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