Ahwatukee Foothills resident Mark A. Clark works with Radio Phoenix (a public, listener-supported community radio station) as the host for the radio’s British Jukebox segment. He became involved three years ago, and has been a volunteer for the station ever since.

“I heard about Radio Phoenix from some local musicians in Phoenix who explained that the station did not play the typical popular music on commercial radio,” Clark said. “This reminded me of the spirit of pirate radio stations of the past, but only in a legal setting. I heard they were looking for volunteer help and so I became a part of the team. What I liked about them was that the radio hosts played music that was high quality choices, sort of like the best selections of music a like-minded person might play to you. The current shows cover genres of Indie rock, classic rock, soul, world, Celtic and hip-hop.”

Clark, who has only lived in Ahwatukee for about six years, is originally from the United Kingdom, which makes the British Jukebox show perfect for him.

“(I) have an extensive collection and knowledge of British music” Clark said. “It was an opportunity to play great unheard music to the public who like something a bit different, a bit British.”

Radio Phoenix started broadcasting with the help of the Arizona Media Foundation, which had been surprised when it found that the Phoenix community had no public radio station.

“The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed by concerned citizens who desired to provide access to independent, educational, community-focused broadcast media outlets serving Arizona,” Clark said. “They provide a voice for traditionally underrepresented groups and perspectives unavailable within mainstream media.”

Recently, Radio Phoenix has been expanding. It is hoping to incorporate a talk show in the near future, so people can call in and discuss local news. It has also moved its headquarters to the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St.

“We needed space for a studio and production editing facility,” Clark said. “Downtown Phoenix is a great location as it is central for all volunteers and is the heart of the city.”

Clark’s live shows are on Internet radio on Mondays from 8 to 9 p.m., and are repeated on 90.7 and 92.7 FM KVIT every Sunday at 6 a.m.

Radio Phoenix can be listened to at www.radiophoenix.org, by clicking on the “Listen Now” tab, or on KVIT 90.7 FM and 92.7 FM on Sunday mornings. It is also available on certain electronic devices, such as iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries through a link on the website.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Jessica Tueller is a junior at Desert Vista High School. She is interning this summer for the Ahwatukee Foothills News.

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