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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your generous support of Arizona Public Media’s (AZPM) end-of-calendar year fundraising campaign. Your continued investment in AZPM enables us to continue to be a significant force in our community — informing, inspiring and connecting our community by bringing people and ideas together.

In the coming year, AZPM plans to continue its ambitious strategic initiative to increase the quality and quantity of original content produced for and about our community, the University of Arizona, and the Southwest. We’ve already kicked off the year with the Season 5 premiere of fan-favorite Masterpiece “Downton Abbey,” and, later this month, The American Experience “Edison” profiles the iconoclastic genius whose inventions of sound recording, motion pictures, and electric light propelled America into the modern age.

Beginning Jan. 11, be sure to tune in to NPR 89.1 Sundays at 2 p.m. for Invisibilia, a six-week series hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, creators of RadioLab and This American Life. The series explores a fascinating array of human behavior through personal stories and psychological and brain research.

And in March, PBS 6 will present Ken Burns’ three-part documentary series, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. We are currently working to raise funding for the production of a local companion program, Cancer: Unfinished Business (working title), which explores the experience of one Southern Arizona family.

Now more than ever, AZPM relies on the generosity of people like you — because when supporters like you give, we all gain. Thank you for your viewership, listenership, and continued support.

Please accept my best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.


Jack Gibson

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Dear Friends,

We’re quickly closing in on the holidays and AZPM continues to buzz with activity. The thing that has most of us talking over here at AZPM is our record 15 Emmy® wins for outstanding stories.

Some 22 AZPM staff took home the gold at the October 18 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards held in Scottsdale. It was a record number of wins in a single year for AZPM. In fact, AZPM received more awards than any other broadcaster in Southern Arizona and more than any other public broadcaster in the region. I’m very proud of each person who worked on the 23 Emmy nominations and 15 winning stories and of the quality of work AZPM consistently delivers. It’s very gratifying to see our colleagues recognized for the exceptional stories they produce.

Go to the following link to view the complete list of winners as well as the full segments: Emmy Winners

AZPM also recently concluded its most successful radio pledge campaign ever, raising $323,000. This is more than $8,000 over our original goal of $315,000 and we’re delighted with the results and the ongoing support of our listeners. We hope to carry this momentum in to the winter television pledge campaign, which kicks off November 28th. Our goal is to reach out to new members and first-time contributors. Public television is truly a community activity and everyone benefits when we each actively participate. Just as we said during radio pledge, “When you give, we all gain.” Please encourage your friends and neighbors who are PBS fans to be more than simply a viewer. Help them take the next step and become a member.

We have many great programming highlights coming in November. AZPM salutes the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces with a special Arizona Illustrated Veteran’s Day program. We recently visited Davis Monthan Air Force Base and filmed at various locations around the base to recognize and salute the contribution the base makes to our community. It was an honor to be invited on base and we enjoyed the truly exceptional hospitality and support from our DM neighbors there.

The Arizona Illustrated Veteran’s Day program includes several Veterans-related stories, including: a segment about a retired teacher at Tucson’s Rincon High School who served with the Allied D-Day invasion forces; a segment about two friends and veterans that started a vineyard southeast of Tucson, and a story about the 600 people responsible for the 4,400 aircraft out at Davis Monthan’s ‘Boneyard.’ The episode premieres on PBS 6 November 9 at 6:30 p.m., with encore presentations November 10 at 10 p.m., November 11 at 6:30 p.m., November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and November 16 at 11:30 a.m. Check our program schedule at for additional air dates and times.

In addition to our Veteran’s programming, I hope you are enjoying an outstanding documentary series – Finding Your Roots– which air throughout the month. Finding Your Roots delves into our ancestral paths and genealogical journeys, airing Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. And, at 9 p.m. on Saturday nights, be sure to grab a bowl of popcorn and settle in for some great classic commercial-free cinema with Hollywood at Home. This month we’re proud to bring you The Maltese Falcon, The Caine Mutiny, The Music Man, That’s Entertainment, The Big Sleep and An American in Paris.

Last, but not least, we’re bringing back fan favorite Downton Abbey this month. In anticipation of the Season 5 premiere in January, we’re running past Downton Abbey episodes throughout November and, on Thanksgiving Day, we’re running a mini-marathon featuring all of Season 3.

As we head into the hectic holiday season, I’d like to take this opportunity to again thank you for your support of and commitment to Arizona Public Media. And I wish you and your family a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving.


Jack Gibson


Dear Friends,

As we move into October and the promise of cool autumn days, Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is busier than ever.

AZPM is proud to televise the interactive Your Vote 2014 Candidate Forum between incumbent candidate Ron Barber (D) and challenger Martha McSally (R), which will air live October 7, 2014, at 6 p.m. on PBS 6, NPR 89.1 and will be streamed live on The hour-long forum will be moderated by AZPM’s Christopher Conover and we encourage people to tweet their candidate questions to @AZPMnews #CD2questions.

