Around the Community
RIVERSIDE OFFICE OF EDUCATION SUMMIT KVCR’s own Director of Operations Tony Papa attended this event and presented on the new children’s show, Learn with Me! This educational television gem for Pre-K through third grade students is being created in conjunction with San Bernardino County Schools Superintendent Ted Alejandre and Footsteps2Brilliance. It will be in both English and Spanish. Papa talked about what is involved with producing a series like this including character development, working with classroom teachers, and the animation that helps bring the show to life.
KVCR STAFF ATTENDS ANNUAL PBS CONFERENCE
For the first time in several years, the annual PBS Conference was held in person. The event offered insight into current happenings in the Public Media world. New shows were previewed and ways to increase membership was a hot topic. All who attended came away energized and with great ideas!
TEAM KVCR ATTENDS STEM EVENT in Riverside which was led by an enthusiastic team of engineers who are lighting a flame for math and science among young IE students. Children and KVCR staff built a bridge from sand then demonstrated the bridge’s ability to hold weight. Thanks to Manny Saucedo for judging and to Ben Holland for his excellent bridge!
BOTH MAYOR TRAN OF SAN BERNARDINO AND MAYOR LOCK-DAWSON OF RIVERSIDE toured KVCR studios and both were impressed by what they saw, especially the “Green Screen.” Both Mayors are also a part of our newly created Community Advisory Board.
KVCR TEAM MEMBER LILLIAN VASQUEZ spoke on a panel at SBVC with the Institute of Media Arts. In attendance were teachers, students, and school district administrators. Lillian was also a guest speaker for Mass Communication students at Cal State San Bernardino. The topic was an excellent one – The Inland Empire is a media desert…how do we fix that?
KVCR ATTENDS PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE presented by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and The California Arts Project, and our own Director of Development Manny Saucedo was one of the presenters. Everyone in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the student performances!
IN COLLABORATION WITH SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SCHOOLS, KVCR now hosts several podcasts put on by the County schools. This is in line with KVCR’s plan to be a media aggregator in the Inland Empire. To check out these podcasts, which fall under our Education pillar, visit us at https://www.kvcrnews.org/all-shows#podcasts.
KVCR IS PARTNERING WITH DELTA THETA SORORITY to bring awareness to the horrendous crime of sex trafficking right here in San Bernardino City and County. KVCR will produce a 2-3 minute video that can be used at events with a call to action to help end sex trafficking
KVCR HOSTS MINA KIM IN STUDIO
Ms. Kim is a dedicated California daily talk show host with Forum. Prior to joining Forum, Ms. Kim was KQED’s evening news anchor. Loved by all, some of KVCR’s longtime members enjoyed an informative and fascinating evening.
KVCR CONTINUES TO ADVANCE FNX by attending events to further exposure of the channel and learn more about native and indigenous cultures. Team members attended an Indian Gaming Association event as well as the annual Reservation Economic Summit, or RES 2023, with 4,000 attendees. FNX is currently broadcast in 29 states and events like these will help us ultimately get to all 50!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CONNIE LEYVA participated in Rialto’s 3rd Annual Youth Climate Action Summit at Eisenhower High School. Taking part on a panel with Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr., they discussed the impacts of pollution on this region and ways that students can get involved
KVCR continues to build community relationships
meeting with the Delta SigmaTheta Sorority to discuss filming possibilities. The KVCR team also met with The Frontline Observer’s Anthony Victoria to find ways to coordinate and collaborate with the community and The Weingart Foundation, which partners with communities across Southern California to advance racial, social and economic justice for all. Stay tuned for exciting community engagement!
Executive Director Connie Leyva gives keynote on March 15 at the Inland Empire Workforce and Education Summit.
It was a packed house with an excellent panel of local leaders discussing education and workforce for the future.
Inland Empire Labor Council visits and tours KVCR on March 20. More than 15 unions were in attendance representing thousands of workers in the Inland Empire. We look forward to a productive relationship with all unions represented.
KVCR Welcomes San Manuel
On February 2nd Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena and associates met with Chancellor Diana Rodriguez, Executive Vice Chancellor Jose Torres, and Executive Director Connie Leyva to discuss future FNX projects. The meeting and discussion were well received by all participants.
Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce Visits KVCR On February 6th Chino Chamber President Zeb Wellborn and 20 chamber members visited KVCR. Members were excited to learn about their local PBS and NPR station. Members also recorded “shout outs” on both radio and television to be used in the future here at KVCR.
Redlands Rotary Club Learns About the SBVC Culinary Program and Visits KVCR
Trustee Gonzalez and members of the Rotary Club enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by our own SBVC students, learned about the culinary arts program, and then headed over to KVCR for a tour! They too participated in “shout outs” on both radio and television. The tour was well received by all participants.
