Wednesday, December 9, 2015

KJZZ To Participate in NPR Political Reporting Partnership

KJZZ Sr. Field Correspondent
Jude Joffe-Block
KJZZ 91.5 FM is one of 17 member stations selected to participate in NPR’s 2016 Political Reporting Partnership. NPR hopes to elevate its national election-year reporting by leveraging the localized insight and expertise of member station correspondents. KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block will work collaboratively with NPR to provide local context for a variety of 2016 campaign issues.

“Our goal is to cover the 2016 election from the ground up. We want to combine local and national knowledge to produce stories that illuminate the choices voters will make,” said NPR Local Partnerships Editor Brett Neely.

According to KJZZ General Manager Jim Paluzzi, being selected for the partnership project is a reflection of the quality of reporting found on KJZZ.

“I’m proud of Jude, and I’m proud that KJZZ was chosen as a partner for this project,” Paluzzi said. “Political reporting in Arizona has become something of a specialized field. Being selected to tell these types of stories to a national audience, and in particular, to tell them to an educated, critical-thinking NPR audience, is really an indicator of the level of excellence we’ve come to expect from all of our KJZZ reporters.”

Joffe-Block joined KJZZ in 2010 as a Fronteras Desk reporter based in Las Vegas. She transitioned to the Phoenix newsroom in July 2012 where she regularly reports on immigration, criminal justice and is currently covering the Sheriff Joe Arpaio racial profiling case. Joffe-Block is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.

She said she is grateful for this opportunity and hopes her participation will shed light on the issues facing Arizona voters as they head to the polls. "I'm very excited to work with NPR on election coverage and bring Arizona voters' perspectives to a broader audience."


About KJZZ
KJZZ 91.5 FM is a listener supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metro area. The station features a commercial-free mix of local, national and world news, entertaining weekend shows and classic jazz.

Friday, November 20, 2015

KJZZ Original Productions Welcomes Award Winning Journalist Lauren Gilger

Award-winning multimedia journalist Lauren Gilger will join public radio station, KJZZ 91.5 FM in December, 2015.
Gilger was recognized in 2013 with both the George Foster Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for her work resulting in a safety recall of more than 700,000 SUVs.
“Lauren will be a great complement to the KJZZ team,” said Jon Hoban, KJZZ’s programming manager. ”She’s dedicated to uncovering the stories of wrongdoing and reporting in-depth on all of the groups that make Phoenix unique. Lauren’s background and approach will further our efforts to give context to the news of our community”
Gilger’s work has been published nationally in The Washington Post and appeared in ABC’s Nightline. She served most recently as a multimedia journalist and investigative producer for ABC15 Investigators. She previously worked as a contributor for the Phoenix New Times and at the East Valley Tribune.
After four years in television, I’m excited to make the move to radio,” Gilger said. “I’ve admired KJZZ’s work in journalism and in building the Phoenix community for years and I can’t wait to join the team.
Gilger is a graduate of Fordham University in New York and the ASU Cronkite School of Journalism.
Gilger will be a host and producer for KJZZ Original Productions creating content for multiple platforms, conducting interviews and producing features for broadcast and digital publication.  
About KJZZ

KJZZ 91.5 FM is a listener supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metro area. The station features a commercial-free mix of local, national and world news, entertaining weekend shows and classic jazz.

Friday, October 30, 2015

BOGO: KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo

Learn more about local and international travel, Native culture, hiking trails and adventure tourism. 

Print the coupon above and bring it (and a friend) with you November 14-15 to Westworld of Scottsdale for the 2015 KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo. 

This year's seminars include:
Arizona: Land of Oddities and Wondrous Wonders - Arizona State Historian Marshall Trimble
Australia: The World Down Under - Down Under Answers South Pacific Specialist Jeff Adam
New Zealand: Simply Spectacular - Down Under Answers South Pacific Specialist Jeff Adam
Arizona's 10 Best Hiking Trails - Southwest Travel Writer Roger Naylor
Route 66: Arizona's Greatest Road Trip - Southwest Travel Writer Roger Naylor
Galicia and the Allure of Northwest Spain - Travel Writer Trevor Huxham
Family Friendly Cruising - Presented by Norwegian Cruise Line
Club Med: Creators of Happiness - Presented by Susie Casillas, Director of Sales
Nepal: Three Friends, One Month. Just say yes. - KJZZ Travel Club Member Diane Veres

Additional presentations will be made by KJZZ Travel Club Members Julie Moentk and Brooks Hillard. 

