms of discrimination. Its mission is To serve as a catalyst in the community, promoting understanding and appreciation between cultures, by creating cross-cultural educational opportunities where people of all backgrounds can interact in an environment of goodwill.
KSKQ's editorial policy encourages diversity in programming, but racism, hate speech and statements that promote exclusion are not allowed as they are contrary to the mission.