Author: Sean Dooley

KVMR’s Broadcaster Training Class – April 3rd-4th, 2021

KVMR is now accepting applications for our first ever virtual broadcaster training class, taking place on April 3rd & 4th 2021. This year’s class will be centered around the art & craft of pre-recording a radio show & broadcasting live from home. Deadline to apply is Monday March 22nd, 2021. For more information email [...]

Martin Luther King Day Specials On KVMR

Today on KVMR we’ll be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a variety of unique programs surely provide a lil' peace of mind & leave you feeling inspired. Check out the full schedule below. - KVMR MLK 2021 Schedule - 4am-7am: Early Morning with David James - 7am-10am: Monday [...]

John McCutcheon’s Virtual Left Coast Tour – A Benefit For KVMR

Every January for over thirty years John McCutcheon has been touring in California. It’s a family reunion, a gathering of the tribe, a post-holiday celebration, an annual check-in… and a restorative joy for John. That’s why John McCutcheon will be gathering the presenting partners who’ve sponsored him all these years so that they can benefit […]


As the year-end tradition continues, we here at KVMR have compiled our favorite albums from this past year to share with you. To say the least, music was a crucial lifeline for all of us here at KVMR these past 10 months. While looking back on 2020, it comes as no surprise that even through […]

KVMR 2020 Year In Review: Album Highlights

A deeper look into some of our favorite albums that kept us going through 2020 handpicked by your fellow KVMR DJs. Jeff Parker – Suite For Max Brown (Nonesuch) This one time Chicagoan, now an LA based guitarist and composer, has created an album of tradition and experimentation at the forefront of New Jazz music, […]

KVMR Celtic Festival Presents: Matthew Byrne Live Stream 11/27

The KVMR Celtic Festival is pleased to present award-winning traditional singer and guitarist Matthew Byrne for a live-streamed performance on November 27 at 8 pm. Tickets are available now through Matthew’s website at Ticket-holders will receive an exclusive link to the live stream. This show is part of a very unique digital “tour” that Matthew is […]

KVMR’s Gratitude Hotline

As we look forward to 2021, can we find something to be grateful for? Give us a call on our listener hotline at 530-264-4160 and tell us what you’re grateful for.

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Live Coverage on 105.7

Live coverage of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing with Judge Amy Coney Barrett is available on KVMR’s sister station, 105.7 FM.  Listen live Here.  

Nevada County Voter Information

The November 3rd 2020 election is just around the corner. Here’s a detailed list of frequently asked questions to help keep you informed about our local election process here in Nevada County.   How and where can I register to vote? Call the Registrar of Voter’s office to find out where you can pick up a […]

A Word In Edgewise – Sherlock Holmes Special 7/19

The famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, meets his arch nemesis, the evil Professor Moriarty, in the upcoming A Word in Edgewise, presented by Vicky Stanton. They engage in a mighty tussle. Will either survive? Tune in and find out at 9:00 pm on Sunday.

Home Sierra Set Times 7/2-7/5

KVMR’s virtual 24/7 “Home Sierra” broadcast featuring over 100 historic festival artist sets and performances highlights from the High Sierra Music Festival, from Thursday July 2nd-Sunday July 5th. Set times listed below – Home Sierra Archives Available Here      

2010’s Decade In Review: Our Favorite Musical Memories

Although the sun has set on the 2010’s, some of our KVMR & KVMRx broadcasters have taken the time to sift through the past decade & highlight some of the more memorable albums & musical experiences that went down these past ten years. Here’s gems of the 2010’s.   Steve Cagle – Blues Spectrum – […]

KVMR 2019 Year In Review: Our Favorite Music Of 2019

It’s that time again…KVMR’s annual favorite albums of the year. Below you’ll find various lists with all types of musical gems of 2019, from Bluegrass to Hip-Hop, & everything in between. Dig in new music lovers!

Blackouts Radio Event Of The Year, While Tuttle Award Goes to Jenny Michael

The radio event of the year was definitely the October utility-mandated blackouts, while a longtime Wednesday Music Magazine host won KVMR 89.5 FM’s Bill Tuttle Lifetime Achievement Award. “Being a part of this radio station has certainly been one of the best parts of my lifetime,” a smiling Jenny Michael told over 300 KVMR broadcasters […]

From Hall Of Fame To ‘Unsung Heroes’, KVMR-FM Honors Its Volunteers

Note: KVMR Program Committee Awards were also given out and will be posted later this week) From five new members of the KVMR Volunteer Hall of Fame to four “unsung heros”, it was quite the awards shindig at KVMR 89.5 FM’s Volunteer Appreciation Party Tuesday, Dec. 17. An estimated 300 people filled the Miner’s Foundry […]

How A Volunteer Receptionist Has Become A KVMR ‘Ambassador’

Okay, one thing you can say about KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer receptionist Karen Quackenbush is that she’s a true ambassador for the Nevada City community radio station. Just get her talking about KVMR, and you’ll see. “I love the variety of music, it fills my soul, and this (the front office) is a really fun […]

