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 !!)
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.
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.
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!
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!
I love the programs on this station, and the local coverage is exceptional! Very insightful and in depth.
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.
I enjoy listening to classical music. I find it calming when I am driving, which in Phoenix, can be a stressful event.
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.
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.
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.
KJZZ provides the perfect combination of fact based national news and informative, helpful local news.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Satish Reddy Arravalli
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!!
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....
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.