The Big DOGs are already howling on KVMR 89.5 FM, which has so embraced the national Day Of Giving (DOG) to community non-profits that the Nevada City public radio station is kicking off its spring membership drive in conjunction with the coast-to-coast event.
In fact, KVMR will be hosting four -- count'em, four -- broadcast "pop up" live remote broadcast events today (May 4) at local business supporters.
That's right. and the 2016 version of KVMR's Big Day of Giving, despite problems with a crashed national website, didn't exactly come up short, according to KVMR Development Director Cynthia Tweed.
"Last year we raised $10,000 in one day on our second Big Day of Giving," notes Tweed. "Our goal this year is to reach $20,000 on May 4th."
That's a mighty lofty target, but KVMR listeners' reaction to last year's technical snafu has encouraged the station staff.
"We made it into a party and our listeners felt welcomed to be part of it," says Program Director Steve Baker. "That raises our hopes for this year."
This year's "pop-up" festivities kick off at 9 a.m. with these remote broadcasts and live music:
--Summer Thyme's, Grass Valley, 9-10 a.m., with musical guest Hannah Jane Kile.
--SPD Market, Nevada City, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., with the Brandy Robinson Band.
--BriarPatch, Grass Valley, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., with Latin music artists Boca do Rio.
--Golden Era Saloon, Nevada City, 5:30 p.m., featuring The Heifer Belles.
"From midnight to midnight Thursday, we'll participate in the Big Day of Giving, a national 24-hour giving challenge established to raise much needed unrestricted funds for non-profits and to shine a light on the work we do every day to make this community a place we are all so proud to call home," gleams Tweed.
KVMR volunteer broadcasters Elisa Parker and Johnny Gallagher will host the live remote broadcasts throughout the day.
Okay, it's Cinco De Mayo in the bar world, but KVMR is bringing its pair of Celtic Festival hostesses Annie O'Dea Hestbeck and Jerianne Van Dijk together for a special Friday morning edition of "Celtic Cadence" tomorrow May 5th (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.)
"It's a chance for Celtic fans to speak up
They'll have a brand new VIP ticket package for this year's Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Festival, as well as individual day and full festival passes for contributions and a Celtic CD special 5-pack.
Saturday will feature Original 16 to 1 Mine Tours, giving listeners the opportunity to see the Sierras from the inside (not the top) in an underground tour of North America's oldest hard rock mine in Alleghany.
"It may be one of your only chances to eat lunch 900 feet below the surface of the earth," reports KVMR Membership Coordinator Adriana Kelly, who's, um, done it.
This popular KVMR thank you gift -- asking $120 for one person, $180 for a couple -- has available dates June 10 and July 8 (Father's Day, hint, hint, June 18).
Mike Miller, the president of the Original 16 to 1 Mine, will conduct the tours as part of his ongoing support of the non-commercial community radio station.
In a couple of recent drives, the tours have gone quickly -- great for KVMR, not so good for those who waited too long -- so the station is urging those interested to be wary, beginning this Saturday.
KINGS OF SWING
One of KVMR's earliest music program award winners, T. J. Meekins, is back, with stories, songs and standards of an unbelievable era.
No surprise, really, since T. J. is a true music historian, and she'll salute the "Kings Of Western Swing" in a special Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
"Stop at the intersection of Texas fiddles and Dixieland jazz for an afternoon of western swing recordings and classic cowtown jazz," Meekins says with this knowing smile. "We'll go everywhere from Smokey Wood the Houston Hipster to a sad story about Spade Cooley."
Don't worry, she'll also include Asleep At The Wheel, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, Patsy Montana and "gobs of Bob", that being Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
"And we've only scratched the surface of folks you'll hear," she promises, that smile still as bright as could be.
SUMMER OF LOVE
The theme for the spring membership drive is "The Summer of Love," which may be one season too many, but two KVMR board presidents and volunteer broadcasters, Michael Young and Diane McIntire, are hosting a, duh, "Summer of Love" music special this Sunday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SIGNED BY MICHAEL MOORE
Last spring, activist filmmaker Michael Moore was spotted on CNN and other networks sporting a KVMR baseball cap. So Moore autographed a precious 20 of them and they'll be offered on the Monday Morning Show with Steve Baker and Dawn Fischer this Monday (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.).
If his schedule allows, Moore may also appear on the show to talk politics, film and his baseball cap collection.
MONTEREY POP AT 50
It was Woodstock, long before there was Woodstock. Well, okay, two years before there was.
That'd be the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival which featured plenty of Los Angeles and San Francisco Sound groups, and is remembered for the first major American appearances by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, the first large-scale public performance of Janis Joplin (some saw it as an omen of her imminent superstardom), and the introduction of Otis Redding.
KVMR broadcaster Mark Leviton will dissect Monterey Pop Tuesday morning with an in-depth three hour review of the historic musical event, now in its 50th anniversary year, and its impact on the Summer of Love (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)