The Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute at California State University, Fresno is sponsoring a radio show that explores the rich tapestry of diversity in the central San Joaquin Valley.

The program, “Common Ground,” will air twice a month on KFCF, FM 88.1, starting at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 and continuing on the second and fourth Friday of each month. The program also will be streamed online at

The new show is hosted by institute director Francine Oputa, who will invite guests to discuss how they and their families came to be in the Valley, their struggles, delights and expectations.

The first guest will be John Hernandez, executive director of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The September “Common Ground” guests will be the Fresno Mayor opponents: Fresno City Councilmember Henry T. Perea Jr. on Sept. 12 and Ashley Swearengin on Sept. 26

People interested in being guests or who want to recommend subjects for the program should call Oputa at 559.278.6946 or e-mail her at