KVMR Holding Black Friday Fundraiser To Buy New Transmitter, Generator

KVMR 89.5 FM weathered much of the utility-mandated blackouts very well, received kudos for its collective power shutdown coverage with YubaNet and somehow conducted an on-air membership drive in the middle of it all. Now it’s back to a special Black Friday of raising money over-the-air from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to pay for […]

It’s Your Chance To Talk Gratitude, Music In ‘Sonic IDs’ On KVMR

A unique form of radio involving KVMR 89.5 FM listeners and supporters will take place at the Nevada City radio station this Saturday (Nov. 23). It’s called making Sonic IDs, a new twist on community engagement that KVMR General Manager Ali Lightfoot wants to bring to the airwaves. Dubbed Sonic IDs, an odd name that […]

Redlocks Brings Acoustic Reggae Spectacle To KVMR’s Community Room & Airwaves

There’s no question reggae music is an important part of Nevada County’s diverse musical culture. And KVMR 89.5 FM DJ Redlocks has long been an important part of that scene, like over two decades, as a musician, club DJ, and host of the 21-year-old Ital Culture show, now on Friday nights at 8 p.m. Well, […]

Blackouts Don’t Faze KVMR Fundraiser, With Best Fundraising Day Of The Decade

It was a KVMR 89.5 FM on-air membership drive like no other. Utility-mandated blackouts were ordered before it, after it…and, yes, during it. So KVMR found itself suspending the drive for two of its nine days so the Nevada City radio station could concentrate on delivering blackout news to listeners, many of whom had no […]

Monthly Foundry Dance Party To Feature KVMRx DJs

A new monthly dance party launches Thursday, Nov. 7  at the Miner’s Foundry, downtown Nevada City, from 7 to 10 p.m. —  with disc jockeys from KVMRx, the free-form experimental music stream ( associated with KVMR Community Radio. “We’ll  be spinning hits from all the best decades of rock, pop, funk, soul, roots and beats […]

Flea Market: The Buy & Sell Radio Show With An Original Theme Song

That ol’ glass slipper that don’t fit no more You got enough stuff to start yourself a department store Yard sale, garage sale, stick on a sign and park it Or grab your phone and call it in to the KVMR Flea Market (“Flea Market”  by Dakota Sid Clifford) Hey, you can’t be too off […]

Board Life Begins At 30 For KVMR’s Two Newest Directors

Well, it’s definitely the first time it’s happened this century, and maybe even longer,  but KVMR volunteers elected two broadcasters in their early 30s to the station’s Board of Directors  during the Nevada City non-commercial radio station’s general meeting last week. “Just having a ( and 105.7 FM) show wasn’t enough for me,” said new […]

How This KVMR DJ Got To See The Beatles In 1964, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Okay, imagine this, you’re a 14-year-old babysitter, who confides in your employer how disappointed you were not to get tickets to The Beatles’ Hollywood Bowl performance and how much you love them. You’ve got all their records, your room is full of pictures of “the group”, and your favorite is Ringo Starr. Well, just think […]

Meet The Man Of Many Stories From Hogshooter, Oklahoma

Hogshooter? Heck, it’s a very small town in northeast Oklahoma and birthplace of KVMR 89.5 FM’s volunteer broadcaster Che Greenwood, the 30-year host of “Folk Say” every other Wednesday on the Nevada City community radio station.  It next airs September 11, 10 a.m. to noon. Okay, Hogshooter was where Che was first exposed to live […]

‘Indispensable’ KVMR Employee Smiles At ‘Other Duties As Assigned’

A week ago, KVMR 89.5 FM Development Associate Jessica Faulks was on Spring Street, helping unload a stage for an Indonesian shadow puppet theater performance during the monthly Art Walk. Of course, what else would she be doing? “And other duties as assigned,” joked Jessica. No assignment, you see, Faulks just volunteered to help Nevada […]

Calling All Pets! How To Be A KVMR Pin-Up Calendar Critter

Yep- there’s another KVMR Pet Calendar for 2020- that’s over 150 of your pets, and over 115 hand drawn celebs. The Celebrity portraits (by Olaf Jens) were so beautiful we put them all together, and voila! KVMR wrapping paper was born. Your donation of $50 or more get’s you either goodie, and $89.5 gets you […]

A Local Behind A Movie Camera At The Original Woodstock

All Woodstock Music Festival’s Michael Lang was doing in 1969 was trying to produce “this year’s Monterey Pop”. Heck, in ’68, he’d done “Miami Pop”. So why not one in upstate New York? Little did Lang know, but Stan Warnow, a New York University film school graduate, kept watching the names pile up on the […]


More proof that KVMR 89.5 FM veers all over the musical map — and then some — is in the pudding, well, the “top ten” favorites lists below. Very few 2018 albums — and even fewer “best sellers”– show up on multiple lists compiled by the Nevada City radio station’s 150 or so volunteer broadcasters. […]


Joyce Miller – Midnight Sun – Thursdays 8pm-10pm Ani DiFranco – Binary Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway Habadekuk – Mollevit Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now Monoswezi – A Je Margo Price – All American Made David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack Shout Out Louds – Ease My Mind Tumble – Music for Trio […]

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