Valley Writers Read

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Franz Weinschenk hosts one of Valley Public Radio's longest running programs, Valley Writers Read. A longtime Valley educator and author, each week Franz showcases the great literary talent that exists in the Central Valley, from well known published authors to amateurs, read by the authors themselves. The program recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and is produced by FM89's Don Weaver. Valley Writers Read is heard Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. on FM89. You can also listen to past editions of the program online through our audio archives.

Support for Valley Writers Read comes from Fresno City College.

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Valley Writers Read
3:37 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

"The Automobile Ride" by Angelo Angarano on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear "The Automobile Ride," a short story by author Angelo Angarano. Shortly after this program was produced, Angelo passed away at the age of 95. We dedicate this program in his memory. While his cousin Gino butchers some songs on the accordion, Angelo celebrates his ninth birthday.  And just a couple of weeks later Angelo's father buys the family's first car, a 1929 Model A Ford sedan with all of 9,500 miles on it.

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Valley Writers Read
4:14 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

"Scent Of A Father" by David Mas Masumoto on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author and farmer David Mas Masumoto titled "Scent Of A Father." 

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Valley Writers Read
4:10 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

"Lulu Garlic, Contraband" By Robert Walton on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Robert Walton, titled "Lulu Garlic, Contraband." 

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Valley Writers Read
1:34 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

"Son of the Sun" and "The Self-Healing Sky" by Howard Hendrix

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear two stories by local author Howard Hendrix, "Son of the Sun" and "The Self-Healing Sky."

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Valley Writers Read
10:38 am
Wed April 22, 2015

"The Grape Fields" by Mary Benton on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author Mary Benton titled "The Grape Fields." The story is read by Leigh Murray.

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Valley Writers Read
9:45 am
Wed April 15, 2015

"Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen" by Bonnie Hearn Hill

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen” by Bonnie Hearn Hill, and read by her husband Larry. Find out about the early days of television and radio, about some of the prominent TV, radio and journalism personalities of that era.  Learn more about their private lives and popular shows like “What's My Line.”

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Valley Writers Read
5:33 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

"The Bucket List" by Oscar G. Williams on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Public Radio's Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Oscar G. Williams titled “Bucket List." Read by Don Weaver, the story is about a list of four activities the children and grandchildren of two well-to-do 65 year old twins come up with for their grandparents to enjoy in their old age – golfing, skiing, motorcycling, and jumping out of airplanes at 10,000 feet.

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Valley Writers Read
6:04 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Memories of Brooklyn by Franz Weinschenk on Valley Writers Read

A persecuted German family that was lucky enough to get out of Nazi Germany before WWII started life over again in Brooklyn, New York.  The story describes how they dealt with their new neighborhood, living conditions, work, schools, illness, and America's deep depression.

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Valley Writers Read
3:44 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Janet Nichols Lynch's "Free Will" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Janet Nichols Lynch titled "Free Will." Maureen is the lead character.  She's been divorced from Jack, while Patrick, the father of six-month old Audrey, is the other man.  But now some serious problems have come up and Maureen is thinking about starting life all over.

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Valley Writers Read
4:37 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

"Memories of Growing Up with Friends" by James Varner on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author James Varner, "Memories of Growing Up with Friends." The story is all about the life-long friends the author made in the Bakersfield neighborhood where he grew up.  He tells us about the schools he went to and the profession he chose, and an event that brought back many memories, years later. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:04 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Thomas Nance's "Dad's Address Book" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author Thomas Nance, "Dad's Address Book." The story is set in the last part of World War II  in the Pacific.  The author re-constructs many of the stories about the infantry battles that we won in the South Pacific – island by island –  from letters his father wrote while serving under General Douglas McArthur.

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Valley Writers Read
3:33 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Mark Arax's "The Big Valley" On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a piece by local journalist Mark Arax, who describes the huge farm show in Tulare where tractors sell for a quarter million dollars. Arax tells us about the unbelievable variety and staggering volume of farm production right here in the San Joaquin Valley. 

Valley Writers Read
11:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

"Double Plots" by Judy Ryan on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Double Plot” by Judy Ryan. Listen for a moving story about love and loss over the decades. 

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Valley Writers Read
10:46 am
Thu February 19, 2015

"The Intersection" by Steve Yarbrough on Valley Writers Read

Steve Yarbrough

This week on Valley Writers Read, acclaimed novelist and former Fresno State professor Steve Yarbrough reads his story "The Intersection."

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Valley Writers Read
4:00 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

"The Apprentice Farmhand" by Hank Palmer on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear local author Hank Palmer read an autobiographical account of life growing up on a large Iowa farm.  Palmer's story documents how he gained an appreciation for the natural world of sunrises, sunsets, rain and wind, growing farm products like wheat, corn and hay, and all about how to raise chickens, cattle, pigs, and horses.

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Valley Writers Read
6:17 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

"Apology" by Valerie Schultz on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we here a moving story by Kern County author Valerie Schultz titled "Apology." Hear the author read this story about love and loss.

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Valley Writers Read
5:01 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

"The Drive" by Kevin H. Shah on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers read, we hear "The Drive" - a story by local author Kevin H. Shah, about a family vacation that doesn't go as planned. 

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Valley Writers Read
3:19 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

"Down Old 99" By Marilyn Larson On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story about relationships by local author Marilyn Larson "Down Old 99." 

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Valley Writers Read
6:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

"Purgatory" by Liza Weiland on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Liza Weiland titled “Purgatory.” In it we hear about the challenges one woman faces in her life and a big decision that confronts her. 

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Valley Writers Read
9:41 am
Wed January 7, 2015

"Baxter's Latest Gig" by Bob Hudgens on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a short story by local author Bob Hudgens, about a loveable Labrador Retriever named Baxter, and the role he played in the lives of generations of people. The story is read by the author and Suzanne Watkins. 

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