Inside FM89

Information about Valley Public Radio, station programs, events and personalities.

Station Transmitter Status

Jan 19, 2021

UPDATE: 1/20/21 - 12:15 PM- KVPR 89.3's HD-2 signal "KVPR Classical" is back on the air in the Fresno/Clovis area.

UPDATE: 1/20/21 - 11:00 AM - KVPR 89.3 FM's HD-2 signal, "KVPR Classical" is currently off-air due to complications from the recent public safety power shutoff. We hope to restore HD-2 service on FM 89.3 later this afternoon. You can continue to listen to KVPR Classical online via streaming at


This February, Valley Public Radio honors Black History Month with a series of broadcast specials providing fresh insights into African American history and the challenges of today. Hear historical profiles, music, and frank discussions about race, policing, and the fight for equality amid a system and society imbued with systemic racism. The broadcasts can be heard Thursday night at 7:00 PM in the month of February.

Charity Navigator

Valley Public Radio’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the seventh consecutive year that Valley Public Radio has earned this top distinction from the organization. The designation was awarded December 23, 2020 in a letter from Charity Navigator. 

Join Valley Public Radio for a special online fundraiser Saturday February 6, 2021 featuring a discussion with NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith. The virtual event will take place at 6:00 p.m. PST and will be moderated by Valley Public Radio's Kathleen Schock, host of Valley Edition. Tickets for this online event are $20 and proceeds will benefit Valley Public Radio. We'll hear insights from Keith on her time covering the Trump administration, the transition and the start of the Biden administration. 

Carnegie Hall Live

Valley Public Radio is pleased to offer a new season of Carnegie Hall Live as we start the new year. The 13 week series will consist of 7 concerts recorded during the abbreviated 19-20 season, supplemented by 6 concerts from the archives. The broadcasts will air on KVPR FM 89 Wednesday nights from 8:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday January 6, 2021 and will continue through Wednesday March 31, 2021. These performances feature some of the classical music world’s most esteemed artists in a wide range of styles, from early music to recitals to orchestral programs. 

American Public Media / Chanticleer

From the spoken word to classical music and jazz, help celebrate the holiday season with an eclectic blend of holiday specials from Valley Public Radio. This year, our lineup features familiar favorites like A Christmas Carol and Hanukkah Lights, as well as new programs like A Chanticleer Christmas and Hygge Holiday. Plus join us for broadcasts of everything from Handel’s Messiah, to contemporary favorites like David Sedaris reading from his Santaland Diaries on Tinsel Tales, and Pink Martini’s A Holiday In Pink radio special, and New Year’s Day live from Vienna.

KQED / The California Report

With its sprawling territory, climatic and cultural extremes, and teeming and diverse population, California is tough to cover. Yet, for the last 25 years, The California Report has knit together this vast and varied state, bringing you news stories and culture that define California’s role in American life.

Emma Newburger/NPR

NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith will participate in a special virtual event Monday October 26th as part of Fresno State's President's Lecture Series.  The event will be moderated by Valley Public Radio's Joe Moore, and is sponsored by the station, as well as The Fresno Bee, KSEE24, and Valley PBS.

Keith, who grew up in Hanford, is also co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast and is a member of the “Politics Monday” team on PBS NewsHour. She will offer her insights on the November election, covering the Trump White House and other major stories for NPR. 

Valley Public Radio will participate in a new pilot program announced today by Microsoft that will help support local journalism in the Fresno area.

New programs are coming to Valley Public Radio’s lineup beginning September 14th. The changes make for a consistent news/talk lineup throughout the station’s weekday schedule, and the reintroduction of talk programming to the FM89 schedule. As a part of this change, the station is also moving midday classical music programming that is currently airing on weekdays to the station’s all-new digital channel KVPR Classical, which airs music programming 24/7.

We are at an inflection point for our society, our culture and even our radio station. Things aren’t likely to return to the same way they were before the pandemic, nor should they. At the same time as our nation struggles to deal with COVID-19, we are also undergoing a long overdue confrontation with ingrained racism in our society and institutions, all while we experience a period of political and economic turmoil that is unlike any in recent memory.


UPDATE: 9/14/20 1:00 PM - PG&E service has been restored at Meadow Lakes transmitter sites, meaning we are no longer running on our backup generator. While fire conditions could change at any time and threaten the transmitter site, our area is not currently in immediate danger.

Join Valley Public Radio this August for special coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from NPR. While the conventions will be held in a "virtual" format due to COVID-19, NPR will provide coverage of both parties as they nominate their presidential candidates for the November 2020 election. Coverage of the DNC will take place Monday August 17th - Thursday August 20th, from 6:00 PM - approx 8:30 PM. Coverage of the RNC will take place Monday August 24th - Thursday August 27th, from 6:00 PM - approx 8:30 PM.

COVID-19 has changed daily life for everyone, especially those of us in the workforce. And while many jobs in today’s economy are relatively easy to do remotely, thanks to advanced technology, others are more challenging – including broadcasting.

American Public Media

Booms, busts, bubbles, recessions, inflation – today's financial world is complex, and often overwhelming. Navigating news and numbers is increasingly difficult. That's where Marketplace comes in. And now Valley Public Radio listeners can hear the innovative journalism and interesting voices that have made Marketplace a favorite of nearly 14 million weekly listeners nationwide.

Audience Feedback

May 22, 2020

Let us know what you think, send a news tip, or tell us what Valley Public Radio means to you. Send a voice memo with your smartphone via email to, or use the Audience Feedback tool on the KVPR app to send us your comments in audio form. Note - sending us your comments grants Valley Public Radio permission to use your name and the audio recordings you send us on the air. It is not a gurantee that your comments will be broadcast. 


The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has awarded Valley Public Radio with the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

In a brand new special series from Valley Public Radio, award-winning journalist and author Mark Arax offers a special perspective on our times, viewed through the lens of writer William Saroyan. 

Each week, Valley writers will read a short story by Saroyan, and we’ll discuss its relevance.

The current COVID-19 crisis has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives, and the situation is no different for the staff of Valley Public Radio. We have experienced an unprecedented interruption of our normal operations, yet every day our team members continue to work hard to bring you the national, statewide and local programming you rely on. Our programming remains on-air, and while several station events including our wine tasting will be rescheduled, we remain committed to keeping you informed and inspired during these challenging times.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, we have temporarily suspended our local broadcasts of Clearly Classical and Young Artists Spotlight, and have directed nearly all station employees to work from home. As a result, we have temporarily replaced those locally-produced programs with network classical music programming from our friends at Classical 24, which is a national, live-hosted classical music program from American Public Media and PRX.