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Newsletter Winter 2013: Volume 1, Issue 2
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Dear K-BACH Listeners, 
Jon Town
Jon Town
Photo by: Susan Edwards

Hi everyone, Jon Town here, your 2-7 pm afternoon Classical Companion on K-BACH and host of the 'Homeward Bound Hour at 5', which I'll get into a bit later.

I've been in Phoenix since 1981 and at K-BACH for about 11 years. My wife Lynn and I live in the Coronado Historic District in central Phoenix accompanied by our rescue Aussie, Ted, and our two cats Jake and Cosmo. Thank goodness they all get along!

Working at K-BACH is a great job, if you can actually call it a job. Playing classical music for you and working with some very talented people like Sterling Beeaff, Janine Miller, Jane Hilton and Randy Kinkel is like being with your best friends every day. How can you go wrong with that?

One thing I really look forward to is meeting and getting to know listeners. If you've never been to the radio station, call and set up a time to come tour the place. We love to show you K-BACH and learn more about you too. If you can't come see us, request a piece of music for the 'Homeward Bound Hour at 5', The Homeward Bound Hour at 5' is great stress reducing music for the drive home, and be sure to let us know a bit about you as well.

Well, my time is up. Thanks for reading this, thanks for listening and for your continued support of K-BACH and I look forward to talking to you and playing your favorite music this afternoon.

All the best,



Jon Town


A Glimpse into K-BACH 
Host Editorial
Janine Miller, K-BACH Announcer, Host
Janine Miller
Photo by: Susan Edwards
Kids and Culture
By Janine Miller, Announcer and Host
As a parent, over the years, I've often heard complaints that children know more about video games than Vivaldi.

It's easy to point fingers, and I heartily encourage people to support funding the arts.  But, it's also our job, as parents, grandparents, or anyone who loves the arts, to enrich the next generation with the opportunities of greater Phoenix.

The Phoenix Symphony offers many ways to attend with your children.  The most "kid-friendly" are the Family Series concerts, on Sunday afternoons.  The programs have a theme and are usually about an hour or so.  Be sure to arrive early for fun pre-concert events related to the theme of the concert.  Read more.

Heart of the Arts
By Jane Hilton, Announcer 
Last week audiences at the Mesa Arts Center were thrilled with a herculean feat: Cellist Zuill Bailey performed all six Bach Cellos Suites in their entirety. The renowned artist chatted with K-BACH's Sterling Beeaff about his chart topping recording of the suites and his very special 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello. 

Photo: Zuill Bailey, Photo courtesy of artist.


Metropolitan Opera Schedule    
By Jane Hilton, Announcer 
Launched in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcasts are the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. The 83rd season begins on December 7, 2013, with Verdi's Rigoletto, starring Aleksandra Kurzak, Matthew Polenzani, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, continuing the celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday. Twenty-three broadcasts will be presented on the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network through May 10, 2014. Margaret Juntwait returns as the series's host, joined by commentator Ira Siff.  See the schedule.

Book Notes
"Mozart:  A Life" 
By Randy Kinkel, Announcer 
"Mozart-A Life"-by Paul Johnson, published by Viking.  Weighing in at 155 pages including appendix, it's a focused and fascinating book about the 18th century Composer whose life and work still makes us marvel today in the 21st century-- that you can finish off in a lazy afternoon.   
Inside Your Membership
Leadership Society                          Leadership Society Members of the Month
Mr. & Mrs. James Slavin with Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson
Mr. & Mrs. James Slavin with Jeremy Hobson, Here & Now host
Back To Radio Night a Success   
Back to Radio Night welcomed 31 KJZZ and K-BACH members to a special thank you event for donors on October 10, 2013 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.  Members enjoyed connecting with their favorite public radio hosts and reporters including Jeremy Hobson from Here & Now of NPR, KJZZ staff and fellow listeners.  KJZZ staff provided an informative update on activities and projects.

Sustaining Members                    Sustaining Members of the Month
Sustainer Loyalty Card - Coming Soon!  K-BACH Sustainer Loyalty Card 
K-BACH is pleased to introduce the Sustainer Loyalty Card as a special thank you to sustaining members.   Sustaining members will receive a 10% discount at participating restaurants from December 2013 through November 2014.  In addition, each month two restaurants will offer a special complimentary dish exclusively to Sustainer Loyalty Card holders. 
For more information please visit loyalty.kbach.org


Member News                                       Members of the Month 
Make Your Special Year-End Tax-Deductible Gift Today! shiny-red-ornament.jpg
Considering maximizing your income tax benefits by making a special year-end gift.  We hope you'll support the classical music that you love by making a tax-deductible donation to K-BACH today.

We hear stories every day that K-BACH is your classical companion and that it makes a difference in your life.  Please give back to K-BACH with a year-end tax deductible contribution today!  Time is running out.  From all of us here at K-BACH, Thank you... and Happy Holidays!  Learn about your options to donate or call 480-77-8400.


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Legacy Society
"Are Your Valuables Really Valuable?"
Video: "Are Your Valuables Really Valuable?"

