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FRIENDS OF PUBLIC RADIO ARIZONA

aka FPRAZ/Friends of KJZZ/Friends of KBACH/Friends of SPOT127   |   Tempe, AZ   |  WWW.FPRAZ.org

Mission

Friends of Public Radio Arizona assures the future vitality and excellence of our community's public radio stations, including their community outreach programs (SPOT127 Youth Media Centers and Sun Sounds Information Access Service for Visually Impaired) and broadens their support through: 1) Expanding the fundraising capacity of public radio; 2) Promoting public radio's interests and role in the larger community.

Ruling year info

2002

Associate Vice President, Division of Public Service & Executive Director, FPRAZ

Linda Pastori

Main address

2323 W 14th St 4th Floor

Tempe, AZ 85281 USA

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EIN

01-0579687

NTEE code info

Radio (A34)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) assures the future vitality and excellence of our community's public radio station initiatives and broadens their support.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ)

Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) coordinate fundraising events, receptions and audience development projects to support NPR Affiliate KJZZ 91.5FM and Classical music station KBACH 89.5 FM. Projects include: 1) Cars and motorized vehicle donations to benefit KJZZ/KBACH. In partnership with CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services), FPRAZ accepts donations of used, running, non-running and collision damaged vehicles, which are auctioned at a public auction with proceeds benefitting FPRAZ.

Population(s) Served
Adults
At-risk youth

KJZZ's SPOT 127 Youth Media Centers work with high-school age youth between 14 and 17 to provide in-depth multi-media training and skills preparation to help students continue in their educational goals and secure employment.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

Sun Sounds of Arizona is an information access service, using volunteers from the communities of Flagstaff, Tucson and Phoenix, to produce audio programs of printed material for individuals who cannot read digital or conventional print due to visual or physical disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Seniors

KJZZ opened a Hermosillo News Bureau in 2018 to provide further news coverage of business, social and cultural relations between Mexico and Arizona.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of Latin American descent

KJZZ is an award-winning, listener-supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area. As the NPR member station for the region, KJZZ features a mix of local, national, and world news, including BBC and American Public Media. The station airs classic jazz and blues nightly and entertaining weekend programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

KBACH 89.5 FM is a listener-supported public radio station broadcasting to the Phoenix metropolitan area. KBACH is the only radio station in Phoenix that plays classical music 24/7, reaching listeners around the world who stream KBACH online.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of broadcast audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

KJZZ 91.5 FM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

KJZZ generates approximately 250,000 weekly listeners depending upon the time of the year based on Nielsen ratings.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

KJZZ 91.5 FM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

KJZZ 91.5 FM

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Total number of individual contributors in 2020-21

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) is established to support public radio programs that serve communities within the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. These programs include:
* KJZZ 91.5 FM, a public radio news station and National Public Radio member for the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. KJZZ exists to provide international, national, regional and local news coverage to keep KJZZ listeners informed of the issues that affect their lives and the context and dynamics those issues interact within the public sphere.

* KBACH 89.5 FM, a public radio station that plays classical music 24 hours per day.

* SPOT 127 serves high school students, primarily from socioeconomic households that qualify for economic assistance. Students are taught how to apply the digital media skills needed to be media-literate storytellers able to inform, educate, and inspire their audiences.

* Sun Sounds of Arizona is a special-frequency audio broadcast reading service for those who cannot read text due to a disability, injury, or illness. It is projected that by 2040 over 800,000 people in Arizona will be impacted by the factors that contribute to no or low vision.

* HEAR ARIZONA podcasts tell stories dedicated to addressing the important issues surrounding our community and empowering listeners to find answers for their own lives.

KJZZ 91.5 FM
To tell the news, KJZZ 91.5 FM has a number of specialized news desks, including the Fronteras Desk, Business Desk, Education Desk, Politics Desk, Sustainability Desk, and Science and Innovation Desk, in addition to the KJZZ News Desk.

KJZZ also offers a break from the news by playing jazz music four hours a day during the week and a smorgasbord of programming over the weekends that both inform and entertain listeners in a thoughtful way.

