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KCBP Radio Programs from the Voice of the Valley

KCBP Radio Programs from the Voice of the Valley

By KCBP Radio
Our programs feature interviews with interesting people involved in the arts and culture of the San Joaquin Valley of California.

"Arts of the San Joaquin Valley," hosted by Linda Scheller and Sandy Graham, focuses on various facets of creativity in our community: poetry, authors, dance, theater, creative spaces, venues, music, visual arts, textile, crafters, and much more.

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AotSJV Episode 30 Poet Stella Beratlis
Modesto Poet Laureate Emeritus Stella Beratlis talks with Linda Scheller about her new book from Sixteen Rivers Press, Dust Bowl Venus, poetry of place that pays homage to Modesto country and gospel musician and songwriter Hazel Houser. 
May 24, 2021
AotSJV Episode 29 Henrietta Sparkman
Award-winning, versatile artist Henrietta Sparkman talks about her creative work, artistic process and insights, and the importance of arts education.
April 22, 2021
AotSJV Episode 28 Colton Dennis
Colton Dennis, an actor and the executive director of the Merced County Arts Council, talks with host Linda Scheller about the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, theater, and the arts scene in Merced, California.  
March 4, 2021
AotSJV Episode 27 Sarah Jamila Stevenson
Sarah Jamila Stevenson, an artist, instructor, and the award-winning author of young adult novels The Latte Rebellion, Underneath, The Truth Against the World, and the graphic novel Alexis vs. Summer Vacation, talks with host Linda Scheller about writing and community. 
February 7, 2021
AotSJV Episode 26 Richard Rios
Richard Rios, author of Songs From The Barrio, is an artist, poet, playwright, musician, and retired professor of Chicano Studies and English.
January 21, 2021
AotSJV Episode 25 Anne Martin
Violist Anne Martin, director of Orchestra and Strings at Modesto Junior College, talks about music education, conducting, and the importance of music in our community.
January 4, 2021
AotSJV Episode 24 Angela Drew
Spoken word poet Angela Drew performs two of her pieces and discusses creativity, expression, and her artistic goals.
December 7, 2020
AotSJV Episode 23 Kaila D'Sa & MoCon
Artist, musician, and composer Kaila D'Sa talks with program host Linda Scheller about his art and the art space he founded, Modesto Conservatory of Music, Art & and Theater.
November 13, 2020
AotSJV Episode 22 Meter Maids
Meter Maids is a Modesto writing group celebrating 30 years of poetry and friendship. Founding members Karen Hansis Baker and Tina Arnopole Driskill talk about Meter Maids' three decades of history, creativity, and camaraderie.
September 30, 2020
AotSJV Episode 21 Author Salvatore Salerno and Painter Barbara Gill
Poet, playwright, and essayist Salvatore Salerno and his wife, the painter Barbara Gill, talk with us about their art and its connection to the natural world.
August 20, 2020
AotSJV Episode 20 Artist Joel Aguilar
Joel Aguilar is an artist whose murals reflect the history and cultural diversity of Livingston, California, his hometown.
August 16, 2020
AotSJV Episode 19 Heike Hambley and Merced Shakespearefest
Heike Hambley, founder and artistic director of Merced Shakespearefest, talks about the non-profit theater organization's history, goals, venues, and their 2020 bilingual production of Richard II/Ricardo Segundo.
July 30, 2020
AotSJV Episode 18 Author Indigo Moor
Indigo Moor, award-winning poet, playwright, teacher, and Sacramento Poet Laureate Emeritus, talks about his upcoming book Everybody's Jonesin' for Something, his play Live! At the Excelsior, and his previously published books In the Room of Thirsts and Hungers, Through the Stonecutter's Window, and Taproot. 
July 10, 2020
AotSJV Episode 17 Author Lillian Vallee
Lillian Vallee talks with us about her book Rivers of Birds, Forests of Tule: Central Valley Nature & Culture in Season.
June 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 16 Linda Knoll and the Mistlin Gallery
Linda Knoll talks about the Central California Art Association, the Mistlin Gallery, and some of the classes, exhibits, and events they offer our community.
March 19, 2020
AotSJV Episode 15 Author and Playwright Ken White
Modesto author and playwright Ken White talks about his books, plays, and community involvement.
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 14 Jack Souza and Prospect Theater Project
Jack Souza, artistic director and founder of Prospect Theater Project, talks about the history of PTP and its importance in our community..
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 13 Artist Dave Storm
Dave Storm is a tattoo artist and actor who creates Native American wall sculpture, music, and poetry.
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 12 3-D Animation Artist Isaiah Banks
In this episode we talk with 3-D animation artist and game developer Isaiah Banks.
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 11 Painters Jim Abuan and Laura Stokes
Jim Abuan and Laura Stokes talk with us about their art.
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 10 Central West Ballet
Artistic Director Rene Daveluy, Ballet Mistress Leslie Ann Larson, and Executive Director Karin Reenstierna talk about ballet and the dance programs offered by Central West Ballet, a resident company of the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, California. 
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 9 Choral Music Daniel Afonso and Polly Vasche
Music educators Daniel Afonso and Polly Vasche talk about the importance of choral music and its history in Stanislaus County. 
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 8 Eclectic Women Artists Anne Williams Bailey and Linda Prather
Anne Williams Bailey and Linda Prather, members of the Modesto Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, discuss their visual art and poetry.
March 15, 2020
AotSJV Episode 7 Photographers David Schroeder & Ashley Rose Tacheira
Linda Scheller interviews photographers David Schroeder and Ashley Rose Tacheira.
March 10, 2020
AotSVJ Episode 6 Music
This episode with Sandy Graham features local music groups, Brother Spellbinders Band and the Blues Box Bayou Band. Host Sandy Graham speaks with Blues Box Bayou Band member Pete Grimaldi.
March 10, 2020
AotSVJ Episode 5 Creative Spaces
Linda Scheller interviews ladies from Modesto's Tri-Chromatic Gallery. Sandy Graham talks with the directors of the Shire Community Space.
March 10, 2020
AotSJV Episode 4 Theater Raquel Ruelas & Traci Sprague
Linda Scheller interviews Raquel Ruelas, Artistic Director of the Murphys Creek Theatre and Traci Sprague from Modesto's Center Stage Conservatory.
March 10, 2020
AotSJV Episode 3 Authors Petar Magazinovic & Julia Sankey
Linda Scheller interviews authors Petar Magazinovic & Julia Sankey.
March 10, 2020
AotSJV Episode 2 Village Folk Dancers & Ballet Folklorico Anahuac
Village Dancers Robert Rudholm and Judy Kropp talk about folk dancing in Stanislaus County, CA, and Carlos Gonzalez discusses Ballet Folklorico Anahuac, the Modesto non-profit dance company founded in 2006 by his mother, Liduvina Gonzalez.
March 5, 2020
AotSJV Episode 1 Poets Gillian Wegener & Tina Curiel Allen
Hosts Linda Scheller and Sandy Graham introduce Arts of the San Joaquin and feature Modesto poets Gillian Wegener and Tina Curiel Allen.
March 4, 2020