Throughout 2022, Arizona Public Media continued its legacy of engaging, impactful, and highly visual storytelling focused on Southern Arizona’s public affairs, science, arts and culture, nature, environment, and social issues. AZPM continues to grow and engage viewers, evidenced by solid Nielsen ratings, state-wide broadcast of its flagship program, Arizona Illustrated, and an increasing number of its stories broadcast to a national audience. AZPM’s body of work and staff continue to garner many regional and national media awards.
Education remains at the forefront of AZPM’s mission. In response to challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, AZPM produced School in the Time of COVID: Community Conversations, a four-part Facebook Live event in which local students, teachers, school counselors, experts, and parents discussed their experiences navigating the education landscape during the pandemic. Arizona At-Home Learning continued to provide K-12 digital resources and educational television programs aligned with state curriculum standards, as well as collection of resources to assist with handling educational, social, and emotional issues. In partnership with Biosphere 2 and University of Arizona Digital Learning, AZPM developed the Biosphere 2 Rainforest Virtual Field Trip, a free, immersive virtual experience that takes students on an interactive exploration of biodiversity in global rainforests.
Viewers and listeners statewide relied on AZPM’s television, radio, and online news programs for information on local and state public affairs, world news, and issues that affect Southern Arizona. NPR 89.1’s content sharing partnership with sister NPR stations across the state (KJZZ/Phoenix, KNAU/Flagstaff, and KAWC/Yuma) pooled and focused resources to provide improved news coverage to listeners across Arizona. AZPM staff earned 15 individual regional Emmy® awards in 2021 and 10 more in the fall of 2022. In addition, AZPM was recognized with five regional Edward R. Murrow awards for journalistic excellence in 2022. In response to growing demand for digital content, AZPM launched its first podcast, Gavel to Gavel, offering insight into the workings of the Arizona state legislature, and continues to produce new podcasts on a variety of topics.
Arizona Public Media is generously provided as a community service of the University of Arizona. Your continued support makes it possible for AZPM to share the rich heritage and unique cultures of Southern Arizona throughout the region and, digitally, with audiences around the globe. We are humbled by and grateful for your continued investment in Arizona Public Media.
AZPM's television programming remains a source of entertainment, education, and trusted news for Southern Arizona viewers. For the 19th year in a row, Americans ranked PBS and its member stations as the most-trusted media institution among a consideration set that includes commercial cable and broadcast television, newspapers, streaming services, and others.1 The primetime lineup on PBS 6 includes critically-acclaimed documentaries and dramas from FRONTLINE, Nature, and MASTERPIECE; and every weekday morning PBS KIDS shows from Sesame Street to Alma’s Way educate and captivate young minds. Arizona Illustrated continues to highlight the culture and diversity of our region through thoughtful storytelling. 1. Source: 2022 nationwide survey conducted for PBS by Marketing & Research Resources, Inc.
Children’s programming, airing weekday mornings on PBS 6, makes learning fun.
PBS 6 PLUS provides an alternative schedule to what’s on PBS 6. With an emphasis on how-to programming, viewers can cook, garden, or armchair travel the world. Current affairs, news, music, the arts, drama, and a dose of exercise round out PBS 6 PLUS schedules.
PBS KIDS programs make a positive impact through curriculum-based entertainment with affirmative role models and content designed to nurture a child’s total well-being. Education-based programming like Molly of Denali, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Wild Kratts is available 24/7.
In the fall of 2022, AZPM News launched its Cochise County News Bureau, based at the University of Arizona's College of Applied Science and Technology campus in Sierra Vista. AZPM’s embedded reporter, Summer Hom, focuses exclusively on Cochise County issues and events. The Cochise County News Bureau is a natural outgrowth of the addition of KUAS-FM 88.9 radio broadcast signal that serves Southeastern Arizona.
Discover the most important stories, wherever they are happening. NPR 89.1 offers the most listened to radio news programs in America: Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as original local productions like The Buzz and Arizona Spotlight.
Unwind with 24 hours of classical music from the middle ages to the present day. Programs like Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin invite you to delve into the stories behind the music.
Jazz 89.1 HD2 brings you 24 hours of creative melody, harmony, and rhythm. Tune in any time to enjoy music by artists like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and Pat Metheny.
Catch up on interviews, news, and analysis of the day’s global events, any time, every day from world-renowned journalists and storytellers on the 24-hour BBC World News channel.
