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Notes 2016 October
Catch The Debates On CapRadio
Debate Coverage
Capital Public Radio is committed to providing comprehensive election coverage, and as part of that, we’re broadcasting several debates in October. Each one will air live on the News station and be streamed at

Sunday, October 9: Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. 6:00-8:00 PM Moderators: ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. There will be two moderators: ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The candidates will have two minutes to respond to each question and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

Tuesday, October 18: US Congressional Debate at KVIE in Sacramento 7:00-8:00 PM Moderator: McClatchy’s Jason Shoultz. Panelists: CapRadio’s Bob Moffitt, Sacramento Bee’s Dan Smith and student journalist Zainub Tayeb. The debate between incumbent Democrat Ami Bera and Republican challenger Scott Jones and will be broadcast live on radio and TV and streamed with an invited studio audience of about 100 people. It will include questions submitted from the general public to CapRadio and SacBee. A panel of experts will convene earlier in the day at Folsom Lake College to preview the event and discuss political debating.

Wednesday, October 19: Presidential Debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 6:00-8:00 PM This debate will follow the same format as the first presidential debate. It will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by Fox’s Chris Wallace, the moderator. Wallace will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Did you miss the Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Tim Caine this past Tuesday, October 4th? Click here for a NPR's Fact Check and to watch the PBS broadcast.

California Counts Offers Individually Tailored Voter Guide Online
Voters Guide Video
Our California Counts collaboration created this online voter guide to help you navigate the many ballot measures and numerous candidates in this year’s election. Whether you’re looking for details on funding for initiatives or want to find a candidate’s voting record, start here.

Great California Shakeout
Gary Vercelli
On Thursday, October 20th, at approximately 10:20 AM,Capital Public Radio will participate in the fifth annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. You’ll hear the drill on News Stations, and see it online at

The drill instructs listeners to drop, cover and hold for the duration of any shaking. We’re one of many public media stations participating throughout California as our commitment to community service and public safety.

Click here for more information.

Bria Skonberg: Beauty, Brains & Bop
By Gary G. Vercelli, Jazz Music Director
Bria Skonberg
It wasn’t too many years ago that an attractive young trumpeter from Canada was wooing audiences at Sacramento’s Jazz Jubilee as a member of the all-female trad jazz band Mighty Aphrodite. Now all grown up, Bria Skonberg has just released her first album for a major record label. The eponymously titled “Bria” features many vocal standards in the sophisticated pop style of Diana Krall and Michael Bublé plus five original songs penned by this emerging composer.

Skonberg’s voice has an innocent and alluring quality about it. As a trumpeter, she adheres to the traditional standards and classic jazz she learned as a youngster. Skonberg, by the way, continues to foster young talent as an educator. She has performed at over one hundred jazz festivals worldwide and she is the co-founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp and Festival. The Wall Street Journal said she is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.”

Bria Skonbrg is surrounded by top notch musicians from the New York scene on this album. Pianist Aaron Diehl, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, and bassist Reginald Veal are among the all-stars who collaborate with Bria. The self-described “small town girl” from Chilliwack, British Columbia is now taking the jazz mecca of New York by storm! Check out her new release now prominently featured on  Excellence In Jazz!

Local Arts Community Members Share Their Stories In Support Of CapRadio Music
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If you were listening to CapRadio’s music station during our fall fund drive you might have noticed some unfamiliar voices. We asked members of our regional arts community to talk about their personal connection to classical music and jazz and about why they believe this music is vital to our region, in the schools, in the concert halls and on the radio.

Don Roth, the executive director of the Mondavi Center, described how classical music takes us on more than just a 3-minute journey and draws us in. He said it provides “a very important counterbalance in our lives to our very quick and fragmented way of communicating the rest of the time. It’s a very special value.” Soprano Carrie Hennessey shared a touching story from the time she was a little girl. Her mom who was a piano teacher had always told her “humor and music will get you through anything.” Then when she was 4 her dad passed away. “I remember her playing through the night,” recalls Carrie of her mom. “She would just play. Like Claire de Lune was sort of the thing she would play at night.”

