There has been good news and sad news the past few weeks with Valley Public Radio.
At the same time the staff was celebrating the groundbreaking ceremonies for a new facility being built at the Research & Technology Park at Temperance Avenue and Highway 168 in Clovis, there was the news that Kristina Herrick was leaving the station. After almost three decades working as a classical announcer for FM89, Herrick is moving back to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family. Her final day was May 13.
Herrick is an expert in early pre-Baroque era music. One of her many duties with KVPR was as the host of “In the Mode.”
“I have been so fortunate to have been able to share beautiful music with our listeners for 28 years. There has not been a day when I didn’t look forward to going to the station, interacting with listeners and working with the creative and capable staff at Valley Public Radio,” Herrick says.
The departure means Herrick won’t be around when the new facility opens. The local radio station was able to raise the $1.6 million through donations from private and national donors. The land was purchased in December of 2013.
Construction of the new building is going as planned and should be completed in 10 months. The station will need to raise an additional $1 million to pay for equipment and to make upgrades to the original plans.
“The building codes changed so that’s part of the reason we need the additional money,” says KVPR president and general manger, Mariam Stepanian.
The new facility will create more space for artists to perform and give the news staff a place to work. Production capabilities will expand so that news and music can be produced at the same time.
KVPR is currently located at 3437 W. Shaw Ave., its home for more than 30 years.