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Newsletter Summer 2014 Volume 1, Issue 4
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Dear KJZZ Listeners, 
Peter O'Dowd
Peter O'Dowd

I've worked at KJZZ for more than five years now, and I've never seen so much activity in the newsroom. Of course, it helps that our reporters and producers now work in one of the most modern news-gathering spaces in the state. The wide-open, collaborative design of the freshly renovated KJZZ newsroom means our journalists have more space to explore Arizona news stories in creative ways.

Take our recent Rubbish Project, for example. KJZZ's Phoenix-based reporters fanned out across the state to dig into -- literally -- the issue of trash disposal. Over the course of two weeks, we brought you stories that cracked the mystery behind recycling plastic bags; what happens to your charitable donations that are too "junky" to sell at a thrift shop; and the problem with exporting empty soda cans to other states.

The Rubbish Project was picked up by national programs, and it's a perfect example of KJZZ's renewed effort to bring you news that actually makes a difference in your daily life.

But we're not done yet. Your public radio station is boosting coverage on important topics. In the coming weeks, you'll be hearing new voices reporting on the state's economy. You'll hear more well-researched and thoughtful Arizona-based stories about science, innovation and healthcare, too.  

And, of course, our award-winning coverage of the region's rapidly changing demographics will continue from KJZZ's Fronteras bureaus in Flagstaff, Tucson and Las Cruces, N.M.

Thank you so much for listening as this journey continues, and thank you for trusting our newsroom to bring you the news and information that helps make your day a little more complete.


Peter O'Dowd
KJZZ News Director

Programming Highlights
By Jon Hoban, Chief Content Officer

"I really, really, really enjoyed your show! I played along as best I could. I was satisfied with my performance."  - Ask Me Another listener from Facebook

Host Ophira Eisenberg_Photo Compliments of Steve McFarland
Host Ophira Eisenberg
Photo Credit: Steve McFarland

House Musician Jonathan Coulton_Photo Compliments of Steve McFarland
House Musician Jonathan Coulton
Photo Credit: Steve McFarland
It's Ask Me Another on KJZZ.  It's all puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience.  Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton take us on a journey of brainteasers as they test your knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture and even mathematics along with the competitors called up to the stage.

Try this on your loved ones: Total number of Brontė Sisters, plus total number of Marx Brothers? Or how about the total of Dalmatians, plus all those Luftballoons, divided by Ali Baba's thieves?

Each episode features an interview with a VIP (that's Very Important Puzzlers -- notable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her.

If you've been thinking about a few tricks to keep your brain sharp on the weekend, try Ask Me Another.  It's part of KJZZ's Saturday style - a line-up that can keep you sharp and laughing.

Send us a note about how you did after this week's show!
SUMMER STAGE Photo Compliments of Steve McFarland
Summer Stage
Photo Credit: Steve McFarland
Inside Your Membership
Leadership Society                Leadership Society Members of the Month  
A Special Brunch With NPR's Melissa Block and Korva Coleman
Leadership Society Members, Legacy Society Members and Business Members enjoyed a special brunch with NPR's Melissa Block and Korva Coleman on Monday, May 19, 2014.  Melissa and Korva answered questions about their extensive roles with NPR.  Members also connected with local KJZZ reporters and on-air hosts.


Melissa Block and
Margaree Bigler

Korva Coleman,
Zona and Tom Lorig and
Melissa Block

Maureen Decindis, Korva Coleman and Molly Edwards

Sustaining Members                      Sustaining Members of the Month
Sustaining Members Enjoy Delicious Meals  
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Chocolate Earl Grey Cake at Talavera
Did you show your Sustainer Loyalty Card to get your complimentary Chocolate Earl Grey Cake at Talavera or The Original Chopped Salad at Citizen Public House this month?

As a special thank you, KJZZ sustaining members receive a 10% discount at participating restaurants in the Valley.  In addition, each month sustainers receive a special complimentary dish from two selected restaurants.  View participating restaurants here.   

This offer is valid for KJZZ Sustainer Loyalty Card holders and is honored only when the Sustainer Loyalty Card is shown.  Terms and conditions apply.

Learn how you can become a Sustaining Member.

