Joe Moore

Director of Program Content

Joe Moore is the Director of Program Content for Valley Public Radio. He supervises the station's news and music programming, website and radio operations, and is the host of the weekly program "Valley Edition." He is a native of Fresno and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. He has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of radio production, operations and management. Prior to joining Valley Public Radio in 2010 as the Director of Program Content, he spent six years as the station manager of KFSR, and taught audio production at Fresno State. In 2008 he was named one of Fresno's "40 Under 40" by the publication Business Street. Prior to joining Valley Public Radio, he was also active on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. His hobbies include photography, hiking and travel. Joe has a strong interest in local history and architecture, and is an avid baseball fan.

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Government & Politics
5:41 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Fresno Police To Expand Body Camera Program

Fresno Police Headquarters (file photo)
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Fresno Police Department is moving forward with a plan to purchase 300 new body cameras for officers. The city council approved the $2.5 million purchase today which also includes 400 TASER devices. The cameras are in addition to 100 purchased earlier this year after the city received an anonymous $500,000 donation. 

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Agriculture
8:03 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Appeals Court Gives Win To Fresno Grower In Ag Labor Fight

Protestors gathered outside the 5th District Court of Appeals earlier this year to criticize the state's Ag Labor Relations Board
Credit Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

A state appeals court has delivered a legal victory to a Fresno-based fruit grower in a decades old fight with the state’s ag labor relations board and the UFW. But as FM89’s Joe Moore reports, it’s likely not the final ruling.

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Government & Politics
7:28 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Fresno City Council Kills Farmland Preservation, Again

file photo
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

For the second time in two months the Fresno City Council has voted down a proposal to start a farmland preservation program. FM89’s Joe Moore reports. 

Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s administration had wanted to apply for a $100,000 state grant to help start the effort, which is a key part of the city’s new general plan. 

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Inside FM89
6:01 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Construction Update: First On-Site Meeting

Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

The design-build crew met at the construction site today to go over plans for the groundbreaking ceremony next Tuesday and to discuss construction schedules. With a trailer on-site and crews reviewing construction documents, FM89's parcel is starting to look like a construction site. 

Environment
2:31 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

UC Merced Expert: Forest Thinning Could Free Up Water, Reduce Fire Risk

UC Merced scientists say thinning overgrown Sierra forests to the density of around 100 years ago could free up as much as 1 million additional acre feet of water a year. (file photo)
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Forest managers throughout California say that thinning forests to a more natural state is a good way to reduce the severity of wildfires. Now scientists suggest that it also could offer help in saving water in the drought. 

Researchers at UC Merced think that thinning overgrown forests throughout the Sierra could result in as much as a million acre feet of extra water each year for the state. That’s enough water to fill Pine Flat Lake on the Kings River east of Fresno.

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Government & Politics
1:59 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Valley Edition Interview: Talking Politics With John Ellis of The Fresno Bee

What would a potential shake-up in district lines mean for Republican incumbent David Valadao (pictured) in CA-21? We ask the Fresno Bee's political expert John Ellis.

This week we take a look at the world of politics with John Ellis of The Fresno Bee. We talk about John's recent article that suggests how a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding redistricting in Arizona could shake up local congressional districts, including the hotly contested seat in CA-21 currently held by David Valadao. We also talk about what candidates are already jockeying for position for Assembly and other races throughout the regions. 

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Valley Edition
1:48 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Valley Edition: May 12 - Oil Industry, Politics, Vets On the Farm

This week on Valley Edition we look at how low oil prices are hurting Kern County's economy, and why veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are turning to farming for a new career. We also get a report on why some DACA youth are having trouble renewing their work permits, and why raw food advocates have a problem with California almonds. Plus we talk politics with John Ellis of the Fresno Bee and about this weekend's Pirate Festival at Kearney Park with Diane Hull.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Documentary Showcases Musicians Behind LA's Biggest Hits

The film "The Wrecking Crew" is at the Tower Theatre Friday night.
Credit Fresno Filmworks

What do The Beach Boys, Glen Campbell and Frank Sinatra and The Monkees have in common? They all relied on the same group of backup musicians, studio pros in LA in the 60's and early 70's known informally as "The Wrecking Crew." While you probably haven't heard their names, you have heard their music.

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Education
10:47 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Does Fresno Need A New Vocational Education High School?

Fresno Unified Board Trustee Brooke Ashjian wants the district to build a new high school that focuses on vocational classes
Credit Brooke Ashjian

Local schools have a lot on their plate, preparing students for life, a job and the possibility of a college education. But what about students who likely won't attend college? The answer used to be in vocational education classes, things like auto shop and wood shop. But increasingly those classes have disappeared from schools with the emphasis on standardized testing and college readiness.

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News
10:50 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Charges Dropped Against Rim Fire Suspect, Groveland Reaction

Credit Matt McMillian US Forest Service

A federal judge has dismissed charges against the California man accused of sparking the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park in 2013. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero has more.

Prosecutors decided to drop the charges against 33-year-old Keith Matthew Emerald, after two key witnesses unexpectedly died. Without their testimonies the US Attorney said it was unlikely they could prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Government & Politics
7:10 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Fresno's Anti-Blight Ordinance Passes First Test

Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The Fresno City Council has voted to move forward with an ordinance that aims to crack down on vacant blighted properties throughout the city. FM89’s Joe Moore reports backers hope the effort will improve struggling neighborhoods. 