On October 9, we kick off a radio pledge campaign that will run through October 17. Our goal is to raise $315,000 in public support. We’re asking that everyone who listens to NPR 89.1 or Classical 90.5 to step up and support AZPM. Our research shows that just one in 10 listeners actively contributes to AZPM and we want to increase that number. Help us spread the message and turn more of our loyal listeners into members. Everyone shares in the wonderful experience of public radio — now let’s all share in the responsibility. Your generous support helps AZPM to continue to bring you quality news and music programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you give, we all gain.

We have several exciting things taking place throughout the month. The second season of the documentary series Makers: Women Who Make America debuted September 30 and will run throughout October each Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6. Each episode focuses on a different area in which women have trail-blazed and broken through barriers. From the space program to politics to business to entertainment, women have made inroads into professions previously open only to men. This fascinating program chronicles the women who went first.

In mid-October, we wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month with several great programs that highlight the achievements – and challenges – of Hispanic people. One of the highlights is Independent Lens, which shines a light on the issues faced by Latinos. ‘The Graduates/Los Graduados,’ which airs October 6 and 8 at 2 p.m. on PBS 6, explores issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States.

Be sure to look for How We Got to Now, a new six-part documentary series hosted by American science author and media theorist Steven Johnson. Each episode explores the power and legacy of great ideas. The first two episodes, ‘Clean’ and ‘Time,’ air October 15 at 9 and 10 p.m. on PBS 6.

Looking ahead to November, we‘re excited to bring you Raptors!, a wonderful new original program produced by AZPM. It premieres November 3 at 10 p.m. on PBS 6.

Once again, I’d like to thank you for your dedication and continued support of AZPM.


Jack Gibson

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Dear Friends,

For more than 30 years, Arizona Illustrated has been the Arizona Public Media (AZPM) flagship locally-produced television program on PBS 6. A reimagined version of the 30-minute, magazine-style program will premiere in its new first-airing time slot on Sunday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. on PBS 6, with encore broadcasts at various times throughout the following week. Arizona Illustrated continues its legacy of engaging southern Arizonans with thought-provoking, diverse stories that reflect our community. Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist Tom McNamara, the new Arizona Illustrated will examine untold stories that are universal, yet have local relevance, and will challenge old notions while introducing you to people who make Arizona unique and vibrant. You can watch upcoming stories in advance of their broadcasts or view entire shows online at

We just completed the August PBS 6 membership campaign and I thank all who contributed for your outstanding support. With your generous help, AZPM raised $221,637, an increase of eight percent over last summer’s campaign. On-air membership campaigns and other fundraising initiatives allow us to provide you with the award-winning local and national programs that you rely upon and enjoy.

In September we begin our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) with special programs on PBS 6, World, Vme, the UA Channel and NPR 89.1. From history to performing arts to independent film, AZPM offers viewers and listeners the opportunity to explore the rich, vibrant history and cultural contributions of Hispanic Americans. TV Program highlights include Latino Americans, Life on the Line: Coming of Age between Nations, and Independent Lens: The Undocumented. On NPR 89.1, Hispanic Heritage Month specials will include Radio Ambulante: Stories from Latin America. Look here for complete program schedules.

Other PBS 6 program highlights this month include the premiere of the new Ken Burns’ documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” starting Sunday, September 14, and running through Saturday, September 20, nightly at 8. The series explores the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics. Also, tune in to PBS 6 on Sunday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. to meet Nina Roosevelt Gibson, granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt, now a resident of Vail, Arizona, as she shares her “growing up Roosevelt” stories on Arizona Illustrated. Watch a preview of Nina’s stories here and a preview of “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” here.

In September we also welcome several new staff members. Romi Wittman is AZPM’s new Chief Communications and Marketing Officer. She joins us from Trico Electric Cooperative where she was Director of Marketing and Communications. Jennifer Cannon is a new Account Executive in the Underwriting Department. Andy Bade, an AZPM radio host since 2008, has filled the Classical Music Program Coordinator position for Classical 90.5, on which he will also serve as the weekday afternoon host. We welcome, too, A.C. Swedbergh, who recently joined AZPM as its Web Site Designer/Developer.

In addition, AZPM recognizes and welcomes a number of new Community Advisory Board members: Laura Todd Johnson, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at the University of Arizona (Ex-officio); Tony Vuturo, M.D., Senior VP of Canyon Ranch Resorts; Lois Eisenstein, Attorney (retired); and UA student representative, Issac Ortega, ASUA Student Body President. On behalf of all of us at AZPM, thank you for your viewership, your listenership, and your continued support.