Member News                                          Members of the Month

Learn About The "KJZZ TRAVEL CLUB"    

KJZZ is launching a Travel Club designed for the curious public radio traveler with an interest in music, art, history and culture.  Sign up to receive information about the KJZZ Travel Club


KJZZ Trip to Costa Rica, April 2013 (compliments of Adrian Major)
KJZZ Trip to Cuba, Nov 2013 (compliments of Linda and Bob Granzow)
Costa Rica - April 2013

In April 2013, a total of 21 KJZZ listeners traveled on an Ecological Study Tour to Costa Rica with hosts General Manager Jim Paluzzi and News Director Peter O'Dowd.
Cuba - November 2013

In November 2013, a total of 24 KJZZ listeners traveled on a culturally rich adventure to Cuba with hosts Associate General Manager Linda Pastori, General Manager Emeritus Carl Matthusen and former Fronteras Desk Senior Field Correspondent Michel Marizco.
Legacy Society
Designing Strategies For Your Financial Future
Legacy Society Event Designing Your Financial FutureKJZZ & K-BACH Legacy Society presented a public service seminar in April, 2014 entitled "Designing Strategies for Your Financial Future".  Panelists included (shown in photo left to right): Anne Groth, CFBS of MassMutual Arizona; Nancy Tengler, financial consultant, professor and columnist to the Arizona Republic; and Emily Burns, Attorney at Law. The panel moderator was KJZZ's own on-air host Dennis Lambert.  If you were unable to attend the session, you can view the video here (the download takes a few minutes).
Plans for next season's seminars are in process.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any topic
suggestions for future presentations.

For information on the Legacy Society please phone 480-774-8444 or email
Business Members 
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KJZZ prides itself in being a voice for local businesses. We would like to welcome MassMutual Arizona, American Traffic Solutions, Arizona Endocrinology Center, Local First Arizona, the Arizona Republic and AZCentral.com to the KJZZ Business Member program.

For more information on becoming a business member, visit our website or call 480-774-8444.

Group 91.Five: KJZZ's Young Professionals
business_people2.jpg What I Wish I Knew About Guaranteeing
My Career Success

Don't miss out on Group 91.Five's upcoming symposium, What I Wish I Knew about Guaranteeing My Career Success taking place Thursday, June 5th, 6-8pm at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

Our event moderator, KJZZ reporter Nick Blumberg and professional panel will focus on the topic of "moving up the career ladder".  Learn more

To RSVP or for more information contact 480-774-8462 or email group91five@rioradio.org

Volunteer Update
Thank You KJZZ Volunteers For Making A Difference 
Carol Maffuccio, Volunteer Coordinator
KJZZ Volunteer Tom Kenney
KJZZ Volunteer Tom Kenney

KJZZ held its first fund drive for 2014 the first week of April. We welcomed 32 volunteers spread out over 4 days to be the friendly frontline voices that answer phone calls from our listeners during on-air fundraisers. These dedicated individuals donated a combined total of 105.5 hours to make our KJZZ fundraiser a success.

The First Press Fine Wine Auction was held on March 8th, and 27 volunteers donated over 131 hours to create a fundraising evening that was spectacular. We are now seeking volunteers who can serve on our year round committee, which includes securing tables and auction items for next year's event.

KJZZ hosts four fundraisers throughout the year, and we are always looking for genial faces and voices to support our efforts to sustain KJZZ quality programming. In addition, there are other opportunities across the Division of Public Service where volunteers can make a difference.

For more information about how to become a volunteer, contact Carol Maffuccio at 480-774-8300 or cmaffuccio@rioradio.org.  We appreciate our volunteers!

Vehicle Donation 
Businesses Donate Vehicles to KJZZ
HiHealth Vehicle DonationDoes your business have a vehicle that needs to be replaced?  That fleet vehicle has been good to your business, now let it do some good for your community.  Consider donating your company's vehicle to KJZZ.

KJZZ thanks Hi Health Supermart for donating a 2001 Isuzu FTR and Healthcare Trust of America for donating two 1996 Ford Econoline Vans.

Learn more about donating your car, truck, boat or RV, call 1-855-565-KJZZ or visit cars.kjzz.org

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cocanour Mr. and Mrs. Norman Cocanour
KJZZ Leadership Society Members of the Month - May



"KJZZ is all we listen to for reliable and  

accurate news all the time."  

