with Richard Tewes

What's Happening @ KVMR

KVMR's 'High Priestess' of Podcasting Scores Bill Nye Coup

You see, it sorta comes with the late night territory. 

A lot of people turn in early on Sunday nights and miss Meri St. Mary's The Underground Sound (alternate Sundays, 10 p.m. to midnight) on KVMR. 

But her appeal goes far beyond KVMR's terrestrial signal and live streaming.

So she came up with this idea of podcasting her interviews, way back in 2010, with then-station webmaster John Button in tow.

And the rest is KVMR social media history, where she's already won the Nevada City radio station's special "High Priestess of Podcasting" award, among others. 

WANTED: Your Extra CDs, LPs

So you're doing a little late summer housecleaning, staying indoors or somewhere to fool the heat, and there's these boxes you forgot about.  

You know, CDs, LPs, those things your younger ones maybe don't know even exist. 

Well, what better use of them than to donate your, um, stash to KVMR 89.5 FM and clear some space in your place? 

The non-profit Nevada City community radio station will be holding a music sale -- now tentatively slated for late October -- and all this month (through Sept. 29)  they're looking for quality contributions. 

From Emmy-Winning Composer To Folk Blues Artist: 'Cinematic Folk' Concert Comes to KVMR Sunday, Sept 10

“If the Carter Family, Robbie Robertson and Alfred Hitchcock had written songs together, they might sound like this.” 

That's singer-songwriter and Emmy-winning composer Ernest Troost’s self-introduction when he takes the stage, whether he’s playing for festival-goers at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, where he was named New Folk Winner in 2009, or performing a live broadcast concert on KVMR 89.5 FM from the Nevada City radio station's Community Room this Sunday at 5 p.m., with Dakota Sid and Friends opening the festivities. 

Still Free, Still Fun: KVMR Celtic Youth Arts Program Returns Sept. 29

Usually, there's a price tag attached to something like this, even if it's for kids (in this case, ages 10-18). 

But not KVMR's annual Celtic Festival  Youth Art Program and its array of free (yup, free) classes and workshops, coming up late afternoon  4 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, September 29th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, just preceding the opening of the 21st Festival itself. 

Prairie Home Meets The Late Show: 'WonderLove' Radio Series Debuts Sunday At The Center

It isn't every day you can see a possible national radio series premiere getting made, but that's exactly what's happening at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley this coming  Sunday afternoon.

And according to producer/host Elisa Parker, the pilot episode of "WonderLove" is "sort of  Nevada County's version of Prairie Home Companion meeting The Late Show bringing community together through storytelling, music, art, Living Room Conversation Sessions and dance." 

Monkey See, Monkey Do? KVMR Having Fun With Its Community Survey

Jeez, how do you make a survey sexy?

Maybe it's the monkey...

"Ah, well, I guess we're going with the Survey Monkey theme, but maybe it's representative of our collective monkey minds," notes a smiling  KVMR 89.5 FM General Manager Julie Chiarelli. "We're always running around with new thoughts and ideas and trying to make some sense and practical good of it all."

KVMR Celebrates Live Fair Broadcast With Ukelele Spectacular

Once again, KVMR 89.5 FM moves its daytime programming out to the Nevada County Fair for eight hours or so a day of making community  radio in front of, yup, the community itself. 

Wednesday through Sunday (Aug. 13), there'll be a parade of community leaders, non-profit representatives, environmental and social activists, artist types, and plenty of ribbon winners, particularly 4-H Club members, being interviewed at the KVMR Broadcast Tent, located on Treat Street near the pony rides, a school bingo game and the bratwurst booth.

Sounding Fine at 39

KVMR celebrates its birthday with a BBQ and a potluck, but the community jam is the frosting on the cake.

Earlier this month KVMR sponsored a concert at Pioneer Park celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The event was wildly successful, attracting twice as many tie-dyed revelers as expected. The people at the gate ran out of wristbands and had to quickly rustle up some more.

The Yes Man: when it comes to subbing for broadcasters, Eric Flaherty is just a guy who can’t say no

KVMR has more than 150 volunteer broadcasters, and usually they’re raring to get on the air and play music. But sometimes fate intervenes, in the form of laryngitis, a flat tire, a sick puppy. At those times, three words spring to mind:

“Better call Eric.”

In just a few years as a broadcaster, Eric Flaherty has become the go-to guy for desperate deejays, especially at the last minute. Why? He’s passionate about playing music, but, just as important, “I always say yes.”

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