Monday, September 27, 2010

KJZZ, KBAQ listeners invited to join ‘Fleet on the Street’

By David Staudacher, Rio Salado College PR Manager

When someone openly expresses their love for something for all to see, it is said that they are wearing their heart on their sleeve. Recently, Arizona residents who love KJZZ and KBAQ started showing their love for the Tempe-based radio stations by joining the stations’ Fleet on the Street.

Fleet on the Street is chance for listeners to show their support for one or both of the radio stations by having temporary vinyl artwork with their own personalized message that expresses their passion for the stations added to their car for one year.

“We have 17 ambassadors with wrapped cars already on the streets,” said Julie Mate, development associate at KJZZ and KBAQ. “Along with those 17, we have 23 people committed to wrapping their cars, and our goal is to have a fleet of 100.”

One of first ambassadors to get their car wrapped is long-time listener Richard Espinoza, who is the director of facilities at Rio Salado College where KJZZ and KBAQ are located.
“I support KBAQ because I have been brought up to encourage and support that which gives you the most pleasure in life,” said Espinoza. “Just like one tithes to their church of choice, I support the radio station that helps me be a better person.”

Espinoza, who lives in Apache Junction, said he watches very little television and has the radio on during the majority of his time. He finds the music to be calming and that is why he choose the catch phrase, “KBAQ is my source for peace?” to go along with the KBAQ logo and one of the six designs that are available.

“Every time I listen to the radio station, especially when I have a problem on my mind, the music helps me to put things in a better perspective,” he said. “The music makes life seem uncomplicated and brings me back to the basics. I would like to see more folks try it for a week and see if they also do not join in and learn how to relax more.”

To help the stations reach their goal of 100 listeners, MINI of Tempe, 7855 S. Test Drive, Tempe, is hosting a wrap party on Oct. 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is an opportunity for listeners to wrap their cars and become an ambassador of one or both of the stations.

“We would like to get at least 30 cars wrapped during the party at MINI of Tempe,” said Mate. “A grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting My Source fund and a matching gift from the Friends of Public Radio Arizona are covering the fleet expenses, so it doesn’t cost the ambassadors anything. It’s a great way to show their support for public radio.”

To learn more about becoming a Fleet on the Street ambassador at the wrap party or at any other time, please visit or contact Julie Mate at or (480) 774-8444.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dental Students Volunteer to Help Elementary Students

By David Staudacher, Rio Salado Public Relations Manager

School is back in session and students are back in the classroom. Unfortunately, some students are suffering from dental problems and finding it difficult to concentrate. To help alleviate the pain and keep kids attentive during class, the Rio Salado College School of Dental Hygiene recently hosted Give Kids a Smile at the college’s clinic in Phoenix.

“We partnered with an elementary school in our community and we treating students between the age 5 to age 12,” said Kathy LaVoy, an adjunct faculty at Rio Salado College. “We are providing X-rays, a doctor’s examine, our dental hygiene students are providing cleanings, and working with the children on education. They are learning how to take better care of their teeth, how to keep their teeth healthy, which will keep them healthy.”

During the event, Rio Salado’s dental hygiene staff and students treated more than 60 students from Tertulia Elementary School in Phoenix. Along with the cleanings and proper brushing and flossing lessons, the Tertulia students received a gift pack, which included a new tooth brush, toothpaste, floss and other hygiene items.

This is the second year Rio Salado’s School of Dental Hygiene volunteered to host the Give Kids a Smile event at its clinic.

“Students lose a lot of [classroom] time because of problems with their teeth,” said LaVoy. “We want to educate the students on how to take care of their teeth and prevent that from happening. We want healthy happy students in the classroom learning. We don’t want these little guys out because they have a toothache or a problem.”

Additionally, Rio Salado College’s staff members are encouraged to volunteer and students in the dental hygiene program also are provided with opportunities to give back to the community.

“My students are required to give at least 10 hours and his is one of the ways they give part of their 10 hours,” said LaVoy.

Among the dental hygiene students volunteering was Lindsay Sinica of Tempe.

