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Causes: Arts & Culture, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Journalism, Music, Radio

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. As the NPR member station for the region, KJZZ features a mix of local, national, and world news, classic jazz and blues at night, and entertaining weekend shows. The station is licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges.

K-BACH 89.5 FM is a listener-supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metropolitan area. K-BACH is the only radio station in Phoenix that plays classical music 24/7, reaching listeners around the world who stream K-BACH online. The station is licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges and Arizona State University.

SPOT 127 is an award-winning youth media center that empowers low-income and at-risk teens to find their voices and engage with their communities through audio, photo, and video storytelling. SPOT 127 allows teens to learn digital media skills during after-school hours at locations in Maryvale and Tempe.

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a not-for-profit reading and information service that creatively applies technology and talent to make sure every person with a print disability can access the current and local information they need to lead a self-directed, productive life. Special radios are provided free of charge to listeners. Broadcast via the subcarrier waves of public radio stations, Sun Sounds boasts a team of volunteers who read local and national newspapers, magazines, and local ads.

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.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first discovered 89.5 FM years ago when I would drive from Tucson to Phoenix to visit a lady I had known my whole life and referred to her as my "surrogate mom." As soon as I got near to Phoenix, I would search my radio for 89.5 FM. While with my friend for two or three days I would turn to this station in the morning when I got up and listen to it as I went to sleep at night. She passed away four years ago at age 101 and I no longer have a reason to go to Phoenix. But then it occurred to me that I could stream this station on my computer and that's what I've been doing ever since!!! And when I travel I listen to it on my iPad. I love the programming, the announcers and I am a sustaining member. Thank you for keeping the music of the masters alive!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KBAQ and KJZZ are the #1 and #2 buttons on my car radio dial. I love the music on KBAQ and the commentary by the announcers enhances it even more. KJZZ is the best for news and information. Many thanks to both.

Client Served

Rating: 5

valuable and open news and information, as well as, very entertaining entertainment programing

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

KJZZ and K-BACH are my absolute go-to radio stations. Whether I want unbiased news or beautiful classical music, I can always count on their being there. That’s why my wife and I are sustaining members. Keep up the good work.
And as a long-time volunteer at SunSounds, I can attest to the dedication to the mission of each and every person at the station.
This organization is what a non-profit should be.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would never get in the car without KBACH. The beautiful classical music takes the stress out of my daily commute or just driving around town. I've also learned so much about the different composers and history. Did you know that Mozart had a pet Starling (mockingbird) that inspired one of his musical pieces? On KJZZ I get news and my favorite game shows. Wait, wait, Don't tell me, and What do you Know are fabulous. Who can't use a laugh and these shows are hysterical. I get so much from my monthly donation, I just don't know what I would do without them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Arizona Public radio has been my companion for the past ten years , in the morning, in my car to keep track of what's going on in Arizona and the world, and in the evening when the jazz programs help me relax. Recently I've discovered it's not just my window on the world but also makes me part of a community. Increasingly frequently if I mention something I heard on the radio, people smile, nod, and say " Oh yesI heard that too!"

Eduardo C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

In these times when reliable sources of news are under attack, KJZZ and NPR provide a serious, unbiased and trustable news outlet. THANK YOU!

Donor

Rating: 5

I listen to this station almost exclusively. It's news stories are excellent ... and fair. The evening jazz program is wonderful. And I love the weekend offerings. These are always presented with professionalism, appropriate humor, and sensitivity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a loyal and avid listener of KBAQ for nearly 23 years and not once has it failed me in achieving a sense of well-being simply by listening. Even in those times that chaos reigns in my life, I know I can turn to KBAQ, which is on in my house and my car, to once again find my center and refocus on what is important. I cannot imagine not having KBAQ in my life's tool box to help me "fix" those things I can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

KBAQ makes even the Phoenix traffic more acceptable. The radio alternates between KJZZ and KBAQ only!

Nance W.

Donor

Rating: 5

I wake up to the superbly curated sounds of KBAQ every morning and listen when the sounds of the world become too raucous. The Valley would be a barren place without this radio station.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nice to support Public Radio great classical music and a large selection of programs.

Donor

Rating: 5

KJZZ is always on in my car. When I’m tired of News and want music I switch to KBACH!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've listened to, and volunteered for, KJZZ (NPR) & the affiliated classical (KBACH) stations since I moved to the valley in 1985. It's been both fascinating & at times frustrating to see & hear the changes through the years -- but the move from a cramped & inefficient building on the Community College campus in Mesa to the incredible new building in Tempe has been the best change! I started listening when KJZZ was mostly jazz music; as it transitioned into an NPR news station I found myself listening & learning & appreciating the more balanced news format. Now I depend on NPR/KJZZ to keep me informed on both the hidden stories no one else is exploring & the news everyone else is covering. It happens both with attention to detail & nuance but also with the added benefit of showing the very human faces affected by daily "news".
My volunteering at the station has brought me into closer contact with the people who are the broadcasting voices, but also the vital people who work behind the scenes to make sure all the news & music continues to come to us on the airwaves. Thanks to the fund raisers, the marketing folks, the equipment technicians, the computer experts, the managers and the guys who climb the radio towers --- all of you make this terrific station such an important asset to the community (& to me!)
My support (both in time & money) for KJZZ & KBACH are based on the firm belief that non-commercial radio is essential to having a community of informed & balanced citizens. (We all need something to keep us sane in today's stressful world !!)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KJZZ is an outstanding public radio station. We listen every day and feel very well informed about the news that is important to know. The coverage is thorough and balanced.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In today's corporate controlled media environment, NPR, and specifically KJZZ, stand alone in the radio environment. Their sole mission is performing the critical function of providing unbiased journalism; the life's blood of democracy.

Donor

Rating: 5

The first thing I do every morning is turn on NPR - before I even make my morning tea! The radio (yes, old school) stays on all day long while I'm working. I get news and features from our local station, national NPR and BCC that I can't get anywhere else. One thing I especially love: In the rush of getting everyone out the door for school, I have noticed my two kids pausing to listen to the news of the day. The stories prompt thoughtful questions and help inform them on a range of issues. Thanks NPR!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wherever they are now, Bach, Chopin, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Handel, Debussy, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Ravel, Liszt, Mahler AND Martines, Price, Maconchy, Price, Weir, Clark and Schumann also love to listen to KJZZ. They all 'composed' the fabulous foundation for this radio station and that is why it is a joy to support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the programs on this station, and the local coverage is exceptional! Very insightful and in depth.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think that everyone who has posted a review here in this blog in respect of 'Friends of Public Radio Arizona' has covered all the wonderful reasons that we continue to support KJZZ & KBAQ (KBACH). We are so fortunate to have both FM stations, and we are spoiled for choice throughout the day, everyday. All that I can add here is that if KJZZ & KBAQ doesn't turn you on, contact me and I'll provide batteries, free of charge.