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Newsletter Spring 2015 Volume 2, Issue 3
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Spot 127 Transitions Into KJZZ News Operations
Mark Moran
Mark Moran
By Mark Moran, Associate General Manager, News
KJZZ's Spot 127 youth media program empowers high school students through professional mentorship, teaching them skills in all forms of digital media production. The free after school program focuses on helping youth learn critical thinking skills, building self-confidence and developing writing, photography, and audio/video techniques.

Spot 127 was conceived of and formed as a strategic initiative, but is now transitioning into the KJZZ News operation, giving the students even more direction and instruction in digital media storytelling techniques.

The Spot 127 facility is located in the Phoenix suburb of Maryvale, where the public school District has a 91% free or reduced lunch rate.  Kids from other Valley cities participate, too, and often drive or use public transportation to get to Spot 127.  Our full-time Instructional Team interviews and meets with each student applicant before starting the program.  Then, based upon the assessment, the youth are placed into small working groups.  

So, KJZZ isn't just news and music. Together, we are helping to equip our youth for the next chapter in their lives, which could include a path to higher education, job skills and self-confidence, all while using creative energy and digital communication skills to help change our world.
Programming Highlights
KJZZ Original Productions 
By Jon Hoban, Associate General Manager, Content Programming
What is a KJZZ original production? Is it local? Is it news from our neighborhood? Is it fun? Is it important? Yes and Yes.

KJZZ Original Productions are shows that bring you the topics that we are talking about in Phoenix and in Arizona.  It's news, it's conversation and it's all about where we live. The programs are KJZZ's Here and Now and The Show.

We are focusing on the Phoenix and the Valley because the stories that have the greatest impact on us are those closest to home. The conversations include politics and sunshine laws, energy and public utilities, local artists and bands that are making an impact, the news of the day and quirky personalities that make Phoenix unique.

The highlights and the characters are at Here and Now and The Show. You can follow us on twitter @kjzzphoenix
This American Life
This American Life
By Jon Hoban, Associate General Manager, Content Programming 
When was the last time you looked at the radio and your mouth was hanging open in awe?  Or you laughed out loud? Or you talked back to the radio?  All in the same hour?  It may have been the last time you heard This American Life with Ira Glass.

Ira and his team take you on a journey through some of the best public radio storytelling available today.  For listeners of a certain age, this is the show that hooked them on KJZZ.  Probably the best way to understand the show is to start at the favorites page.

This American Life - it's what you didn't expect that grabs your attention.  Take five minutes and see how the crew says I love you on the blog.
Morning Edition Logo
Morning Edition Coffee House - four girls
he Coffee Is On Us
Every weekday KJZZ's Morning Edition keeps you up to date with news from Phoenix and the nation. We're even including a cup of coffee from a local coffee shop on select days during March and April.  Stop by, tell us why you listen to Morning Edition and a cup of coffee is on us.  You'll even get a chance to meet your favorite KJZZ personalities.

Listen to KJZZ and watch your email to find out where to go for your cup of coffee.  First come first serve while supplies last.

Listen to Morning Edition on KJZZ Monday - Friday, 5-9am.
Inside Your Membership
Leadership Society                
Back to Radio Night 2015 Back to Radio Night with NPR President Jarl Mohn 
KJZZ 91.5 would like to thank all of the members and staff who joined us Tuesday for Back To Radio Night With NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn who entertained the crowd by sharing his vision for the future of public radio along with his witty humor. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful evening to share with our community of KJZZ supporters.
Sustaining Members                     

Make A Difference Without Spending A Dime 

Check for contributions from bank account Your sustaining contribution can make an even bigger difference when you make your monthly payments directly from your checking account.


Bank transfers are simple, completely secure and never expire!  Simply put, it's the best way to make your monthly contribution to KJZZ.


Make your switch today by calling member services at 480-774-8400.


Member News                                        

Full House For Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know? 

