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Capital Public Radio began broadcasting from the Sacramento State campus in 1970. The student-operated radio station’s call letters were K-E-R-S. More than 30 years later, the station still broadcasts from the Sac State campus as but as K-X-J-Z.

(Narrator:) This is “Focus” from the campus of Sacramento State.

(Jeffrey Callison, “Insight” Host, Capital Public Radio:) “For KXJZ in Sacramento, This is Insight. I’m Jeffrey Callison.”

(Jim Finnerty:) Its formats include talk, National Public Radio News, jazz and classical music. Sacramento State’s Capital Public Radio tailors its broadcast offerings on two very different stations.

(Cheryl Dring, Classical Music Director, Capital Public Radio:) “If you’re going to draw people into a community, public radio is one of the things - It’s a quality of life issue for a lot of people.”

(Finnerty:) Capital Public Radio’s KXPR has a classical format that’s disappeared in many other cities.

(Rick Eytcheson, General Manager, Capital Public Radio:) “We have an opportunity to fill that void and it’s not just an opportunity, it’s an obligation.”

(Finnerty:) Sister station KXJZ has news and talk by day, jazz by night. Both stations count on input from members of the community.

(Joe Barr, News Director, Capital Public Radio:) “Because of that relationship, we hear from them, I think, more often and they feel more invested in what happens with the station and what we’re doing.”

(Callison, “Insight” Host, Capital Public Radio:) “Anything is fair game for us. So whether it’s politics; whether it’s a controversial issue; whether it’s arts and entertainment, sports.

(Finnerty:) Capital Public Radio recently won two national awards for news and documentary production.

(Gary Vercelli, Jazz Music Director, Capital Public Radio:) “I’m Gary Vercelli with excellence in jazz until 10 p.m.”

(Finnerty:) And, in what may be an unusual mix, KXJZ has succeeded in matching music to its daily news/talk format.

(Vercelli:) “And we’re trying to play an accessible form of jazz so that people who listen for our news programming during the day will stay with us at night.”

(Finnerty:) This is Jim Finnerty Reporting.

(Narrator:) For more information on this and other news from Sacramento State, visit our website.

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