“We are done with our semester, and [the instructors] asked us to volunteer to brush kids’ teeth and give them a cleaning,” said Sinica. “Some kids have never been to the dentist. If we get them at a younger age, they can stop cavities from happening and get good brushing habits early.”

According to LaVoy, the elementary students are getting more than just a cleaning at the event. If they have a cavity or other dental problem, they will be referred to a dentist.

“We don’t just clean their teeth and tell them how to brush them and leave them with the issues,” said LaVoy. “We provide avenues to refer them.”

At the end of the event, the Tertulia children weren’t the only students smiling when they left the clinic. The dental hygiene students said they were having just as much fun.

“I hope we can do it again soon,” said Sinica. “I wish we could do it all the time.”

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s School of Dental Hygiene, visit

Friday, September 17, 2010

Phoenix Teacher Named First Excellence in Education Winner

Peggy Shupp, of Desert Garden Montessori School in Phoenix, was named September's Excellence in Education winner during a surprise visit from KEZ's Marty Manning and Rio Salado College's David Staudacher. Shupp was nominated by parent Richard Campbell whose son, Jonathon, is a students in her class.

Each month, a Valley K-12 teacher will be selected from all the entries to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to education. KEZ’s Marty Manning will visit the teacher’s school to surprise them with their Excellence in Education Award. The surprise visit will be broadcast live during the Beth and Friends Show. All winning teachers are rewarded with $99, an Excellence in Education Award, a Rio Salado College gift bag, and their pictures on the Web sites of Rio Salado and KEZ!

Click HERE, to nominate a special teacher.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution to designate the week of Sept. 13, 2010 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. To celebrate this recognition, Rio Salado College’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) department is calling on residents to help spread the word about educational services that are available to adults who have not completed high school, need additional basic education, or need to improve their English language skills.

“We have sites in communities throughout the Valley to help people enhance their education,” said Lily Beth Brazones, program director of Adult Basic Education at Rio Salado College in Tempe. “We want people to be aware of the services we offer at these locations. I believe that one person can make a difference, and we are asking the public to step up this week by talking to at least one person they may know - or anyone – and encouraging him or her to continue their education.”

According to the U.S. Census, nearly half a million adults in Maricopa County are neither enrolled in high school nor have a high school credential. This lack of an education can put people at a disadvantage in life.

“Students who complete the ABE program through Rio Salado generally experience higher self-esteem, an increase in job opportunities and more choices in many areas of life,” said Blair Liddicoat, associate dean of Adult Basic Education at Rio Salado College. “Approximately 7,500 students attended our ABE classes this past year.”

Rio Salado’s ABE program helps students improve their basic reading, English, writing and math skills and civics. These classes are designed to help students become more self-sufficient, improve job skills and lay the foundation for a better future.

To learn more about Rio Salado college’s Adult Basic Education classes, visit


Rio Salado College offers Adult Basic Education classes at the following locations:
  • Glendale Community College, (602) 347-6974
  • Don Mensendick School, (602) 347-6974
  • Maricopa Workforce Connections- Gilbert, (602) 372-9749
  • Orangewood Nazarene Church Learning Center, (602) 347-6974
  • Paradise Valley Community College, (480) 377-4260
  • Phoenix College, (480) 377-4050
  • Phoenix Public Library, (480) 377-4050
  • Rio East Valley, (480) 377-4150
  • Rio North at Paradise Valley Mall, (480) 377-4200
  • Rio Salado College Ann Ott Adult Learning Center, (480) 377-4300
  • Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center, (480) 377-4260
  • Rio Salado College @ Avondale, (480) 377-4403
  • Rio Salado College @ 7th Avenue - Adult Learning Center, (480) 377-4050
  • Scottsdale Adult Learning Center, (480) 941-5166
  • South Mountain Community College, (480) 517-8110
  • Betty Fairfax High School, (480) 517-8110
  • West Valley Career Center, (480) 377-4403
  • Care First Resource Center, (480) 377-4403
  • Deer Valley Community Center, (480) 377-4260