KBACH 89.5 FM
KBACH plays classical music and offers cultural information for the Phoenix area.

SPOT 127 – KJZZ Youth Media Centers
SPOT 127 seeks to develop technical media skills, positive study and work habits, and important life skills to help students to graduate.

Sun Sounds of Arizona
Sun Sounds of Arizona produces nearly 10,000 hours of programming annually. Sun Sounds provides audio broadcast access to information for people who cannot read print because of a disability. Our listeners are blind, visually-impaired or have a disability that does not let them hold printed materials. Information is read through 30 or 60-minute radio broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week to our listeners through free radios and online streaming.

KJZZ 91.5 FM
In addition to the specialized news desk strategy, KJZZ also has news bureaus established to provide local and regional news coverage. Our regional news coverage includes the Southwest including the state of Sonora in Mexico with a news bureau located in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, and our Fronteras Desk expanding coverage into Northern Arizona. News bureaus are also located in West Phoenix, the East Valley, downtown Phoenix and its main newsroom in Tempe.

Finally, KJZZ broadcasts content provided by National Public Radio and other public media production firms to offer a cross-section of news, feature, and cultural shows that provide our listeners with a variety of viewpoints and perspectives on the human condition.

KBACH 89.5 FM
KBACH's 24-hour format is curated by in-house classical music professionals and its on-air talent in conjunction with national consultants to ensure that a balance of classical music favorites and not as well-known music is presented to our listeners. Information about the selections, the composers and the performers are presented in an entertaining and informational way.

SPOT 127 – KJZZ Youth Media Centers
SPOT 127’s curriculum includes encouraging student collaboration on projects to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Students discover talents and develop skills they didn’t know they have and utilize skills and abilities they do have in new ways. Through SPOT 127, our students can see new education and job opportunities to pursue.

With access to audio, video, and photography, students are empowered to tell important stories about their communities. Students create, develop, and produce informative, impactful stories, such as a series of stories on human sex trafficking, teenage dating violence prevention, and bullying and cyberbullying. Students’ work can be found at www.spot127.org.

Sun Sounds of Arizona
Sun Sounds of Arizona has three broadcast affiliates located in Flagstaff, Tempe, and Tucson. Broadcast towers also exist in Prescott and Yuma. Currently, 300 volunteers read hundreds of publications, as if the person listening was reading the material themselves, to produce 112 shows weekly. Reading is for 30 or 60-minute blocks, the length of one show. Programming is from various news and information formats, ranging from daily newspapers, national magazines, cultural-specific programming, science stories, children’s programming, various types of literature and books, weekly grocery ads, and special interest programs. Programming is designed to keep those who are unable to read informed across a wide variety of topics, just as if the person was able to read on their own.

FPRAZ assures the future vitality and excellence of our community's public radio and broadens its support.

Audiences are larger; more revenue is being contributed by individuals, corporations and foundations.

The future will be about ensuring the future of local journalism in a time when local news is contracting; about preserving arts and culture; helping disadvantaged youth become media literate and serving the underserved.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FRIENDS OF PUBLIC RADIO ARIZONA

Board of directors
as of 05/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Adriane Youngblood

Clear Channel Outdoor

Term: 2024 - 2026


Board co-chair

Ms. Stacy Mendez

Avnet, Inc

Term: 2026 - 2024

Mistie Hague-Weishaar

Greenberg-Traurig Law, LLC

Kate Smith

Rio Salado College

Jon Hoban

Rio Salado College

Betty Hum

Intel Corporation (Retired), Photographer

Gail Bradley

Northern Trust (Retired)

Libby Goff

Blockwise

Hope Sharett

Fiesta Bowl

Glenn Wike

The Burton Family Foundation

Christina Worden

SRP

Amy Heisler

Silicon Valley Bank

Stacy Mendez

Avnet, Inc.

Eshe Pickett

Intel

Adriane Youngblood

Clear Channel Outdoor

Pallav Acharya

REDW LLC, CPA Global Tax

Bryan Darby

QTS Data Centers

Paul Hickman

Arizona Bankers Association

Jennifer Holsman Tetreault

TPI Composites

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability