Volunteer Newsletter -June/July2012
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2012 Great AZ Beer Festival
The 2012 Great Arizona Beer Festival raised nearly $100,000 to Sun Sounds of Arizona, thanks to you and your fellow volunteers.
The GAZBF volunteer committee started planning the March 3, 2012 event back in June.
"We wanted to get a head start on marketing, public relations, and recruiting sponsors" said three-time festival chair, Susan DesParte.
Susan is a volunteer reader of USA Today on Monday nights. "Thankfully, our committee had a good mix of veteran and new members, and that
worked in our favor."
Susan was especially pleased that Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ donated catering and food in the VIP area. "Lucille's donation saved Sun Sounds more
than $10,000 in expenses, which added directly to our bottom line," she continued.
The 25th Anniversary of GAZBF is next March. To be a continued success, Susan says the group needs to keep up the high level of volunteer commitment
enjoyed to date. "We just can't do it without them."
To join this dynamic planning committee, contact David Noble at 480-774-8300. If you'd like to volunteer at either the Flagstaff Made in the Shade
Festival or the Great Tucson Festival, see azbeer.com/volunteer.
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Happy Birthday Arizona
by Andrea Pasquale, Manager Programming and Volunteers
February 14th was more than roses and hearts. It was the historical day President William Howard Taft signed the Confederate Territory of
Arizona into the state of Arizona, becoming the 48th state in the Union.
I had the pleasure of interviewing the Arizona State Historian, Marshall Trimble, for a special program on the Arizona Centennial. It was one
of the easiest and most engaging interviews I have done. Marshall was one of those people who, when asked a question, would enthusiastically
answer it with a detailed history of amazing facts and stories. He enlightened this AZ newbie (it's only been about 5 years) to the history of
its politics, astronomy, sports, settlements, music, and other interesting tidbits of information. His love of history and love of this state was
apparent as he wove anecdotes and legends into the interview.
There have been many things in the news lately that have overshadowed the glory of this state, but there are many reasons people come here to
live and stay. We featured the book "Arizona, 100 Years Grand" on One Book Arizona in April. A quote by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger in the forward
states: "If you have loved Arizona for a lifetime, I hope this book introduces something new to your experience of it. If you are new to the state,
welcome. And know I envy you." Marshall Trimble is a man who has loved Arizona for a lifetime.
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Volunteer Forums A Success
In January, Sun Sounds held volunteer forums in Tucson and Tempe to solicit feedback to incorporate into our strategic plan. Staff members
introduced each forum and then left the room so a facilitator could conduct an open dialogue with volunteers. We received many helpful comments;
some will be implemented right away or in the near future, and others may work their way into our 5-year plan. Thank you to all the participants
for your enthusiasm and efforts to make improvements at Sun Sounds.
Here are a few of the comments we received:
- "I like the flexibility and freedom of recording on my schedule, and being able to travel, work, and still have a weekly show.
- "Live reading is FUN! It's an intellectual challenge."
- "I enjoy meeting nice people and the quality of the volunteers."
One topic that came up over and over was the question, "Who is the listener?" While we post listener comments on the bulletin boards, we realize
that we will need to do a better job of introducing volunteers to listeners.
With our expanded broadcast platforms, the listener is changing:
- It's a 21-year-old college student who listens to Sun Sounds on iBlink Radio, an app on their iPod.
- It's a 35 year old professional who downloads "The Onion" from Sun Sounds on iTunes.
- And it's a mother who listens to her radio while preparing dinner for her family.
We see the "typical" listener demographic changing, and the five-year strategic plan will position us to best serve him or her.
Thank you to the following volunteers who participated:
In Tucson: Steven Auslander, Amelia Smith, Susanne Lasseter, Diane Bone,Allena Porter, Pat Becker, Susan Kelley, Santiago Lebron, Bill Doerr,
Bob Omeri, Barb Kuelbs, Murry Everson (facilitation), and Debbie Schaab (secretary).
In Tempe: Terri Thomas, Karen Moore, Leo Pessin, Taylor Carr, Sue Casey, Mike Ward, Joan Penrod, Barbara Gray, Molly Meyer, Bruce Novkov,
Frank Williams, Bill Diekman, Jessica Turvey, Bill Davis (facilitation), and Sandee Brogan (secretary).
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Tucson "Fills" Project Reaches Milestone
Those little vignettes we love, Goofy Laws, Mark Twain Quotes, Something to Think About, and Helen Keller Quotes, have reached a milestone. With our
latest addition, "A Bit of History," we now have more than 1000 "Fills."
Special thanks to Jeff Grant, Shaw Kinsley, Jacquelyn Jacobson, and Barbara Mocking for lending their unique vocal talents to this project. There
are more to come!