KVCR Receives Funding for Exciting Programs
Inland futures Foundation has been selected to receive $10,792 from the City of San Bernardino Arts and Historical Preservation Commission. These monies will be used to continue bringing valuable content to KVCR in the Visual, Performing Arts and Literary Arts.
KVCR received a $10,000 grant from the California Endowment.
The grant is being used to improve community health equity through journalism. This will specifically aid in increasing awareness of health and racial disparities, and improve coverage of underserved communities trying to cope in the Inland Empire. KVCR looks forward to using these funds in serving our community and increasing community engagement.
FNX Launches Broadcast in two new states as of the first of the year.
FNX will be seen in southeastern Virginia on WHRO and in eastern Kansas on KTWU. This brings FNX to a total of 30 affiliates broadcasting in 28 states with roughly a reach of 74 million homes.
KVCR rents out Radio Studios to a Los Angeles-based film production company.
The Whisper Network, a feature film coming in 2023, rented KVCR Radio production facilities for a full day of filming in December. This opportunity generated revenue for both Valley College and KVCR.
KVCR and the California Newsroom together for Inland Empire.
In partnership with the California Newsroom and the Listening Post Collective, 91.9 KVCR News recently presented the environmental reporting series, Unfiltered IE. The nine-part series ran from November 10 through December 15. You'll find all the stories online at kvcrnews.org/unfiltered
KVCR CURATES RHYTHM LOUNGE IN CONJUNCTION WITH SBVC’s FILM, TV & MEDIA/INSTITUTE OF MEDIA ARTS
This show has been in the works for some time waiting for approval from PBS to upload into the PBS App. Once PBS granted the long-awaited greenlight, KVCR team members jumped into action to make sure everything was ready to launch this show with IMA students. Seeing the students’ work on air is sure to be a major attraction for the FTVM and IMA. A big thank you to Sean Houlihan and Ben Holland for their technical expertise! See available episodes here.
KVCR WAS ON HAND TO COVER GROUNDBREAKING AT CRAFTON HILLS Crafton Hills College broke ground on the new Finkelstein Performing Arts Center. The groundbreaking ceremony was well attended and enjoyed by many members of SBCCD and the community.
STUDENTS AND PARENTS FROM RAMONAALESSANDRO Elementary toured the station. We’re not sure who enjoyed the event more – the parents or the students! It’s never too early to get our youngest learners engaged.
KVCR TV AND RADIO PRODUCE SPOTS FOR SUMMER CLASSES at both Valley College and Crafton Hills College. This is an amazing opportunity for students young and old to receive free tuition and books! KVCR will run these spots until July 2, 2023.
STUDENT INTERN PROGRAM funding is being sought from our viewers. Any funds raised are being matched by our corporate sponsor, Kitchell Construction. Radio listeners are being offered tickets to ComicCon Revolution and their donations will also be matched by Kitchell.
SBVC STUDENT LAWRENCE ROMO, who played the role of Cat in the Hat in the SBVC Theatre Arts performance of Seussical the Musical, was interviewed by Lillian Vasquez. You can hear his thoughts about the experience here.
Superintendent of San Bernardino County Schools Ted Alejandre visits and tours KVCR studio.
Mr. Alejandre discussed with staff ways in which we could partner in the future and even gave KVCR a shout out! View it at this link.
Learn with Me films all week during Spring Break. KVCR’s project with the San Bernardino County Schools had teachers in the studio all week to continue working on episodes for this new collaboration for our youngest learners.
KVCR attends Wolverine Con at Valley College. This high-powered event was orchestrated by the students enrolled in SBVC’s Film, Television, and Media program. Our own intern, Mariana Lapizco, had her multi-lingual film Blood Ties featured in the event and won both the Grand Jury Award and Director awards! Way to go Mariana
KVCR continues to support student Interns The Spring semester has started, and we are excited to have four new Interns joining us here at KVCR! Monday thru Friday. Students and staff are interacting every day and learning from each other. Our interns bring a great energy to the station.
Spotlight on Students
SBVC Music Major, Totionna Jennings is joining the KVCR team through the Federal Work Study program. Our intention is to have her work with Rick Dulock on our monthly show “Musically Speaking”. Musically Speaking is produced by Rick and hosted by SBVC Associate Professor, Margaret Worsley. KVCR Intern Mariana Pineda is in the process of writing and recording some cross promotion content for us. She is producing spots about KVCR TV shows which will air on KVCR Radio.
Rim of the World High School visits KVCR Representatives from San Bernardino County schools joined these high school students who learned about possible careers in the media and how attending SBVC can lead to those careers!
