Franz Weinschenk

Host, Valley Writers Read

Franz Weinschenk, his parents and his older brother Fritz were indeed lucky to get out of Germany just before World War II.  For a while they lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Madera, CA.  He graduated from Madera High and Fresno State.  From 1948 to 1952 he taught at Edison High School in Fresno after which he was drafted and served in the US Army for two years. 

After being discharged, he started teaching speech and English at Fresno City College.  As the years passed, besides his teaching assignments, he was chosen to be the school's first yearbook adviser, their first debate coach, and the first Dean of the college's brand new Humanities Division, a job he held for 12 years.  He retired from working full-time in 1980, but to this day continues teaching at least one evening class.  From 1980 to 1988, he served as the director of the Volunteer Bureau of Fresno County.  Franz has three children and lives with his wife Sally. He enjoys power walking, swimming and biking.

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Valley Writers Read
1:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

"Called" and "Scamming" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear works by two San Joaquin Valley writers.  In our first story, "Called",  Bakersfield author Jack Hernandez tells us how he originally wanted to become a minister, and about the interesting path that he eventually followed. In our second story, Fresno author Oscar G. Williams tells us about Fred and Mildred, two computer wizards who have figured out how to scam the scammers.

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Valley Writers Read
3:56 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Janet Nichols Lynch's "Tone" on Valley Writers Read

Janet Nichols Lynch
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On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Visalia author Janet Nichols Lynch reads her story "Tone", about a classical concert pianist who becomes extremely nervous before performances.

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Valley Writers Read
11:48 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Deb Borofka's "With Me Still" and Janet Stevens' "Dust to Dust" on Valley Writers Read

We hear two stories from local authors on this week's edition of Valley Writers Read. In the first story, "With Me Still", the author Deb Borofka meets a woman from her home town in Oregon who brings back fond memories of her grandmother. In the second story, "Dust to Dust", author Janet Stevens takes a trip down memory lane by visiting the home of her ancestors in North Dakota.

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Valley Writers Read
2:47 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Gabriele Case's "The Long Way Home" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Gabriele Case reads her own story about a man named Raymond, a returning veteran from Afghanistan who faces his own challenges on the home front.

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Valley Writers Read
2:02 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Liza Wieland's "Tommy Waddel" on Valley Writers Read

Liza Wieland

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, former Fresno State teacher Liza Wieland reads her story, "Tommy Waddel", about a teenage girl who is attracted to a young boy. As the two of them become more enamored with each other, we learn how their relationship changes.

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Valley Writers Read
12:47 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Evelyne Holingue's “Welcome Home” on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Coarsegold author Evelyne Holingue reads her story titled "Welcome Home."  Living in the foothills presents many challenges, as Juliette and Natasha soon discover. Hear how a traffic accident takes a surprising turn for one foothill visitor. 

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Valley Writers Read
12:28 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

C. B. Mosher's "Sarampion", on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, C.B. Mosher reads his story, "Sarampion." Hear how a doctor in Mexico is faced with the possibility of a serious epidemic of measles.

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Valley Writers Read
2:46 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Jim Ashford's "Serengeti" on Valley Writers Read

Valley author Jim Ashford reads his story, "Serengeti", about a wealthy and alcohol-loving man who spends thousands of dollars going on safari in Africa to hunt and shoot wild animals so they can be displayed in a trophy room. 

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Valley Writers Read
12:46 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Hope Nisly's "Whack Her Good, Lord!" on Valley Writers Read

Reedley author Hope Nisly reads her own story,“Whack Her Good, Lord!" on this week's edition of Valey Writers Read. The story is about Ivanna, who in her youth comes down with an ear malignancy that the doctors can't cure.  We catch up with her in middle age.  At this juncture, we find her working in a restaurant where a religious group meets every week.  Somehow they find out about her hearing problem and try to help her by “laying on hands.” 

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Valley Writers Read
4:05 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Mark Arax's "Big Valley" on Valley Writers Read

Mark Arax

This week on Valley Writers Read, nationally recognized author and Fresno native Mark Arax reads his own story, "Big Valley." Arax describes much of our Central Valley -- its farms, cities, town, and neighborhoods. The story focuses primarily on agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley.   He even takes us down to the  popular agricultural fair in Tulare where they sell huge farm tractors for a quarter of a million dollars. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:25 am
Thu December 20, 2012

"Salatha Wall-First Try on El Cap" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author Jon Frank brings us a story about the adventures of mountain climbing in Yosemite Valley. 

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11:55 am
Wed December 19, 2012

"Descent Into Heaven" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author C.B. Mosher, titled, "Descent Into Heaven." Listen for a story about how the author and his family explore the beauty of the headwaters of the Amazon River. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:40 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Larry Hill's "The Night We Read Carver" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear local author Larry Hill's short story "The Night We Read Carver." Listen for a story about a writer who takes his girlfriend and protege to a conference where she turns the tables on him. 

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11:47 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Howard Hendrix's "American Bacon" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we feature two stories by local authors. First, we hear a story by Howard Hendrix titled, "American Bacon." Listen as a neighbor recruits the author to help slaughter a hog. We close the program with Sharon Patterson's "Ant Climbs a Molehill Guarded by a Camel," where an enlisted man struggles to advance in rank.

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Valley Writers Read
5:00 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

James Varner's "Memories of Growing Up With Friends"

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, author James Varner shares with listeners some anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area with his story, "Memories of Growing Up With Friends."

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Valley Writers Read
10:29 am
Wed November 21, 2012

James Varner's "Memories of Growing Up With Friends" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, James Varner shares some personal anecdotes of growing up in the Bakersfield area with "Memories of Growing Up With Friends". 

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Valley Writers Read
12:39 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

James Benelli's "Wonderful World of Accounting" on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, we hear James Benelli's story about a CPA named Henry, who becomes bored with his job, wife and lifestyle, in "The Wonderful World of Accounting."

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Valley Writers Read
1:36 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

"Brevis" by Valerie Schultz on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Valerie Schultz, titled "Brevis."  Join us as we hear how a daughter takes on the difficult task of caring for her belligerent father, whose health is deteriorating. 

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Valley Writers Read
1:31 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

"I Scooter" by Oscar G. Williams on Valley Writers Read

On this edition of Valley Writers Read, Oscar G. Williams introduces listeners to a view of the world-as seen through the eyes of a canine with his story "I Scooter."

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Valley Writers Read
1:27 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Anne DaVigo's "Fault Lines" and Lucille Apcar's "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?"

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear two stories by local authors. "Fault Lines" by Anne DaVigo chronicles a family's move from near the San Andreas Fault to Fresno. The second story, "Who Spanked J.R. Jr.?" by Lucille Apcar, talks about a teacher who disciplines the son of a powerful judge. 

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