Rick Bentley

TV & Radio: Build continues for new KVPR home in Clovis

Karolina Sivas and the director go over plans for opening shot.
Karolina Sivas and the director go over plans for opening shot. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

The soon-to-be new home for Fresno’s Valley Public Radio station, KVPR (FM 89.3), is getting closer to a reality. The station has scheduled a “Topping Off Ceremony” at the construction site of its new broadcast center at the Research & Technology Park at Temperance Avenue and Highway 168 in Clovis.

Mariam Stepanian, Valley Public Radio president and general manager, says the move is feeling more like a reality every day.

“We are now making decisions about phones and wiring and security cameras and broadcast boards,” Stepanian said.

The event is schedule for noon Thursday, Nov. 5, at 2589 Alluvial Ave. The ceremonies are open to the public. Donors and contributors will sign the last steel beam before the installation of the roof.

The radio station is promising a surprise musical presentation.

KVPR raised $1.6 million through donations from private and national donors for the building. The land was purchased in December 2013. Construction of the new building is going as planned and should be completed in March.

There was one snag along the way with building codes changing during the construction and the radio station needed to raise an additional $1 million to pay for equipment and to make upgrades to the original plans. So far, only $130,000 has been raised.

One way the radio station is looking to raise funds is by selling the naming rights for the new building. All you need is $1 million and you can have your name on the structure.

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.

Web world

The third season of the the Web series “Broken at Love,” created by Sanger native Karolina Sivas, will be available staring March 6. Filming of the award-winning Internet series has started.

The Clovis West graduate created “Broken at Love” as an online series about college senior Vivienne “Vivie” Taylor (Sivas), who gets to meet her celebrity crush, professional tennis player Holden Gregory. Sivas writes, directs and stars in the series.

There is a big change this season. The part of Holden Gregory will be played by Brooks Forester. He’s a part-time model from Boise, Idaho, who was in the ninth season of ABC’s reality competition show “The Bachelorette.”

Sivas reports that the remainder of the cast has returned, including Ben Reed, who was in “American Sniper,” and Pamela Bowen (“Days of Our Lives”). They play Sivas’ parents.

Bowen was named Best Supporting Actress at the International Los Angeles Web Series Festival for her work in “Broken at Love.” Sivas also was honored picking up the Best Lead Actress and Best Writing honors in the soap opera category.

Some of the filming for the Los Angeles-based series will be shot in New York this season.

The first two seasons of “Broken By Love” can be seen at www.brokenatlovetheseries.com or subscribe at www.youtube.com/brokenatlove

Fresno not in step

The “Dancing With the Stars: Live!” tour that passed through Fresno earlier this year won’t be making a stop here with the next schedule of performances. Fresno is not on the list of 43 cities listed for the tour that starts Dec. 15 in Salt Lake City. If you want to see the show, the closest shows are in San Jose on Feb. 9 and in Stockton on Feb. 10.

Be a winner

Doron Ofir Casting is looking for what they are calling “outrageous and talented” contestants who are at least 18 years old for a new game show.

They are looking for people with an amazing talent or weird skill. Those who get on the air will get paid by the second.

For more information or to apply go to: paidbythesecond.com.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1