Thursday, August 9, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2000-2002

Alt text: Rio Salado 40th anniversary banner, text: an innovative leader in higher education.  Image of former KJZZ Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert in one of the new studios.

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 2000-02.

East Valley Tribune clipping
In 2000, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association recommended Rio Salado College for a 10-year re-accreditation, the maximum length allowed. 

In an address to the college, team leader Dr. Peg Lee said, "You are the river that runs through this district, and through people's lives beyond this district, into places near and far away. You are changing the world for the better in the work that you share in this time and this place.”

To help address a national shortage of teachers, Rio Salado began offering an online-based teacher certification program in August 2001.

In 2002, KJZZ, KBAQ and Sun Sounds of Arizona staff moved into 19,000 square feet of renovated office space on the fourth floor of Rio Saldo's Tempe headquarters, which featured soundproof studios and state of the art broadcasting equipment.  Pictured above is former KJZZ Morning Edition host Dennis Lambert in one of the new studios. 

Check out other historical photos and facts on our 40th Anniversary website at

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