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NPR / Valley Public Radio

The first broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered took place on May 3, 1971. That day more than 20,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest against the Vietnam War. NPR journalists covered the day's events, producing a 24-minute sound portrait of what was happening which was inducted in 2017 into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress for its place in US audio heritage.

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.

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

For as long as we’ve had the ability to speak, humans have been telling stories. Today, story telling pervades all forms of media — books, music, film, advertising, video games and more. And yet, nothing is quite as engaging as a live human sharing their story. In December 2019, the Beale Memorial Library in Bakersfield, in association with Bakersfield Toastmasters Clubs and Valley Public Radio presented an evening of true stories, told before a live audience. And now you can hear it yourself, with this special broadcast of Storyteller's Showcase. 

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.

Join Valley Public Radio for "Play On" a special program featuring words and music with Fresno Philharmonic Music Director Rei Hotoda and Valley Public Radio's David Aus. 


Thanks for your help in raising the needed funds to make the backup generator project a reality. As of 7/29/19 we have raised the money necessary to complete this project. Work will begin on the installation soon. Thanks for your generous support of Valley Public Radio. 

- Joe Moore
President and General Manager
Valley Public Radio

California State Senator Melissa Hurtado has named Valley Public Radio as Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 14. Station President and General Manager Joe Moore and Finance Director Shirin Assemi visited the state capitol Wednesday to accept the honor as part of California Nonprofit Day. The station was one of 200 nonprofits honored as part of the celebration. 

From an earlier press release: 

Some familiar Valley Public Radio programs are coming to you at new times, starting in June. The changes begin with weekday morning broadcasts of The California Report, which will now be heard at 6:50 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. We have traditionally aired this 9-minute-long statewide news broadcast at 6:50 a.m. with a rebroadcast of the same show an hour later at 7:50 a.m.

CLOVIS, CA – Valley Public Radio is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Melissa Hurtado for Senate District 14.

Morning Edition Launches New Theme Music

Apr 30, 2019
Stephen Voss / NPR

Start off your day on a different beat. NPR’s Morning Edition has launched brand new theme music for the first time in 40 years. Don’t sleep on our fresh sound, tune in to hear the show every weekday morning from 3:00 AM till 9:00 AM on FM89 and

LA Phil

Now hear the acclaimed sounds of one of America’s finest orchestras on Valley Public Radio, Thursday nights at 8:00 PM. The Los Angeles Philharmonic broadcasts begin Thursday June 6th  2019, with a month’s worth of highlights from the prior season, followed by the launch of the all-new 2018-2019 broadcast season from Walt Disney Hall beginning Thursday night June 27th.

CLOVIS, CA - Valley Public Radio is recognizing the longtime leadership of Mariam Stepanian, the station’s late President and General Manager by naming FM89’s studio complex in her honor.

At a ceremony Saturday January 12, 2019, station board members alongside Stepanian’s family unveiled a monument sign outside Valley Public Radio’s Clovis Broadcast Center reading "Mariam Stepanian Studios."

New York Public Radio

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.