Valley Public Radio is a leading provider of news, music and entertainment content for California's San Joaquin Valley. The station operates two distinct programming channels: KVPR, which features NPR news and information during the day, and music and entertainment at night and on the weekend; and KVPR Classical, a digital station broadcasting classical music 24/7. The station serves residents of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Mariposa and Tulare counties over FM 89.3 (Fresno) and FM 89.1 (Bakersfield). A broadcast coverage map is available here.
The station's programming includes local and NPR News, classical music and entertainment programming. The station was founded in 1975, and began broadcasting in 1978. Valley Public Radio is a community licensee, and is operated by White Ash Broadcasting. Valley Public Radio is a NPR member station. The station celebrated the opening of its new broadcast center in Clovis, CA in May 2016.
"Expanding your world through voices and sounds that inform and inspire."
"We are bridging artistic expression and diverse perspectives of our community."
KVPR is the San Joaquin Valley's NPR station, featuring in-depth news and talk programs, including NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The station also produces local news reports and in-depth features on the weekly news magazine program Valley Edition. Other news programs include 1A, Think, Science Friday, Latino USA, and NPR's Here and Now.
Classical music is an important part of our programming. The station offers a 24/7 classical music streaming station, KVPR Classical. which features programming from the hosts of Classical 24. On Valley Public Radio's main broadcast signal KVPR, the station features classical programming including broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Classics All Night, and Concierto. The station also airs special local classical broadcasts from valley orchestras and ensembles. Jazz can also be heard on KVPR, with local programs such as Sunday Night Jazz with David Aus and NPR's Jazz Night in America. The station also broadcasts a series showcasing talented local student musicians every spring known as Young Artists Spotlight.
From the news-based humor of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me to the storytelling of the Moth Radio Hour, KVPR also is home to entertainment and lifestyle programming that is both informative and fun. Milk Street Radio provides tips for the home cook or dedicated "foodie," and Travel With Rick Steves provides tips and cultural insights from across the globe.
Whether it's inspiring or thought provoking talks with thought leaders from the TED Radio Hour or true stories told live on The Moth Radio Hour, KVPR has programming that makes you think and walk away with a better understanding of the world. And innovative programs like Radiolab and This American Life make creative use of sound and storytelling to pack both an emotional and intellectual punch, as only public radio can.
KVPR's programming is made possible thanks to generous support of our community. Over 90 percent of the station's $2.2 million annual operating budget comes from membership donations, foundation partners, local business sponsors and station events. Less than 10 percent of the station's budget comes from the government, in the form of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The station's annual wine tasting (typically held the first Sunday in May) and $10,000 Drawing raffle are also significant sources of revenue. The station also has planned giving programs designed specifically for individuals who wish to support the mission of public radio through a legacy gift, estate planning, or gifts of stock or real estate. Our vehicle donation program also makes it easy for listeners to support the station by donating a used car.