To learn more about the 2015 KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo, visit

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

KJZZ Named Best Of Phoenix

Phoenix New Times recently named KJZZ 91.5 FM Best of Phoenix in three categories:
  • Best News Radio Station - KJZZ 91.5 FM 
  • Best Jazz Radio Show - Classic Jazz with Blaise Lantana 
  • Best Local Music Showcase on Radio - KJZZ’s Tiny Desert Concert 
Citing both national content and KJZZ’s Original Productions, the popular local magazine called KJZZ news programming informative and entertaining. The station’s Classic Jazz With Blaise Lantana also received high praise for its unique blend of jazz standards and fresh modern talent. The article credits Host Blaise Lantana’s unfakeable enthusiasm and contagious passion for jazz. KJZZ was also recognized for its Tiny Desert Concert series which features local Valley bands and includes in-studio video segments available on the KJZZ Facebook page. 


About KJZZ
KJZZ is a listener supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metro area. The station features a commercial-free mix of local, national and world news, entertaining weekend shows, classic jazz and blues.

KJZZ is available on 91.5 FM, online at or on the KJZZ mobile app.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

October 17 Is Greater Phoenix Financial Planning Day

Planning your financial future is more important than ever. Join KJZZ and KBACH Legacy Societies, the City of Tempe and the Financial Planners Association of Greater Phoenix for Greater Phoenix Financial Planning Day, October 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Rio Salado College Conference Center. Participants will have access to one on one financial advice and a variety of financial planning workshops.

FREE Hourly Workshops Include:

  • Financial Planning Overview
  • Net Worth Analysis
  • Budgeting
  • Credit and Debt 
  • Savings Tips and Tools
  • Basics of investing
  • Retirement Planning
  • Taxes
  • Estate Planning
  • Insurance
  • Charitable giving.
One on one counseling is available on a first come first served basis. Visit or call 1-877-861-7826 to register.

Event Details:
Greater Phoenix Financial Planning Day
October 17, 2015
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

KJZZ Saves Time And Money With Automated Monthly Donations

Sustaining member "I'm In" campaign graphic.
September is Sustaining Member month at listener-supported public radio station KJZZ 91.5 FM.

Sustaining membership is a fundraising strategy in which donors opt-in to a recurring monthly gift using either a credit card or electronic funds transfer. KJZZ adopted this fundraising strategy for the many benefits it offers to both the organization and the donor.

Sustaining membership provides a stable source of income for the organization resulting in a more reliable budget and more efficient stewardship of donated funds. With retention percentages in the high 90s, this set-it-and-forget-it method of fundraising eliminates the need for reminder mailings and other costly marketing materials. With fewer dollars per donation spent on administration and marketing, more funds are available for programming.

Visit to learn more about the sustaining member program.

Sustaining member "I'm In" campaign graphic.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Next Generation Radio At KJZZ

Doug Mitchell
NPR Next Generation Radio Project 
Next Generation Radio at KJZZ is a week-long multimedia training program exploring the craft of radio storytelling.

The first session, held January 4-8, is geared toward advanced undergraduate and graduate journalism students. The February session will focus on skills and knowledge appropriate for early or mid-career reporters and producers.

KJZZ will select no more than five candidates for each session. In addition to course materials and instruction, participants will be provided with transportation, lodging, one meal per day and access to KJZZ's production facilities and staff. 

This is a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for reporters and producers interested in advancing their journalism career. Applications will be accepted through the 23rd of October and participants will be selected later in the fall. 

Visit for details.

Monday, August 24, 2015

KJZZ Adds "Live Wire" To Saturday Evening Line Up

KJZZ has Live Wire!

"Live Wire!" is a weekly variety show with a modern twist. It blends music from up-and-coming artists, original sketch comedy, spoken word, and interviews with writers, filmmakers, comedians and other thought-provoking people. Taped in front of an enthusiastic live audience at the 400-seat Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland's historic Alberta Arts District, hosted by Luke Burbank.

Luke Burbank is a stand-up comic, former NPR host and former producer. In addition to being the lead voice of "Live Wire!," he continues to host his highly successful podcast, "Too Beautiful to Live"

Luke's experience with NPR includes "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" in 2006 when he was a panelist and fill-in host, and the morning show "The Bryant Park Project" in 2007 which he hosted. Through various other media projects, Luke has also appeared on "This American Life," "All Things Considered," and "Morning Edition."

Listen to "Live Wire" Saturday nights at 8 p.m. on KJZZ 91.5 FM starting August 29. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Group 91Five To Host Discussion Of Political Participation and Civic Engagement

Cutting Through the Rhetoric is the next topic in Group 91Five's What I Wish I Knew… discussion series. Moderated by KJZZ Host Mark Brodie, the conversation will focus on political activism, civic engagement and the nature of public discourse during a presidential election year.

