Nonprofit Pros: Classical KBACH 89.5 FM Announces Retirement of Popular Host Sterling Beeaff
In 1995, native Phoenician Sterling Beeaff went on the air at 89.5 FM, KBACH. On August 6, after 25 years as one of the most beloved and established members of the Phoenix arts community, Beeaff hung up his microphone.
Beeaff began his on-air career in Phoenix in 1985 when he joined KHEP-FM as one of the morning music hosts. He has been an integral part of the KBACH sound and legacy. He is also a published poet and songwriter who has written music scores for film as well as stage productions.
He began playing the violin at age 3 and was the winner of The Phoenix Symphony’s Young Persons’ Musical Talent Auditions in 1968. As a boy, Sterling was a member of the Phoenix Symphonette, The Phoenix Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Phoenix Boys Choir. He has been honored by various Phoenix area arts groups, the American Song Festival, and has received the RAMP Radio Award. Sterling and his wife Jeannie live in central Phoenix and have five children.
KBACH is a public service of Rio Salado College, is licensed to the Maricopa County Community College District and Arizona State University, and broadcasts from the campus of Rio Salado College, in Tempe, Arizona.
“I’ve enjoyed sharing the mornings and the music with you,” Beeaff said. ”Thank you so much for making me a part of your life.”