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Arizona Public Media just wrapped up the first radio campaign of the fiscal year, on Classical 90.5 and NPR 89.1. The campaign was a resounding success, and featured more than 85 community voices, generated 2,547 calls of support. Our appreciation goes out to all of the new and renewing members of AZPM and to those that pledged an additional gift to help us surpass our ambitious goal. More good radio news includes the results of the summer ratings survey. NPR 89.1 remains the top-ranked News/Talk format station in the competitive Tucson radio market (ranked #7 overall) and Classical 90.5 ranked 15th among listeners age 12+.

Last month I mentioned that AZPM received 10 Rocky Mountain Emmy® Award nominations. I am pleased to report that AZPM staffers were recognized with a total of eight awards, more than any television station in the Tucson market. I am delighted to report that one of the eight awards went to UA student and AZPM photographer, Cooper James, the first UA student to receive this prestigious honor for his work as a videographer on the Arizona Illustrated feature story, “The Zoppé Circus.” You can watch all of the 2012 AZPM award-winning productions here.These awards, which are judged by peers in other regions of the country, demonstrate the creativity and quality of AZPM’s content production staff – whose work would not be possible without your continued support.

As the election campaigns come to a close, AZPM’s Your Vote 2012 remains your source for in-depth coverage of local, state, congressional, and the presidential races, and up-to-date information on propositions that will affect Southern Arizona. Tune in for live coverage on election night, November 6th on PBS 6, NPR 89.1 and online at AZPM Political Correspondents Christopher Conover and Andrea Kelly, along with Education Reporter Fernanda Echavarri, will be out in the field with live coverage of election results at various campaign headquarters around the community. These local, live updates will be featured during special election coverage from the PBS NewsHour and NPR Election Night live broadcasts beginning at 6 p.m.

This month PBS6 will premier "Arizona’s Dust Bowl: Lessons Lost", produced, written, and directed by Tom Kleespie, AZPM’s Sr. Producer, Special Projects. This new AZPM documentary which airs at 7 p.m. on November 18th, immediately prior to the latest Ken Burns program, explores how the 1930’s Dust Bowl affected Arizona‘s culture and economy, and includes interviews with several prominent academia from the University of Arizona.

Other PBS 6 November program highlights include Sunday Brit-Drama Night starting at 7 p.m. with the hit BBC series Call the Midwife, MASTERPIECE: Upstairs Downstairs at 8 p.m., and an encore broadcast of MASTERPIECE Classic Downton Abbey – Season 1 at 9 p.m. Tune in on Sunday, November 25th at 8 p.m. for “Downton Abbey Revisited.” Savor great moments from the series’ first two seasons, along with cast interviews and behind the scenes footage. Here’s an inside tip – an encore broadcast of the Season II of Downton Abbey will air starting December 2nd, all leading up to the much-anticipated premiere of Season III on January 6th. Enjoy!

Popular science and nature-based program night, Exploration Wednesdays, continues with all new programs starting at 8 p.m. with NOVA, NATURE at 9 p.m. and NOVA scienceNow at 10 p.m. The Hollywood at Home film series on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. continues to gain in popularity with our audiences. This month’s film features include “The Searchers,” “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “Rocky II,” and a pre-Thanksgiving film marathon, Wednesday, Nov. 21st with “A Walk in the Clouds” and encore broadcast of “Rocky II” starting at 8 p.m. On Thursdays, join PBS 6 for one of the most popular series from the BBC, Doc Martin, starring Martin Clunes. For complete television listings visit

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I want to thank you for your viewership, listenership and continued support of Arizona Public Media.

Jack Gibson

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