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Say 'Cheese,' Pretty Please, String Cheese, That Is

KVMR's coverage of this year's High Sierra Music Festival starts off with a four-hour marathon evening performance by the jam band String Cheese Incident. 

Whew, it doesn't get much better than that for fans of the popular Colorado band, who'll kick off KVMR's four-day live festival broadcast next Thursday, July 5th at 8 p.m.  In fact, their 25 year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. 

KVMR: Where A Hall of Famer Handles Your Event Announcement

When you submit an event or class for KVMR 89.5 FM's Community Calendar or public service announcements, chances are Hall of Famer Barbara Graves will handle it for you. 

"I've been here from the days we typed them individually from paper submissions," she explained  "Now we process them all via internet."

Graves' volunteer work sorting and writing announcements may seem mundane, but it's important to a radio station that wants to help non-profits and individuals get the word out on what's going on locally and regionally. 

How Utah Phillips' 1893 Rail Car Became A Cultural Train Symbol in Weed

WEED, CA — It's a slice of railroad heaven, and maybe that's why it's not always the easiest to find the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture here the first time around. 

Over Memorial Day weekend, it was the "go to" place for friends, family and fans of the late folk music icon, Bruce "U. Utah" Phillips, as well as various railroad enthusiasts. 

Spring Strawberry Finds New Home At Fairgrounds, On KVMR

With the fifth Strawberry Music Festival set to open at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this holiday weekend, it seems like the venerable spring version of the festival has found a new home.

"From what I can tell, they (the festival) are quite happy about being in Grass Valley," said KVMR 89.5 FM festival broadcast producer Eric Rice. "And it seems like the (Fairgrounds) crew loves having them here, too."

New DJ Husky LePew Celebrates His 100th Show On KVMR

When Tony Beverly graduated high school, he wrote that his dream job was to be the next Wolfman Jack, the legendary '60s late night radio disc jockey who was also seen in the film "American Graffiti".

Decades later, Beverly finds himself on radio, having the time of his life after a sometimes rocky road.

So that was quite a late night celebration they held last week for KVMR 89.5 FM disc jockey Husky LePew, Beverly's utterly clever on-air radio name.

KVMR's Newest Swag Has A 'Sock It To Me' Feel

So after nearly four decades of teeshirts, tote bags, mugs, LPs, CDs, books, tickets and dozens of other items, what did KVMR 89.5 FM come up with to celebrate its 40th anniversary fundraiser?

Socks, of course. 

But not your regular everyday variety. 

These light blue, dark blue made-in-the-U.S. cotton socks have a custom design by local artist Kathy Dotson,  including a radio tower, clouds, lightning and lettering. 

KVMR Re-Membering Early for Birthday: 89.5 is the New 40

Hey, Thursday's Big Day of Giving "pop-up" remote broadcasts at various locales were just the beginning of KVMR 89.5 FM's spring membership drive, running through May 10. 

Now comes the start of a summer-long celebration of the Nevada City community radio station's 40th birthday, which happens in mid-July. 

"89.5 is the new 40" quipped Monday Music Magazine host Greg Jewett at a recent station general meeting, where enthusiastic cheers greeted his proposed slogan. 

'Pop-Up' Fun Broadcasts Highlight KVMR's Big Day Of Giving

A couple years ago, some KVMR 89.5 FM staff and volunteers were brainstorming for a way to better integrate the national Big Day Of Giving (Big DOG for short) into the Nevada City non-profit community radio station. 

Well, somebody suggested doing pop-ups, citing their success elsewhere with a business popping up for a limited time in what KVMR Development Director Cynthia Tweed calls "short spurts of something special." 

KVMR To Broadcast Poetry 'Lovefest' Featuring Gary Snyder, Will Staple

It was a veritable poetry lovefest they had on the San Juan Ridge earlier this month featuring readings by legendary poets Gary Snyder and Will Staple.

And there's good reason for a lovefest, since it is National Poetry Month, and the event was a benefit for not only Nevada County Arts' second annual Sierra Poetry Festival but for the grassroots San Juan Ridge Community Library as well. 

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