Author: Steve Baker

Classic Joni, Neil Photos Available During KVMR’s ‘You Turn Us On’ Drive

Photographs on radio shows? Huh? Well, when they're two classic photos of icons Joni Mitchell and Neil Young shot by legendary folk rock photographer Henry Diltz, all bets are off. The pair of pictures will be available as thank you gifts during Nevada City non-profit KVMR 89.5 FM's "You Turn Us On" February Membership Drive [...]

KVMR Honors Paul Emery This Tuesday

KVMR 89.5 FM Tuesday Morning Show host Paul Emery was in a traditional jazz groove a couple shows ago, having a ball as usual. "That was a Mose Allison song called 'Your Mind Is On Vacation and Your Mouth Is Working Overtime'," he told his 7-10 a.m. listening audience with a wry look on his [...]

KVMR ‘Caravan Of Love’ Motorcade on Valentines’ Sunday

KVMR Community Radio is assembling a "Caravan of Love" motorcade this Sunday, Valentines Day, February 14th, through Nevada City and Grass Valley, with everyone invited to take part. “In the midst of a long year of separation the ‘love drive’ will serve as a way to help bring our community together,” says Brian Terhorst, the [...]

Achilles Wheel to the Alvins & Beyond: KVMR DJs List Top 5 Picks for 2014

As the year turns, a variety of KVMR 89.5 FM broadcasters have compiled their Top 5 lists of favorites for 2014 music releases. And the results just show how wide that variety of music is, although some deejays at the eclectic, non-commercial Nevada City station don't count very well (meaning they couldn't decide on just [...]

Molly Fisk Celebrates 500th KVMR Radio Essay Thursday Night

It isn't every day you complete your 500th original creative radio essay, but tonight's the night for poet/teacher/coach Molly Fisk on KVMR 89.5 FM's Evening News when her piece airs at 6:25 p.m. Thursday. For over 15 years now, volunteer broadcaster Fisk has been writing humorous, evocative slice-of-life commentaries on everything from her bowling exploits [...]

KVMR’s Zoom Speaker Series: John McCutcheon

This Wednesday, January 6, KVMR sustaining members are invited to catch up with John McCutcheon, in advance of his Left Coast tour kicking off Saturday June 9. An ardent supporter of community radio, John McCutcheon offers this very special perk to other ardent supporters of community radio- our very own sustainers. If you’re a sustaining member of KVMR- our […]

Meet 200 Funny, Adorable Pets In KVMR’s 3rd Pet Pin-Up Calendar

For the third year, KVMR 89.5 FM is offering its whimsical annual edition of the KVMR Pet Pin-Up Calendar as an end of year thank you gift to listeners and supporters who donate $50 or more to the non-profit radio station in December. This timely calendar covers the year 2021, duh, so it’ll be very […]

KVMR holds Black Friday fundraiser supporting Food Bank, Animal Save

KVMR 89.5 FM is at it again this Black Friday, only this time it’s sort of a trifecta fundraiser: every contribution generates support for three nonprofits. Huh? For every financial gift the Nevada City nonprofit radio station receives Friday, SPD Markets will fill a bag of groceries and give it to the Food Bank of […]

‘Dead Air’ Celebrates 40 Years On KVMR With T-Shirt Designed by Crabb

“Dead Air”, the longest continuous running show on KVMR 89.5 FM community radio at 40 consecutive years, is still going strong. That anniversary will be celebrated live on the Nevada City radio station this Saturday night, featuring a limited edition collector’s item “Dead Air” t-shirt, with a design that’ll put a smile on any Deadhead […]

No Festival This Year, So KVMR Honors It With ‘Celtic Saturday’ Special

Come for the music.  Stay for the magic. That’s been the KVMR Celtic Festival catchphrase  for years, although this weekend’s 25th edition had to be postponed because of the pandemic. But the spirit is still there, and it’ll be celebrated this Saturday afternoon. Safely. On the radio. “We’re doing this because we feel that it […]

Kíla Virtual Concert This Saturday 9/26

In January 2020, Kíla were one of the highlights at Folk Alliance in New Orleans and are making plans to tour the USA and Canada in 2021 & 2022.  Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, Kíla are bringing their unique live sound to KVMR Celtic Festival through an exclusive online hour long concert that will be streamed on […]

