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Showing posts with label Local Radio. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

KJZZ 91.5 Reporters Win 3 Murrow Awards

Rio Salado congratulates KJZZ 91.5 FM reporters for winning three, 2016 Edward R. Murrow Region 3 Awards, as announced by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) on Tuesday, April 26.

The public radio station, which is a community service of Rio Salado College, is proud to have received high honors in three separate categories.

KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Stina Sieg won the Feature Reporting category for Navigating Social Media Complicated When Your Child Has Cancer.

Sieg highlighted the difficult choices parents of children with cancer must make when keeping friends and family updated. Some choose to share news of their child’s illness with a small, closed group of acquaintances on Facebook, while others create pages that attract tens of thousands of followers.

“I am honored to get this award, but more than that, I feel so honored I was able to do this story,” said Sieg. “I am amazed and humbled by everyone who let me into their lives for this piece. They’ll be in my heart forever.”

Former KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent Alexandra Olgin won the Hard News Reporting category for Valley Man Leads Underground Operation To Save Opiate Addicts.

In her story, Olgin described how naloxone has been used by opiate addicts to reverse overdoses, even though distributing or using the medicine without a prescription is illegal in Arizona. Using naloxone obtained legally outside the state, an anonymous Phoenician runs a harm-reduction campaign in the Valley.

From KJZZ’s Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, Senior Field Correspondent Laurel Morales won the Sports Reporting category for Run To Pray, Run To Win: Hopi High Cross Country Team Has Longest Winning Streak In US.

Drawing a connection between the Hopi High boys cross country team’s winning meets for 26 consecutive years and the Hopi tribe’s heritage of long-distance running, Morales reported on the positive impact the sport has had on students.

Morales remarked, “I’m glad I could bring attention to Hopi running, a tradition the tribe is so proud of. When I produce a story like this, I ask myself, did I do it justice? Winning the Murrow tells me I did.”

Region 3 for the Edward R. Murrow Awards includes all radio and television stations in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk partner station Marfa Public Radio took home eight awards in Region 6 (Oklahoma & Texas), the largest number of any small-market radio station in the country. Three of those awards were given to reporter Lorne Matalon, whose stories were also broadcast on KJZZ: US Citizens Skirting Border Laws To Survive On Rio Grande, Borderland Exodus: Towns Near Path Of Proposed Mexican Pipelines Suffer Rash Of Violence, and Central American Migration: New Concerns As Numbers Rise One Year After Unprecedented Influx.

Winners from the 14 regions automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition in May, with national winners to be announced in June.

RTDNA said it received a record-high 4,300 entries for the 2016 awards season.

News courtesy of KJZZ contributing writer Trevor Huxham.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Radio Intern Work Study at Sun Sounds

image of a recording studio with Sun Sounds logo

Here's a great work study opportunity for students who have a passion for radio and public service!

Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio and information service is looking for a Program Assistant / Radio Intern for its Rio Salado Tempe location.

image of a Sun Sounds volunteer in recording studio

Job Summary:
Works with Suns Sounds of Arizona radio station to create broadcast programming for print disabled listeners throughout Arizona.

Assists producers with radio programs; acquires content for broadcast; assists in the creation of content for social media posts; schedules talent for radio programs; maintains a contact list for radio services.

Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office 2010 including Excel, a Windows 7 operating system and various Internet browsers such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome; excellent phone etiquette and interpersonal skills.

Desired Qualifications:
Knowledge of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms is a plus.

See full job description.
Please submit your resume and related documents to the email address noted on the job postings.

Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities that can help you pay for school while you gain valuable workforce experience. For a list of job openings, visit and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

Please note that only approved Federal Work Study students are eligible to apply.

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a community service of Rio Salado College.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Coffee Talk with 91.5 KJZZ

Images of KJZZ coffee cups

KJZZ 91.5 FM is giving away free cups of coffee from 7-8 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April. 

The Morning Edition Coffee Break outreach campaign gets KJZZ reporters and staff out into the community to chat with listeners and get feedback on the station’s morning drive time program.

Get your free coffee at one of the following Morning Edition Coffee Break locations:
  • April 1: Cartel Coffee Lab - University & Ash, Tempe
  • April 2: Fair Trade Cafe - 1st Ave. & Portland, Phoenix
  • April 8: Cartel Coffee Lab - 1st St. & Washington, Phoenix
  • April 9: Hillside Spot Cafe - 48th St. & Warner, Phoenix
  • April 15: Press Coffee - Scottsdale Rd. & Greenway, Scottsdale
  • April 16: Press Coffee - Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
  • April 22: Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe on 40th St. & Thomas, Phoenix
  • April 23: Phoenix Public Market on Central, Phoenix

image of KJZZ member at coffee shop

Visit KJZZ's Facebook page for the latest updates and photos.

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

KJZZ Discussion: Challenges of Home Ownership

Panel discussion at Rio Salado Conference Center
Group 91.Five, KJZZ’s Young Professionals and the Arizona Community Foundation will host a free community symposium, "What I Wish I Knew about the Challenges of Home Ownership" with some of the Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs. The event is the next installment in the group's recurring What I Wish I Knew...discussion series.

We hope you will consider joining us Friday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the RSC Conference Center.

