Friday, August 17, 2018

SPOT 127 Welcomes New Executive Director

Matthew Myers photo

KJZZ’s youth media center SPOT 127 welcomed Matthew Myers as its new Executive Director on July 30. 

Myers is an award-winning educator and filmmaker who brings a wealth of knowledge to share with the students from his experiences working on feature films, television shows and documentaries for Orion Pictures, MTV, Discovery Channel, ESPN, FX Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, CBS and NBC. He has also been involved in commercial and industrial projects.

“We are excited to have a leader with such a broad media background,” said Linda Pastori, KJZZ General Manager, Development. “The KJZZ youth media students have produced stories on sensitive and timely topics over the past few years. We are eager to have Mr. Myers take the program to another level.”

Myers is a two-time Fulbright Scholar with an MFA in Screenwriting from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. He has taught and administered undergraduate and graduate programs at universities in Indiana, Arizona, Oregon, Jordan, Dubai, England and China.

snapshot of web page, image of SPOT 127 students working together in a audio studio

At SPOT 127 students learn to produce culturally and socially relevant stories while developing new skills and increasing their digital literacy. Students recently completed an in-depth series on how to identify, avoid and recover from harm in teen dating relationships. 

The students have also covered the sensitive and important topics of human trafficking and bullying. Five SPOT 127 student projects have been honored as part of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences High School Student Awards for Excellence in the last two years. 

Spot 127 logo and montage of images of students working in multi-media settings
SPOT 127 Centers:
  • West Valley: 3701 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85019 
  • East Valley: Rio Salado Southern, 3320 S Price Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

Learn more at

SPOT 127 is a community service of KJZZ and Rio Salado College.