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Notes November 2017
It’s True! PolitiFact California Turns Two
Poltifact California
PolitiFact California, Capital Public Radio’s groundbreaking partnership with PolitiFact is two years old this month and stronger than ever.

Our PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols has fact checked dozens of statements from the governor, lawmakers, candidates, advocacy groups and others since the partnership launched. He rates them on a scale of “True” to “Pants on Fire!” “The fact-checks we produce offer a great example of accountability journalism,” says Nichols. “And we’ve been surprised by the high-level of interest in our fact-checks and the speed at which they’re shared both statewide and nationally.”

Currently, PolitiFact California generates nearly two-million digital page views a year with that number growing by the month. CapRadio was the first PolitiFact broadcast franchise so Nichols produces radio pieces to accompany digital stories, and he appears regularly on Insight with Beth Ruyak. To this day CapRadio is the only public media partner out of 18 state PolitiFacts, which are run almost exclusively by major newspapers.

“It’s a major resource commitment to run a PolitiFact franchise,” says Joe Barr, Chief Content Officer for CapRadio. “But we believe it’s a valuable service to our audience in a media world where it’s increasingly difficult to discern fact from fiction.” Go to the PolitiFact California site here and check out our latest feature, the 2018 Governor’s Race Tracker.

CapRadio Trains the Next Generation of Journalists
Capital Public Radio is committed to cultivating the future of public media journalism. For a third year in a row, six student journalists from Northern California colleges and universities were selected to take part in state-of-the-art training at CapRadio.

The Next Generation Radio Bootcamp took place in October. The students were teamed up with public radio professionals from around the country for an intense, one-week training. “CapRadio is one of only ten stations in the country doing this kind of hands-on training for student journalists,” said Catherine Stifter, Senior Producer and NextGen Managing Editor for Capital Public Radio. ”They’re learning multimedia skills with a focus on radio and making important connections in the industry.”

This year, the group produced six impressive stories about Sacramento's housing affordability crisis, a topic connected to our documentary The View From Here: Place and Privilege. Their stories included a profiles of a family living in an RV to save money while job hunting, a mother of seven struggling to find housing with an eviction on her record and a Sac State student who had to move out of her home with nowhere to go. Listen and read all the stories here.

Congratulations to students Hilda Flores, of Stanislaus State, David Rodriguez of San Francisco State, Isabella Lord of UC Davis, Laura Tsutsui of Fresno State, Nour Coudsi of UC Berkeley and Elizabeth Castillo of Chico State.

Welcome Shirlee Tully!
We’re extremely pleased to introduce the newest member of the CapRadio team… Shirlee Tully. She fills the position of Chief Development and Brand Officer.

Tully joins CapRadio after nearly a decade as Chief Marketing and Development Officer at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Prior to the Foundation, she spent more than 20 years in corporate marketing after her first career as a professional ballerina.

"Having relied on Capital Public Radio for many years as my personal touchstone for news and inspiration," says Tully. "I am thrilled to be on the inside working with the dedicated and talented people who bring fresh perspectives to curious audience members across all our platforms on a daily basis. I am also grateful to the loyal donors who make our work possible.”

CapRadio Run To Feed The Hungry Team Sign-Up Ends Monday
Be part of the Capital Public Radio team! Join CapRadio as we participate in the annual Run to Feed the Hungry race benefiting Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS). Run, walk or skip your way through East Sacramento the morning of Thanksgiving Day with fellow CapRadio members and listeners.

CapRadio is providing FREE entry to those who donate a bag filled with dry goods, unworn clothing, new games or toiletries. Donations are due by team registration deadline, November 6th, and can be dropped off at CapRadio Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Team members will receive a “Run to Feed the Hungry” team shirt, CapRadio swag, and access to the team tent area for coffee and breakfast snacks. 

For more information, please email Tashina Brito.

CapRadio Reads Chasing Portraits By Elizabeth Rynecki
Our next CapRadio Reads author event is this month. Donna Apidone will be "In Conversation" with Elizabeth Rynecki to discuss her compelling memoir Chasing Portraits. This book traces Rynecki's efforts to restore her great-grandfather's legacy, lost in WWII Poland.

Moshe Rynecki created nearly 800 paintings and sculptures before being killed in a Nazi concentration camp. Prior to being deported, he entrusted his work to friends who would keep it safe. After his death, his art was dispersed around the world. With the help of historians, curators, and admirers of his work, Elizabeth began the incredible task of rebuilding the collection.

Date: Tuesday, November 14
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)

Click here to reserve your space.

And you can always find out more about our book club, monthly selections, discussions, and events at

A Celebration Of Benny Goodman
We are excited to present this concert with the Harris Center on January 19th commemorating Benny Goodman’s famous Carnegie Hall Concert of 1938. New York-based clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski will perform with the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra and special guests Chuck Redd, Ehud Asherie and Ann Roach. You can read more about the event and purchase tickets via the Harris Center’s website.