Director of Sac State’s School of Music Ernie Hills shared a fun story from his college days in Boston. He attended a concert featuring a work by the iconoclastic composer John Cage that Ernie described as “extremely arduous, long, odd, and difficult.” At the end, Cage came out on stage. “The audience erupted in the sort of sounds I was accustomed to hearing at Fenway Park during a Yankee’s game,” said Ernie. “Half the audience was applauding and yelling bravo and the other half of the audience was yelling obscenities at the composer.” Ernie says Cage, who wanted to create controversy in his music making, ate it up.

We also heard heartfelt comments from local favorites, pianist Joe Gilman and vocalist Vivian Lee, during Excellence in Jazz. We thank them and all of the members of the community who lent their voices in support of CapRadio during the fund drive!

Second Annual Next Generation Radio Training October 17-21
Six students from Central Valley colleges and universities have been chosen to participate in Next Generation Radio Training at Capital Public Radio. Next Gen is a full-scale, digital-first multimedia training week with emphasis on “radio storytelling.” With one-to-one mentoring and training, we are committed to the professional development of undergraduate and graduate students who are focused on journalism.

Tyler Bartlam majors in Mass Communications and Journalism at CSU, Fresno. Mentor Michelle Faust is a reporter/producer at WCPN in Cleveland.

Anjali Bhat studies Communication and English at UC Davis. Mentor Traci Tong is a Founding Producer of PRI's "The World" in Boston.

Robert Juarez majors in journalism at San Joaquin Delta College. Mentor Carolina Hidalgo is a staff photographer at St. Louis Public Radio.

Justina Sharp majors in Journalism at American River College. Mentor Erika Beras is an International Reporting Fellow based in Pittsburgh.

Sami Soto Studies Government-Journalism at Sac State. Mentor Erika Aguilar is an independent producer/reporter from Los Angeles.

Marianna Sousa studies Communications at Sacramento City College. Mentor Cheryl Devall is Senior Radio Editor at Reveal in Oakland.

Additional project staff include:
Doug Mitchell, Project Director, NPR
Catherine Stifter, Managing Editor, CapRadio
Drew Jostad, Project Engineer
Cameo Hill, Senior Web Developer, KJZZ
Marnette Federis, Web Producer, CapRadio

Follow the project day by day on Twitter with #nextgenradio

The project work will be showcased along with all Next Generation Radio projects at

Next Gen Radio is funded in part by the California Endowment and sponsored by Capital Public Radio, Sacramento State University and NPR.

We Did it Together!
Thank You
Our Fall Fund Drive was a big success, thanks to your generous support. We were counting on 3250 listeners to contribute and more than 3400 gave online or over the phone. These super fans have helped to insure our operating income for the coming months.

We met our goal and raised more than $390,000. "I truly enjoy interacting with donors during our fund drive," said Jennifer Halm, Member Services Director. "Whether a person is making their first gift, or increasing their existing monthly Evergreen donation, the spirit of generosity encourages everyone."

A heartfelt Thank You to everyone who contributed last month, or anytime over the last year. You are truly making public radio possible.

CapRadio Reads The Hours Count By Jillian Cantor
The Hours Count
We are back to our Face To Face meetings in October with Jillian Cantor's latest book The Hours Count.

While the book is Historical Fiction, the main characters are anything but fictional. Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were put to death in 1953 for spying during the Cold War. They may, or may not have been spies, but they were parents of two young boys who were left abandoned, never to see their parents again, after their arrests. This is the "story" of the neighbor who took them in, and battled for her own child in almost unimaginable ways.

We hope to see you there!

