Friends of Public Radio Arizona Welcomes New Executive Director

Phil Meyer
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Phil Meyer, most recently with ValleyPBS in Fresno, California has been named the new Friends of Public Radio Arizona Executive Director. Friends of Public Radio is the non-profit, 501c3 that supports Phoenix public radio. Meyer replaces Lou Stanley who led the board of community leaders over the past 30 plus years.

“We are thrilled to have someone with such strong public media background and experience,” notes Dr. Jim Paluzzi, Vice President, Division of Public Service, Rio Salado College. 

Phil was the PBS Communications Professional of the year in 2000 and his teams have won Regional Emmy Awards and PBS Development Awards. He has also served on various boards for Public Media, education, and services for people with disabilities.

Phil Meyer began his career in public broadcasting as a college student in the design department at WGBH in Boston. He has held leadership positions at WCET in Cincinnati, Ohio, WTIU in Bloomington, Indiana, and most recently was President and CEO of ValleyPBS in Fresno, California.

“I’m honored to continue my career in public broadcasting here in Arizona. In a short time I’ve discovered the vibrancy and growth of Phoenix while meeting natives and those who have adopted Arizona as home,” says Meyer. “And, as a longtime Cubs fan, I’m super excited about spring training!”

Meyer and his wife have moved to Tempe joined by one of their three adult children.

About Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ):

The FPRAZ assures the future vitality and excellence of our community’s public radio and broadens its support.

The 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.

The Friends of Public Radio Arizona assures the future vitality and excellence of our community’s public radio and broadens its support.

Public radio is educational, entertaining, inspirational, thought-provoking and soothing; it improves the quality of our public dialogue and changes lives.

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