Greg Jewett: A Focused DJ Who Breaks The Mold

Now how can a professional book indexer end up being an award-winning  radio disc jockey?

Easy, if you're KVMR  Monday Music Magazine host Greg Jewett (4 pm-6pm Mondays, 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

"I throw myself into the indexing work," explained Greg. "It takes a single mental focus, the same way I treat my radio show."

According to Jewett, "I get tunnel vision.  I can focus on something I really love in both cases."

So whether it's compiling a compelling music play list or an accurate dissection of references in a book, this guy is hooked. 

Greg thought he was heading to host an oldies show when he took the KVMR training class.  Instead, he adapted and became "eclectic."

"My whole thing is music variety, from one set to the next," he  continued. "What you hear at the beginning of my show is not what you'll hear at the end.  I want to make it an adventure, subtly, as in how did I get here from there."

With a flight plan like that, it's no wonder Jewett was a recent winner of a KVMR John Nichols Excellence in Music Programming award.

And it's also no wonder Greg was invited to be a  broadcast training class instructor in 2013 for the Nevada City community station.

He recalled how well he and co-instructor Elisa Parker complemented each other.

 "She's got the outgoing personality," he noted, "while I got more into telling students that this is what I think works, take from that what you think will work for you."

One thing that definitely works on his weekly show is the 4:30 p.m. five-minute feature on adoptable cats and dogs at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, hosted by Barbara Graves.

"Barbara is a great partner on my show," beamed Greg. "She brings her heart and her humor to that segment."

Meanwhile, Jewett credits a parent for his sense -- and love -- of music.

"My father was really into music...he really wanted to lead a Big Band,"  he remembered.  "So I grew up listening to music all the time... I mean, all the time."

Okay, the Monday Music Magazine host also says he likes "to read like crazy," has always been a running enthusiast, digs cats and small intimate dinner gatherings as well as "fascinating, surprising people" and "breaking the mold."

Oh, "And community."

Guess that's what community radio is, in effect, all about. And Greg breaks the mold mighty well.

Celtic Early Birds

Tickets are now on sale for the 18th annual KVMR Celtic Festival at special low advance prices now through May.

The popular event runs Friday through Sunday, September 26, 27 and 28  at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and this year includes Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Screaming Orphans, Runa and many other performers.

Special earlybird tickets are available at the festival website  <kvmr.org/celticfestival> and also are available weekdays at the KVMR office, 401 Spring Street, Nevada City, with charge-by-phone 530/265-9073, available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.