We are pleased with the attendance and response to our KJZZ / K-BACH Legacy Society Roundtable series for 2013.  Our November presentation "Are Your Valuables Really Valuable" with Tom Helms is available here to view.  Enjoy! Watch your email to learn about upcoming Legacy Society events in 2014.

Have a topic suggestion for future seminars?  Please email plannedgiving@rioradio.org
Enjoy Tax Savings! 
Your donation is not treated as taxable income if you donate directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to a qualified charity such as Friends of Public Radio Arizona KJZZ 91.5 or K-BACH 89.5.

Qualifications to donate your IRA include: bills_coins.jpg
  • IRA holder must be 70 or older    Gift totals $100,000 or less
  • Charity is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions
  • Charity is NOT a section 509(a)(3) supporting organization
  • Withdrawal is required to go directly from IRA to the charity
  • Charitable distribution must be made by December 31, 2013 and within the maximum annual distribution that may be taken
  • Donor does not need to itemize taxes - itemization requires that donor cannot also take the distribution as a charitable deduction
Join others that have already taken advantage of this opportunity in 2013 to support KJZZ 91.5 and K-BACH 89.5.  Enroll in our Legacy Society and continue to support the programming you have come to enjoy and value!

For more information for you or your IRA Plan Administrator - please call 480-774-8444 or e-mail plannedgiving@rioradio.org 

Business Members
Interested In Becoming A K-BACH Business Member? K-BACH 89.5 Proud Business Member
Your business will be recognized as a philanthropic leader, participate in networking opportunities and receive valuable exposure to a growing community of public radio listeners.

For more information on becoming a business member visit the website or call 480-774-8462
12th Annual First Press Fine Wine Dinner & Auction
Tickets Available For A Premier Black-Tie Event First Press Gourmet Dinner & Auction
If you are a wine lover or just love a fabulous gourmet five-course dinner, you will want to attend this premier black-tie event in Arizona, the 12th Annual First Press Fine Wine Dinner & Auction, March 8, 2014. Tables and tickets are now on sale.  For more information. 
Volunteer Update
No Volunteers During On-Air Fundraisers Continues
Conference Room
KJZZ reporters, hosts and production staff work in the conference room during newsroom construction.
The friendly voices of our K-BACH volunteers who answer phones during on-air fundraisers are still on hold while construction of the new KJZZ newsroom continues.  

The conference room is a busy area filled with
reporters, on-air hosts and production staff sharing space until their new work area is ready.  The new facilities are scheduled to be completed in December; everyone is excited to see the new collaborative space. 

We look forward to seeing our volunteers again when the renovations are complete.  Watch for more information via email. 
Learn more about volunteering.

Vehicle Donation
Receive a Tax-Deduction For Your Vehicle Vehicles
Consider donating your old vehicle to K-BACH, you'll get a tax-deductible receipt and you'll be supporting your favorite programs.

Donate your vehicle online, or call 1-855-825-2224

 I Love K-BACH Because...
Ms.JoAnne Smith
K-BACH Sustaining Member of the Month - November 
"K-BACH is important to me because I can always count on hearing quality music whenever I tune into the station.  I don't have to decide what to listen toon a device: good music and interesting information is there.  That frees me to keep my energy focused on the decisions I need to make and keeps me relaxed so I can carry out my tasks more effectively." 
                                                                                                                                             JoAnne Smith 
Station News
Update From The Board
Laura W. Martin Ph.D.
By Laura W. Martin Ph.D., Secretary, Board Member FPRAZ 
I have to thank my dog, Tulip, for my involvement in KJZZ / K-BACH.  I walk herin a park where Ibecame friends with another dog-walker, Karen Greenberg.  We had a lot in common including reading, food and wine, current events, and travel.  Karen was a member of the FPRAZ Board and thought I would make a good member.  She organized lunch with Lou Stanley and Linda Saunders, the FPRAZ Board Chair, in an informal interview.  I wasn't sure what I had to offer the Board since a) I am not a powerful patron of the arts and, b) I like wine but didn't know anything about wine auctions which the Board was supporting.  I did, however, offer a background in educational media and was a big fan, which they thought worked.

The Board shared camaraderie, wine, and passion for getting stories straight. After an enlightening Board retreat on the role of non-profit boards led by Allison C. Black, I got it: we all had our roles and contribution to make.  I helped with Wavelength, the station magazine and, of course, participated in the galas and events that were organized.  

While the cast of characters on the Board has evolved its enthusiasm and dedication are thriving.  We applaud SPOT127, as well the amazing reporting and programming changes that the staff is making.  Thanks to Lou for divesting me of any hard work as Board Secretary, except for lifting pens to sign checks!
February 13, 2014:  "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!", Phoenix, AZ, VIP tickets available call 480-774-8444

March 1, 2014:
  Great Arizona Beer Festival, Tempe AZ

March 8, 2014:  12th Annual First Press Fine Wine Dinner & Auction, Montelucia Resort & Spa

May 3-4, 2014:  KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo, Phoenix Convention Center

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