End Of An Era: Brian Lee’s Final KVMR Oldies Show Is Saturday

Back in 1987, new volunteer broadcaster Brian Lee’s love for a particular era of oldies found a radio home on KVMR 89.5 FM. This Saturday (Sept. 5),  4 p.m. to 6 p.m., coincidentally 33 1/3 years later, will be the final show of Lee’s “Color Radio” on the Nevada City community radio station, a veritable […]

Calling All Pets! Here’s How To Become a KVMR Pin-Up Calendar Critter

It’s got the look of a developing tradition.  That would be the third annual KVMR 89.5 FM Pet Pin-Up Calendar, which is looking for adorable or funny  photos of your funny or adorable pets. “A couple years ago, we got the idea because so many listeners would send us photos of their pets unsolicited so […]

Expect Musical Fireworks as 100 Artists Create High Sierra ‘At Home’ Festival on KVMR

This would have been the 30th High Sierra Music Festival weekend in Quincy, but the pandemic sent it packing until 2021. So several High Sierra stalwarts — including KVMR 89.5 FM Chief Engineer Dave “Buzz” Barnett — have organized the next best thing:  a virtual 24-hour-a-day “Home Sierra” broadcast featuring over 100 historic festival artist […]

How To Find ‘The Truth About COVID-19’ – This Thursday 6pm

A member of KVMR’s news team was walking down the street in Nevada City one day in April when a listener approached him and demanded that KVMR “start telling the truth about COVID-19.” That led KVMR’s General Manager Ali Lightfoot and broadcaster/journalist Joyce Miller down a long and winding path. The results of that walk  to […]

Plenty of Live Bluegrass on KVMR This Weekend (6/19-6/20)

When it’s Father’s Day Weekend, that’s always meant live bluegrass on KVMR 89.5 FM for some 35 consecutive years. And don’t worry, it still does, even if the 45th annual California Bluegrass Association’s music festival has gone the way of almost every pandemic music event: postponed until 2021. You see, volunteer KVMR broadcaster Eric Rice, […]

Tony Furtado’s Portland Living Room Goes Live on KVMR Thursday Night

Tony Furtado is an award-winning Americana roots music artist who was getting ready for dozens and dozens of live performances, except when they started being cancelled in March. Yup, another artistic casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. You see, he’d been home for months and was looking forward to the shows. “March was when I was […]

Facing Possible $200,000 Deficit, KVMR & Its New Bandanas Have You Covered

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Well, it’s not Superman. But we’ve got you covered. How? Oh, it’s the proverbial first-ever KVMR 89.5 FM bandana, the brainchild of Membership Coordinator Adriana Kelly with artwork and design by volunteer broadcaster and award-winning illustrator Jerianne Van Dijk. And in this era, the bandana can double  both as […]

Gary Wells On Creating A Radio Show From Home

KVMR recently published an article about how our various broadcasters are producing radio shows from home. We thought it would be nice to get a closer look at what some of these brilliant DJs have been going through to make this all happen.   Gary Wells Q & A (Host of Crooked Highway, Sundays, 7am-10am):  […]

Brian Terhorst on Creating A Radio Show From Home

KVMR recently published an article about how our various broadcasters are producing radio shows from home. We thought it would be nice to get a closer look at what some of these brilliant DJs have been going through to make this all happen.   Brian Terhorst Host & Producer, Harmony Ridge (Alt. Thursdays, 2-4pm) Broadcaster […]

Prickly Pear On Creating A Radio Show From Home

KVMR recently published an article about how our various broadcasters are producing radio shows from home. We thought it would be nice to get a closer look at what some of these brilliant DJs have been going through to make this all happen. Prickly Pear Q & A (Host of Monday’s Music Magazine, 4pm-6pm):  Q: […]

With Station Closed To Public, Many KVMR Hosts Are Pre-Producing Their Shows From Home

No one’s being snooty about it, but KVMR 89.5 FM just doesn’t want dozens and dozens  of people coming into their building each day during the coronavirus pandemic, both for their volunteers’ health, the station staff and, obviously, the public. So they’re closed, even though KVMR remains on the air 24/7. But  literally all of […]

