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10:17 am
Mon November 24, 2014

In Memory Of Edward Palacios, Valley Public Radio Board Chair

Ed Palacios
Credit Dalton Runberg / Zocalo Public Square

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.

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Inside FM89
10:28 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Programming Note: Changes To Morning Edition "Clock"

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 The bottom of the hour newscast which used to begin at 30 minutes past the hour has been replaced by two newscasts, one at 18 minutes past the hour and another at 41 minutes past the hour. 

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Inside FM89
7:49 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Valley Public Radio Celebrates Launch of 'Jazz Night In America'

Host Christian McBride
Credit Anna Webber

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. 

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Inside FM89
3:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Valley Public Radio Announces Major Gift For New Facility

Bernard Barmann announced the six-figure gift to Valley Public Radio in Bakersfield on May 22nd.
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

  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.

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Inside FM89
3:54 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Valley Public Radio Project Earns Mention In Columbia Journalism Review

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.

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Inside FM89
5:52 am
Wed August 7, 2013

I Love You More Than I'd Like To Have Jello With Bob Mondello

And how did the bride respond to the NPR-themed vows? "She loved it," Kosson said.
Jeff Sonnabend

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

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Inside FM89
6:51 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Carl Can Has Cheezburger? Fan Video Mashup Features LOLcats, Voiced By Carl Kasell

Guy Raz and Carl Kasell in the studio as Kasell reads LOLcat captions for TED Radio Hour.
Guy Raz

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 2:23 pm

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 Hour with the corresponding feline images.

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Inside FM89
5:34 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Audiophile: July/ August 2013

In this edition of Audiophile we learn about FM89's newest program Here & Now, see photos from Valley Public Radio's Paleta Party, and much more. 

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Inside FM89
5:17 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Here & Now Comes to Valley Public Radio

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.

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Inside FM89
8:47 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Audiophile: May/June 2013

  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. 

Inside FM89
5:51 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Guy Raz to Host New Season of TED Radio Hour from NPR

TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz
Credit © 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography


The TED Radio Hour returns to FM89 this March with a new season of programs, and it will knock your socks off! The program also has a new host, NPR's Guy Raz, who many listeners will know from his time as host of Weekends on All Things Considered. The program airs Sundays at 4:00 p.m. on Valley Public Radio. 

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This is NPR
11:03 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Want To Join Our Upcoming Promo Campaign? Then Tell Us Where You Listen To NPR


Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 10:40 am

For many of us, NPR isn't just about a daily drive to work. It's part of our lives, our work and a big part of our conversations. The great thing about modern radio is that it can fit into your life, where ever your day takes you.

Tell Us: Where are the unique places you listen to NPR programming?

Do you tune-in to your Member Station from a work bench in the garage? Maybe you carry a portable radio while hiking through the Redwoods in Northern California? Or how about stream a favorite podcast from an NPR mobile app during your morning subway commute?

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This is NPR
10:45 am
Tue February 5, 2013

'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' On The Silver Screen, Coming May 2013


Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 1:37 pm

Watch the week's news get the treatment it deserves when the NPR news quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! brings its star power to big screens near you. It's Carl Kasell reading limericks, celebrity guests answering oddball questions, faces made for radio, and an unapologetic focus on heckling the headlines and fawning over the week's infamous foibles.

Need we say more?

Inside FM89
10:47 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Audiophile: January/February 2013

Enjoy this month's version of Audiophile magazine. Read about the newest additions to Valley Public Radio's local news team, Rebecca Plevin and Ezra Romero. Also read about new programs for 2013, including a new season of The Moth, and the TED Radio Hour. 

Download a PDF of the January/February 2013 Audiophile...

Inside FM89
4:14 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Audiophile: November/December 2012

Enjoy this month's version of Audiophile magazine. Read about Valley Public Radio's upcoming Taste of the Season event, our new mobile website for your iPhone or Android, holiday programming and much more. You'll also see a special feature on the valley fever epidemic, as part of our series "Just One Breath." 

Download a PDF of the November/December 2012 Audiophile...

Inside FM89
3:46 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Valley Public Radio Awarded "Four Star" Rating By Charity Navigator

Valley Public Radio has again received the highest possible rating by Charity Navigator, the group which identifies non-profit organizations that utilize best practices in fiscal management and transparency.

From Charity Navigator President/CEO Ken Berger’s letter to the station on October 1, 2012:

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Inside FM89
9:34 am
Mon October 1, 2012 goes mobile

The new mobile version of

Following your favorite Valley Public Radio programs everywhere you go has just gotten a lot easier.

As a companion to the all-new, Valley Public Radio's new mobile site is now up and running. Stream the station faster than ever, access the news and information you count on, and much more, all from your favorite smartphone or mobile device.

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Inside FM89
8:38 am
Sat August 25, 2012

KPRX Off-Air Issues

Over the last few days Valley Public Radio's KPRX signal (89.1) in Bakersfield has experienced some significant off-air outages. They have been caused by power interruptions at the transmitter site. We are currently working on a project to purchase and install a backup generator system to keep the station on the air during such events. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with this issue and work to improve our service to Kern County. 

Update 9:00 a.m 8/25/12
KPRX is back on-air after an early morning outage.

Inside FM89
10:40 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Corporate Sponsor Spotlight: Craig School of Business

Tom Burns, Manager of the Graduate Business Programs at Fresno State's Craig School of Business
Joe Moore Valley Public Radio

Loyal Valley Public Radio listeners are certainly familiar with these words...“Support for FM89 comes from the Craig School of Business, an AACSB accredited graduate business program…”  Tom Burns, Manager of the Graduate Business Programs at Fresno State's Craig School of Business, said,  “the Executive program started in about 2003, actually, we stared with public radio to develop the first cohort.”

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Inside FM89
6:38 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Ask Me Another Brings Puzzles, Humor to Valley Public Radio

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

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