KJZZ Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) has announced the election of its 2012 slate of officers.
Those elected are: chairman of the board, Mark Dioguardi, partner in the local business boutique law firm of Dioguardi Flynn LLP; vice chair, Michael Moskowitz, managing director of Ensemble DevMan of Arizona; treasurer, Steve Curley, senior vice president of Alliance Bank of Arizona; and secretary, Laura Martin, director of Science Interpretation Arizona Science Center.
“We are very excited that KJZZ has catapulted in the morning drive time ratings from 12th to first place in just the three years, in great part due to General Manager Jim Paluzzi being at the helm of KJZZ,” says Dioguardi. “Our goal this year, as it was last, is to stay closely connected with the community and focus our efforts on continuing to raise community involvement. A key program to accomplish this is the launch this year of our Teen Radio Program in which we will give at-risk teens experience in producing radio shows.”
Since its formation in November 2001, FPRAZ has created and supported numerous programs for the benefit of public radio in Arizona. FPRAZ is a non-profit organization that supports and raises funds on behalf of the Phoenix area non-profit public radio stations KJZZ (FM 91.5) and KBAQ (FM 89.5).
The 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction will benefit the KJZZ Youth Media Project. All proceeds from the auction go to the youth media program that allows KJZZ reporters to mentor high school students in the areas of journalism and reporting.
The 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction
The 10th Annual First Press Fine Wine Auction, presented by Molina Jewelers, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
More than 30 wineries are scheduled to participate, including the Robert Craig Winery from Napa Valley. President Robert Craig will serve as this year’s honorary chair, and Peter Sagal, the voice of the popular NPR game show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!,” will be the evening’s host presented by National Bank of Arizona.
The evening will have live entertainment by Alice Tatum and the Alice Tatum Band, a gourmet five-course meal and a high-end live auction of rare vintages, culinary experiences and vacation packages.
But the most important part of the evening will be about the fundraising. Funds raised from the auction will benefit Friends of Public Radio of Arizona and the KJZZ Youth Media Project. Last year, the First Press Fine Wine Auction raised more than $170,000 for their benefiting organizations.
The KJZZ Youth Media Project
The KJZZ Youth Media Project is an educational outreach program designed to mentor “at risk” youths in the areas of broadcast journalism and digital media production. The program was started in 2007 and initially worked with 14 students from South Mountain High School. This year the program is expanding to approximately 20 students from all high schools who qualify.
The students complete an application and go through a verbal interview process to see if they can fit the six-month core curriculum into their time frame. The projects curriculum consists of elements developed by the Radio Television National Association.
“[The] kids will work in all aspects of digital media,” says Louis Stanley, the executive director of Friends of Public Radio Arizona. “Then they will specialize and continue to work on content development, while also helping to mentor new kids starting the program.”
The ultimate success of the students is what the program is all about. Stanley shares a success story from Ann Miles, an employee at the South Mountain High School Communications department.
“Ann Miles said, ‘Many of my students who a participate in the KJZZ Mentorship program at South Mountain have gone on to college to study journalism. They return to tell me how much the experience with KJZZ not only prepared them for college journalism classes, but they also feel that they are ahead of their peers,’ ” Stanley says.
KJZZ’s Youth Media Project
[stextbox id="info" caption="What To Know If You Go:"] The 10th Annual First Press Wine Auction When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 6 p.m. Where: Westin Kierland Resort and Spa Tickets: $250 per person or $2,500 for a table of 10. Guests seeking guaranteed table seating with a vintner and marketing exposure can purchase a table sponsorship starting at $5,000.