Panelists include:
Sarah Suggs -President and CEO, O’Connor House
Darcy Renfro - Institute Director, The Arizona We Want
Jaime A. Molera - Co-Founder, Molera Alvarez Government and Public Affairs Consulting
Alberto Olivas - Director, MCCCD Center For Civic Engagement

Event Details:
October 1, 2015
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited.
Email or call 480-774-8400 to RSVP


About Group 91Five
Group 91.Five connects young professionals to each other, to the local community and to KJZZ through a shared interest in meaningful public discourse and community service. Group 91.Five members recognize the value of public radio and its impact. Group 91.Five engages its members through in-person and online activities including volunteer opportunities, networking events and community awareness initiatives.

About What I Wish I Knew...
The What I Wish I Knew...discussion series offers a well rounded, in-depth conversation that goes beyond what can be found in an average Google search. What I Wish I Knew... discussions provide expert knowledge and advice from seasoned professionals with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.

Monday, August 3, 2015

2015 KJZZ Travel And Discovery Expo Scheduled

The 2015 KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo takes place November 14 and 15 in partnership with the Elegant Home Food and Wine Expo at Westworld of Scottsdale. The annual event features both well-known and off-the-beaten-path Arizona attractions as well as educational presentations that add context and depth to local, national and global travel experiences. 

This year’s event focuses on local and regional destinations with exhibitors in a variety of categories including Arizona history and attractions, native american heritage, adventure tourism and southwestern travel. Those who prefer international and luxury travel will enjoy discounts and deals on European vacations, island getaways and a range of cruise options.

KJZZ and K-BACH public radio members receive complimentary tickets including admission to both the KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo and the Elegant Home Food and Wine Expo.
Booth registration is still available. Visit to learn more or contact KJZZ Event Coordinator Rich Ripley at 480-206-6644 for details.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AFW, Group 91.Five Host Women In Media Panel Discussion

Retha Hill
Mary Jo Pitzl
Paola Boivin

Amanda June

Group 91.Five, KJZZ's young professionals, and the Arizona Foundation For Women Young Professionals Group are hosting Women In Media August 11, 5:30- 7 p.m. at the Rio Salado College Conference Center. The networking event will feature a moderated panel discussion covering topics of interest to women pursuing a career in media. Panelists include:

Retha Hill - Former BET Vice President of content,  former executive producer for special projects at, currently serving as executive director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic sports columnist also published in New York Times, USA today and on 12 News Phoenix.  

Mary Jo Pitzl - Arizona Republic government reporter covering Arizona Legislature, state policy and politics.  

Sarah Ventre
Amanda June - Owner, SmokeFire media and editor of The Visionary Business Magazine, a national publication dedicated to cross-cultural business relations and economic development. 

Sarah Ventre will moderate.  Ventre is senior producer for KJZZ's Original Productions, including The Show and Here and Now. Prior to coming to KJZZ, Ventre worked as a producer and editor at NPR. As a reporter, Ventre has been featured on NPR, WAMU and in the Washington City Paper, Phoenix New Times, SF Weekly and xoJane. 

This event is free and open to the public. More information is available on the AFW Facebook Page.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

KJZZ Online Store Now Open

KJZZ supporters can show off their public radio pride with caps, shirts, mugs and more from the KJZZ online store. 

Popular items include the single-panel windshield sunshade, gadget-friendly backpack, and Nike Dri-FIT polo.  

Every purchase supports the news and information you trust on KJZZ.  Visit the online store on your computer or mobile device at

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

KJZZ Offers Study Abroad For Credit In Spain

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Photo by Dr. James Paluzzi
Dr. James Paluzzi, Vice President, Division of Public Service Rio Salado College, will instruct “Public Speaking For International Audiences,” a one-credit communications course, to a small class of Phoenix-area students at Instituto Hemingway in Bilbao, Spain, September 13 - 25, 2015. The study-abroad class will teach native English speakers to deliver speeches and presentations to audiences for whom English is a second language.

Hosting the class at an international language institution in Spain provides students with an opportunity to remove themselves from their culturally familiar environment and present to a diverse audience with a variety of backgrounds and native languages.

Class topics will include global perspectives, ethnocentrism, cultural considerations when choosing supporting stories, facts and testimony, linear and holistic patterns of speech, effective nonverbal expression and the construction of visual aids.

The application deadline for the course is Monday, June 22, 2015. Fees should be paid in full by July, 16, 2015.  Visit to learn more.

KJZZ Welcomes Award Winning Host and Reporter Phil Latzman To The Team

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Award winning Host and Reporter Phil Latzman will join public radio station, KJZZ 91.5 FM in July.

Phil Latzman “We’re excited about having Phil as part of the Original Productions unit” says KJZZ‘s content chief Jon Hoban. “His depth of experience, unique skill set and enthusiasm for public radio will be a perfect complement to our existing team. Phil will help us provide even more coverage of the news and issues affecting metro Phoenix.”

Latzman has experience in television and digital media working as anchor, sports director, reporter, and blogger for stations in the Southeast. He has been recognized by the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists for his sports coverage, election coverage, public affairs programming and radio newscasts.

Latzman has been a contributor to NPR and American Public Media including national stories broadcast on Marketplace and All Things Considered. He served as host and reporter at WLRN in Miami, Florida for a decade before joining The Tribune Company in 2013.

“In my 25-plus years of broadcast journalism, I have never been more thrilled than for the opportunity to join KJZZ and continue pursuing my passion for public radio in Arizona,” Latzman said. “My family and I are excited to explore a culturally rich state with a diverse landscape and I can’t wait to be a part of the team of top notch public radio journalists who cover it on KJZZ.”

Latzman will join KJZZ in July as an on-air host for the station's news magazine programs, including KJZZ's Original Production, The Show.


About KJZZ
KJZZ 91.5 FM is a listener supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metro area. The station features a commercial-free mix of local, national and world news, entertaining weekend shows and classic jazz.

About KJZZ's Original Productions
KJZZ’s Original Productions is a division dedicated to creating local content for broadcast on public radio station KJZZ 91.5 FM. It is a mix of news, features and conversation from metro Phoenix and Arizona along with national and international news to keep you up-to-date and entertained.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

KJZZ Hosts SPOT 127 Celebration Dinner

SPOT 127 Students and parents pose with
KJZZ Associate General Manager of News Mark Moran
KJZZ, in partnership with Carstens Family Funds, SRP and Pita Jungle, hosted the 2015 SPOT 127 Celebration Dinner featuring the National Korva Coleman Excellence Awards at the SRP Pera Club in Tempe May 7th.

Emceed by Friends of Public Radio Arizona Board Member John McDonald, the evening served as an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of SPOT 127 students and honor the work being done by youth in digital media.

SPOT 127 Celebration Dinner Buffet donated by Pita Jungle
Guests to this invitation-only event were treated to a Pita Jungle dinner buffet and reception music by electric string quartet Urban Electra.  Kicking off the evening, SPOT 127 students were recognized for their audio coverage of the 2015 Avnet Tech Games.

SPOT 127 stuents take a moment to enjoy
being in front of the camera instead of behind it. 
Following the Avnet presentation, NPR Newscaster and Phoenix native Korva Coleman took the stage to present the 2015 National Korva Coleman Excellence Awards. Having grown up in Maryvale, Coleman is a strong advocate of the SPOT 127 mission and serves as a role model to Arizona students pursuing a career in journalism. The national awards bearing her name recognize excellence in online print, audio and video news production and include a $1,000 scholarship.

Highlights of the evening include the surprise presentation of the Carl Matthusen Leadership Award and Scholarship to SPOT 127 student BrieAnna Frank following an on stage interview with KJZZ Host Mark Brodie and a variety of multimedia segments demonstrating the impact of SPOT 127 and the successes of its students.

Additional photos of the SPOT 127 Celebration Dinner are available on the KJZZ Facebook page.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 Korva Coleman Excellence Award Winners

2015 National Korva Coleman Excellence Award winners
(L-R) Shelby Mann, Ann Kane, Luke Rafferty
KJZZ and SPOT 127 Youth Media Center would like to congratulate the 2015 National Korva Coleman Excellence Award winners:

Online Print
Five Sex Offenders Living Illegally Next to Columbia Schools
Shelby Mann, University of Missouri
Shelby is a Walter Williams Scholar studying convergence journalism and political science with a minor in information technology. Project Collaborators: Lauren Slome, Bell Johnson. (View online story)

Audio Production
Japanese-Brazilian School Counselor
Ann Kane, University of Washington
Ann got her start at RadioActive, KOUW's youth media training program. She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington pursuing a career in journalism with a focus on issues related to migration. (Listen to audio)

Video Production
Elementary Principal Fighting To Fund His Public School
Luke Rafferty, Syracuse University
Originally from Philadelphia, Pa, Rafferty has been shooting photos since he could walk. Rafferty began producing videos in high school, and has continued to develop his skills throughout university. (Watch video)

The National Korva Coleman Excellence Awards were established in 2013 in honor of Arizona native and NPR newscaster Korva Coleman. In keeping with the SPOT 127 mission to cultivate new voices, the Korva Coleman Excellence Awards honor young people aged 14 - 23 around the country for excellence in digital media production. Winners were recognized at the SPOT 127 Dinner Celebration held May 7 at the Pera Club in Tempe. 