No more boarded up windows. A new five person city “blight team” to assess the problem and daily fines for continued violations. Those are some of the measures of the new anti-blight ordinance that passed its first vote Thursday. 

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Environment
6:13 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Fire At Fresno Utility Pole Yard Generates Health Caution

A utility pole yard fire burns in Central Fresno
Credit Fresno Fire Department

A massive fire at a lumberyard in Fresno has prompted officials with the Valley Air District to issue a health caution for residents from Fresno to Kern Counties.

The two to three acre fire began overnight at the McFarland Cascade utility pole yard near Golden State Boulevard. The facility provides wood utility poles to companies throughout the region, including PG&E.

As of Thursday afternoon the fire continued to burn. Pete Martinez with the Fresno Fire Department  says the firefighting efforts were hampered by the lack of a working set of fire hydrants at the site.

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Government & Politics
5:49 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Fresno Aims To Clean Up Blighted Homes, Residents Ask For Interior Inspections

Fresno officials estimate the city has around 2,000 vacant and blighted residential properties
Credit Faith in Community

In many of Fresno’s older neighborhoods, blighted properties and boarded up homes are a big problem. FM89’s Joe Moore reports a proposed new law aims to crack down on those property owners.

Residents say abandoned, boarded up buildings drive down property values and often attract  illegal activity. That’s why the Fresno City Council is set to vote on a new ordinance tomorrow to crack down on vacant blighted buildings throughout the city.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin:

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Government & Politics
3:20 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Despite Smart & Final Setback, Swearengin Says Blackstone Vision Remains Sound

Fresno's Blackstone Avenue may be an eyesore today, but Mayor Ashley Swearengin hopes a new transit line will spark a rebirth with multi-story buildings mixing housing, retail and office uses.
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Fresno's Blackstone Avenue has seen better days. A drive down the six lane strip of asphalt that stretches from downtown past ramshackle used car lots and abandoned storefronts all the way to the booming River Park area on the northside, can tell you a lot about where the city has been and where it is headed. 

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Artist Interviews
5:19 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Artist Interviews: Isabel Bayrakdarian & Serouj Kradjian

Isabel Bayrakdarian and Serouj Kradjian

This Saturday the Fresno Philharmonic will perform a special concert in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The centerpiece of the evening will be a world premier of a piece by composer Serouj Kradjian, "Cantata For the Living Martyrs." 

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Government & Politics
4:43 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Woman Arrested For Starting Blaze That Injured Fresno Fire Captain

Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis announced the arrest at the press conference at Fire Department Headquarters on Thursday.
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Authorities have arrested a woman in connection with the structure fire that seriously injured Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern last month. Valley Public Radio’s Joe Moore reports. 

Julia Harper is facing charges of unlawfully causing a fire which causes great bodily injury. Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis announced the arrest at a press conference Thursday.

Donis: “During the investigation, Harper admitted to her responsibility for starting this fire.”

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Community
1:17 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Fresno Armenian Community To Mark Genocide Centennial

An architect's rendering the Fresno State Armenian Genocide Monument by Paul Halajian Architects.
Credit Paul Halajian, AIA

One hundred years ago this week, authorities of the Ottoman Empire rounded up hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and political leaders in Constantinople and executed them. One and a half million would eventually die in what we today know as the Armenian Genocide.

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Environment
11:36 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Delta Smelt Collapse Part Of Drought's Toll On California

Delta smelt (file photo)
Credit Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

The latest survey of California's endangered Delta Smelt has turned up just one fish. While the population has been in decline for years, UC Davis biologist Peter Moyle says the drought has stressed the species to the brink of extinction. 

Moyle: "I've been tracking these fish for years including in my own surveys, and we've been seeing this long term decline, but still I was quite startled."

He blames a number of factors for the almost complete collapse, but says the drought is a big factor.

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Community
6:04 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Gas Pipeline Blast In Fresno Injures Nearly A Dozen People

A natural gas pipeline explosion near Highway 99 and Herndon Avenue in Fresno injured over a dozen people on Friday afternoon at a local shooting range.
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

UPDATE: Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has confirmed that two Fresno County Sheriff's Deputies were also injured, and has revised the injury total to 11 people.

ORIGINAL POST:

A natural gas explosion at the peace officers gun range in Fresno has left 14 injured, three critically. FM89's Joe Moore reports. 

A gas pipeline at the range ignited at around 2:30 PM this afternoon, shooting a massive wall of flames into the sky and shutting down traffic on Highway 99 near Herndon Avenue. 

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Arts & Culture
3:01 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

'Nine Armenians' Playwright Reflects On Genocide Centennial

Leslie Ayvazian
Credit Columbia University

Acclaimed playwright Leslie Ayvazian wrote her humorous play "Nine Armenians" around 20 years ago about a young woman visiting her ancestral homeland for the first time. Now a new production of the play is in Fresno as part of the area's commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide.

Ayvazian joined us on Valley Edition to talk about her thoughts on the play two decades after its premier, and how her attitudes about her culture and the Armenian genocide have evolved over the years.

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