Date:Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)

As you know by now, our events fill up fast. To reserve your space, register by clicking here. And you can always find out more about our book club, monthly selections, discussions, and events at

Run To Feed The Hungry: Be Part Of CapRadio's Team!
Run To Feed The Hungry Yellow Tree
Be part of the Capital Public Radio team! Join CapRadio as we participate in the annual Run to Feed the Hungry race benefiting the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Run, walk or skip your way through East Sacramento the morning of Thanksgiving Day with fellow CapRadio members and listeners as we raise money and turkey dinners for a great cause.

Team members will receive a “Run to Feed the Hungry” team shirt, CapRadio swag, and can access the team tent area for coffee and breakfast snacks the morning of. Registration is due November 4th (but why wait!) and members can pick up their race packets at Capital Public Radio on November 22nd.

Click here to register for the CapRadio team, select “Team Adult” or “Team Youth,” and choose “Capital Public Radio” as your team selection. CapRadio team members will meet before the race in the team tent area, but racers are free to choose their own race length and start time accordingly.

Race day is Thanksgiving Day morning – Thursday, November 24, 2016 – rain or shine, starting on J Street just west of the Sac State entrance. For more event information, visit the Run to Feed the Hungry website. We hope to see you there!

You Are Invited To Meet CapRadio Travels Hosts –
Earthbound Expeditions
Tauck World Discovery
Sports Leisure Vacations

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It has been an exciting few years for CapRadio Travels! We've cruised the Blue Danube, admired Gaudi masterpieces in Barcelona, and spent the day with elephants on safari in South Africa.

Please join us October 24 at 6 PM to meet representatives from Earthbound Expeditions, Tauck World Discovery, and Sports Leisure Vacations to find out more about upcoming trip offerings. Small bites and wine will be served.

Click here to reserve your space by Friday, October 21st.

Join CapRadio Travels To Southern Italy Next June
Southern Italy Palermo
June 17-25, 2017

Experience la dolce vita with Capital Public Radio's Beth Ruyak and fellow culture lovers for a journey to Southern Italy!

Enjoy the glories of Southern Italy:
The history!
Visit Positano on the Amalfi Coast
Cruise to Sicily and Capri
The food! The wine!

We expect this trip with CapRadio Travels and Earthbound Expeditions to sell out fast, so sign up today!

Read More

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

Capital Public Radio Member Discounts
$10 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Classical Concerts, October 9
Placer Conservator- 25th Anniversary Dinner Join Capital Public Radio and Placer Land Trust on Thursday, October 20th. This event will benefit PLT's ongoing mission to support natural and agricultural lands in Placer County. CapRadio Members should select the PLT Member price of $75
Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events
Our Voices: Advancing Civic Engagement in California  Beth Ruyak moderates panel As a diverse, geographically expansive state with 40 million residents, California can be challenging to govern. At the 27th annual Envisioning California conference, we will explore various aspects of civic engagement among Californians, including efforts to improve how we can better connect with our government and with our communities. October 7
Perspectives on Leadership, Redefining the Rules, by the Sacramento Metro Chamber, October 7

In This Issue

Catch The Debates On CapRadio

California Counts Offers Individually Tailored Voter Guide Online

Great California Shakeout

Jazz Profile

Local Arts Community Members Share Their Stories In Support Of CapRadio Music

Second Annual Next Generation Radio Training

CapRadio Reads

Run To Feed The Hungry

CapRadio Travels Introduction

Join CapRadio Travels To Southern Italy

Go Evergreen

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 - over 12,400 members - 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.

Leadership Circle

Join Leadership Circle

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 Amber Leonti for more information.

Vehicle Donation

Donate it...don't trade it!

If you are thinking about saying goodbye to a car, boat or other vehicle, consider donating it to Capital Public Radio right now.

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Endowment Credit Card

A Credit Card that Supports Capital Public Radio

Do you make your every purchase count? Consider using the Capital Public Radio Endowment Visa Platinum Credit Card. A percentage of every purchase goes back to the CapRadio Endowment to maintain our mission with long term support! Click here for more information.

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