Bill Moyers Joins KVMR Evening News

Veteran legendary  journalist Bill Moyers has joined KVMR 89.5 FM's Evening Newshour.

"Moyers & Company" is now part of the Nevada City radio station's news features, airing at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday nights (89.5 FM, streaming).

A lifetime achievement Emmy winner in 2006,  Moyers is known for his hard-nosed reporting and  progressive politics on Bill Moyers Journal, Frontline and other series, where he's considered a trenchant critic of U.S. corporate media.

"Bill Moyers has devoted his lifetime to the exploration of the major issues and ideas of our time and our country, giving television viewers an informed perspective on political and societal concerns," the Emmy award stated.

The onetime White House Press Secretary started "Moyers & Company" in 2012 as an hour television and, for the first time, radio show. It's now a weekly 24-minute series to give the 79-year-old reporter and commentator some additional time off.

"This makes it a perfect fit for our evening news," notes KVMR Program Director Steve Baker. "It's a creative link between our local and regional news and our nightly Democracy Now newsmagazine."

"Moyers & Company" is a weekly series of smart talk and new ideas that's aimed at helping listeners make sense of these tumultuous times through the insight of America’s strongest thinkers.

The series continues Moyers’ long-running conversation with the American public by offering a forum to poets, writers, artists, journalists, scientists, philosophers, and leading scholars. It also features Moyers’ hallmark essays on democracy.

Show guests pull no punches.

This week's interview is with author and legal scholar Ian Haney Lopez about dog whistle politics -- code words that use race to turn Americans against each other.

"Politicians manipulate deep prejudice to rouse hostility against minorities and the government," according to Haney López, "and summon support for policies that make economic inequality even worse."

Haney Lopez demonstrates how the word "Obamacare" also has been manipulated into "dog whistling," using racially tinged hatred of Obama  to turn people against the Affordable Care Act.

He tells Moyers that the same political strategy will be used against Mexican Americans and Asian Americans in the near future.

Still, Moyers' emergence on KVMR is making one staff member happy.

"I've always wanted to be part of the Dream Team of independent news," quipped KVMR News Director Paul Emery. "Now it's come true --  (Democracy Now host) Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, our newscaster Felton Pruitt and me.."

Claire Lynch on KVMR

Female bluegrass vocalist of the year Claire Lynch and her band stop by KVMR for an in-studio performance  at 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon (89.5 FM, streaming) during Kim Rogers' "Good Stuff program, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lynch will be in concert that night at the Center for the Arts, downtown Grass Valley.

On-Airheads Emerge

What is California's smallest county in terms of population?

That's the kind of question you'll hear at the 12th annual "Brains of Nevada County" competition.  It takes place this weekend, with the KVMR On-Airheads making their  annual middle-of-the-pack appearance in the trivia competition against teams including The Union.

This year, a near-record field of 24 eight-person squads will match wits in battling for the championship, as well as raising thousands of dollars for the Laura Wilcox Memorial Scholarship Fund, named for a bright, compassionate environmentalist college student who was murdered in a rampage at the county HEW building in 2001.

Her parents, Nick and Amanda Wilcox, have volunteered to be on the KVMR team the past decade or so, helping keep the rest of the station rapscallions out of the scoring basement.

Once again, the "quizmistress" and benefit event founder, Janet Cohen, will be firing off the questions and settling any scoring disputes.  Defending champions are The Know Buddies.

And it's Alpine County, population 1208. 

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