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The Association of Health Care Journalists has awarded Valley Public Radio's Kerry Klein first place honors in the group's annual awards competition for her reporting series Struggling For Care. The four-part radio project tells stories about the shortage of physicians in the San Joaquin Valley. The award comes in the category Health Policy Reporting (small outlets).

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Valley Public Radio’s hosted another Be Public Live community forum March 14, 2018 on the future of our air quality and the efforts to clean up the valley’s polluted skies. Valley Public Radio reporter Kerry Klein moderated the discussion which featured guests including:

Dolores Barajas-Weller - Director, Central Valley Air Quality Coalition
Steve Worthley - Tulare County Supervisor & Vice Chair of the Valley Air District Governing Board
Tom Knox - Executive Director, Valley Clean Air Now

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Valley Public Radio was awarded four prestigious "Golden Mike Awards" at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Saturday January 27. Hosted by the Radio Television News Association of Southern California, the event paid tribute to excellence in broadcast journalism. The station's reporters including Kerry Klein, Ezra David Romero and Jeffrey Hess won honors in categories including best news reporting, best investigative reporting, best hard news series reporting and best business and consumer reporting.  

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Mariam Stepanian, president and general manager of Valley Public Radio died Thursday Jan. 18 in Fresno, following complications from an illness. She was surrounded by her family and closest friends.

White Ash Broadcasting Board Chair David Parker issued the following statement on her passing:

The new way to experience Valley Public Radio is here. Now you can unlock with world of NPR and FM89 with Amazon's Alexa service or with Google Home smart speakers. With a few simple commands, you can access the entire world of NPR – all the latest news, newest podcasts, and discussions of the day.

For Amazon Alexa users:

Here are some general commands:

"Alexa, play NPR."
Stream your local public radio station, live.

"Alexa, play the latest news from NPR."
Hear the latest 5-minute newscast, updated every hour.

New Season Of Invisibilia Coming In Early 2018

Dec 25, 2017
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NPR’s Invisibilia returns to the Valley Public Radio airwaves in 2018 with a new season beginning in March, and a set of re-broadcasts from last summer’s Season 3. The schedule begins Saturday February 3rd with weekly broadcasts of the four episodes from last season, where the program asks the question “How Real Is Reality?” Beginning Saturday March 3rd, the series will continue with three new episodes from Season 4.

New Sculpture Celebrates Former VPR Board Chair

Nov 17, 2017
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Visitors to Valley Public Radio's Clovis broadcast center will notice a new addition to the station. "Listener" is a bronze sculpture commissioned by the station and dedicated in memory of the VPR's longtime board chair, Ed Palacios. Created by local artist Garrett Masterson, the piece was funded through donations from the community in Ed's memory. The bronze was unveiled in a ceremony on October 20, 2017. 

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Valley Public Radio hosted a special live broadcast performance and interview with clarinetist Mark Nuccio and pianist Wendy Chen on Friday November 3rd. Nuccio is one of America's most acclaimed clarinetists, and is principal clarinet of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. He is in Fresno for a performance Saturday at Fresno State's Concert Hall Saturday at 7:30 PM, marking the 30th anniversary of the university's clarinet program. Host Joe Moore interview Chen and Nuccio as they played selections from their upcoming concert. 

Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and the new year with Valley Public Radio's diverse collection of holiday special programming. From classical masterpieces to jazz, pop, and world music - as well as the spoken word - there's something for everyone. Happy holidays from Valley Public Radio!
Note: Programming subject to change.

Hanukkah Lights 2017
Tuesday December 12th 1:06 PM

A perennial NPR favorite with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Valley Public Radio Launches New Mobile App

Oct 18, 2017

Whether you're an Apple or Android user, you can now take Valley Public Radio with you wherever you take your smartphone or tablet. The station has launched its first-ever mobile app - known as "KVPR" which is currently available for download in both the iTunes App Store and the Google Play marketplace.

Laura Tsutsui Joins FM89 News, On-Air Team

Sep 26, 2017

All Things Considered Sunday listeners may noticed a new voice on the FM89 airwaves. Laura Tsutsui is a reporter, on-air announcer and production assistant for Valley Public Radio, and is now heard every Sunday as local host on All Things Considered. She first joined the station as a news intern, and now contributes to both the news and production teams.

Two new reporting projects launched this year by Valley Public Radio's news team are helping to highlight pressing issues facing residents across the San Joaquin Valley, including water pollution and the regional shortage of doctors. 

"We think it's important to take the time to do real in-depth reporting on some of these issues. And while a lot of our coverage is focused on illustrating problems where they exist, we're also looking to focus on possible solutions too," says Valley Public Radio's Director of Program Content Joe Moore. 

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Valley Public Radio is pleased to announce that the station will broadcast recorded performances of the Fresno Philharmonic's 2017-2018 Masterworks Concert Series. This season is the first under new Music Director Rei Hotoda, and includes performances from soloists including Awadagin Pratt, Orion Weiss and Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio. The concerts will air on FM89 on the second Tuesday at 8:00 PM following the concert performance. This broadcast schedule is subject to change.

New Hosts Join Philosophy Talk Team

Sep 13, 2017

Philosophy Talk has added two new voices to its broadcast team, with co-hosts Debra Satz and Joshua Landy. Both Stanford professors, Satz and Landy will join host Ken Taylor on alternating weeks. John Perry will become host emeritus. 

The program producers write:

Outdoorsy Wins Podcasting Award From PRNDI

Jul 26, 2017

Valley Public Radio's podcast that's all about outdoor activities in the Sierra and beyond recently was honored by at the annual Public Radio News Directors Conference in Miami. PRNDI awarded Outdoorsy with the second place award for station-produced podcasts in Division "B" - the second of three divisions, one for medium-sized public radio newsrooms. 

In response to an unprecedented political news cycle, and a seemingly-insatiable appetite for more reliable news analysis, we are excited to announce that KCRW’s "Left, Right and Center" will become a one-hour program starting in July. Listeners can now hear the program from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Saturdays, following Weekend All Things Considered. 

In order to protect the safety of tower crews working on the KPRX broadcast tower in Bakersfield, our Kern County signal, FM 89.1, will be off-air this Saturday July 15th between the hours of 6am and 2pm. The outage will not affect listeners on our FM 89.3 signal in Tulare, Kings, Fresno, Madera and Merced Counties. All listeners can also listen online on your PC or mobile device at KVPR.org

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Invisibilia, Latin for "the invisible things," explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. In Season 3  — premiering in June — hosts Alix and Hanna will delve into the ways our concepts shape our worldviews and how we mold our own reality. You can hear the new season of Invisibilia Thursday nights in June at 8:00 PM, starting June 1, 2017.

On Thursday March 23rd 2017, Valley Public Radio hosted the first community forum in its new event series "Be Public: Live" in the station's Barmann Chaney Performance Studio.

David Aus To Host "Sunday Night Jazz"

Feb 8, 2017

David Aus Assumes Host Duties For “Sunday Night Jazz”

Loyal FM89 listeners may have noticed a new voice behind the station’s long-running jazz programming on Sunday nights. FM89’s David Aus, who has been with the station for the past two years as a classical announcer is the new host of the Sunday Night Jazz program, which can be heard from 9:00 PM – Midnight on Sundays.

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