The way people listen to music has changed, yet, despite the emergence of pandora, spotify, and others, radio stations consistently run 15, 20, even 25 commercials in an hour!
Research has been done year after year all over the country, and it always says the same things: listeners want more music! And fewer commercials!
From that, comes a station unlike any other over-the air station: Jewel Fm! This station plays fifty-five minutes of music every hour… leaving only five minutes of commercials per hour. This station never breaks from the music for longer than sixty seconds --- insuring that if you purchase a :60 commercial on Jewel Fm, it will air all by itself, as a stand-alone commercial, amidst a seemingly endless stream of great songs.
Jewel Fm is a station where current hits from artists like Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, and Lorde… collide with coffeehouse favorites from singers and songwriters like Jack Johnson, John Mayer, and Sara Bareilles. This is a station that won’t pound you over and over with the same few songs… instead, we’ll sneak in deeper tracks from well-known artists, introduce some great songs from new artists, and even play some great music by talented local musicians. Enjoy stripped-down and acoustic versions of songs you love, unique covers, and amazing live tracks!
This is a station for music-lovers… men and women… it has been an instant ratings success, and it really is nothing like traditional radio – it’s Jewel Fm.
Chris joined Jewel fm in May of 2014, starting as the Sunday morning host, and behind the scenes, helping populate the playlist you hear on air!Chris is originally from the East Coast, born and raised in Pennsylvania, with a few stints abroad with family in Greece.His greatest musical memory was surprising his father on Christmas with tickets to see The Who at the Save Mart Center. “I actually bought a sunglasses case, and put the tickets in that. Then wrapped that box inside a slightly bigger box... and so on and so forth until there was a box almost the size of the Christmas tree. His reaction was amazing and the show is something we’ll always have.”Chris’ interests: music (“My Pandora has everything from rap to EDM to rock to our Jewel fm favorites.”), sports, golfing, movies, cooking ribeye steaks, Tom Clancy/Robert Ludlum novels, a fan of the WWE and he can quote more Sterling Archer than any normal human being should be able to.
Jim started working here in 1997.He’sbeen the program director, music director, production director… even the morning show host for a few years.Jim is looking forward to playing a ton of great tunes for you every weekend.He’ll have to get back in shape though. We only stop for sixty seconds during a commercial break. That meansheonly have one minute to run from the studio to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee then run back to the studio and get the next song ready. Whew! Who knew Jewel fm was going to be so good for the ears …AND the heart!
Kirsten loves working mid-days at Jewel fm 99.3.Shelovesthe music, interacting with the listeners to find out what their favorite songs are, where they work, and the exciting contests.Kirsten hasspent the early 90s working in radio at 104.7 in Merced, to B-95 in Fresno, along with MIX 102.7, MEGA 97.9, New Rock 104.1 and Q-97.1.She hasearnedherB.A. in Cinema, Television,andArts from California State University, Northridge. Kirsten isa proud parent of a new college student who is off to San Francisco State University this fall! Go Gators!
Now the cheesy stuff…She loves her two old ladies, her dogs: Millie and Bella, a Border Collie and Scottish Terrier.
Her favorite restaurants in Fresno are: The Elbow Room, Max’s, Meze in the Tower District, Lola’s drive-thru in downtown have the best tacos and the best tamales, and Adrian’s on Belmont! If you travel to Los Angeles check out Stanley’s in Sherman Oaks! The best food ever! If you’re looking for Mediterranean hit Carnival! For Italian you gotta try Marias! Trying so hard tostayaway from the buffet…Kirsten’sfavorite music thatshe lovesis: Sara Bareilles, Adele, Katy Perry, Pink, Lorde, Sia, John Mayer, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Andrew Duhon and local Fresno musician/singer Marlee Carrier! Such an amazing voice!Letherknow what your favorite songs are and where you work andshewill say HI on-air! Like us on Facebook at Jewel fm 99.3orsendhera private message! Thanks for listening to Jewel fm!
Leslie started as a volunteer in public radio, her first paid Broadcasting job was as the receptionist at the number radio station in the Market, KYNO. She has worked in the Fresno Broadcast market for over 30 years as an on-air personality, Promotions Director, and local concert producer. For over ten years now Leslie has been part of the leadership team and management at ValleyPBS. Leslie loves music and enjoys providing a positive experience for her listeners and concert goers. In her spare time, she loves to travel and explore new places around the country and aboard always incorporating a concert or two in her journeys.