Anyone with an internet connection can easily access programming and information via AZPM’s growing lineup of digital services.AZPM.ORG Visitors to azpm.org can stream live TV and radio programs, search schedules, find out about events, access educational materials, and get the latest news updates from AZPM’s digital newsroom. AZPM’s original offerings can also be found across social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, often with special behind-the-scenes extras.
AZPM Passport offers extended access to thousands of titles on smart TVs or streaming devices to members contributing $60 per year or more. Exclusive content is available on demand, allowing members to binge-watch their favorite programs, explore new titles, catch up on news, or take a front-row seat at arts and cultural performances. AZPM Passport usage grew 67% over 12 months, and total streams rose by 45%1.
AZPM offers community activities to foster conversation, collaboration, and connection between people across Southern Arizona. To learn more about AZPM in the community, visit about.azpm.org/community.U.S. and the Holocaust Preview Screenings & Panel Discussions
In early September 2022, AZPM presented two standing room only screenings of The U.S. and the Holocaust, the newest documentary from filmmakers Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Botstein. Each screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring a Holocaust survivor. These conversations inspired AZPM to produce Children of the Holocaust, an original series of interviews with Southern Arizona Holocaust survivors. Children of the Holocaust will premiere in early 2023.Global Arts Showcase Series
The Global Arts Showcase, a partnership between Arizona Public Media and the Pima County Public Library, brings people together in celebration of the diverse communities that make Southern Arizona special. This virtual series introduced attendees to Middle Eastern, Asian American, and Latinx artists who live and create in Southern Arizona.Downton Abbey: A New Era Movie Event
In May, 2022, guests joined AZPM in celebrating all things Downton Abbey. At a special screening of Downton Abbey: A New Era, guests were treated to special high-tea treats, red carpet photo ops, a prize wheel, and a chance to show off their best attire inspired by the late 1920s.
AZPM works with the educational community to develop the next generation of critical thinkers.School in the Time of COVID
School in the Time of COVID: Community Conversations, was a series of Facebook Live events (January 26, February 1, February 16, and March 2) featuring local students, teachers, school counselors, experts, and parents discussing their experiences, challenges, and successes navigating the education landscape during the pandemic. Each panel discussion was hosted by Duncan Moon, AZPM Education Reporter.Student Employees
AZPM’s student employees are offered unique opportunities to enter the media landscape with hands-on training in television and radio production, marketing, information technology, business administration, and fundraising. Working alongside AZPM’s professional staff prepares University of Arizona students to enter the workforce with real-world experience.Biosphere 2 Virtual Field Trip
After nearly a year in the making, Arizona Public Media, Biosphere 2, and UA Digital Learning launched the Biosphere 2 Virtual Field Trip.
This free virtual learning venture is an interactive, deep dive into the Biosphere 2 Rainforest. Developed for middle school students, the virtual field trip provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages to explore the Rainforest biome in depth, while also learning more about climate change research, environmental challenges, and science concepts such as photosynthesis and the carbon cycle. Biosphere 2 is uniquely positioned to conduct experiments that can be done in a simulated setting, allowing students to explore concepts that help forge connections to the real world.
The following graphs illustrate the operating and non-operating revenues and expenses for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. AZPM’s audited financial statements are available at: about.azpm.org/financial.
More than 30,000 people across Southern Arizona make the programming on Arizona Public Media possible through their annual memberships. Whether you joined for the first time recently or are a decades-long contributor, your continued support helps to ensure balanced news and educational programming is available to all.LEADERSHIP GIVING SOCIETY MEMBERS
Donors who give $2,500 or more annually are recognized as members of AZPM’s Leadership Giving Society. These generous donations ensure that everyone in the community continues to have access to public media, regardless of income or other barriers.LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS
Planned Gifts through wills or estates can be a donor’s largest and most significant contribution and can make an enduring impact on AZPM. We are grateful to those Legacy Society Members who have designated AZPM in their estate plans.CORPORATE SPONSORS
Hundreds of businesses and organizations choose to support AZPM via on-air and digital platforms to engage potential customers. Through program underwriting, corporate supporters help make public media in Southern Arizona possible.VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are an essential part of achieving AZPM’s mission and we are grateful to them. This year, volunteers donated 1,733 hours of their time answering calls, responding to print and online inquiries, serving as on-air fundraisers, supporting events, and more.COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
The Arizona Public Media Community Advisory Board is the community volunteers who represent the diverse interests of audiences throughout Southern Arizona. The 30-member board advises AZPM management on a variety of strategic issues related to the needs and interests of the communities AZPM serves.