Arizona Community
Media Foundation (AzCMF)
The Arizona Community Media Foundation (AzCMF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed by concerned citizens who desire to provide access to independent, educational, community-focused broadcast media outlets serving Arizona.  We exist to provide a voice for traditionally underrepresented groups and perspectives unavailable within mainstream media.

Your  tax deductible contributions support community radio in the Valley.

Send your contributions through our secure paypal link  or mail your contribution (and save the paypal fee) to
AzCMF, P.O. Box 27617, Tempe, AZ 85285-7617.  And, thanks.
Leah Marche
Volunteer Opportunities
Medea Benjamin Interview
Moroccan Journalist Visit

Winter Schedule Adds Local Programming,
More News and Information, and
 Music From Our Region and Around the World

The Radio Phoenix winter schedule is up and running, bringing you more local programming, a wider variety of insightful and progressive news and opinions, and music from Native America, Brazil, around the world, and our own back yard.  For our new schedule and a program description, click here:

New local  programs include:

The Althea Long Show, which provides listeners with the "best of all possible worlds," spotlighting a mix of jazz and Caribbean rhythms, including Afro-Latin, dancehall, reggae, and much more.  Hosted by Althea Long, well-known local radio DJ and personality.  Airtime: Wednesday, 6 AM; Saturday, 10 AM

The Hush1 Xperience spotlights electronic and dance music from emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad.  Regular features of the program include artist  interviews and  the "Groove of the Week."  Hosted by DJ Hush1.  Airtime:  Friday, 6 AM; Saturday, 6 PM.

Live Poetic, a 60 minute program that features extraordinary people who live their lives poetically, providing inspiration from the beauty of their poetic experiences.  The program also features spoken word poetry and artists who are furthering the art in innovative ways.  Hosted by Leah Marche. Airtime:  Fridays, 6 PM to 7 PM.

Arizona Music 586, 60 minutes of jazz and more presented by the professional musicians of Arizona Local 586, American Federation of Musicians.  Airtime: Wednesday, 9 PM.


 More on Leah Marche 

and the poet would show up and begin reciting.  So there you are, sitting in the laundromat, bored to tears, and suddenly a poet walks in the door and begins reciting.  Poets who are associated with the project will have an opportunity to promote their poetry, collections, and publications, and encourage the community to attend local poetry readings..

   Another part of the project will be “SendAPoet.”  Leah is constructing, a freemium social expression website that puts a twist on celebrating special occasions and national causes. Users of the site will be able to share their favorite poem and poet to inspire family and friends and that special day of the year.  The first phase of her venture is slated for April, as part of National Poetry Month.  Another component of the venture will include podcasting Live Poetic, Leah’s live poetry show on the website.

   The Commission on the Arts grant from the National Endowment  for the Arts was about "business unusual" and how arts entrepreneurs could create bold new ways to reach the community through the arts.  Entrants had to partner with a non-profit or educational institution and then present a proposal for new and innovative ideas about how artists could turn creativity into income.  After all the proposals were screened by the Commission, the proposals which were innovative, unusual, and advanced the arts were invited to make a pitch at one of four sites around the state before a panel of artist judges and a live audience.  The Commission established four levels of grants, and the audience voted to award an additional $500 to their favorite.

   A native of Phoenix, Leah is a product of ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and an inaugural member of the Seed Spot Community Venture Program. When she isn't performing, she serves as host and senior producer of The Bungalow Show on Radio Phoenix (7-10pm Fridays;  repeats at 6 AM, Thursdays). She also hosts Live Poetic, a weekly program on the station that spotlights the poetic lives people lead (6-7pm Fridays; repeats at 8 AM Tuesdays). Leah is co-founder of the Valley-based performing arts company BlackPoet Ventures and a two-time Phoenix National Poetry Slam Team member. She was a 2013 finalist for the Phoenix New Times Big Brain Awards. She currently works in the administrative staff at Herberger Theater Center and is a freelance graphic designer.

   Leah was one of six presenters at the Chandler event. The panelists included: Lisa Barnes, Commissioner for the Arizona Commission on the Arts; John McComish, Arizona State Senator, District 18; Sophie May Hook, Events Manager for Scottsdale Public Art; Steve Potter, Contracts and Facilities Manager, ASU Gammage; Cherie Scott, Community Liaison for Free Arts of Arizona; and Hamid Shojaee, founder & CEO of Axosoft, a technology company located in Scottsdale.

   The other winners were: School of Art, ASU - $10,000; Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship, ASU - $7,500; City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture & Neighborhood Economic Development Corp. - $5,000.  The Black Mustache Old Fashioned Melodrama Co. at the Tuscany Theatre took home $500 for the Audience Choice Award.

   Four competitions took place around the state in Chandler, Peoria, Prescott and Tucson, for successful applicants to pitch their innovative arts-based entrepreneurial ventures. As many as 32 presenters participated. Ventures were evaluated on their impact, responsiveness and visibility.

