Valley Public Radio
|City of license||KVPR: Fresno, California
KPRX: Bakersfield, California
|Broadcast area||San Joaquin Valley, California|
|Branding||Valley Public Radio|
|Slogan||NPR News, Classical Music, and Entertainment for Central California|
|Frequency||KVPR: 89.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
KPRX: 89.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
|ERP||KVPR: 2,450 watts
KPRX: 11,000 watts
|HAAT||KVPR: 576 meters
KPRX: 152 meters
|Facility ID||KVPR: 72188
|Callsign meaning||KVPR: Valley Public Radio
KPRX: Public Radio X
|Owner||White Ash Broadcasting, Inc.|
Valley Public Radio is a public radio organization in Fresno, California, broadcasting programming from National Public Radio (NPR) and other public radio producers and distributors, as well as locally produced news, music, talk, and public affairs programs. Valley Public Radio consists of two FM stations–KVPR in Fresno (89.3 MHz) and satellite station KPRX in Bakersfield (89.1 MHz).
Despite having no translators, the two stations' combined signal covers most of California's San Joaquin Valley, including the cities of Fresno, Bakersfield, Visalia, Madera, Tulare, Clovis, Merced, and Hanford. Much of this area only gets grade B coverage, however, as the two stations operate at relatively modest power compared to other NPR stations. KVPR operates at only 2,450 watts, most likely to protect KXPR in Sacramento at nearby 88.9. KPRX operates at only 11,000 watts, most likely to protect KPCC in Pasadena at nearby 89.3.
In 1975, Richard Mays, Von Johnson and Randall (Jan) van Oosten formed White Ash Broadcasting in order to bring a public radio station to the Central Valley.
Initial operating funds for White Ash Broadcasting came from a 'seed' grant of $25,000 provided through a competitive grant award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In 1976, the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare awarded White Ash Broadcasting a "matching grant" of $125,000 to cover the cost of studio and transmission equipment. To earn the full grant award, the program required White Ash to raise $40,000 from local sources.
White Ash Broadcasting successfully petitioned the FCC for a construction permit in the fall of 1976, and received a full license two years later. KVPR's first broadcast plant was located at 1515 Van Ness Avenue at the site of the former KMJ-AM/FM studios. KVPR began regular broadcast services on October 15, 1978 and re-located to its current site on Shaw Avenue in the mid 1980s. The original site has been demolished.
Valley Public Radio's initial programming mix was music, news and public affairs. Nearly 75% of KVPR's original program schedule was locally produced, and included portions of jazz, folk and classical music in addition to select programming from National Public Radio. Over time, KVPR would opt to focus on a combination of mostly NPR programming and classical music.
KPRX signed on in February 1987 as a full satellite of KVPR. Bakersfield had previously been one of the largest cities in the country with no NPR stations.
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- Valley Public Radio official website
- Valley Public Radio on Diaryland
- Valley Public Radio on Myspace
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KVPR
- Radio-Locator information on KVPR
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KVPR
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KPRX
- Radio-Locator information on KPRX
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPRX