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. 

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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.