Valley Public Radio Announces Major Gift For New Facility
By Joe Garcia • May 23, 2014
a new facility. Bakersfield residents Bernard and Bee Barmann have committed a six figure lead gift towards the project. The Barmanns are longtime supporters of local cultural arts in the valley. Bee Barmann volunteers to help bring in talented musicians from around the valley to perform on “Young Artists Spotlight” every year. Bernard has served as a Public Radio board member for several years and is currently an Officer for the corporation. In December of 2013, the station purchased land located at the Technology Park at Temperance and Highway 168 in Clovis where they plan to build a permanent facility. The radio station has resided in their current leased facility for over 25 years and during that time, has become an even greater community resource for not only listeners, but for students and serves as a reliable voice for civic organizations. The current facility is limited in studio and production space, and is not able to accommodate musical groups, interns or civic meetings. The demand for opportunities to reflect on the local culture and report news stories has dramatically increased. Since other media have decided to decrease their role in terms of local stories and reporting, the demand for this local voice is more important than ever and reflects the community’s desire for access to information and dialogue. RDT Architecture. The construction company for the project is Zumwalt Construction.