For more information about Arizona Art Tank, visit


Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan Fill Theater

Fundraiser Success Thanks to Our Supporters and Volunteers

On October 13, noted journalist Amy Goodman, along with co-author Denis Moyhihan, appeared at the Phoenix Center for the Arts and the Third Street Theater for a Fourth Anniversary fundraiser for Radio Phoenix.  Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and with the cooperation of the staff at the Phoenix Center, the Amy and Denis drew a  sell-out crowd at  a pre-presentation reception, and filled the theater where Amy and Denis discussed their new book, "The Silenced Majority."

Amy and Denis have been taking "Democracy Now!," the most widely syndicated  news program in the world,on the road for a 100-city tour, starting with the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, running up to Election Day. They've traveled  through many of the electoral swing states, going beyond the mainstream media’s obsessive focus on the latest poll numbers and candidate gaffes, to examine how people are organizing; the impacts of restrictive voter ID laws that are making it harder to vote; and how the massive influx of campaign cash following the Citizens United decision is changing how our democracy works.

On October 12, Amy and Denis were in Bisbee, Arizona, for a presentation at community radio station KBRP, a low power station now celebrating its seventh year on the air.  The next day, the duo were in Tucson in the morning to support  KXCI.   By three in the afternoon, they were still speaking to the crowd and hadn't begun signing books yet; but the folks at Radio Phoenix weren't worried.  Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers under the direction of Board member Jeanne Frieden, the reception at the Phoenix Center for the Arts started at 6 PM, and right on cue, Amy and Denis walked in the door.


   Volunteer  or intern for Radio Phoenix and AzCMF

Volunteers and interns needed
for administration, production, programming, music reviews, and all the other tasks it takes to keep Radio Phoenix on the air. 

Check out the list of openings available for every interest and skill here.

You are invited to attend the next volunteer orientation meeting:

Saturday, March 8, 2014; 1:30 PM
Radio Phoenix Studio
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 North 3rd Street, Phoenix
(parking lot on north side of building on 3rd Street, just south of Hance park)

At this orientation, you will learn about what community radio is, the mission of Radio Phoenix, organization of AzCMF and Radio Phoenix, volunteer and intern opportunities, and our training tracks to begin your lifetime in radio.

Introductory volunteer and orientation meetings are forty-five minutes long.   We look forward to seeing you.


 Studio B Presents:
Exclusive Medea Benjamin Interview, July 31, 2012

Medea Benjamin -- radical activist, feminist, cofounder of Code Pink and Global Exchange, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, was in town at the end of August to talk about her new book, "Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control."  She had a chance to stop by Studio B at Radio Phoenix where she was interviewed by Victor Aronow.  The discussion ranged from her awakening to activism, through mom and kids in an activist family, to President Obama and her hopes for the future.  More on Medea Benjamin and Code Pink




 Progressive Moroccan Journalists Visit Radio Phoenix

Radio Phoenix is becoming a favorite spot for US State Department tours by progressive journalists from around the world.  After the visit by the South African delegation a few months ago, we thought that our straight talk about media, money, and monopoly would have made the State Department think twice before sending us more journalists.  But on July 2, four progressive journalists from Morocco spent two hours at the studio learning about the realities of American radio, then tried out Mexican food and tequila with Board members.  


Equipment Fund Growing; New Programs Coming
    Recent experiments with remote broadcasting and broadcasting interviews have created a big increase in listeners as Radio Phoenix brings the progressive and significant political, social, and cultural events to your ear.  We will continue to expand our coverage, but need your help beyond just operating the station.  The "dedicated equipment fund" is a tax-deductible contribution to Radio Phoenix that will only be used for equipment purchases to improve our programming.  Contribute her.  And thanks for your support.

8 microphone booms   @ $800    Four down, and 4 to go!
4 microphones             @ $600    DONE 
computer (used)           @ $250    DONE!
T1 phone system          @ $250    DONE!
Remote broadcast        @ $1,500
4 channel mixer           @ $200
Remote Mixer              @ $100    DONE!

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Radio Phoenix expands over-air broadcasting to the East Valley on KVIT, 90.7 FM.

Radio Phoenix began broadcasting "Celtic Spiral" with Laura Davidson-Crowley and "Full Moon Hacksaw" with Tom Coulson on KVIT (90.7 FM), the radio voice of the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), on Sunday, September 4, thanks to Steve Grosz, the lead teacher at the EVIT radio program, and Kaja Brown, general manager of Radio Phoenix.  KVIT has now added Walt Richardson and his program  "My World of Music" to the Radio Phoenix Sunday morning roster at KVIT.   


High school "Feet on Street" program enters second year; Hopi students win state-wide honors 

The South Mountain High School PSA Squad will begin its second year of producing free public service announcements (PSA's) to be broadcast on Radio Phoenix.  The students at Hopi High School, an affiliate school in "Feet on the Street" garnered numerous statewide broadcasting awards. More