If you’d like to reserve some of the best seats in the house, support CapRadio, and enjoy an intimate, pre-concert reception with wine, hors d'oeuvres and visits from Ken Peplowski and Benny Goodman’s daughter, Rachel Edelson, consider purchasing a VIP Ticket Package directly from us. We have a very limited number of tickets available for $125.

VIP seats for the performance are reserved in the first four rows of the orchestra section*. The doors open at 6:00 PM for VIP ticket holders only. Click here for tickets to this VIP Experience.

How did Benny Goodman in Carnegie Hall change the world? Learn more here.


What: Benny Goodman, Carnegie Hall and the Concert that Changed The World, A Musical Tribute Featuring Ken Peplowski
Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630

*If you need wheel chair assistance or have other special needs for seating, please email us at

CapRadio Travels: Coming Explorations
July 15 – 26, 2018

Join fans of Capital Public Radio to experience the Nordic world of fjords, castles, glaciers, and the legacy of the Vikings on this adventure. Travel by train, ferry, and coach through Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
Earthbound Expeditions                 Read More

CapRadio Travels to Chile Argentina and Uruguay
Chile, Argentina and Uruguay
October 27 – November 7, 2018 
Join Capital Public Radio jazz host Gary Vercelli on a culturally-rich jazz and wine expedition to Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Tango lessons, outings to colorful markets, and concerts featuring South America’s top jazz musicians are included.
Earthbound Expeditions                 Read More

Want to know more about CapRadio Travels adventures? Click here to see the full line up.

Three Unique Ways To Help CapRadio Before December 31
Make A Difference With These Smart Donation Options
Give now
The end of the year will be here before we know it. It is important to start planning now for how you want to make an impact this year. There are many gift options from which to choose, several of which offer attractive benefits for you while supporting our important work at CapRadio. Here are some popular ways to help before the year comes to a close:

Give appreciated stock. Stocks and publicly traded securities offer numerous tax advantages. For example, a gift of appreciated stock allows you to avoid capital gains taxes and you can deduct the current market value of the stock, regardless of the purchase price. You can transfer the stock to us electronically through your broker. Click here for a printable form to begin the transfer process. If you can send paper stock certificates and a completed stock power form for each certificate to us separately through the mail.

Give a gift through your IRA. If you are 70½ years old or older and are required to take a minimum distribution annually but do not need the extra income, consider a gift to Capital Public Radio. You can take advantage of this opportunity by making a gift of your Required Minimum Distribution (or up to $100,000) from your IRA directly to Capital Public Radio and avoid paying income tax on that gift. Your spouse can also make a gift of his or her Required Minimum Distribution (or up to $100,000), as long as the IRA is a separate account.

Donate an unwanted vehicle. If you donate your car, truck, motorcycle or even plane before January 1st, 2018 , you'll help CapRadio and may qualify for a 2017 tax deduction. We’ll handle the process from start to finish, and give you a tax receipt when we pick up your vehicle. Call 1-877-227-7277 or click here to start your donation.

If you have any questions about year-end giving, please contact Cathleen Ferraro at (916) 278-8902 or

Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events
National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon November 8
An Evening with Janet Fitch
- Beth Ruyak hosts, November 11
Crocker Art Museum Classical Concerts November 12
ALF Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner November 16
Kondos In Conversation - Beth Ruyak hosts, November 18
Best of Sacramento Party - CapRadio recognized as best Jazz station, November 18

In This Issue

It’s True! PolitiFact California Turns Two

CapRadio Trains the Next Generation of Journalists

Welcome Shirlee Tully!

CapRadio Run To Feed The Hungry Team Sign-Up Ends Monday

CapRadio Reads

A Celebration Of Benny Goodman

CapRadio Travels

Three Unique Ways To Help CapRadio Before December 31

Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events

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Evergreen Donors Provide Sustaining Support

Did you know that nearly half of our operating budget comes from you and from other individuals like you?

And a growing segment of our supporters - nearly 40% - are choosing to do so in a very sustainable way: by going Evergreen with their contribution. In the process they are cutting our paper use, mailing costs, and eliminating the credit/debit card processing fees the Station pays.

Click here to learn more about going Evergreen.

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Leadership Circle donors are committed to our mission of enhancing lives, expanding perspectives, and strengthen-ing the communities we serve. Their inspired generosity enhances the Station's ability to provide quality news, music, and original programs.

When you contribute $100 a month (or $1,200 over the year), you become part of CapRadio's most generous donor group.

Exclusive Privileges of the Leadership Circle include behind-the-scenes station tours and invitations to exclusive events.

Want to know more about being a Leadership Circle donor? Contact our Director of Major Gifts Cathleen Ferraro for more information.

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