About FPRAZ

Due to restrictions on public gatherings put in place by the state of Arizona in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, meetings could be cancelled, postponed, or modified to better protect our Board Members and staff.

The next FPRAZ Board Meeting will be virtual, on Monday, May 21st at 3pm. 
Email fprazinfo (at) rioradio.org for details about the online meeting.

Traditionally, the FPRAZ Board meets on the second Monday in February, May, October and December. Some dates may shift, due to holidays. Business Meetings indicated by an asterisk (*) below are open to the public, begin at 5pm, and are held at

Rio Salado Community College
Hohokam Building; Dr. Linda Thor Board Room; 2nd Floor
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ  85281

The tentative Meeting Dates for remainder of 2020 are:
October 5 *
December 14 *

Mission

FPRAZ assures the future vitality and excellence of our community's public radio stations and broadens their support.

Collaborative Model

FRPAZ works in partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District, Rio Salado College, Staff at KJZZ 91.5 and KBAQ 89.5, and Public Radio Partners/Market Enginuity in a coordinated effort to support public radio in Arizona.

History

Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) was incorporated as an Arizona non-profit charitable organization on November 8th, 2001 by Susan E. Edwards, Armando G. Roman and James McDougall. On March 27, 2002 the IRS awarded FPRAZ its designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for a five-year probationary period. FPRAZ received official IRS 501(c)(3) determination following the probationary period on March 20, 2006.

On June 11th 2002, FPRAZ convened their first board meeting electing officers and directors in compliance with the Bylaws that had been developed through the steering committee process. The bylaws stipulate that the organization can have up to twenty elected volunteer directors from the community with voting rights and no less than twelve. Additionally, the President of Rio Salado College and the Vice President of the Division of Public Service serves on the board with full voting rights.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Maricopa County Community College District’s Governing Board and the Friends of Public Radio Arizona Board outlining a collaborative relationship between the two organizations.

All FPRAZ board members will act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings. Board members will promote a working environment that values respect, fairness, integrity and embrace the diversity of individuals. FPRAZ prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military service, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by law.