Valley Public Radio is a critical service for tens of thousands of local residents, especially in the case of an emergency, when internet and cellular communications may be disrupted. But while the station has backup generators at its two transmitter sites (Round Mountain near Bakersfield, and Meadow Lakes near Auberry) the station does not have a backup generator for its Clovis broadcast center, where a potential electricity outage would take both stations off the air. Now, with the threat of planned power shutoffs by PG&E to reduce wildfire risks, the need for a backup power source is more important than ever.
Your contribution this summer to this special capital project will help us meet this matching gift and ensure that FM89 stays on the air, regardless of the conditions. And while a major outage has yet to hit our studio complex, and take us offline, the risk is present and growing. It’s important that we proceed on this project now for several reasons. Details >>