Arizona Community Media Foundation was formed by concerned citizens who desire to provide access to independent, educational, community-focused broadcast media outlets serving Arizona. We exist to provide a voice for traditionally underrepresented groups and perspectives unavailable within mainstream media. The Foundation supports the development of independent community media and promotes a network of these media outlets throughout the Southwest.
The organization was founded by a coalition of individuals and community groups that gradually came together to explore and develop more effective ways to encourage and support independent broadcast media in Phoenix and other underserved communities in Arizona. The coalition formally incorporated on January 22, 2004 and is pursuing multiple projects that will enable independent broadcast media coverage of the local arts and music communities, as well as local, national and international cultural/ethnic/foreign language, news/public affairs and related programming not currently available to most of the state.
AzCMF’s initial efforts secured leased time from a commercial station in Phoenix. During this ten week experiment, many local organizations which had never had access to the airwaves were able to bring their message to a radio audience through free public service announcements. AzCMF has filed an application with the FCC for a full power FM radio license that will be utilized to serve communities throughout the state with an independent, community radio network.
Today, AzCMF operates Radio Phoenix, a twenty four hour, seven day a week internet radio station, staffed by over 25 volunteers. Radio Phoenix offers a wide variety of news, views, and music never heard on local radio, and is the largest community-based internet station in Arizona. To find out more about Radio Phoenix or to tune into our broadcasting, go to radiophoenix.org.