Station News
Blaise Lantana
Summer Jazz
By Blaise Lantana, Music Director 
Everything changes in Phoenix in the summer. Life slows down and moves inside when it's 110 degrees. But inside there is a lot of music and there is nothing like some cool jazz to get you through the hot summer months. There is still a jam session every Thursday night at Pita Jungle on West Ray Road in Chandler and Sunday nights when I'm off I like to go to the Fired Up Grill in Chandler or to The Nash. If you have never been to a jam session it is a place to enjoy a variety of musicians playing together who are often trying out new things. Everything isn't always perfect but you will enjoy high quality performances and a few surprises. I have discovered some delightful musicians at jam sessions and then gone to hear their bands.

There are some fine Saturday night venues for jazz even in the summer. John Knowlton's trio holds forth at Pesto's in Mesa with some cool in the pocket sounds and Tony Vacca plays his sax with different pianists at the Wrigley Mansion. We are lucky to have so many talented artists here in the valley.  John and Tony are just two that you should check out in person, plus you can hear their CDs on KJZZ.  Read more

Check out the jazz calendar, or listen to jazz.
Spot 127: KJZZ's Youth Media Center
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Bootcamp 2013
SPOT 127 students participate in a group project during Summer Bootcamp 2013

Summer Bootcamp for High School Students    
By Greg Pereira, Executive Director Spot 127 
This year, SPOT 127 is offering an immersive camp at the main Rio Salado College campus in Tempe, the home of KJZZ-FM, from June 9-20 (Monday-Friday), 8am-12:30pm. SPOT 127 staff, KJZZ journalists and media professionals from across the Valley will mentor students while they produce audio and video pieces.

Participants will spend two weeks learning to report, write, shoot and edit audio and video stories with the latest equipment while getting an overview of digital journalism topics. This is an excellent opportunity for students to get hands-on production experience and develop multimedia pieces that can be used in portfolios, scholarship applications and college applications.

The summer boot camp is $250 per student. Partial and full scholarships are available.

For more information or to apply, please visit www.spot127.org

Friends of Public Radio Arizona
Update From The Board
By Louis Stanley

FPRAZ Board Membe Rodolfo Parga 
 Rudy Parga
FPRAZ Board Member Chip Scutari 
 Chip Scutari
Director Strategic Initiatives, KJZZ/K-BACH/Spot 127
Executive Director Friends of Public Radio Arizona 
Friends of Public Radio Arizona is pleased to welcome two new board of director members. Diane Veres, FPRAZ Board Development Chair, presented two nominees in the month of March to fill two of four vacancies. Rudy Parga and Chip Scutari were presented to the Board of Directors and both nominees received unanimous approval.

Mr. Parga is the Managing Shareholder and Chairman of the Executive Committee for the law firm of Ryley, Carlock and Applewhite.  Previously Rudy led the firm's Litigation group, and has a broad practice in commercial litigation, financial and employment litigation.  In 2012, Rudy was named to the list of Most Admired CEOs and Top Level Executives by the Phoenix Business Journal. In 2013, Rudy was also named to the list of The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Business Leaders by AzBusiness.

Mr. Scutari is a principal partner in the Public Relations firm of Scutari and Ciezlak . Previously Chip worked as an award-winning reporter at both the East Valley Tribune and Arizona Republic newspapers from 1997 to 2006, covering everything from City Hall to cops and crime to state politics and business. In 2006, Chip switched from reporting to public relations after taking a job with the Phoenix advertising firm of Moses Anshell.  Chip is a regular guest on Channel 12's "Sunday Square Off," Channel 3's "Politics Unplugged, KJZZ's "Here and Now" program and is a contributor to Phoenix Magazine.

If you have questions regarding the FPRAZ Board please contact Lou Stanley at 480-774-8448 or lstanley@rioradio.org.
Upcoming Events
June 5, 2014:  What I Wish I Knew About Guaranteeing My Career Success, 6-8pm, Rio Salado College Conference Center, admission is free, RSVP at 480-774-8462 or Group91Five@rioradio.org

June 6, 2014: 
Five Dollar Friday Sustaining Member Drive, your chance to win a $1,000 Vacation Card and support the news you value with an easy $5.00 monthly gift...  it's spare change you won't miss!

October 11, 2014: 
Ira Glass' Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host, Mesa Arts Center

November 5, 2014: 
David Sedaris, Mesa Arts Center

November 8-9, 2014: 
KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo, Phoenix Convention Center

December 31, 2014:  Paula Poundstone, Mesa Arts Center

February 13, 2014:  Live Show of Whad'Ya Know?, Chandler Center for the Arts

March 7, 2015:  First Press Fine Wine Dinner and Auction, Montelucia Resort and Spa

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