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From the General Manager entry


The month of June brings us to the end of another fiscal year and our year-end membership countdown. Viewer and listener support is critical to meeting our financial obligations and to starting next year on a solid footing. Your support helps fund your favorite national programs plus the original radio, TV and online programs that are produced here at AZPM, such as AZ Illustrated, Arizona Week, and Arizona Spotlight.

To thank those of you who have stepped forward to help defray programming costs, we have assembled some great shows this month on PBS 6. Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schu from the hit television show Glee) takes the stage in his first PBS special, “Matthew Morrison: Where it All Began.” Other highlights include, “70’s and 80’s Soul Rewind,” “Il Volo: We Are Love,” and Ken Burns’ “Central Park Five.” Also this month, Masterpiece Mystery! “Inspector Lewis, Series VI” premieres Sunday, June 16th at 8 p.m. on PBS 6. Kevin Whately returns for a sixth season as Inspector Lewis and continues to solve cases in the seemingly perfect academic haven of Oxford with his young partner DS Hathaway (Laurence Fox.) For complete program schedules, visit here.

Audiences trust Arizona Public Media to provide entertaining and engaging programs, and we continually research new shows that will resonate with the Southern Arizona community. With that in mind, three nationally syndicated radio programs will begin broadcasting weekends starting June 1st on NPR 89.1: The Splendid Table, Marketplace Money and the TED Radio Hour.

The Splendid Table with host Lynne Rossetto Kasper, explores everything about food: the culture, the science, the history and the deeper meanings that come together when people sit down to enjoy a meal. The Splendid Table joins the Saturday afternoon line-up at 1 p.m.

Marketplace Money, produced by the award-winning team of Marketplace and Marketplace Morning Report, brings the week’s economic headlines home by looking at matters of personal finance with wit and wisdom. The program, which airs Saturdays at 3 p.m., offers a mix of interviews with experts and calls from listeners to help people better manage, save and spend their money.

TED Radio Hour, is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions and new ways to think and create. Each episode includes riveting excerpts from the renowned TED stage where some of the world's deepest thinkers and innovators are invited to give the 18-minute "talk of their lives." Host Guy Raz interviews the guests, delving deeper, dissecting the speaker's ideas and posing probing questions that you would like to hear answered. Ted Radio Hour will be broadcast at noon on Sundays.

For more information about these three new shows, visit The addition of these shows will lead to some changes to the weekend afternoons schedule on NPR 89.1. Tech Nation will not air Sundays, but will continue to air at 5 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Snap Judgment and Living on Earth will no longer be broadcast. For complete NPR 89.1 program schedules, visit

Rick Bayless, the featured chef on ReadyTV this month, celebrates the ninth season of his highly-rated cooking and travel show, Mexico - One Plate at a Time. Rick takes viewers on a culinary and cultural exploration of the state of Oaxaca. Watch the new season on Sundays starting at 2 p.m. on Broadcast 6-3, Comcast 201, and Cox 81. Rumor has it that Rick will visit Tucson in March 2014 as a guest chef in the Culinary Tent at the fifth annual Festival of Books on March 15th and 16th.

Our efforts for the benefit of Southern Arizona would not be possible without you. Please accept my sincere thanks for your continued support and best wishes for the summer.

Jack Gibson

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