Long time resident of the Sierra Foothills, Lisa settled into their 20 acres in Grass Valley in 1982. Spending most of her waking hours gardening while listening to the variety of shows on KVMR and take in the sense of community that KVMR puts out over the airwaves. KVMR gave her a critical touchstone with her new community and so in return, she began volunteering as a receptionist during the stations 5th year on the air waves.
Within a year, Lisa became a DJ in 1984; during the time when the DJ training class was one evening and the on air broadcaster training consisted of helping a DJ (Art Cohen station manager) read the community calendar and cue up an LP (NO CD players at that time). It was "back in the day" as they say. She was on air soon thereafter with her own show, Saturday Evening Music from 4 –6 pm a.k.a. The BBQ Hours. She held that show for about 4 years.
Working in the TV Broadcast industry and being a founding employee of Ensemble Designs of Nevada City kept her extremely busy as she traveled the world attending industry trade shows. She took time off to devote herself to her work. But now she is back, in semi retirement able to take up her love of radio broadcasting. She is a substitute DJ featuring independent singer songwriters that she gathers from her involvement with Folk Alliance West. She also is a part of Wesley Robertson's Live Remote Broadcast Engineering team, helping to set up and engineer the many live remote broadcasts that KVMR volunteers make happen for their listeners.
She was a board member of Folk Alliance FAR-West for four years and is still actively involved in helping with their annual conferences.
She sometimes acts as a road manager for some of her favorite artists on West Coast tours, kicking in a little artist marketing and promo where and when needed.
She loves the river and is involved in "Friends of Purdon Crossing" an entity she helped to start. To her it's all about community, giving back and working together to make the little engines go. This is what KVMR is all about and why she loves to be a part of it.
Tune in to Connie Coale on the Wednesday Music Magazine on alternate Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m