About KJZZ
KJZZ 91.5 FM is a listener supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metro area. The station features a commercial-free mix of local, national and world news, entertaining weekend shows and classic jazz. 

About SPOT 127 
SPOT 127 Youth Media Center offers a comprehensive after school program, an abbreviated in school program and a digital immersion summer boot camp empowering high school students with skills in all forms of digital media production.

Monday, April 27, 2015

KJZZ Reporters Win Pair of Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards

Senior Field Correspondent
Kristena Hansen
Senior Field Correspondent
Jude Joffe-Block
 KJZZ won two 2015 Edward R. Murrow Region 3 Awards, as announced by The Radio Television Digital News Association on Thursday.

KJZZ picked up top honors in two of the most challenging Large Market Radio categories: Hard News and Investigative Reporting.

From KJZZ's Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block won the Hard News category for her story "Facing Risk Of Rape, Migrant Women Prepare With Birth Control."

As the share of women crossing the U.S.-Mexico border grows, rape is one of the most widely known risks for women migrants on their journey, and women are preparing for the grim possibility.

Joffe-Block's reporting took her from a pharmacy in Altar, Sonora, Mexico, to a site in the Arizona desert where a 14-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted.

As her story explains, when a rape does occur along the border, justice is almost always elusive.

"This was a difficult story to tell, but I'm glad to be able to raise awareness about this reality," Joffe-Block said.

KJZZ's Senior Field Correspondent For Business, Kristena Hansen, won the Investigative Reporting category for"Scottsdale Police Organization Gives Telemarketer Two-Thirds Of Donations Made For Needy Kids."

Acting on a tip from a resident, Hansen dug through tax records to show the police labor association gave two-thirds of the millions it raised for charitable programs to a telemarketing service it shared an office with.

Hansen said her biggest challenge was in her communications with POSA. Its president, Jim Hill, initially refuted some of the information in the tax records, but he refused to look through old paperwork to set the record straight and declined requests to speak with POSA's treasurer. Eventually, Hill stopped responding to Hansen entirely.

"The story began taking a life of its own after other local media outlets began covering it as well," Hansen said. "Since my story first published in early December, Hill and his wife, Cindy Hill, have stepped down from POSA and its charitable 501(c)3. Today, the POSA board is in the process of reconsidering its business relationship with the telemarketer."

Region 3 covers all radio and television stations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Fronteras Desk partner Marfa Public Radio also had a strong showing. In Region 6 (Texas, Oklahoma) Small Market Radio the station won eight awards. Three of those awards went to stories by Reporter Lorne Matalon and broadcast on KJZZ: "US Ban On Ivory Spawns Dilemma In Music Industry," "Drug Smuggling Twist: Innocent Mexicans Allegedly Duped By Mennonite Suspect," and "Mexico Marks Día De La Revolución: Patriotism, Protest And Revulsion."

Winners from the 14 regions automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. RTDNA said it received more than 4,200 entries during the 2015 awards season.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stina Sieg Earns 2015 Headliner Award

KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Stina Sieg
KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Stina Sieg earned a National Headliner Award for her July 2014 story “Odd Jobs: Don't Abandon That Knitting Project, Call A 'Finisher.'

The human interest story offering insight into the daily life of a kitting finisher was second in a three-part series on unusual jobs in the Valley. Sieg, who enjoys knitting as a hobby, said she’s grateful for the opportunity to create stories like this one that venture a few steps off the beaten path.

“I love how immediate and intimate radio can be - and I love knitting. So, I was pretty tickled to do a story on a ‘finisher,’ as in an expert knitter who will help you finish up your knitting projects,” Sieg said. “On a deep level, it was exciting to illuminate and celebrate a job most people don't know exists. On a lighter level, it was just fun to sit around a knitting circle and chat with some fun ladies.”

“As for the award,” Sieg said, “I'm really honored and want to thank Susan Clark at the Fiber Factory in Mesa, as well as my editors. It's a joy to have the space to explore topics that are a bit off the grid.”

