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The Community Advisory Board of Arizona Public Media is composed of a group of citizens who represent the diverse interests of the communities served. Edith (Edie) Sayre Auslander, a member of AZPM’s Community Advisory Board serving on the Development & Community Engagement Committees, will be the recipient of the 13th Annual Ray Davies Lifetime Humanitarian Achievement Award on October 27th. Established by the Educational Enrichment Foundation this award recognizes individuals working within our community who have made a significant contribution to Tucson by supporting enhanced education for our children and increasing the awareness of the principles of humanitarianism. The board and staff of AZPM congratulate Edie on this award and her dedication to this organization and the community.

The first radio campaign of the fiscal year, “It’s Up to Us”, airs October 15 – 21 on Classical 90.5FM and NPR 89.1FM/1550AM. This campaign features over 80 community voices that will provide entertaining and meaningful commentary on the benefits of becoming a member of the AZPM family.

The PBS Arts Fall Festival gives you a front row seat and a backstage pass to the world of music, theater, dance, art and cultural history. One of the highlights is PBS Arts from Seattle: AMERICAN MASTERS Pearl Jam Twenty with host Taylor Hackford on Friday, October 21 at 9:30 p.m. You can see the full schedule at

On Wednesday, October 19th we present two premieres from two of the most beloved PBS programs. At 8 p.m. Radioactive Wolves inaugurates Nature’s 30th season. The season opener examines the health of wildlife in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone. The NOVA season premiere follows at 9 p.m. with Finding Life Beyond Earth, a spectacular trip to distant realms of our solar system to discover where secret forms of life may lie hidden.

Other highlights include, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize saluting actor, writer and comedian, Will Ferrell. Recorded at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 23, this 90-minute special airs Monday, October 31 at 9 p.m. nationwide and features a star-studded cast of Ferrell’s friends and colleagues including top entertainers Jack Black, the band Green Day, Larry King, Adam McKay, Lorne Michaels, Conan O’Brien, John C. Reilly, Paul Rudd, Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon.

As always, thank you for your viewership, listenership and continued support of Arizona Public Media.

Jack Gibson

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