Hey, Here’s How You Can Tell KVMR How You Feel About the Pandemic

KVMR 89.5 FM is inviting listeners and, heck, the general public to call in their thoughts, feelings, suggestions and ideas about the current coronavirus pandemic as part of a new daily feature aired up to eight times a day called “Reports From 6 Feet Away,” which captures citizen thoughts about a world gone upside down […]

KVMR’s Top Of The Hour Reports

KVMR will be providing local and regional top of the hour updates on COVID-19 daily at 8am, 10am, 2pm & 4pm. Stay informed with KVMR.

KVMR’s Keith Porter: A Man Of Many Volunteer Hats

Keith Porter has been used to wearing a variety of volunteer hats, and now he’s wearing several different ones at the same time at KVMR 89.5 FM as well. The latest is providing top of the hour afternoon reports several times on Wednesday and weekends about the local and regional coronavirus pandemic and related news […]

KVMR DJ Scores ‘Other Favorite’ Honors In 2 Union Reader Poll Categories

KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster Jerianne Van Dijk had smiles all over her face last month when she won not one but two “Best Of Nevada County Other Favorite” honors from The Union Newspapers’ annual reader poll. She was one of two  runner-ups in both “Best Radio Personality” and “Best Local Visual Artist”, and how about […]

KVMR Limits Exposure To COVID-19, Station Closed To Public

KVMR has closed the Station to non- essential programmers and staff starting Friday March 20, 2020,  in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus as recommended by the Center for Disease Control, state officials and medical experts.   The goal is to limit exposure. Pre-recorded music programming from the KVMR archives will be aired […]

Meet April Miranda, A DJ With A Sparkle In Her Eyes

There’s a special sparkle in KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer broadcaster April Miranda’s eyes when she gets animated talking about her love of music, radio, or her family and grandchildren. “One of my favorite things to do is to promote musicians, bringing them out of their living rooms, onto the stage and into the spotlight,” she […]

Upcoming Shows

South Of The Border – March 31st, 2020 Who was Cesar Chavez and why is March 30th Cesar Chavez day? Tune in to South Of The Border, Monday March 31st at 10am, when host Tio David and guests will look at the life and legacy of this remarkable man. That’s Monday, March 31st from 10am-Noon on […]

Grateful Dead Celebration & A Rockin’-N-Stompin’ Retrospective

The ever popular Grateful Dead and the beloved, late KVMR volunteer broadcaster Wesley Robertson are a pair of KVMR 89.5 FM icons the Nevada City community radio station hopes will successfully close out its one-week-only winter membership drive this Leap Day Saturday. “What a long strange trip it’s been, definitely,” quipped Membership Coordinator Adriana Kelly. […]

KVMR 2020 Visionaries Membership Drive

  It all starts this Sunday as the KVMR 2020 Visionaries Membership Drive takes off this Sunday and runs through Leap Day, Saturday, February 29. Become a new member, renew your expired membership, or make an additional gift today! Donate by calling 530-265-9555 or donate here.   Membership Drive Specials: Monday 2/24: Monday Morning Show […]

KVMR Seeks 2020 Visionaries As It ‘Leaps’ Into Membership Drive

It all starts this Sunday as the KVMR 2020 Visionaries Membership Drive takes off this Sunday and runs through Leap Day, Saturday, February 29. But visions don’t come for free. “Only with your support, can we continue to bring us this constant stream of information to help you plan for the future, the music of […]

Two Award-Winning Broadcasters Celebrate 25 Years

They both have won the John Nichols Award for Excellence in Music Programming on KVMR 89.5 FM. And they both have been honored with the Bill Tuttle Award for Lifetime Achievement in service and programming at the Nevada City community radio station. Later this month, Connie Coale and Jenny Michael will celebrate being alternate week […]

Welcome To The World Of Turntablism & Odd DJ Names

The call came just an hour or so before her program. KVMR 89.5 FM Thursday Music Magazine host Elisa Parker wasn’t feeling well — it’s that time of year — and she needed a last minute substitute. No problem, said Step D Luna, a KVMRx regular who has started subbing on the community radio station’s […]