Jack Gibson

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Dear friends,

Radio ratings have just been released for Spring 2014 and our NPR stations (NPR 89.1 and 1550 AM) achieved a combined market share of 5.71, the second highest ever. NPR 89.1 also continues to be the preferred station for listeners in the 50+ demographic in the Tucson Metro area.2 Sister station Classical 90.5 saw listenership increase by 14 percent for a 2.4 market share in the Tucson Metro area.1 The audience survey results illustrate the popularity of the quality programming Arizona Public Media (AZPM) provides and reflect our continuing goal to expand and engage Southern Arizona audiences.

How much are we a part of your lives? Now's the time to tell us. Do you love Arizona Spotlight or Metro Week? Can't live without Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me or Masterpiece? Is your week incomplete without Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff? Did you learn your numbers from ‘The Count’ on Sesame Street? AZPM has improved the lives of thousands of Southern Arizonans and we hope you, too, have benefitted from the informative, educational and entertaining programming AZPM provides. "Share your Story" is a new interactive feature at that allows you to share your favorite memory of or experience with PBS 6, PBS Kids, WORLD, ReadyTV, the UA Channel, Vme, NPR 89.1 or Classical 90.5. View the stories of other AZPM fans and post your own here.

The month of August brings the first PBS 6 membership campaign of the new fiscal year. The campaign theme is “We Need You Now More Than Ever” and the special programming offered during the campaign will invite you to experience science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front-row seats to enjoy world-class drama and musical performances. Viewer contributions are our most significant source of funding, allowing us to acquire PBS programming and to create our own locally-focused content. PBS and AZPM offer Southern Arizonans from every walk of life the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds every day. August membership campaign program highlights include new self-improvement shows including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Food & Family” and the new musical programs “Jimmy Van Heusen: Swingin’ with Frank & Bing,” “Red Rock Serenade,” and “Woody’s Children: 45th Anniversary Concert.” Check PBS 6 program schedules for dates and times.

AZPM’s election center, Your Vote 2014, is your online source for thorough, balanced and expert election analysis. We offer you the resources to become a well-informed voter. At Your Vote 2014, you can learn about the candidates, register for live candidate forum tickets, find your district, read about state and local ballot initiatives, get in-depth information about legislative and school board races, and more.

Please keep in mind that your financial contributions are essential - they allow us to provide you with the wide variety of engaging and educational programming that is the hallmark of AZPM.

Thank you for your viewership, listenership, and continued support.


Jack Gibson

1. Tucson Metro area, Monday - Sunday, 0600-2400, 12+, Average Quarter Hour Share. Copyright 2013, 2014, The Nielsen Company.
2. Tucson Metro area, Monday – Sunday, 0600-2400, 50+, Average Quarter Hour Share. Copyright 2013, 2014, The Nielsen Company.


Dear friends,

Thanks to all of you who stepped up to support Arizona Public Media’s fiscal year-end fundraising countdown campaign. The great news is that with your support, and that of thousands of Southern Arizona families, AZPM was able to surpass its annual fundraising goal. Going forward, your support is more critical than ever in order to ensure that AZPM’s educational and entertaining radio, television, and online platforms continue to thrive.

I recently posted a guest opinion in the Arizona Daily Star (July 2, 2014) to clear up inaccuracies in media reporting on the University of Arizona’s budget reduction to AZPM, and in response to the many emails and phone calls we received. In that AZPM is a journalistic enterprise, I felt obligated to communicate the facts. If you missed it, you can view the letter here.

Summer monsoons finally arrived and we have a host of engaging, educational and entertaining programs to enjoy while you stay dry and cool inside. As mentioned in a previous posting, PBS 6 will honor the 45th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing on Sunday, July 20, with two special programs: Rocket Men, a BBC production, will air at 2 p.m., followed by Earthlight, a new documentary produced by the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at 3:30 p.m. Both programs will also broadcast on the UA Channel. Check here for the UA Channel‘s schedule.

Hollywood at Home, the Saturday evening film series with host Victoria Lucas, presents “double features” of award-winning classic and contemporary films. On July 12, Cool Hand Luke and Bonnie and Clyde; July 19, Slumdog Millionaire & Woman of the Year; and on July 26, Cabaret & A Streetcar Named Desire. For more information on these films and great bits of trivia visit

Starting Wednesday, July 16, PBS 6 premieres two new, four-part nature series, My Wild Affair at 8 p.m. and Sex in the Wild at 10 p.m. Each program brings you fascinating stories about wild animals and their relationships with humans and one another. At 9 p.m. we offer an encore broadcast of the popular NOVA series Australia’s First 4 Billion Years.

Continuing our long tradition of keeping voters informed, AZPM and the League of Women Voters have joined forces to produce a series of six political forums. All six forums will be free, open to the public and held at Pima Community College. The first forum, featuring the Republican Primary Gubernatorial candidates, will be Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are required. The forums will stream live on and broadcast on NPR 89.1, PBS 6, WORLD, and the UA Channel at a later date. You can reserve tickets and learn more about all of the forums here.

On behalf of everyone at Arizona Public Media, please accept our very sincere thanks for your support and dedication.


Jack Gibson

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