KVCR Supporting Crafton Hills College with Student Enrollment
Underwriting spots aired on both TV and radio on January 23rd, the spots were 30 seconds in length and were geared toward increasing awareness and enrollment in the Crafton Hills Multimedia Program.
“Rhythm Lounge” to begin airing on KVCR
Working in conjunction with SBVC and their multimedia department, students have written and are producing this show which began airing in January.
Hispanic Collation of Small Businesses Visits SBVC and KVCR
In a visit set up by Valley College Foundation, Trustee Reyes, Board members of the Hispanic Chamber, and our new San Bernardino Mayor, Helen Tran, toured various CTE programs at Valley College and then toured KVCR studios. The tours were well received by the participants
Crafton Hills College Center for Digital
Media Students work on class projects for
CHC and KVCR have worked together to
provide Multimedia 131 - Publication Design and
Multimedia 111 - Adobe Photoshop 1 students
opportunities to create, per guidelines,
submissions for KVCR staff to review and vote
on. The winning submissions will be integrated
into KVCR marketing and online communications
to its members.
KVCR and the 2022 Basic Needs Summit
at Valley College.
Through pre-event social
media messaging to build awareness and filming
on the day of the event, KVCR participated in this
critical conference focusing on California
Community College students and the discussion
of food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty. In
addition, KVCR News also did a story for online
and on-air; find the story here.
Crafton Hills College student joins KVCR
Former CHC student and Loyola
Marymount University graduate, Dean
Anagnostopoulos will join the KVCR News team
on a volunteer basis beginning in January.
Local Area Schools continue to visit with
FTVM / IMA and tour KVCR facilities.
During the last week of January, Apple Valley High
School, with close to 100 students, and Granite
Mountain Charter School, a non-classroom-based
publicly funded charter, will stop by the station with
over 100 students to speak with staff and learn
about KVCR and FTVM / IMA opportunities and
KVCR can be watched or listened to in the following ways: KVCR - 24.1 Over the Air Cable: Frontier FiOS, Spectrum, AT&T U-verse, Satellite: DirectTV and Dish TV, Live Streaming: kvcr.org, PBS App and mobile|
FNX - 24.2 Over the Air, Cable: Frontier FiOS, Spectrum, and AT&T U-verse, Live Streaming Localbtv NATIONALLY: FNX is Carried by 30 affiliates broadcasting in 28 states from Alaska to NY. How to Watch | Coverage Map
DESERT CITIES - 24.3, Over the Air Cable: Frontier FiOS|CREATE - 24.4, Over the Air.
KVCR BEGINS FILMING INLAND EDITION
This newly remade show will feature elected officials from all levels of government, local, statewide, and constitutional. The goal is to get viewers more civically engaged and help them learn more about what exactly it is that their public servants do. This show will begin airing Friday nights on August 11th at 6 p.m. Join us for engaging and informative conversations.
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD (CAB) ESTABLISHED AT KVCR
The first meeting of the KVCR CAB kicked off with all members attending to share their views and ideas. Originally scheduled to meet bi-monthly, the Board decided this group should meet monthly instead! KVCR looks forward to working with these valuable community leaders.
KVCR AWARDED LOCAL MEDIA FELLOWSHIP GRANT UC Berkley will be funding one paid full-time reporter to KVCR. This reporter will be covering news stories in the Inland Empire and will start in September of this year. We are extremely excited for this opportunity
KVCR HOLDS SPRING RADIO PLEDGE raising more than $60,000. Radio Pledge is an all hands-on deck event here at KVCR and a big thank you goes out to the entire team, as well as to the hundreds of listeners who pledged to help keep the mission alive here at KVCR!
KVCR holds first Inland Futures Foundation (IFF) board meeting of the year.
We appreciate the dedication of our IFF board members in helping move KVCR to the next level.
KVCR Launching “IE Latino Voices” in Conjunction with the Cielo Fund
KVCR is thrilled to be launching IE Latino Voices which will begin airing on the radio in March. We have hired Yvette Walker who currently hosts a show on KMET. We are thrilled that she will be able to host Latino Voices for us. Stay tuned!
KVCR Hires New Director of Corporate and Strategic Relations.
We are excited to welcome Manuel Saucedo to Team KVCR! Prior to joining KVCR, Manny worked for 8 years as the District Director for then Senator Connie Leyva where he helped her to bring millions of dollars to the communities they served, and engage the community in all aspects of their work.
FNX receives a grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to create programming. FNX Productions will receive $52,800 in 2023 to do another season of Native Shorts in conjunction with the Sundance Institute's Native American and Indigenous Program. This grant also covers additional segments of FNX Now, a news program focusing on important Native American issues across the US.