Hall Of Fame Volunteer Leaves KVMR After 30 Year ‘Adventure’

“This adventure began in 1990 when KVMR was still in ‘The Pit’,” recalled Susan McGuire, referring to the nickname given the Nevada City community radio station’s former office in the Miner’s Foundry, back in its early days. Shortly after moving here from Massachusetts, she was working at the John Woolman School outside of town as […]

Here’s A KVMR Hall Of Fame Volunteer Who Wants To Make Music Delivery Simpler

KVMR 89.5 FM Volunteer Hall Of Fame member Dennis Brunnenmeyer vividly recalls his first encounter with the Nevada City community radio station. “There I was, washing my new four-wheel drive truck in the driveway on a beautiful Saturday morning in 1982,” he said. “I decided to turn on the radio to look for some good […]

At KVMR, Dave Olsen Always Put A Good Foot Forward

You could say he always put a Good Foot forward. That's because "Good Foot Radio" host Dave Olsen, 77, RIP, and KVMR 89.5 FM were just about a perfect match, from the very beginning. He "discovered" the station as he was unpacking and moving into his new Nevada City house in 2005, after his son [...]

Whirlwind Week of Networking Greets KVMR At National Radio Conference

SAN DIEGO --  It was a whirlwind week of networking, story-trading, getting  know how, getting  learn how and getting inspired. That's the 42nd National Federation of Community Radio national conference in a simple sentence, with maybe 250 in attendance First, there were pre-conference intensives, which could be intense. Then everyone was there for the opening [...]

Welcome To ‘The Live Remote Capital Of Community Radio’ New KVMR Manager Also Working On Making Emergency Coverage Even Better

It just may have been the first time Ali Lightfoot got a chance to relax and reflect on her first two whirlwind weeks as KVMR's new general manager. With the Father's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival on a radio in the background, Ali sat down and just sort of riffed off that. "We are the live [...]

How One Song Inspired The Guy Behind KVMR’s First Live Festival Broadcast

Well, this is the week the grass turns blue at the Nevada County Fairgrounds as swarms of mandolins, guitars, fiddles and even banjos fill the site, with the musical occupation being broadcast live on KVMR 89.5 FM. In fact, it's the 34th annual live remote broadcast of the Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, making it the [...]

KVMR Celebrates Diversity In ‘All-Request Music Day’ Next Wednesday

Maybe it's the Beatles. Or The Boss. Aretha?  Joni?  Or a favorite wry songwriter like John Prine. Maybe some Miles Davis jazz.  Or going back further in time to the likes of Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday,... How about a folk giant like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie...or maybe U. Utah Phillips?  Joan Baez? And, hey, how [...]

KVMR Ready For 2019’s Only Strawberry Musical ‘Adventure’

The two stalwarts of KVMR 89.5 FM's  Strawberry Music Festival coverage from the Nevada County Fairgrounds this weekend are ready for anything in their sixth annual live remote broadcast -- and they don't care what the weather is. "It's going to be an adventure," said KVMR Chief Engineer Dave "Buzz" Barnett, a member of the [...]

Why KVMR Training Class Students Include Station’s New GM

The deadline to apply for KVMR 89.5 FM's annual broadcaster training class has been extended to next Monday, May 20th, but it's going to a little different than any other previous class. That's because one of the students will be KVMR's new General Manager, Ali Lightfoot. Not only that, but Lightfoot taught the training class [...]

Accardi Leaving KVMR Airwaves; Final Show Monday

Jimmi Accardi -- the self-proclaimed "Wild Man" of Monday afternoons on KVMR 89.5 FM -- will hold one final raucous"Rock'n'Roll Party" on the radio station this Monday (May 6) as part of the May membership drive . The special three hour blow-out special -- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.-- will feature the original versions of songs later [...]

Big Day Of Giving KVMR Remote Broadcasts to ‘Pop-Up’ Across Town

For the fourth consecutive year, KVMR 89.5 FM is celebrating this Thursday's Big Day Of Giving (Big DOG for short) with three more of its popular "pop-up" live remote broadcasts. "It simply makes it more personable seeing us out in the community, instead of just hearing us over the radio," according to KVMR Development Director [...]

