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Walk With Me On My Musical Journey

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Welcome to my first blog.  My story begins in 1945 when an Iowa farm girl found her way to Tracy, California and met a California native working for Southern Pacific Railroad.  They fell in love, married, and then oops, there was me.

I was born in Oakland, spending my childhood & school years in Alameda, Oakland, & San Leandro.  My parents purchased our property in Nevada City in 1964 with the dreams of their 12 year old daughter in mind.  At that time, I thought I wanted to go to U. C. Davis, study Animal Husbandry, and raise horses.  My plans changed but my parents kept the property.

While we continued to live in the Bay Area, my father began building what I now call my home.  Pounding nails on his weekends and vacations.  They moved to Nevada City in 1971 when my father retired.  I remained in the Bay Area and visited them when I could.  I had bonded with this area as a teenager and in 1988 I moved to Nevada City to live when my mother moved to Florida.

I began working for the Bell System with Pacific Telephone in San Leandro in 1971 and stayed on with them for 30 years, retiring in 2001.  During those years, I moved around some.  Working in San Leandro, San Francisco, Visalia, Fresno, Auburn, and finally in Sacramento.

I found out about KVMR soon after moving here but my involvement with the station didn't begin for awhile.  Once I started to listen on a regular basis, KVMR quickly became the only radio station I listened to.  One fateful evening I heard the lilting brogue of Anne O'Dea Hestbeck on Celtic Cadence and that did it.  I began volunteering during membership drives, then became a sub at the front desk, getting my spot as the Monday morning Receptionist in 2011.  As my love for the station grew, I also began volunteering at our Celtic Festival and am now a Line Producer at the festival giving tours of the Living History Guilds. 

Becoming a Broadcaster had crossed my mind but it wasn't until this year that I got it together to apply for the Broadcaster Class.  The wonderful John Adams became my mentor letting me share his Early Morning Ramble Show as I learned.  I also trained with  "The Outlaw" Russ Roy and Iris Bilodeau, learning from them how they broadcast.  Now here I am, a Certified Broadcaster.  Thank you so much Quincy for your patience and all the knowledge you have given and continue to share with me.  I plan on continuing as your "side kick" whenever I can.  Thank you also Russ and Iris for what I've learned from you both.  It was so much fun working with you during your shows.

I've had such a wonderful time putting together playlists to share with you, the listeners, during the mentoring process.  I hope you will continue to walk with me on my musical journey.

I won't have a regular show for some time but I can be contacted at lindalew@kvmr.org.