History

Valley Public Radio Timeline

1975 - White Ash Broadcasting is established in 1975, and in 1976 the FCC issues a Construction Permit for KVPR to begin broadcasting. The station is installed in refurbished studio facilities at 1515 Van Ness in downtown Fresno.
1978 - KVPR begins broadcasting in October.
1982 - The KVPR transmitter site is moved from the valley to Meadow Lakes. This greatly expands the area reached by the signal and makes possible the establishment of a translator facility to serve the Bakersfield area as well. Also this same year, the KVPR studios are relocated to Warehouse Row on P Street in downtown Fresno.
1983 - In honor of Gilbert Rodriguez, a music instructor at Fresno City College, a Memorial Endowment Fund is established specifically to build the station CD library of music.
1985 - The FCC approves a Construction Permit for KPRX-FM, a full power transmitter licensed to White Ash Broadcasting, Inc. to serve Kern County.
1985 - The KVPR/KPRX Endowment Fund for station operations and special projects is established.
1987 - KPRX, Bakersfield begins broadcasting in February.
1987 - In October, a capital campaign is launched to raise the funds to relocate the studios and offices of Valley Public Radio to a permanent home.
1988 - On May 27th, broadcasting begins from the new facility located in northwest Fresno.
1994 - February - The first broadcast of Just the Good Parts is aired. This is a collaborative effort between the Fresno Philharmonic and Valley Public Radio. Conductor Raymond Harvey hosts a program which explores the music to be performed in the upcoming concert at the Philharmonic. This program, produced by FM89, is a recurring series during the Philharmonic concert season.
1994 - April - The first broadcast of Valley Writers Read occurs. This is a locally produced program hosted and co-produced by Franz Weinschenk featuring valley authors who read short stories on the air.
1996 - In June, a new transmitter replaces the antiquated 25-year-old KVPR transmitter, thus providing FM89 with a more reliable, cost-effective piece of equipment and a back-up transmitter, should it be necessary.
1997 - In January, the "Broadcasters' Circle" is formed, comprising individuals who support the station on an above-average level. This founding circle of friends provides the station with ongoing annual support gifts, as well as endowment gifts, for the future.
1997 - In April, the production console which served the station for 19 years is replaced due to permanent failure.
1999 - The Legacy Society is established in search of ten founding members. Society members contribute $1,000 to the endowment fund of their choice with annual gifts of $250 or more (including membership).
1999 - Endowment opportunities are expanded to include Legacy Society, Project Development, Music Library, Technology Projects, General Endowment, and Entrepreneurial Opportunities.
2000 - The station launches its website www.kvpr.org
2002 - FM89 begins live web streaming on the Internet, providing 24-hour access to its programs from any computer.
2004 - FM89 launches the E-Newsletter, keeping subscribers up to date on programming and events.
2005 - KVPR replaces the old broadcast antenna at Meadow Lakes.
2006 - FM89 installs new digital transmitters for both KVPR and KPRX.
2007 - KVPR and KPRX both add fully digital HD (Hybrid Digital) to the new transmitters; FM89 establishes satellite links to deliver the KPRX signal.
2008 - KVPR fully operational with HD-2 programming in place.
2011 - FM89 launches "Classics All Night" overnight music programming for the first time.
2012 - The station begins producing local news reports during All Things Considered.