Fabled New Orleans Musicfest Comes To Nevada County Via The Bridge 105.7 FM

So the 50th anniversary edition of the fabled New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Music Festival is coming live here to, yes, Nevada County. Now, wait, it's in New Orleans, isn't it? Well, yeah, sure... So how is it here? Hey, it'll be on The Bridge 105.7 FM. That's right, KVMR's new NPR station wants even [...]

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How That ‘New Music Guy’ and Jerianne Are Preparing for Friday’s Ticketpalooza

That "new music guy" has become quite the fixture on Jerianne Van Dijk's Friday Morning Show on KVMR- FM (7-10 a.m., 89.5 FM, 105.1 FM Truckee, streaming) Todd Wahoske usually holds forth for a half hour at 8:30 a.m. But this Friday (April 19) he'll be there for the whole shebang, along with special guest Michael [...]

Terry Robb & His 19 Best Acoustic Guitar Awards Play KVMR’s Intimate Community Room Sunday

Okay, now here's a guy who won an award so many times in a row that they finally gave up and named the darned thing after him. That'd be Terry Robb, who nabbed the Muddy Award for Best Acoustic Guitar for 19, count 'em, 19 years in succession from its inception in 1992 to 2011, [...]

What A Wild KVMR Weekend, Including Sunday Art In The Garden Show

What a wild weekend they've got over there at KVMR 89.5 FM and They've got three, count em, three live events, including the second "Art In The Garden" Art Show & Silent Auction party this Sunday 3 to 5 p.m. at the Miner's Foundry, downtown Nevada City. That'll be preceded by a live remote [...]

KVMRx Stream Turns 2, Still Having Fun

Time flies when you're having fun. And if they aren't having something more than fun over at, they're April fooling the rest of us. KVMRx's second stream is celebrating its second anniversary this very Saturday with a 6 to 11 p.m. live remote broadcast DJ dance party at the Grass Valley Brewing Company, 141 [...]

Justin Farren, Wes Collins Doing A ‘Front Porch’-Style Concert at KVMR

The organizers of an upcoming KVMR 89.5 FM house concert are inviting music fans to "join us on the Front Porch," according to co-producer Cheri Snook. No, that's not exactly true about the Sunday afternoon, April 7th performance of singer-songwriters Justin Farren from Sacramento and Wes Collins coming all the way from North Carolina. But [...]

Instant Friends, Mentors & Music Inspire This KVMR Co-Volunteer Director

Sure, KVMR 89.5 FM is a volunteer-driven radio station, but there's so many volunteers, you need someone to coordinate them all. Or maybe two someones, especially since Edy Cassell, KVMR's Volunteer Director since early this century, is now working half-time at KVMR and half-time for Sierra Harvest, another organization near and dear to her heart. [...]

Kim Rogers’ Longtime ‘Good Stuff’ Moves To Saturday Afternoons On KVMR

This is, indeed, a big week for longtime KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster Kim Rogers. On Thursday (March 7), her weekly "Good Stuff" roots music program celebrates its 19th anniversary (2-4 p.m.) And on Saturday, "Good Stuff" moves to the weekly Saturday time slot that featured KVMR legend Wesley Robertson and his "Rockin-N-Stompin'" show for some [...]

Laura Miller: Subtle Humor, Heartfelt Tunes Popping Into a Head Steeped in KVMR History

Longtime KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster Laura Miller was out walking her dogs a few days ago when her cell rang. It was someone from The Prospector as she looked around her and quipped, "It's the press. They're always hounding me." That's the sense of subtle humor and fun that Miller brings to her radio show [...]

Calling All Artists For KVMR’s ‘Art In The Garden’ Spring Auction Party

Calling all artists and makers...Hear ye! Hear ye! It's your opportunity to be part of this year's KVMR 89.5 FM "Art In The Garden" celebration. The new deadline to apply and submit a sketch of your entries has been extended through February 28th. And it's an unique event because donating artists receive 30% of the [...]

