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Causes: Arts & Culture, Fund Raising & Fund Distribution, Music, Radio, Single Organization Support

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.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Linda346

Donor

Rating: 4

KJZZ is my special cup of morning coffee. It gets me up and going without the caffeine so I face each day as a well-informed member of my home state. This is especially important since formal education here in AZ is, in general, very poor.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KBAQ is a treasure! For the classical music lover, high quality classical programming has been disappearing faster than the polar ice caps. In my 60 years as a classical music lover, stations either disappeared or their quality went right down the drain, and I experienced that in Philadelphia, Ann Arbor, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. I now have ~600 CD's and 300 vinyls worth over $10,000 that I needed to purchase to satisfy my need for classical music when my local classical radio station either closed, switched to rock or got bought out and the programming went to hell. KBAQ is an oasis in the desert here. Sterling Beeaff has brought the most wonderful programming to Phoenix for over 20 years. There is everything here, from the Renaissance to the 21st century, 24 hours per day, with well informed commentary added by the superb staff. Even the sound quality is better than I ever experienced in other classical stations, and the geographical coverage is phenomenal-reception is crystal-clear in my car anywhere I go in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and even when I am well out of town. Beyond music, the web site they run is a focal point for all of the arts in Phoenix. So, I would give KBAQ 10 stars if I could.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

We moved to Phoenix about 10 years ago from the northeast. As we drove, shopped, repaired, cleaned, painted, and simply rested KJZZ and KBACH were our constant and reassuring companions. Intelligent discussion, informed analysis, wonderful music and unabashed laughter were available at the push of a button. We subscribed, we donated, we shopped and we spread the word, but never could we equal what we received from AZ public radio. Having two public radio stations should be recognized as a rare and valuable treasure.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

How often I find myself bringing something I heard on KJZZ into a conversation or thinking more deeply about an issue because of something I heard on the news or in an interesting story. KJZZ's outstanding content sometimes makes it difficult for me to get out of my car or turn to an activity that precludes radio listening. In an era of shrill, biased reporting and uncivil behavior, I am drawn more and more to KJZZ and NPR's informative, balanced and entertaining offerings every day of the week.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Without classical music I would probably go a little crazy. There are some kinds of music that can make up for a little of the loss (Show Tunes, 20's, 30's and 40's music) but the radio is not going to provide much of that. You can get these large platters (or other media) of music that play the same thing over and over on TV or on the internet) but soon that will drive you crazy with repetition. KBAQ, our classical public radio station keeps me sane. I can listen (mainly in the car and who knows how much time we spend in the car) while I'm driving and be a calm driver. And it's great I can go anywhere and keep in touch with my life via the internet. I lived where they played the same 400 great classical music over and over and was making me start to not like some music. Also they seldom played the movement together and that made the music seem unfinished. On KBAQ you have live people, a vast mixture of music and you can be surprised sometime. Please keep our public radio, alive, well and lively.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife, Marie, and I think KJZZ and KBACH are great. Thank you for adding a positive dimension to our lives, every day.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

MY WIFE AND I BOTH LOVE CLASSICAL MUSIC, BUT APPARENTLY NOT AS MUCH AS OUR CATS- MOE AND BURBANK. THE BOY'S LOVE THE MOSTLY COMMERCIAL FREE MUSIC WHEN WE ARE AT WORK THAT THEY BOTH SEND TITHINGS. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY DO NOT HAVE CREDIT SO WE CO-SIGN FOR THEM. OUR BOYS ARE YOUNG AND PROMISE TO KEEP GIVING. THANK YOU K.

1 Victoria74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been listening to KBAQ for over 20 years. My daughters have listened as well since they were toddlers. My parents brought me up to appreciate good music and that is what KBAQ brings into my life everyday. I am an avid listener and will continue to be for many years to come. Classical music does wonders for the body and soul. I am a cancer survivor and I made sure that is was on more than ever during that difficult time to make sure it helped me to stay focused on being positive and calm. I LOVE KBAQ

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I rely on this local station to bring me fair unbiased international reporting, local interest stories, keep me up to date on things happening around AZ and entertaining programming. I am always learning and stay informed. Thx KJZZ!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Another newspaper in Arizona closed this week. Thank goodness we have Public Radio (KJZZ and KBAQ locally) to give us intelligent and balanced news and information. Most people do not know that 90% of public radio's support comes from public donations. Friends of Public Radio AZ works to keep this news source available and thriving for all Arizonans.