The National Headliner Awards were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. The annual contest is one of the oldest and largest in the country to recognize journalistic merit in the communications industry. This is the second time in three years KJZZ has won a National Headliner Award. Former Fronteras Desk journalists Michel Marizco and Alisa Barba were recognized in 2012.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Averages 3.5% Savings Per Transaction

KJZZ supporters are well aware of the benefits of a sustaining membership. Donors appreciate the set-it-and-forget-it convenience and reduced on-air fundraising while the station enjoys a steady and predictable revenue stream.  What donors might not be aware of is the benefit of making a sustaining donation directly from a bank account by electronic funds transfer (EFT). 

Each month, KJZZ pays an average of 3.5% per transaction in credit and debit card fees while donations made by EFT cost only 9 cents each. EFT transactions are also less prone to rejection due to outdated account information. When sustaining contributions are made by EFT they are more efficient and cost effective allowing a larger portion of the donation to be invested in programming.  

Switching from a credit or debit card to an EFT payment method is easy. Simply log in to your E-member account and select the "Give Monthly From Your Bank Account" payment option. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Morning Edition Coffee Breaks

KJZZ Listeners enjoy a coffee break at A.T. Oasis
KJZZ 91.5 FM is giving away free cups of coffee from 7-8 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April. The Morning Edition Coffee Break outreach campaign brings KJZZ reporters and staff out into the community to chat with listeners and get feedback on the station’s morning drive time program, Morning Edition.

The Morning Edition Coffee Break campaign features locally owned coffee shops participating in the KJZZ Business Membership program. According to Aisha Tedros, owner of A.T. Oasis Coffee and Tea, being a part of the Morning Editions Coffee Break was a great opportunity to support a valued community service and garner some attention for her business.

“We love KJZZ and were very happy to donate coffee and space in our shop for the Morning Edition promotion,” Tedros said. “It was great to see so many new faces coming through and to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves to the local community.”

Morning Edition Coffee Break Schedule
Wed. March 26 Giant Coffee
Thu. March 27 A.T. Oasis Coffee and Tea
Wed. April 1: Cartel Coffee Lab - University and Ash Ave. in Tempe
Thu. April 2: Fair Trade Cafe - 1st Ave. and Portland St. in Phoenix
Wed. April 8: Cartel Coffee Lab - 1st St. and Washington in Phoenix
Thu. April 9: Hillside Spot Cafe - 48th St. and Warner in Phoenix
Wed. April 15: Press Coffee - Scottsdale Rd. and Greenway Pkwy in Scottsdale
Thu. April 16: Romancing the Bean - Rio Salado Pkwy and Mill AveWed. April 22: Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe on 40th St. and Thomas in Phoenix
Thu. April 23: Phoenix Public Market on Central in Phoenix.
Wed. April 29: The Refuge Coffee Shop - 7th ave. south of Camelback Rd.
Thu. April 30 - Yvonnes Cafe Tempe on University east of 52nd St.

For information on the KJZZ Business Member program contact Shannon Smith at 480-774-8274.

Monday, March 16, 2015

How To Access Your KJZZ Tax Receipt

If you are planning to include your charitable donations to KJZZ in your 2014 tax return, you’ll need to download a receipt from your KJZZ E-Member account. Here’s how:
  1. Log in to your E-member account. (Call member services at 480-774-8400 if you do not know your username.)
  2. Click the blue Tax Receipt link at the top of the page.
  3. Select 2014 from the drop down menu then click the Execute button.
Note: If you would like a PDF version of your tax receipt, click the Generate PDF button at the bottom of the tax receipt.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Group 91.Five To Host Valley STEM Professionals

KJZZ Science and Technology Reporter Andrew Bernier and representatives from local innovators like TGen, Intel, Banner Health, Avnet, ASML and Nextiva will be on hand at The Newton, March 12, 6-8 p.m. to answer questions and share their experiences working in science, technology engineering and math here in the Valley. 

Group 91.Five STEM Networking Mixer 
March 12, 6-8 p.m.
The Newton
300 West Camelback, Phoenix

This event is exclusive to members of Group 91.Five, KJZZ's young professionals. 
Visit for details.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Michael Feldman's Whad' Ya Know Live Broadcast From Chandler

KJZZ would like to thank everyone who attended the mid-February broadcast of Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know at Chandler Center for the Arts. Michael and the gang enjoyed nearly perfect weather during their trip to Arizona where they hosted local guests including ASU’s Lawrence Krauss and Donald Johanson, Earnest restaurant’s Danielle Morris and local band Celebration Guns. VIP Ticket holders had a chance to meet with Michael in the art gallery after the show.

Additional photos from the event are available on the KJZZ Facebook page.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Vehicle Donations Now Qualify For Business Membership

Get a few more miles out of that beat up old work truck. 