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Flagstaff: Eleanor's Desk
by Eleanor Mooney, Flagstaff Station Manager
I'm back in the office. Thank you to everyone who offered their prayers and support during my time away. I was on Family Medical Leave,
taking care of my mother, who had a stroke. It was a challenging experience, and although my mother recovered physically from the stroke,
the speech and cognition centers of her brain were damaged and she is very limited in those areas now.
Thanks to Pat Carus, the Flagstaff station was just humming along when I came back with our usual steady stream of volunteer readers coming
and going and the shows airing on time. Pat did a great job of keeping everything together here and of upholding the integrity and values of the
community that is Sun Sounds in Flagstaff. Good job, Pat!
Our reader, Joe Burke, has developed an eight-part series on the Arizona Centennial, highlighting some of Arizona's unique and interesting history.
Look for that to air in the coming months. On the same theme, reader Jodi Johnson is recording for Sun Sounds her own, recently published book,
"Back Roads, Dead Cats and What's for Dinner." Johnson, whose family has lived here for six generations (since 1903), writes of travels on old
Southwestern railways and highways, home-cooked meals in long-gone cafes, as well as the people and critters met along the way. She muses on what
made life precious in Arizona as she was growing up, along with stories of her much earlier ancestors.
Thanks too, to volunteer Asa Logan for being the man on call for board operator duties for the daytime and some evening shows.
Asa loves technology.
He learned our operation and procedures, and is a great help at the station. He is a father, works, and is an NAU student--and manages to
find time to help us out.
We have a group of new readers on board here, again thanks to Pat, who has been doing all the auditions. A big welcome to: Susan Brenchley,
a returning reader, Joe Burke, Stuart Crossman, Kaiyla Darmer, Regina Glass, Diane Hope, Jodi Johnson, Karen Lieb, Asa Logan, Heidi Nichols,
Jeanne Santillan, Kelli Sieczkowski, Anita Swenson, and Jane Treszie. We are happy that you have joined our Flagstaff team.
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Tucson: Mitzi's Desk
by Mitzi Tharin, Tucson Station Manager
Thank you to all the volunteers who took part in the volunteer forum! We received very good feedback.
The Great Tucson Beer Festival is going to take place on October 6 this year, and "80's and Gentlemen" will be returning. We had the most
compliments we have ever had about a band, so it is really nice that they will be returning this year.
After more than twenty years of making the trek from Green Valley to Sun Sounds in Tucson, Jim McCarr has to step away from the microphone.
Of course, we don't want him to leave, but we understand and respect his choice. He has read for us and had been our representative in Green
Valley, speaking to groups and picking up and delivering radios for us.
We know Jim can never be replaced. We can only hope to find a successor.
Endless thanks to Jim McCarr for his light and witty style on the air, and for all his efforts on behalf of Sun Sounds. We wish Jim well, and
will remember his remarkable and priceless contribution to so many for so many years.
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Welcome Arlene Kingery
We welcome Arlene Kingery to our staff as the new Yuma Coordinator. Arlene has a variety of talents, including a background in chemistry and biology.
Most recently she was the Grant Program Director of the Quechan Indian Tribe in Ft. Yuma.
We look forward to Arlene's grant writing expertise and fundraising tenacity to advance our efforts to reach the Yuma community.
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Tempe: Programming & Volunteers
Faith Camiletti, Mary Powell, Mozhgan Kimble
If you come in to read in our Tempe studios you know how fast the recording booths can fill up. Please reserve a booth in advance so that you get
the booth and time you want. You can call or e-mail Mike, Connie, Andrea, or anyone on duty in the control room, to help you.
ASU Senior Helps Publicize Sun Sounds
Jordan Moon, a senior at ASU who graduates in May with a duel major in journalism and political science, spent part of his spring semester
helping Sun Sounds use social media to market to a young audience.
"I'm visually impaired, so I feel strongly about Sun Sounds, one of many vital organizations allowing those persons who can't read print to have
equal footing." said Jordan.
Jordan says he plans to volunteer at Sun Sounds after graduation, so if you see him please say hello! We wish Jordan the best as he commences
his life as a college graduate.
Treats from a Listener
Thank you to Sun Sounds listener Fern Schwartz for baking not one, but two yummy cakes for our Sun Sounds volunteers!
Programs That Need Permanent Readers
- Monday morning AZ Republic
- Wednesday Yuma Sun
- Teen Magazine
- Kids' Space
- Summer subs needed for:
- Morning AZ Republic various days
- Latina Style
If you are interested in any of these programs, please contact Andrea.
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