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Friends of Public Radio Arizona

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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.

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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.