Valley Public Radio picked up two Golden Mike Awards from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California at the 66th annual ceremony held in Universal City on Saturday, Jan. 23.
This is the second time the Valley Public Radio (KVPR, FM 89.3) news team was recognized with these awards from the southern region. The station was honored with:
Best News Reporting (Division B): “One Valley School District’s Unorthodox Educational Approach: No More Grades” by Jeffrey Hess.
Best Radio Feature News Series Reporting (Division A & Division B): “Voices of the Drought: Taps Run Dry in Fairmead, Watch, I Get Nothing,” “Drought is Forcing Many Beekeepers and Their Colonies Out of California” and “An Ancient Native American Drought Solution for a Parched California” by Ezra David Romero.
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Joe Moore, director of program content and host of Valley Edition, was the executive producer of the winning reports.
Radio stations are divided into categories according to size, and Fresno competed in the smaller Division B.
In the past, KVPR entered the Northern California region of the awards. President and General Manager Mariam Stepanian says that KVPR was approached to be in the Southern California region last year because of its broadcast in Bakersfield.
“I am pleased and proud once again to have our news team honored with these awards,” Stepanian says. “Our news team strives to cover those stories of the San Joaquin Valley that might otherwise go unheard, giving a voice to the diversity of our region.”
Valley Public Radio provides content throughout Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties, as well as portions of Mariposa, Tuolumne, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. You can hear it locally at FM 89.3 or online at www.kvpr.org.
The Radio & Television News Association of Southern California is a nonprofit organization made up of professional broadcast journalists.
Putting her foot down
Former Fresno State athlete and “Glee” star Dot-Marie Jones is taking on a charitable cause. She is one of several celebrities who has joined the #BootsOn initiative in support of the Boot Campaign.
The national nonprofit organization promotes patriotism, raises awareness of military issues and provides assistance to our nation’s heroes and their families. Retail sales of combat boots, apparel and mission-focused merchandise, along with general public donations and corporate sponsorships fund programs that support military families.
According to the organization’s website, wearing combat boots with civilian clothes makes a statement. It starts a conversation, illuminating struggles that result from service and sacrifice. Every pair of boots sold helps fund the group’s assistance programs, which directly benefit active duty and veteran families of all generations.
Patriotism is especially important to Jones, whose mother was a cadet nurse and whose father was in the military police during World War II.
“This is the least I can do, not only for my family but for these men and women who give everything,” Jones says.
With the support of celebrities like Jones, the Boot Campaign, established in 2009, is looking to broaden its reach to a larger audience and help even more deserving heroes.
Learn more at http://bootcampaign.org and join the #BootsOn community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Bootcampaign.
Cold hard facts
The rain and snow is generally good news, but it also has caused a few problems for local TV and radio broadcasters who have their transmitters in the mountains. That’s why KZPO (FM 103.3), better known as Kings Radio, was off the air a few weeks ago.
Ice on the tower that handles the station’s signal on Blue Ridge knocked the nostalgia radio station off the air. It took a few days, but the signal has returned.
Don’t be surprised if other local TV and radio stations experience similar problems.
With deepest regrets
I wanted to take a moment and pass on my deepest condolences to Chris Colfer for the passing of his mother, Karyn L. Colfer, on Jan. 14. I had the chance to speak with her as her son’s fame grew and she always was extremely supportive.
“To say we’re proud of Christopher is an understatement,” Karyn Colfer once told me. “This is what dreams are made of. We are honored to be on the sidelines watching it all unfold for him.”
My thoughts are with the family.