The staff of Valley Public Radio (FM 89.3) is hoping the spirit of giving is alive and well this holiday season. Fundraising efforts to build a new facility for the radio station could get a huge bump if the community is willing to help come up with matching funds.
The James Irvine Foundation will award the local radio station $200,000 if a matching amount can be raised. So far, $137,500 has been raised. The deadline to come up with the remainder of the money is Dec. 31.
This isn’t a case of the foundation matching whatever is raised. KVPR must come up with the entire $200,000 to get the matching money.
“This is a way to encourage people who are sitting on the fence,” says Mariam Stepanian, president and general manager of the station. “We feel there is more of a giving spirit now. People feel so generous. They are buying gifts.”
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All of this money would go toward the $1 million needed beyond the construction costs to pay for equipment and make upgrades for the new broadcast center, which is under construction at the Clovis Technology Park at Temperance and Alluvial avenues in Clovis.
Even if the KVPR fundraisers get the $200,000, they will still need to raise $94,000 to hit the $1 million mark.
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 late March or early April.
The James Irvine Foundation is a private nonprofit dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s grants focus on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937, it has provided more than $1.5 billion in grants to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations throughout California.
Stepanian says the foundation usually gives money toward programming and has been supportive of helping KVPR get new facilities built.
“This is the largest challenge grant in the history of Valley Public Radio,” Stepanian says. “We anticipate listeners and members will respond to the urgency of this challenge and help us raise $200,000 to cross the finish line before we move in, which is scheduled for early 2016.”
Valley Public Radio provides content to listeners throughout Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties, as well as portions of Mariposa, Tuolumne, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
Go to www.kvpr.org to donate.
Here comes the Herd
“The Herd with Colin Cowheard” has taken over the 3 p.m. weekday time slot on Fresno’s Fox Sports 1340 (KCBL). His first show was Monday, Nov. 30. The syndicated radio show is a topic-driven journey through the top sports stories of the day.
“Colin Cowherd is America’s undisputed sports-talk champion. The show has been in popular demand from our listeners and we are thrilled to deliver for them,” says Jay Bohannon, KCBL’s program director.
To make room for the thundering herd, Steve Gorman Sports is no longer airing on the station.
You can hear FOX Sports 1340 via www.foxsportsradio1340.com, on iHeartRadio.com or the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one music streaming and digital radio service.
ValleyPBS is presenting a sneak peek at the sixth and final season of “Downton Abbey.” The event will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Warnors Theatre, 1400 Fulton St.
Free tickets are available at Fresno Coin & Jewelry, 4646 N. Blackstone Ave.
The final season of Downton Abbey kicks off on KVPT (Channel 18.1) on Jan. 3.
Following a successful run in New York, Hulu will bring its “Seinfeld: The Apartment” fan experience back to Los Angeles just in time for Festivus.
It will be located at 8445 Melrose Ave. and will be open to the public Dec. 16-20.
The pop-up installation, featuring a replica of Jerry’s Upper West Side Apartment and full gallery experience, will be reconstructed in Los Angeles with fan favorite items from its NYC run, as well as new and exciting items from the legendary series.