Inside FM89

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Walls Go Up Fast On FM89's New Home

Sep 17, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Workers are moving quickly as Valley Public Radio's new home begins to take shape. This week saw the first interior walls go up, as workers build the structure from the studio walls outward. Despite rain on Monday, which sent workers home early, Zumwalt Construction estimates that the building will be completed by the end of March. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Workers this week began the process of erecting the walls of our new building at the Portal Sierra Research and Technology Park at Alluvial and Temperance Avenues in Clovis. Drivers on nearby Freeway 168 can already see the building going up, as Zumwalt Construction crews assemble pre-fabricated wall panels, steel posts and laminated wood beams. 

If you drive by Valley Public Radio's new home at Temperance and Alluvial in the next few days you'll likely see a lot of activity. Beams and posts and walls are being erected at a swift pace thanks largely through the use of pre-fabricated walls.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

It's an exciting day at Valley Public Radio as workers with Fresno-based Zumwalt Construction are busy erecting the first steel and wood beams for the station's new home. After months of site prep, moving and installing new utilities, and concrete work for the building's footings and floors, the bones of the new building are finally starting to emerge. In the next few days, work will move quickly as prefabricated wall panels are installed.

Work crews today poured concrete for the majority of the building's floor areas today. Workers used a giant concrete pump to distribute the wet concrete to different parts of the site and then used hand and power tools to level and smooth the surface. You may notice that some portions of the building don't yet have concrete floors, and that's by design. Those areas are acoustically isolated from the rest of the structure and will have special concrete floor areas to ensure sound doesn't transfer from the outside and between studio spaces.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The first concrete pour is in and more are soon to follow as the construction site begins to hum with activity. The initial pour was for the foundation of the building, along all of the load bearing walls of the structure. Next week workers will return to the site with more concrete to pour the floor slab for the office portion of the building. Days later they will return and make a third pour, for the studio spaces.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Construction is moving forward at a brisk pace at the site of Valley Public Radio's new home at the Research and Technology Park in Clovis at Temperance & Alluvial Avenues. Over the past two weeks crews have been busy installing plumbing and electrical lines beneath the surface and excavating for the footings for our building's foundation. 

Eric & Yvonne Pennestri

Valley Public Radio listeners Eric & Yvonne Pennestri of Porterville sent us their own pictures of construction on Valley Public Radio's new building. Longtime listeners and station members the Pennestris are also capital campaign donors. Here's their view of the project as it begins to take shape out of the earth.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Over the past two weeks workers have hauled tons of fill dirt to the site to raise the grade several inches, in preparation for pouring the foundation's concrete slab. Workers today also began using a trenching machine to dig trenches for plumbing and utilities that will serve the new broadcast center. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

The job site is a busy place these days as work crews are busy doing site excavation and grading for the foundation of our new building. Work crews are in the process of digging up dirt under the site of the new building and then compacting the soil using a machine called a "sheep's foot" roller. This ensures that Valley Public Radio's new home has a strong foundation for the future. 

Valley Public Radio Launches New Website

Jun 16, 2015

Valley Public Radio is proud to announce the re-launch of, with a new “responsive design” that delivers a customized user experience tailored to your individual device. The new design also features a cleaner layout, easier navigation, and most importantly more space on the homepage for highlighting the station’s local content, as well as highlights from NPR. All current site content is retained with the new layout.

David Aus Joins FM89 Broadcast Team

Jun 16, 2015

Valley Public Radio listeners have likely noticed a new voice on the FM89 airwaves, that of David Aus. The station’s newest classical announcer, David can be heard regularly on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM hosting Clearly Classical and other FM89 programs.

David’s voice is familiar to many in the Fresno area. In addition to being an in-demand pianist, composer, arranger and educator, he also is a radio veteran, with nearly 10 years of broadcast experience as a host at KFSR.

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

On Tuesday May 19th, Valley Public Radio broke ground on construction a new broadcast center, which will serve the station and the San Joaquin Valley for decades to come. The 10,500 square foot building will be erected at the corner of Temperance and Alluvial in Clovis, at the city's research and technology park. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Shortly before Valley Public Radio's official groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, construction crews began breaking some ground of their own on the $4.5 million project. Demolition contractors started by removing the old asphalt parking lot that previously occupied the site, and then loaded the debris into waiting trucks. This marks the first time the footprint of Valley Public Radio's new broadcast center is visible.  

Construction Update: The First Cut

May 18, 2015
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Workers began the first actual construction activities at the site today, with saw cuts to take up the existing asphalt in what today is a parking lot. Soon it will become the new home of Valley Public Radio. The site preparation work is in advance of tomorrow's groundbreaking ceremony which will mark the start of construction. 

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. 

Site preparation is already underway at our parcel on Alluvial and Temperance in Clovis. Today the project's general contractor Zumwalt Construction delivered the construction management trailer and fencing to the site. In the coming days the site pad, which is currently a parking lot will be prepared for construction, in time for the Tuesday May 19th groundbreaking. 

FM89 Classical Host Kristina Herrick To Retire

May 11, 2015

Valley Public Radio listeners will bid a fond broadcast farewell this May to longtime FM89 host Kristina Herrick, who is moving out of state to be closer to family in the Pacific Northwest. Herrick has served as a classical announcer at the station for several decades, and also host of the award-winning early music program In The Mode.

Valley Public Radio/FM89 is breaking ground for a new permanent facility at a ceremony on May 19th 3-5PM at the Technology Park in Clovis.  The Assemi Family, together with the James Irvine Foundation and lead donors, have made it possible for Valley Public Radio to raise $1.6 million dollars in preparation for ground breaking and the start of construction.   These funds are dedicated to building a new facility, which can further community reporting and support civic engagement. 

FM89 listeners will soon notice a new voice on the radio in the mornings. Reporter Jeffrey Hess will join the station’s news staff in March, providing local news within Morning Edition. He will also contribute reports to Valley Edition and other FM89 programs on issues from government and public policy to health care. Hess will join FM89’s Marv Allen, who will continue to host Morning Edition.