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CLOVIS, CA - The Board of Directors of White Ash Broadcasting has named Joe Moore as Valley Public Radio’s new President & General Manager. Moore has been serving as interim president since the spring, following the death of longtime President & GM Mariam Stepanian. In 2010, Moore was hired as Valley Public Radio’s Director of Program Content. In that role, he helped develop the station’s award-winning local news department, and accelerated the station’s adoption of new technologies from a new content management system to the KVPR mobile app.

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Valley Public Radio has announced the hire of Alice Daniel as the station’s news director. A longtime correspondent for KQED’s The California Report, Daniel will supervise the station’s growing local news department.

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Fans of the NPR Politics Podcast have a new appointment for must-hear radio. The same team of hosts behind the hit podcast - including the valley’s own Tamara Keith, Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid - are bringing their talents to the broadcast world with the new Politics Show from NPR. It’s your definitive guide to the 2018 midterms -- a one-hour roundtable discussion airing for nine weeks that presents a deep dive on the major races, themes, and issues defining these historic elections. The special series begins Saturday September 15th at 4:00 PM and runs through November 10th.

For the fifth year in a row, Valley Public Radio has been ranked as a “four star” non-profit by the independent website Charity Navigator. According to the company's CEO Michael Thatcher, only 10 percent of non-profits nationwide have achieved this honor for five consecutive years. The four star ranking is the highest rating given out by the company, and is a measure of accountability, transparency and results in a nonprofit sector.

Listeners to the popular segment StarDate segment heard on Valley Public Radio's broadcast of Morning Edition can now hear the segment at a new time. The two-minute-long daily feature can now be heard at 5:19 AM and 6:19 AM Monday through Friday on Valley Public Radio. The evening broadcast, which airs at 10:00 PM Monday-Sunday is not affected by the new schedule, which is necessiatted by a national change in the timing of local breaks with Morning Edition. 

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Valley Public Radio is pleased to present another season of the acclaimed series Carnegie Hall Live. Hear some of today’s finest classical music performers on the most famous stage in America, in this special 13-week broadcast run. Produced by New York Public Radio, and hosted by Jeff Spurgeon and John Schaefer (with occasional special guest co-hosts) each two hour broadcast will take you on a musical journey filled with memorable performances. Hear Carnegie Hall Live Wednesday nights from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM from September 5th through November 28th.

Valley Public Radio has welcomed a new member to the station’s news team – reporter Monica Velez. Monica started out as a print reporter covering health issues in Merced County at the Merced Sun-Star. At Valley Public Radio, she’ll be covering issues from immigration to poverty and health, with a focus on the valley’s rural communities, as well as other news stories.

Longtime Valley Public Radio host Franz Weinschenk died last week at age 92. From 1992 through 2016 he hosted the popular program Valley Writers Read on Valley Public Radio. The program featured short stories from local writers, both professionals and amateurs, and showcased the valley’s rich literary traditions.

Join the staff of Valley Public Radio for an open house event Wednesday June 13th at Cafe Smitten in Bakersfield. It's a chance to meet the KVPR news staff, as well as fellow public radio listeners in Kern County. And if you have the new KVPR app on your phone, we'll treat you to a Cafe Smitten coffee drink of your choice.

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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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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 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 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.

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