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In October Arizona Public Media (AZPM) wrapped up the first membership campaign of the fiscal year for Classical 90.5 and NPR 89.1. The campaign was a resounding success with the assistance of more than 110 community voices and 35 behind-the- scenes volunteers, and the more than 2,400 callers who pledged their support. Our thanks go to all of the new and renewing members of AZPM, and to those who pledged additional gifts to help us surpass our goal.

More good radio news includes the results of the summer audience ratings survey. NPR 89.1 posted it highest ever summer listening numbers.

The national time change occurs on Sunday, November 3rd and will affect some weekday radio programs. Starting on Monday, the 4th, Fresh Air moves to 11 a.m. and Here and Now and Here and Now/Science Friday move to Noon on weekdays to maintain the live call-in aspect of Science Friday during both hours of the show.

On the TV side, I am pleased to report that three AZPM staffers received Rocky Mountain Chapter Emmy® Awards this year. Photographer Bob Lindberg won for the AZPM original production Arizona’s Dust Bowl: Lessons Lost and photographer Steve Riggs and editor Mitch Riley won for the AZ Illustrated story Barista. 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. Visit those stories by clicking the live links above.

Other staff news includes the promotion of Michael Chihak to the position of news director for AZPM. Formerly host of Arizona Week and director of online news, Michael will be responsible for news operations and reporting on AZPM’s television, radio, online, and social media platforms. Michael will be an interim host on Arizona Week until a new full-time host has been selected.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, AZPM presents a diverse series of documentary programs which intimately showcase the rich history as well as the modern culture of today’s Native Americans. Throughout the month on PBS 6, WORLD, and the UA Channel, discover the unique livelihoods of American Indian tribes in the southwest and across the United States. Highlights include the AZPM original production, “Seeking Water From the Sun,” “Apache 8,” Independent Lens: “Indian Relay,” and the Citizen Journal Project. Visit here for a complete listing of programs.

This month PBS 6 will also honor the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, with three special primetime programs. American Experience: “JFK,” a two-part documentary on JFK’s life, accomplishments and unfulfilled promises in office, will air on Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th at 9 p.m. On Wednesday the 13th at 9 p.m. NOVA: “Cold Case JFK” follows a unique group of experts trying to unravel the lingering mysteries of the Kennedy assassination, and at 10 p.m. Secrets of the Dead: “JFK: One PM Central Standard Time” recounts the riveting story of the reporting from Dallas and the CBS Newsroom in New York from the moment of the shooting.

As we approach the holiday season, I want to thank you for your viewership, listenership and continued support of Arizona Public Media.


Jack Gibson

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