December 6, 2022 Minutes-Off Site Meeting and Tour of KVCR Broadcasting Studio-In-Person Only Meeting

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Off-Site Meeting and Tour of KVCR Broadcasting Studio at San Bernardino Valley College
In-Person Only


Present:  Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Rebecca Boydston, Ken Coate, Dr. Sam Gibbs, Otis Greer, Lowell King, Steve Lambert, Bill Lemann, Michael Lewin, Darcy McNaboe, Dr. Ann Miles, Dan Murphy, Robert Nava, Ginger Ontiveros, Catherine Pritchett, Thomas Rice, Michael Rivera, Dan Schenkel, Paul Shimoff, Eric Ustation and Reggie Webb.

Guests: Christy Bethel and Sandra Espadas

Announcements1) Inland Action’s federal advocacy will be on March 6-8th, 2023.  The group was reminded that travel is typically on Saturday or Sunday and that a reception will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.  Inland Action pays for the airfare and group hotel accommodations.  More information will be distributed soon.  2)  Mediation has concluded regarding the Community Foundation and the Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) Program.  The Community Foundation will serve as the fiscal agent and will work with IEGO.  3) Appreciation was expressed to members for their rapid response to support federal engagement to ensure continued rail services.  4)   The first announcement was made for prospective new member: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  Qiana Charles, Vice President, and Regional Executive of the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco would serve as their primary representative and Chi Elder, Regional Engagement Officer would serve as their Alternate representative.  To learn more go to

The East Valley Water District has asked that Michael Moore, General Manager/CEO serve as primary member replacing John Mura.
Motion by T. Rice/Second/Passed: Michael Moore, General Manager/CEO serve as primary representative for East Valley Water District. 

Motion by T. Rice /Second/Passed: Minutes from November 22, 2022.

Jose Torres, Executive Vice Chancellor, San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) and  Connie Leyva, the new Executive Director of KVCR welcomed the group and gave an overview of KVCR and their programs from classroom to profession.

In the past several years, SBCCD has invested over $25 million to completely renovate the KVCR public media station, which serves the Riverside-San Bernardino-Inland Empire areas, bringing NPR, PBS and live local content to our community.

KVCR‘s Inspiring Possibilities plan is a collaboration of management, faculty, and station staff.  It contains analysis of where the station is now and offers possibilities for the future that align KVCR with SBCCD’s mission and puts students and the community at the center of operations.  They have three strategic directions:

  1. Align San Bernardino Valley College Institute of Media Arts (IMA) with KVCR
  2. Ensure financial sustainability for KVCR
  3. Provide TV and radio content relevant to the SBCCD community

The Institute of Media Arts (IMA) is affiliated with San Bernardino Valley College’s film, TV, media (FTVM) program.  The institute provides students further paths to achieve their goals in cinema, television, and all multimedia platforms.  Associate degrees include Film, Television, and Media Production.  Various certificates such as Production, Post-Production, and Social Media Studio Production are available for students with more being added.

Crafton Hills College’s Center for Digital Media is the program of choice for students seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills required to secure a job in the digital media industry and/or to pursue a creative degree at a four-year institution.  Among others, they offer Digital Illustration, Virtual Reality, Digital Illustration, and Web Development certificates in addition to Associate degrees in Digital Animation, Web Development & Interface Design, and Graphic and Media Design.   They are currently updating to 3D modeling for animation, game design and visual effects (VFX).

The annual job openings in the region for SBVC’s current and new programs show an increase of job openings between 11-29% all of which are good paying positions.

KVCR carries Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), National Public Radio (NPR) and First Nations Experience (FNX).  First Nations Experience (FNX) is America’s only Native American and World Indigenous themed television network. FNX is a non-profit education and entertainment brand serving Native Americans and consumers of Native culture. FNX is distributed by PBS to several station affiliates in 25 states across the country.

Tours of both the television and radio facilities were conducted.

Meeting adjourned at the completion of the tours.