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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valley Public Radio was recently honored at the 65th annual Golden Mike Awards in Los Angeles. The station won three honors in the prestigious competition, hosted by the Southern California Radio Television News Association, which honors the best broadcast journalism in the region.
On Saturday November 15, 2014 Valley Public Radio lost an dear member of the FM89 family, with the death of the station's board chair Ed Palacios. The following obituary was published in the Fresno Bee on Sunday, November 23.
Edward "Ed" Palacios, a beloved husband, brother, uncle, colleague, and friend, passed suddenly on November 15, 2014. He was 49 years old.
On Monday November 17, 2014 NPR launched a revised version of the Morning Edition "clock" - the format that program producers follow to make sure each segment starts and ends at exactly the right time.
The new clock will sound familiar to longtime NPR listeners with a couple of exceptions. The bottom of the hour newscast which used to begin at 30 minutes past the hour has been replaced by two newscasts, one at 18 minutes past the hour and another at 41 minutes past the hour.
NPR Music, Member Station WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center has joined forced to create the next generation of jazz programming from public radio with Jazz Night in America. The new program can be heard Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. on Valley Public Radio beginning October 11th.
Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content on multiple platforms and from across the nation to share this uniquely American art form and reinvigorate public media jazz programming for audiences today.
Valley Public Radio has received a lead gift in their campaign to raise money to build 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.
When Valley Public Radio and other Central California media started reporting on valley fever last fall, the disease was commonly overlooked by medical professionals and government agencies. But as the Reporting on Health Collaborative – which includes KVPR and six other print and radio outlets in English and Spanish – began publishing more than 50 stories and blog posts, health and political leaders began taking notice.
Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 6:10 am
Writing vows for your wedding is by no means a simple task; to be able to put together the right words to express your love. But if you were a clever groom who was also a fan of public radio, you might start off with:
I love you more than I'd like to have a bagel with Peter Sagal
And to reinforce your admiration, you might continue with:
I love you more than I'd like to have sushi with Yuki Noguchi
This weekend, one of our listeners spent their "cognitive surplus" producing a video (the one you're probably already watching). It remixes audio of Carl Kasell reading LOLcats captions on TED Radio Hourwith the corresponding feline images.
Beginning on July 1, 2013 Valley Public Radio will broadcast Here & Now, Monday thru Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to meet growing audience demand for midday news and analysis.
A live production from NPR and WBUR, Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation. NPR's Science Friday will continue to air on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
In this edition of Audiophile, learn about Valley Public Radio's newest program, as we welcome Pulse of the Planet to FM89. We also say goodbye to Talk of the Nation this issue, and learn more about the talented correspondents from NPR who bring us the news everyday. KVPR reporter Rebecca Plevin brings us the a magazine version of her radio story about a long forgotten plane crash from over 60 years ago that inspired one local author to go on a search for the names of those who died. And we preview a new Valley Edition segment, our "Homegrown" radio book club.