Special projects include equipment & software purchases that the station would like to acquire this year, and have not been included in the operating budget. The operating budget for equipment is minimal and usually is saved for smaller expenses and emergencies. Special projects are funded by members, foundations, and on occasion, community partners. If you are interested in helping support the following purchases, please contact Joe Garcia at 559-862-2472 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for considering these items on Valley Public Radio’s Wish List. Partial or entire funding for an item is acceptable. Every gift is appreciated!
Bakersfield Transmitter Upgrades - $10,000
Would allow the station to remotely control the 89.1 transmitter near Bakersfield by connecting the remote mountaintop site with the station's data network. This will improve the reliability of our service in Kern County.
Fresno Area Transmitter Upgrades - $2,200
This would replace an existing system that allows for remote control and monitoring of our 89.3 transmitter near Meadow Lakes with a new state-of-the-art system.
Bakersfield Satellite Uplink Replacement - $22,000
Valley Public Radio relies on a satellite uplink to deliver our programming to our transmitter in Kern County. This upgrade would replace our existing satellite uplink equipment which is around 20 years old and is no longer supported by the manufacturer, with current satellite modem technology.
Memsys Software Upgrade $4,000
Upgrade to the station’s membership database software to support tracking of donor premium gifts per IRS regulations for year-end tax letter accounting.
Microphone Upgrades $4,000/ea. Industry standard Neumann microphones (used exclusively by NPR studios) for News Talk Control Room and Performance Control Room (2 total).
ENCO Audio Automation and Delivery Software & Hardware $28,000. Three new audio workstations and an audio server, plus customized software. These machines run all that you hear on Valley Public Radio.
Monthly Mortgage (outstanding principal $963,0000): For every $100,000, the monthly mortgage payment is reduced by $500. Each gift helps reduce the mortgage.