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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 and is also the NPR member station 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 Phoenix and Tempe the opportunity to learn digital media skills during after-school hours.

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a not-for-profit service that creatively applies technology and talent to make sure that every person with a print disability can access the current and local information they need to live 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

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Roberta Auron H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I enjoy listening to classical music. I find it calming when I am driving, which in Phoenix, can be a stressful event.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love both Classical and Jazz, as well as other music. KBAQ delights me constantly through the day. In the evenings I like to listen to KJZZ Jazz, especially on my drive back home from RCIA. Often I'll leave the Jazz station on and when I return to the Car I listen to the radio talk shows. I love the way these 2 stations complement each other and offer a great selection to the listening audience. The top 100 voting from both add a broader sense of the listening audience's tastes. I miss them when I'm traveling.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Satish A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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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....