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From the General Manager entry


Fall is always an exciting time here at Arizona Public Media (AZPM). Emmy® Award nominations were just announced and AZPM garnered fourteen Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter nominations, more than any other television station in the Tucson market. In addition, for the 12th year in a row NPR 89.1 was the Readers Pick for Best Radio Station for News in Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson annual poll. The nominations and the award are indications of the quality work produced by AZPM’s talented staff, which continues to place AZPM ahead of our peers.

The first radio campaign of the fiscal year airs October 10th – 18th on Classical 90.5 and NPR 89.1. The campaign features special guest hosts from the community who provide meaningful personal insights about the benefits of becoming a member of the AZPM family. Remember that your member dollars are an investment that makes our award-winning local productions and national news coverage happen throughout the year.

Election Day is just around the corner and this month AZPM will feature news and information about city elections on NPR 89.1, PBS 6, and online at Coverage includes candidate bios and interviews, ballot initiatives, campaign finance information, and two city council candidate forums which will air on AZ Illustrated Politics. The first, a Ward 3 forum with Democratic incumbent Karen Uhlich and Republican challenger Ben Buehler-Garcia, will broadcast on October 4th. The second, a Ward 5 forum with Democratic incumbent Richard Fimbres and Republican challenger Mike Polak, will air on October 18th. AZ Illustrated Politics airs on PBS 6 on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Each forum will be posted online by 5 p.m. on those respective dates. Learn more here.

The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues on PBS 6, WORLD, Vme, and the UA Channel with the final episodes of Latino Americans: “Pride and Prejudice” and “Peril and Promise” on Tuesday, October 1st beginning at 8 p.m. with an encore broadcast the following Friday at 2 p.m. For a complete schedule of Hispanic Heritage month programs, visit here.

PBS Kids is all abuzz with the launch of PEG + CAT, the new week-day, pre-school children’s series premiering on October 7th on PBS 6 at 8 a.m. and on PBS Kids at 11 a.m. This new program follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems, and learn foundational math concepts and skills. Visit PEG + CAT online for games and videos, and download printable activities. Join AZPM and PBS Kids characters Maya & Miguel at the University of Arizona BookStore in the Student Memorial Center on Saturday, October 5th at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. where we will host the premiere of the first episode of PEG + CAT!

We welcome new staff members to the AZPM family. John Booth joins the television production team as Executive Producer, Mark Channell joins the development team as Associate Director of Development, Julie Ben-Yeoshua will be the Program Coordinator for Development and Underwriting, Andrew Brown joins the production team as Videographer/Editor, and Amanda Le Claire comes on board as the Weekend News Reporter.

Thank you for your exceptional support of AZPM. It makes what we do possible.


Jack Gibson

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