Michael Feldman in Whad'Ya KnowThank you to everyone who joined KJZZ for the live broadcast of Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know at Chandler Center for the Arts. 

Local guests included ASU's Lawrence Krauss and Donald Johanson, Earnest restaurant's Danielle Morris and local band Celebration Guns. After the show VIP Ticket holders enjoyed a reception with Michael Feldman in the art gallery.  Additional photos from the event are available on the KJZZ Facebook page.

Tax Time Print Your 2014 Tax Statement Online  

Your 2014 tax statement is now available online.  This means more of your contribution will go toward programming and not paperwork.  If you do not have a KJZZ e-membership account, follow these simple steps:


1.    Go to: www.kjzz.org/emember
2.    Click on "Sign up for an account"
3.    Enter the requested information and press "Process"
4.    When you receive your email confirming access, login at: www.kjzz.org/emember and look for the "Tax Receipt" link at the top of the page

If you have any questions, please call member services at 480-774-8400.

Take A Tour Of The Station 
A Thank You Letter
Ruth and Clark Hawksworth
By Ruth and Clark Hawksworth, K-BACH and KJZZ Members
"We enjoy, appreciate and are grateful for the quality broadcasting of K-BACH and KJZZ.  Since our personal tour with you, we are more enlightened and informed.  The studios of K-BACH and KJZZ are beyond anything we imagined.  We didn't know what to expect, but knew it would be good based on the programming and the personnel we listen to.

There are so many examples of quality in the infrastructure, the building details, the equipment, but most importantly are the excellent people at both K-BACH and KJZZ."   Read more

KJZZ Travel Club 

Women's Trip To Tuscany, Italy 

September 12 - 19, 2015

You'll Love Every Minute

Tuscany Villa

Join KJZZ Associate General Manager Development, Linda Pastori and a small group of women with similar interests on an authentic journey through the beauty and culture of Tuscany, Italy. Stay in spacious casas with stunning views of vineyards, olive groves and castles and follow in the footsteps of amazing Renaissance women. You'll discover the art of living the sweet life

Legacy Society
Social Security and You 2015
Social Security and YOU - Feb. 2015
Legacy Society Offers Educational Classes
KJZZ Legacy Society presented Social Security and YOU
for 102 registered participants on February 25, 2015 with speaker Jack Burns, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security, Arizona.

An information program Inside KJZZ was presented to residents of Royal Oakes Retirement Center in Sun City on March 12, 2015 with a special guest Bill Shedd, Associate General Manager, Administration.

Estate Planning for the NOVICE is back for the second time with Stephanie Fierro of Frutkin Law, Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Rio Salado Conference Center.  Watch your emails for additional information.

For more information on estate planning contact plannedgiving@rioradio.org or 480-774-8458
First Press Fine Wine Dinner and Auction 
Thank you to Attendees, Wineries and Sponsors
KJZZ, K-BACH and Spot 127 would like to thank all the attendees, wineries and sponsors for contributing to an especially successful First Press evening.  Sponsors included APS, American Airlines, National Bank of Arizona, Frontdoors News, Arizona Wine Company, Southwest Airlines and SunTech Concrete.
First Press - Photo compliments ofRobert Westerman Photography
First Press - Photo by Robert Westerman Photography
First Press - Photo by Robert Westerman Photography
Photos by Robert Westerman Photography
Business Members 
KJZZ Business Member Program Welcomes Five New Members
The Business Member program would like to welcome five new businesses: Alliance Bank of Arizona, Global Chamber, A.T. Oasis, Ethiopian Famous Restaurant & Coffee and Giant Coffee. Three of these businesses are first-time donors to KJZZ, their logos are below.
A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop
Ethiopian Restaurant
Giant Coffee
A Special Thank you
Area Agency on Aging
Thank you To Our Sponsors
Since 2012, the Area Agency on Aging has been reaching out to KJZZ listeners through corporate underwriting messages to educate the community about the 60+ programs offered to residents of Maricopa County.  The programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for adults aged 60+, adults aged 18+ with HIV/AIDS, adults aged 18+ with disabilities and long-term care needs, as well as family caregivers. For more information visit www.aaaphx.org or call the 24 hour senior help line at 602-264-HELP.

