Showing posts with label SunSounds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SunSounds. Show all posts

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.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sun Sounds Volunteer Honored

Congratulations to Tempe Sun Sounds Volunteer Roger Ferland who was named the 2014 Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year, the highest accolade from the Disabled American Veterans.

Serving as a squad leader and platoon sergeant during the war in 1968, Ferland lost both legs and sustained severe injuries to his arm.

Today, Ferland believes in giving back. After practicing law for more than 35 years, he worked with his local DAV to spearhead legal clinics run by the State Bar of Arizona where more than 300 lawyers provide pro bono legal assistance to veterans, particularly in the much-needed area of family law.

Ferland was profiled in a recent article in the Arizona Republic. Learn more about how Ferland serves his community in this video.

Sun Sounds of Arizona provides audio access to printed information for anyone with a disability that makes reading print difficult. Sun Sounds of Arizona is part of the Division of Public Service at Rio Salado College, one of the ten Maricopa County Community Colleges.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

500 Volunteers Needed For GAZBF

Submitted by Dave Noble, Development Director for Sun Sounds of Arizona

The Sun Sounds Foundation is gearing up for an annual tradition that requires the help of a small army of volunteers-- the 2014 Great Arizona Beer Festival. This year marks the 26th year for the GAZBF, which will take place on March 1, from 2-6 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park at 54 W Rio Salado Pkwy. The event attracts thousands of beer enthusiasts, but more importantly increases awareness and much needed funds for Sun Sounds of Arizona, a community service that provides access to current news and information to Arizona residents who are blind, visually impaired or who have a disability which prevents them from reading print material. 

More than 500 volunteers are needed to help in every aspect of running the event.

“The volunteers might pour beer, deliver ice, set-up tents and tables, hang posters and banners, work as host or hostess in our special pavilions, or help take tickets and put on wristbands,” said Andrea Pasquale, Sun Sounds volunteer coordinator.

Companies are encouraged to get a group together and have fun.

Volunteers are still needed for the following shifts:
  • Noon – 6 p.m. - Duties may include front gate ticketing, VIP hosting, designated driver services, wrist banding, t-shirt tent, brewer/vendor check-in, beer pouring, volunteer tent, tickets sales, and other tasks as needed. 
  • 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Duties may include brewer and vendor check in, tear down and other tasks as needed. 
The GAZBF is a tasting extravaganza, showcasing more than 250 brews from as many as 60 breweries from across the state, country and around the globe. The breweries are part of the charity-work too; each provides samples of their proudest brewing achievement as a donation to the event. 

General admission and VIP tickets include 24, 3-ounce samples. No additional tickets for samples may be purchased. VIP ticket holders enter at 1 p.m. (an hour early) and also are provided a meal inside the VIP pavilion overlooking the stage. Last call is at 5:30 p.m., last pour at 5:45 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. 

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a part the Division of Public Service at Rio Salado College, one of the Maricopa County Community Colleges. Based in Tempe, Sun Sounds provides its services at no cost to Valley and State residents. This year, Sun Sounds is a finalist for the Tempe Chamber Business Excellence Awards recognizing the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community. 

For more information about reading services for eligible persons, visit or call 480-774-8300. To volunteer for the Great Arizona Beer Festival visit For group volunteers contact Andrea Pasquale at 480-774-8300.

This story can also be found in the January 25 edition of the Tempe Republic. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sun Sounds of Arizona Awarded Boeing Community Grant

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Mesa Awards $3000 Grant to Sun Sounds of Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz. – December 2011 – Sun Sounds of Arizona is pleased to announce the award of a $3,000 grant from The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Mesa, which will help the radio reading service deliver the East Valley Tribune and other local newspapers, in audio format, to residents of Mesa.

More than 3,000 Mesa residents currently hear audio information on Sun Sounds of Arizona, the state’s only reading service. With this grant funding, Sun Sounds will work to expand its reach to print-disabled people in the East Valley.

Anyone who finds it difficult to see, hold or understand printed material due to a disability is eligible for service at no charge. Members of Sun Sounds use the service to hear daily local and national newspapers, magazines, books, grocery ads and other local information read aloud.  

"I’m so grateful to Sun Sounds," said Bob Burrows, a resident of Mesa who is blind. "And so is my wife, who no longer has to read the sports page of the newspaper to me! I’d be lost without this service, and I recommend it to everyone who has trouble reading the newspaper."

By providing access to current print information, Sun Sounds of Arizona facilitates independent living, personal choices, and life-long learning for people with vision loss and other disabilities.

About Sun Sounds of Arizona

Sun Sounds of Arizona, established in 1979, is a radio reading and information access service for people who cannot read print due to a disability.  A public service of Rio Salado College, Sun Sounds and 500 volunteers across the state provide information access free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using radio, cable systems, telephone and the internet. For more information, visit or call 480-774-8300.

For additional information contact:

Heidi Capriotti
Marketing Coordinator
Sun Sounds of Arizona

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sun Sounds of AZ Fundraiser at Tempe Beach Park on Saturday

The 23rd annual Great Arizona Beer Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 5 from 2 to 6 pm at Tempe Beach Park. The event is the largest of its kind in the southwest and features over 200 artisan beers, food vendors and live entertainment.

All proceeds from the event go directly to support the work of Sun Sounds of Arizona which provides access to print media for blind and print-impaired listeners. Volunteer readers throughout the state make content available 24/7 by reading these materials aloud via radio, phone, internet and cable TV.

The Great Arizona Beer Festival is the primary fundraising event for Sun Sounds of Arizona and is made possible through the donations of participating brewers, sponsors and the work of hundreds of volunteers.

This year’s event will include several exciting new components including the integration of smartphone technology that will allow visitors to quickly access information about participating brewers and their products.

“Every year we look for new ways to keep making the festival better and more exciting, and this year we’ve added two new events leading up to the festival, to really reach out to fans of craft beer, as well as some exciting new contests online,” says Sue DesParte, chair of the 2011 event. “I’m also looking forward to raising as much money as possible, since every nickel we earn goes directly to Sun Sounds of Arizona.”

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Services, along with NPR affiliates KJZZ 91.5 FM and KBAQ 89.5FM, and Maricopa Colleges Television.