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. KJZZ's Mark Brodie will serve as moderator.
 Panelists include: 
This event is free but reservations are required. Please RSVP at and visit for more details.
Light refreshments will be available after the panel discussion.

The discussion will be recorded and uploaded to the KJZZ Community YouTube channel located here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

SPOT 127 Featured on CBS 5

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Learn about Rio Salado's Youth Media Center SPOT 127 in this news story by CBS 5 Reporter Catherine Holland.  

SPOT 127 is an innovative youth media center in Phoenix that empowers high school students to develop state-of-the-art skills in digital media, radio and journalism. It is operated by 91.5 KJZZ, which is a community service of Rio Salado College. For more details, visit

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

KJZZ Hosts International Journalists

Group of students pose together for a photograph.
On December 1, the news staff at 91.5 KJZZ hosted a group of international journalists who are visiting the the United States as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

The journalists are learning about the responsibilities of a free press in a democracy, social issues, press law and investigative reporting in the U.S.

The Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program is arranged by the Institute of International Education.

Pictured above: Jude Joffee Block (KJZZ Senior Field Correspondent), Mwape Zulu Kumwenda (MUVI Television Zambia), Asmau Habibu Shagari (Nigerian Television), Al Macias (KJZZ Managing Editor), Zuzana Hanzelova (Radio and TV Slovakia), Mark Moran (KJZZ Associate General Manager of News and Editorial Content ), Rosen Veselinov-Tsvetkov (BTV Media Group Bulgaria), Zied Dabbar (Dar As-Sabah Tunisia) and Gloria Masanza (Zodiak Broadcasting Station Malawi). 

Photo credit: Tracy Greer KJZZ Digital Media Editor

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

KJZZ 91.5 FM Launches New Travel Club

KJZZ 91.5 FM, a service of Rio Salado College Division of Public Service, recently launched the KJZZ Travel Club. The travel club is available to sustaining members who donate $10 a month or more to the public radio station. In addition to connecting KJZZ members with a community who shares their interest in travel, adventure and new experiences, travel club members will also have access to:
  • KJZZ-hosted trips to destinations in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Free admission to the KJZZ Travel and Discovery Expo.
  • Exclusive discounts and special offers from Travel Expo exhibitors.
  • KJZZ Travel Club Facebook Group.
  • Webinars and other informational events.
  • Annual gathering with fellow travelers celebrating the year’s adventures.
To learn more about the travel club and its upcoming trip to Ireland and Scotland visit

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Local Radio Stations Celebrate Arizona Centennial

Local radio stations KBAQ 89.5 FM and KJZZ 91.5 FM are both airing special programing throughout February to celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday. 

KBAQ’s Hearing the Century: Voices of Arizona’s Arts Past and Present is a collection of stories from the last hundred years of the state’s arts and cultural history, while KJZZ’s Centennial Minutes features 90-second clips with historical tales about people and places around Arizona.

Contributors to Hearing the Century include award-winning cowboy poet Mike Dunn, painter and founder of Superstition Land Trust Anne Coe and award-winning filmmaker Dustinn Craig.

“The synergy between the station and our arts community at large has cultivated a series that I think will deepen and enrich our understanding of the state we call home,” said Jane Hilton, KBAQ producer.

Hilton has been working with Elizabeth Warren, South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute co-founder to create the series of three-minute features intended to transport listeners into Arizona’s past.

“It's been such an incredible privilege to hear the stories of the artists and scholars being featured. They've deepened my understanding of how interconnected the arts are with the history of the state,” Warren said.

The 20 stories KBAQ will present a focus on the unique styles and contributions of Arizona artists specializing in music, theater, painting and other art forms-- from north, central and southern parts of the state. They will air weekdays during the month of February at 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on KBAQ 89.5 FM.

“Hearing the Century is our gift to the great state of Arizona in celebration of its centennial and a reflection of what we do best in public radio - discovering and sharing untold stories,” said Jim Paluzzi, KBAQ’s general manager. “We are grateful to Arizona’s government agencies, businesses, philanthropic organizations and citizens for making this tribute to Arizona’s past-- and all we do possible.”

KJZZ’s Centennial Minutes include five segments written and narrated by Fred Duval and Lisa Schnelbly Heidinger, co-authors of Calling Arizona Home.

The series will transport listeners to the early exploration days of the Grand Canyon, the world of Rough Rider Buckey O’Neill, and the legendary adventures of famous Arizona ranchers and outlaws.

Segments are scheduled to air on Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition. They will also be available online after their initial broadcast.

KJZZ is also inviting listeners to share their memorable Arizona moments with Fronteras: the Changing America Desk. Participants can submit memories of iconic people, places and events by visiting the Fronteras website.

Reporters will present their findings and may call on participants to share stories on air with KJZZ listeners.


About KBAQ 89.5 and KJZZ 91.5

KBAQ 89.5 FM and KJZZ 91.5 FM are a both supported by the Rio Salado College Division of Public Service and the Maricopa Community College District.

KBAQ broadcasts round-the-clock classical music and arts information. KJZZ, and by extension its Sun Sounds Radio Reading Service, provides 24 daily hours of news, information and acoustic jazz.

About Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and was recognized as the fastest growing public two-year college in the nation by Community College Times. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado serves the largest online enrollments nationwide with more than 600 online courses and 60 degree or certificate programs. It is also Arizona's largest provider of adult basic education.