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Friends of Public Radio Arizona

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 reviews 485

Address:

2323 West 14th Street Tempe AZ 85281 USA

Mission:

Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) assures the future vitality and excellence of two public radio stations in the Phoenix metropolitan area and engages the community with other strategic initiatives.

Geographic areas served:

the Phoenix metropolitan area

Programs:

KJZZ 91.5 FM is a listener-supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metropolitan area and is also the NPR affiliate for the region. KJZZ features a mix of local, national, and world news during the day, entertaining weekend shows, and classic jazz and blues in the evenings. The station is a public service of Rio Salado College.

K-BACH 89.5 FM is the only radio station in the Phoenix metropolitan area that broadcasts classical music 24/7. The station is licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University.

KJZZ also operates SPOT 127, two youth media centers that empower low-income and at-risk teens to find their voice and engage with their communities through audio, photo, and video storytelling. SPOT 127 provides teens in west Phoenix and north Tempe the opportunity to learn digital media skills during after-school hours.

Soundbite combines the functions of a food truck, mobile production studio, and live performance venue into a 40-foot-long custom truck. FPRAZ collaborates with The Short Leash to operate the food service side of Soundbite, while KJZZ records and transmits live music, standup shows, or interviews.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My go to news information site every day. I love the in depth news without all the fluff. Complete national and international news coverage plus timely local coverage of news and events. Easy to get hooked on for all the information one needs.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I learn so much from KJZZ! The range of topics is amazing and includes areas I wouldn't think of learning about. I recently enjoyed the book review about Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla and the invention of the lightbulb. Extremely interesting! I was horrified to learn about the racist attitudes that shaped our interstate highway design. Would not have know about that without KJZZ. I could go on and on. KJZZ feeds my brain.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

KJZZ provides the perfect combination of fact based national news and informative, helpful local news.

 
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KJZZ has stood by me as I lost a job, regained one, had a divorce, remarried brilliantly, had children, then had teenagers, and then had children again Through it all, a calm, steadying voice of classical music, objective news, and solace sustained my sanity. Better than drugs, cheaper than psychotherapy.

What more could one ask of a non-profit!

 
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I discovered KJZZ when I moved to AZ and needed intelligent news while commuting. Then my listening expanded beyond my commute to weekends and some evenings. I am a fan of jazz music so enjoy the music programming in the evenings. Mostly though I love the variety of information KJZZ brings to me. It is so pleasant to listen to thoughtful conversations without screeching commercials or screeching hosts!

 
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Just can't imagine life without public radio. In Arizona since 1977 it was KONC to become KBAQ. Blessed are those who endured the struggles along the way. We are so fortunate! And then I found KJZZ. What a way to wake up and, if not at work, the fabulous Diane Rehm show. Loved her On My Own. Thank you for keeping this old grandma current!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I got acquainted with National Public Radio (NPR) during the first few months of my residence in our country. I came from India after getting enrolled in a Masters program at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. My uncle and aunt were kind enough to shelter me in their home. Without a vehicle of my own, during the first few months, I was totally dependent on my uncle for getting to and from school. His vehicle was almost always tuned to the local NPR affiliate. I was hooked.

Ever since then, I have a been an avid listener of public radio. Even though I thoroughly enjoy and listen to other radio stations, public radio occupies the majority of my radio listening time. The quality programming on public radio beats other radio stations hands down. The breadth of programming, from the hilarious "Car Talk," to the studious "Diane Rehm Show," the informative "News Hours," the encompassing "All Things Considered," the biographical "Fresh Air," and the soothing "Classical Music," is unparalleled in radio broadcasting. The programming at times seems to lean on liberal side of things, I guess this can be improved on.

I currently reside in Chandler, Arizona. KBAQ - 91.5 FM and KBAQ - 89.5 FM, are my near constant companions while driving around. I have made some minor donations recently - suitable to my financial standing, to benefit these stations and Spot 127.

We as a nation, are in dire need of next-gen journalists who can provide top-notch, unbiased reporting. Spot 127 is a great stepping stone for youth in this direction.

It is essential that public radio continues to sustain and thrive. And "Friends Of Public Radio Arizona," plays a crucial role in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

Satish Reddy Arravalli

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My car is always tuned to KJZZ. Just driving around I learn so much!! KJZZ is one of the few places one can still find balanced reporting, I can count on them to be seeking out all sides of a story. Their human interest stories, creative radio lab stories, news analysis, Diane Rheam show.. all are so wonderful! I don't read a newspaper or watch news on tv, yet I find I know what people are talking about and have an educated opinion to offer. I am so happy to support this station!!

 
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Assisting in the awareness of public radio is a great benefit to all....NPR where news and information is actually news and information and the core of music with the classics and jazz to bubble up the mind and soul......thank you....

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Listening to KBAQ when driving to work relaxes me and puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day. Listening when driving home after work relaxes me and set me up for a more restful evening.

 
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