Local entrepreneurs can now become a KJZZ Business Member by donating a business related vehicle of any value through the KJZZ vehicle donation program.

KJZZ Business Members are recognized as philanthropic leaders and receive valuable exposure to a growing community of public radio supporters. As a KJZZ Business Member you will have the opportunity to participate in networking receptions, attend exclusive member-only events and promote your business to a well-qualified audience of KJZZ listeners.

Donating a vehicle through the KJZZ vehicle donation program will qualify you for our standard business member package including placement of your logo on the KJZZ Business Member web page with a link to your site and the opportunity for one representative from your organization to attend networking receptions and exclusive member-only events.


About the KJZZ Vehicle Donation Program
The KJZZ vehicle donation program provides KJZZ listeners with a convenient, tax-deductible option to dispose of their used car, boat, motorcycle, truck or fleet vehicle while supporting fact-based journalism, educational weekend content and quality jazz programs on public radio station KJZZ 91.5 FM. Supporters need nothing more than a clear title to donate their vehicle. KJZZ will arrange for pick up at no cost to the donor. The vehicle is then sold at auction, proceeds are given to KJZZ in the donors name and a tax receipt is mailed to the donor. 

About the KJZZ Business Member Program
The KJZZ Business Member Program connects local small business owners with a growing audience of public radio listeners. KJZZ Business Members enjoy a partnership with listener-supported public radio station KJZZ 91.5 FM giving them access to networking receptions, exclusive member-only events and the ability to position themselves as philanthropic leaders of the KJZZ community of supporters. 

KJZZ Travel Club To Host Women's Trip To Tuscany

KJZZ Assistant General Manager Linda Pastori will accompany a small group of public radio supporters and travel enthusiasts on the  KJZZ Travel Club Women's Trip To Tuscany, September 12-19, 2015.

"Education is a core value of the public radio listening audience," Pastori said. "The KJZZ Travel Club provides an opportunity for KJZZ supporters to share their curiosity and passion for learning."

Designed with women in mind by Gina Ruggiero of Villa Vita International, the 7-day trip will take participants on an authentic journey through the beauty and culture of Tuscany, Italy.

According to Ruggiero, who specializes in travel to Italy, there is something about Tuscany that brings out the inner Renaissance woman in those who visit.

"Tuscany heightens your sense of light and color. Our eye for art becomes keener, our hearts soften and our minds reflect," Ruggiero said. "The beauty of this region touches our soul in many ways."

With a focus on life-long learning, the trip features a walk in the footsteps of Mona Lisa based on Dianne Hales' book Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered. A variety of optional classes will also be available including Tuscan Table culinary lessons, yoga in the olive grove, watercolor painting in the vineyards and a travel photography class.

KJZZ Travel Club members will receive a 10% discount on this trip.

About KJZZ Travel Club
The KJZZ Travel Club connects KJZZ listeners who love to travel and learn new things. Members are the first to learn about upcoming KJZZ trips, they receive free tickets to the annual KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo and get special discounts from exhibitors. The KJZZ travel club is available to KJZZ sustaining members giving $10 or more monthly and one-time donors who have given a donation of $120 or more in the last 12 months.

About Villa Vita International
Villa Vita International offers life-enriching cultural experiences through authentic travel programs for individuals and small groups. The company specializes in Tuscany vacations and Tours of Italy focused on the specific interests of the traveler.

About Dianne Hale
Dianne Hales is a prize-winning journalist and author. She served as a contributing editor for Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother, and American Health. She has also written for The New York Times, Psychology Today, Reader's Digest, Washington Post, Woman's Day and World Book. She is the author of 24 editions of the leading college health textbook, An invitation to Health. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Group 91 Five Panel Discussion Explores Homeownership

Group 91.Five, KJZZ's young professionals will host "What I Wish I Knew About The Challenges Of Home Ownership" February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Rio Salado College.

The event is the next installment in the group's recurring What I Wish I Knew... panel discussion series.
What I Wish I Knew About The Challenges Of Home Ownership brings together experts in real estate, urban living and community planning to explore home ownership and a variety of home buying decisions. 

Potential topics include financial and lifestyle considerations, current trends in urban and suburban living and changing attitudes toward homeownership.

What I Wish I Knew...
About The Challenges of Homeownership
Friday, February 20, 6-7:30 p.m. 
Conference Center at Rio Salado College
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

KJZZ's Mark Brodie

Mike Orr, ASU Director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice 
Suzanne Walden-Wells, Eastmark Director of Community Life
Mike Davis, CEO, The DAVIS Experience


About What I Wish I Knew...
The What I Wish I Knew...discussion series strives to offer a well rounded conversation that takes our chosen topic a little deeper than what one might find in a Google search. The discussions offer expert advice with the benefit of hindsight to an actively engaged audience of young professionals.

