Folks have any number of reasons for moving to Nevada County, be it outdoor recreation, the beauty of the four seasons or the charm and closeness of small-town living. For board president Michael Young, it was, in large part, the ambiance of KVMR. Young was attracted not only to the eclectic music and news, but also to the vibe of togetherness it projects. So in 2007, after visiting the area for more than 10 years, he and his wife Karen pulled up stakes in Los Angeles to realize their dreams of living in a small town and giving back to the community.
He retired after a 33-year career in journalism, the last 20 at the Los Angeles Times where he served as an editor on the foreign and national desks, a business editor and managing editor of the paper's Orange County edition. Upon moving, one of his first duties in his adopted town was to apply to serve on the KVMR board of directors. Soon after, he attended the station's broadcasters' training and now hosts "Strawberry Alarm Clock," broadcasting alternate Monday mornings from 4 to 7 a.m.
Born in Chicago the son of a "Bauhaus" architect, Young moved with his family to West Virginia and Ohio. He eventually graduated from Ohio State University, where he had the distinction of never attending a Buckeyes football game. His first daily newspaper job was in the Boston suburb of Framingham as a city hall reporter. His salad days continued at the Providence Journal where he spent seven years, working his way from reporter to city editor. From there it was on to the Times in Southern California where he lived first in Orange County, then in Pasadena. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was drafted to work on the national desk, assigning and editing stories on the attack, a gig that lasted nearly two years. He specialized in coverage of the anthrax scare. He also started the extended news desk to provide expanded news coverage on the paper's web site and edited on the foreign desk.
He served on the board of directors of Waverly School, a private non-profit in Pasadena. He also had a long affiliation with Integrity House, an Orange County non-profit that serves as a clubhouse for disabled adults. Currently, he is active locally in the Gold Country Kiwanis.
His wife Karen, who retired as executive director of communications at USC, is on the Board of Directors of Hospitality House where she led a grant-writing effort in 2009 that garnered $200,000 for the Nevada County homeless shelter. They have two daughters, Alison and Marly, who graduated respectively from UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis, and now live and work in Santa Cruz and Sacramento. His hobbies are reading and playing guitar in various bands, including the party band Sgt. Funky. He hopes to help KVMR grow stronger while maintaining its charm and close connection to its listeners.