Showing posts with label Public Radio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Public Radio. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rio Salado Honors Heroes of Education

Photo of Doris and Laurence Ashkin

Rio Salado joined the Maricopa Community Colleges and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation for the annual Heroes of Education awards on April 21 to recognize Doris and Laurence Ashkin as the college’s Heroes of Education for 2016.

Heroes of Education honors individuals who have a personal and professional commitment to supporting students and educational opportunities.

Rio Salado chose Doris and Laurence Ashkin as the 2016 honorees because of the exceptional support they have provided to the college's Division of Public Service, which manages KJZZ 91.5, KBACH 89.5, Sun Sounds of Arizona and SPOT 127.

This collaboration has provided opportunities for individuals to experience high-quality public radio programs.  Their support has also contributed to the advancement of SPOT 127, KJZZ’s youth media center, empowering Valley youth with digital media skills that are vital to today’s information economy. 

News courtesy of Rio Salado's Division of Public Service

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday, September 10, 2015

KJZZ Hosts Discussion About Political Activism

Group 91Five, KJZZ's young professionals, is hosting Cutting through the Rhetoric, the next installment in the group's What I Wish I Knew series. 

The event takes place Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center and will feature an in-depth discussion of political activism, and the nature of public discourse during a presidential election year.

The discussion will be moderated by KJZZ’s Mark Brodie. The panel includes Alberto Olivas, MCCCD Center for Civic Engagement Director; Sarah Suggs, O'Connor House President and CEO; Darcy Renfro, The Arizona We Want Institute Director, and Jaime Molera, Co-founder of Molera Alveraz Government and Public Affairs Consulting.

For more information visit the KJZZ Facebook page or contact Tricia Moore at

KJZZ 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. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

SPOT 127 Featured on CBS 5

exterior shot of SPOT 127

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

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.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

KJZZ Ranks #1 for Morning Drive Time

KJZZ 91.5 FM was recently ranked as the number one news station for the morning drive time by Arbitron a media and marketing research firm. More listeners tuned into KJZZ from September 15 to November 23, 6–10 a.m. than to any other radio station in the Phoenix Metro Area. Morning Edition, a presentation of KJZZ and NPR followed by the Diane Rehm show are featured during this time block.

For January to November 2011, Arbitron reports that KJZZ broadcasts to nearly 144,000 listeners every day and to nearly 300,000 listeners each week. In addition KJZZ streams live to computers and mobile devices an average of 145,000 hours per month.

KJZZ is a listener-supported public broadcasting station licensed to the Maricopa Community College District. It is a community service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Service, featuring a mix of local, national and international news, jazz and blues.