About Group 91.Five
Group 91.Five connects young professionals throughout Arizona who share a passion for fact-based journalism, in-depth reporting and lifelong learning. Group 91.Five members recognize the value of public radio and the impact it can have on the community. Group 91.Five supports KJZZ through in-person and online activities including volunteer service opportunities, local networking events and community awareness initiatives.

Friday, January 23, 2015

NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn Featured at KJZZ Back To Radio Night

L-R: KJZZ Business Reporter Kristena Hansen
Sr. Field Correspondent  Jude Joffe-Block, NPR President and
CEO Jarl Mohn, RSC Division of Public Service
Vice President Jim Paluzzi
NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn said he enjoyed the near-perfect weather in his first trip to Phoenix, where he spent time with KJZZ staff and supporters to share his vision for the future of public radio as the guest of honor at KJZZ’s Back to Radio Night.

The annual Back to Radio Night event brings together the KJZZ community for an elegant evening celebrating public radio and the recent accomplishments of listener-supported KJZZ. This year’s event was held Jan. 20 at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa.

Jim Paluzzi, Rio Salado College Division of Public Service Vice President, kicked off the evening by recognizing KJZZ Leadership Society members, Sustaining Members and longtime station supporters. Paluzzi discussed the recent expansion of the KJZZ newsroom, including the addition of specialized science and business reporters and oversight of KJZZ’s SPOT127 Youth Media Center.

Senior Field Correspondent Jude Joffe-Block presented highlights from her work reporting on the child immigration crisis. She thanked station donors for supporting her trip to El Salvador, where she was able to get a better look at the complexity of the story.

Mohn spoke about the future of NPR content, changes in communication technology, generational attitudes toward public radio and the importance of informed public debate. He called for a more collaborative relationship between NPR and local public radio stations, and suggested that local advocacy is the best strategy for continued federal support of public media.

Mohn’s visit to the Valley also included lunch with the Friends of Public Radio Arizona Board of Directors and a presentation at the Rio Salado College Division of Public Service All Staff Meeting. 


About Jarl Mohn
Mohn was named president by the NPR board of directors in May, 2014. He oversees NPR’s global operations including partnerships with public radio stations serving more than 30 million NPR listeners. He spent nearly 20 years in his early career as a disc jockey on WNBC-AM in New York and served on the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio Station for more than ten years. He is the creator of E! Entertainment Television, former vice president and general manager of MTV and VH1 and is a founding president and CEO of Liberty Digital.

About KJZZ
KJZZ is a listener supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metro area. The station features a commercial-free mix of local, national and world news, entertaining weekend shows, and classic jazz. KJZZ is a service of the Rio Salado College Division of Public Service and the Maricopa County Community College District.

About Friends of Public Radio ArizonaFRPAZ works in partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College, Staff at KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ 89.5, and Public Radio Partners, Inc. in a coordinated effort to support public radio in Arizona.

Monday, January 5, 2015

FPRAZ Earns Charity Navigator Four Star Rating

Friends of Public Radio Arizona, the fundraising arm of listener supported public radio stations KJZZ 91.5 FM and K-BACH 89.5 FM, achieved the coveted Charity Navigator 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

"Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way," Charity Navigator President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Berger said in a letter to the FPRAZ Board of Directors.

According to Berger, only 25% of charities evaluated receive the four star rating.

In addition to the four star rating, FPRAZ was listed 2nd in a top 10 list of Charities Expanding In A Hurry. The list recognizes charities that have grown their primary sources of revenue by more than 35% year over year for the past three years while simultaneously expanding programs and services by the same percentage and maintaining the fiscal stability to sustain a similar rate of growth for years to come.

"Friends of Public Radio Arizona is proud to be recognized by Charity Navigator," said FPRAZ Executive Director Lou Stanley. "It differentiates us from our peers and reinforces the trust and confidence instilled in FPRAZ by our community of supporters."

About Friends of Public Radio Arizona
FRPAZ works in partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College, Staff at KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ 89.5, and Public Radio Partners, Inc. in a coordinated effort to support public radio in Arizona.

About Charity Navigator (
Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

KJZZ Welcomes New Team Members

KJZZ is pleased to announce the addition of several new members to our newsroom and programming teams.

Please join us in welcoming (clockwise from top left):
Annika Cline, Associate Producer - Original Productions
Katherine Fritcke - Morning Edition Producer
Tiara Vian -  Producer/Host
Bruce Drummond - Producer/Host