Group 91.Five: KJZZ's Young Professionals
What I Wish I Knew... About The Challenges Of Homeownership
The firstWhat I Wish I Knew About The Challenges Of Homeownership "What I Wish I Knew..." discussion of 2015 took place in late February focusing on lifestyle considerations, current trends in urban and suburban living and evolving attitudes toward owning a home.  KJZZ's Mark Brodie moderated the discussion with panelists including Mike Orr, Director of Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Suzanne Walden-Wells, Eastmark Director of Community Life and Mike Davis, Founder and CEO of The Davis Experience. Learn about Group 91.Five

Volunteer Update
Volunteer Gary Lewallen
Gary Lewallen
Arizona Statistics In Volunteering 
KJZZ and K-BACH together engaged more than 87 volunteers and logged approximately 700 hours in 2014. According to Volunteering and Civic Engagement in America, Arizona's 2013 volunteer statistics include:

          1.19 million volunteers
          159.5 million hours of service
          31.1 volunteer hours per capita
          $3.6 billion of service contributed
          20.3% volunteers engaged in fundraising as their main activity

Join the ranks by volunteering for the KJZZ Program Member Drive, March 26 - 31, and make a difference in your community. For more information email cmaffuccio@rioradio.org.

Vehicle Donation 
1955 Ford F100 donated by Jenedith W.
1955 Ford F100 donated by Jenedith W.
Announcing 2014 Winners
K-BACH Keys to Outstanding Programming Awards
Jenedith W. from Phoenix is the winner of the Oldest Vehicle Award by donating his 1955 Ford F100.  The Most Valuable Vehicle Award goes to John and Susan who donated their 1996 Monaco Windsor Motor Home.

Support the programs you value by donating your car, truck, boat or RV to KJZZ.  Call 1-855-565-KJZZ or visit cars.kjzz.org

Station News
Blaise Lantana
The Composers
By Blaise Lantana, Music Director 
Do you have a favorite jazz composer? I can never decide.

I always enjoy the Gershwin Brothers with tunes like Summertime, S'wonderful and Our Love is Here to Stay. The tunes lend themselves to lots of variations and still hold the form. Another one of my favorites is Cole Porter  with Night and Day, I love Paris and I've Got you Under My Skin. Porter wrote both lyrics and music, like Irving Berlin who wrote White Christmas, I've got my Love to Keep me Warm and Blue Skies. Jimmy Van Huesen (Chester Babcock) wrote Here's That Rainy Day, Darn that Dream and All the Way, he worked with lyricist Sammy Cahn and Frank Sinatra recorded many of their songs.  Read more

Check out the jazz calendar, or listen to jazz.
Friends of Public Radio Arizona
Suzanne Pfister (FPRAZ Board Member)
Suzanne Pfister
FPRAZ Board Member Establishes Leadership Committee to Exchange Health and Technology Information
By Suzanne Pfister
Board of Director, FPRAZ
President & CEO St. Luke's Health Initiatives 

For more than a year, the development team at KJZZ began talking to a variety of local health-related organizations about expanding health, science and innovation reporting. These topics have always held a great deal of interest with the public, and local organizations have been pioneering new products and treatments that are worthy of broader coverage.  The premise was that Arizona is full of innovative health and science efforts, yet many of these stories will not entice traditional commercial media because they are sometimes harder to communicate.  Read more.
Upcoming Events
May 7, 2015: KJZZ's Spot 127 Celebration Dinner, Featuring the Korva Coleman Excellence Awards recognizing outstanding digital media pieces produced by youth ages 12 - 23.

November 14 - 15, 2015:  KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo