This Saturday: KVMR On-Air Fundraiser in Grips of Festivalmania

Festivalmania will be breaking out all over KVMR 89.5 FM this Saturday as the Nevada City radio station winds up its "Summer of Love" on-air fundraising drive. 

"There'll be a plethora of tickets to a plethora of festivals," claims KVMR Program Director Steve Baker.  "Now if we only knew how many a plethora is."

Well, do the math:

--May 25-29, Strawberry Music Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. 

--June 9-10, Huichica West Festival 2017, Sonoma.

--June 15-18, California Bluegrass Association's Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

--June 22-25, Kate Wolf Music Festival, Laytonville.

--June 29-July 2, High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy.

--July 13-16, California Worldfest, The Center for the Arts at Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. 

--August 11-13, Comotopia, Bandit Town in North Fork.

--September 29-October 1 KVMR 21st Annual Celtic Festival & Marketplace, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley. 

The festival tickets will be available on various shows, including Larry Hillberg's "Backroads" (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.), Eric Rice's "County Line Bluegrass" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and hosts Thomas Greener and Wesley Robertson on their combination show "Ragged But Right" meets "Rockin' & Stompin'" (1 p.m. to 4). 



Overall, the drive got off to a strong start on what's called the Big Day Of Giving May 4 when nearly $19,000 came in, more than double what the station revenues from 2016's Big Day were. 

The Big Day featured four remote "pop-up" broadcasts at business supporters of the station. 

"After having done them (pop-ups) last year, we were able to be better organized, offer more talent and knew better what to expect," says KVMR Development Director Cynthia Tweed. 

According to Tweed, "our emphasis on matching gifts were the big key to our overall success this year." 

"It's certainly a good way to start a (membership) drive with nearly $19,000 already in our pockets," she adds with a smile.



This Thursday's drive day (May 11)  will feature indigenous and native American programming from 10 a.m. to noon, with Jennifer Robin hosting the station's popular "Dreamwalk" series.

Former KVMR broadcaster T. J. Meekins will return with a second edition of her "Kings Of Western Swing" special emphasizing the post-World War II era of "classic cowtown jazz and West Coast swing with the stories behind the songs." (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.Thursday), including a 4-CD set illustrating the historic musical era Meekins is featuring, just before Kim Rogers' roots music/singer-songwriter series "Good Stuff" starts at 2 p.m.

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman will join the local broadcast of the show to talk directly to KVMR listeners about the importance of independent media around 7 p.m. Thursday.  Goodman took time off from her 50-city book tour to "pitch" for the station this week. 

Friday highlights include Morning Show host Jerianne Van Dijk and new music sidekick Todd Wahoskey  offering their four "The Other Side" outside forays as a thank you gift package (including their recent "The End Of The World", which just happened to start after a two minute power outage at the station.  Alternate Friday Morning Show host Charlotte Peterson will join the two during the 7-10 a.m. special, which will also feature leftover concert and club tickets from the drive. 

At noon Friday, "Cannabis Crusades" launches a two-hour special featuring new host Forrest Hurd and series originator Patricia Smith, followed by a two-hour special of  songs and music about, duh, cannabis, marijuana and pot with Saturday afternoon's Thomas Greener and Wesley Robertson hosting the festivities.

Membership and donation information is available at 530/265-9555 and online at



KVMR will broadcast a pair of Town Hall Meetings next week. 

First off, a town hall focused on making the most out of your participation in public meetings takes place Monday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, downtown Nevada City

"A bewildering alphabet soup, government speak and obscure rules to outsiders can make participating in meetings a daunting task," notes YubaNet co-founder Pascale Fusshoeller.

According to Fusshoeller, the forum will share where to find information about your local government agencies, how to contact your elected officials, unravel the mysteries of public comment rules, talk about California’s open meeting law (Brown Act) and what to do when more information is needed.

"We’ll go over the basics of public comment, share pro tips on making a point on an issue and some very practical advice on attending meetings," she adds.



Next Tuesday, the community radio station will air part of a Town Hall Meeting on Healthcare For All, focusing on The Healthy California Act currently under consideration by the California State Assembly and Senate. 

It, too, will be held at the Nevada Theatre. 

After a film showing, KVMR will begin its broadcast at 6:45 p.m. when the local League of Women Voters will hold a question session with keynote speaker Michael Lighty and a panel of policy experts to discuss the bill and its prospects.