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Friends of Public Radio Arizona

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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.

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