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The end of the year is a time to reflect on the past year’s successes and take stock of the many things that bring meaning to our lives, and it is when many Arizona Public Media (AZPM®) members, viewers, listeners, and volunteers take the time to tell us how much our programs mean to them. Please think about sharing the enriching experience you receive all year long from AZPM’s programs with your family members and friends this holiday season by giving them the gift of AZPM membership. You can also support AZPM by making a year-end donation or an IRA Charitable Rollover. For more information about giving, please visit

The following is a list of just some of the many accomplishments of the past year that could not have been achieved without your support:

AZ Illustrated, the revamped flagship local TV production from AZPM, premiered in February and replaced Arizona Illustrated, which aired for more than 30 years.

AZPM staffers were recognized with three Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards for AZPM original productions.

Original radio productions included “A Matter of Principal,” and “The Battle of Picacho Pass, Brought Back to Life.” The latter program won the prestigious 2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting.

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Encore Series on Classical 90.5 presented 13 concerts recorded during the TSO’s 2012 – 2013 season.

For the 11th year in a row NPR 89.1 was voted Best Radio Station for News by the readers of the Tucson Weekly.

NPR 89.1 posted its highest ever Summer audience numbers.

On Facebook, AZPM surpassed 3,000 friends, and on Twitter, AZPM surpassed 5,500 followers. (I invite you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

The PBS 6 membership campaign “Come Home for the Holidays” continues into the month of December and features compelling and entertaining specials such as “Great Performances: Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn,” and “Return to Downton Abbey.” Actress Susan Sarandon hosts “Return to Downton Abbey,” which will take viewers on a tour of the past three seasons and include interviews with the program’s creators and cast. An encore broadcast of the seven episodes of “Downton Abbey, Season 3” starts December 2nd and leads up to the much anticipated premiere of Season 4 on January 5th. A schedule of dates and times is at

Additional holiday specials to be broadcast on PBS 6, PBS Kids, the UA Channel, and ReadyTV during December include “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Alfie Boe and Tom Brokaw,” “Celtic Women: Home for Christmas,” the “National Christmas Tree Lighting,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas,” “Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special,” and many others. For a complete schedule of holiday television programming, visit here.

Classical 90.5 celebrates the holidays with a number of special programs as well as several locally-produced offerings including “A Holiday Card to Tucson,” featuring The Arizona Choir, The UA Symphonic Choir, The University Community Chorus, The Tucson Arizona Boys’ Chorus, The Tucson Girls’ Chorus, and guest soloists; “The Arizona Repertory Singers Holiday Concert;” “The Tucson Arizona Boys’ Chorus Holiday Concert;” "UA Wildcat High School; Choir"; and the “St. Olaf Choir Holiday Concert in Tucson.” The complete program schedule is here.

NPR 89.1‘s holiday offerings will include, among others, “Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs;” “Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol;” “Tinsel Tales 1 & 2,” featuring holiday stories presented by NPR program hosts; and the annual “Toast of the Nation” coast-to-coast jazz celebration on New Year’s Eve. Check here for the full holiday program schedule.

On behalf of all of us at AZPM, please accept our very best wishes to you and your family for a happy and healthy holiday season. As always, thank you for your viewership, listenership and continued support.


Jack Gibson

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