How Radio’s ‘The Louisiana Hayride’ Launched Legendary Country & Rock Music Careers

By T.J. Meekins Special To Prospector (Editor's Note: Meekins and Thomas Greener will present "Ragged But Right:  The Louisiana Hayride Edition" this Saturday, Feb. 16 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on KVMR 89.5 FM, streaming.) I'd been wanting to write a show about Hank Williams, and started re-researching his life, (because lately so much has been [...]

KVMR To Offer Fabled Photos of Joni, Neil & Others In Membership Drive

Using photographs on radio? Well, not usually. But when they are two 20 by 24 inch classic photos of folk icon Joni Mitchell by legendary rock music photographer Henry Diltz, all bets are off. Just one each of the limited edition  prints will be available next Monday on The Morning Show (7-10 a.m., 89.5 FM, streaming)as [...]

A Sweet Story Brings Award-Winner To KVMR’s Intimate Community Room For Feb. 17 Local Debut

Award-winning singer-songwriter Crys Matthews makes her Nevada County debut in a special KVMR 89.5 FM Community Room concert Sunday, February 17 at 5 p.m. in downtown Nevada City, but that's just the beginning of a sweet story. Sure, it's a couple weeks off, but this may be one concert you'll be sorry you're not at, [...]

Meet ‘Gaelic Americana’ Music Artist Kyle Carey

That sly KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer folk disc jockey Laurie DesJardin is at it again. Four years ago, the Nevada City eclectic radio station's first house concert in its new home featured the acclaimed harmonies of Brother Sun, in a show Laurie lovingly produced. This time around, she's found another rising folk star:  self-proclaimed "Gaelic [...]

Singing ‘We Shall Overcome’ for the 37th Time, King Day Concert & KVMR Celebration Set For Monday

One thing you can count on this Monday at KVMR 89.5 FM's 37th Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Gospel Concert is you'll hear a stirring version of "We Shall Overcome." It'll be sung by the Bethel AME Choir of Marysville as it has every year, and the local Trinity Community Choir, which joined the annual [...]

How Folk Icons Seeger, Phillips Have Influenced John McCutcheon’s Many Shows Here

There are two late folk icons who have roles in bringing folksinger/multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon back here once again for the twenty fourth or so time with a solo concert this Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Don Baggett Theater, Nevada Union High School on Ridge Road, Grass Valley. One, of course, is Nevada County's  revered U. [...]

Our Favorite Albums (Part II): Once Again, All Over The Musical Map

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. [...]

Our Favorite Albums: Once Again, All Over The Musical Map

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. [...]

KVMR ‘Lovefest’ Gives Robertson Lifetime Award, Honors Outgoing Station GM

It was a virtual "lovefest" that was wild and crazy at times, yet poignant and moving at others. KVMR 89.5 FM's holiday party featured the station's annual program awards as well as a Volunteer Appreciation Extravaganza for over 300 volunteers and friends at the Miner's Foundry this month. At one point, you had outgoing KVMR General [...]

McIntire, 22 Others Win Honors at KVMR Volunteer Appreciation Gala

KVMR 89.5 FM Board of Directors member -- and volunteer broadcaster -- Diane McIntire was named the non-profit radio station's 2018 Volunteer of The Year at the radio station's Volunteer Appreciation Extravaganza this week. Nearly 300 broadcasters and volunteers packed Nevada City's Miner's Foundry Tuesday night for the festivities, with over 20 volunteers honored by [...]

KVMR’s Pet Pin-Up Calendar: A Tongue-in-Chic Celebration of The Four-Legged & More

Okay, over the past 40 years now, they've offered KVMR 89.5 FM baseball caps, coffee mugs, socks, paper dolls, undershorts, teeshirts (duh. dozens of designs) and on and on. Never a 12-month calendar.  Nope, never. But that gets remedied now, with, ta da, the 2019 KVMR Pet Pin-Up Calendar. It's a colorful, vividly illustrated 12-month [...]

‘Real Deal’ Blues Live Concert on Sunday Night At KVMR 89.5 FM

Well, it's just one of those captivating weeks at KVMR 89.5 FM, with a live broadcast of what many call a truly "real deal" intimate blues concert 7 p.m. this Sunday from the station's 30-seat community room and then a showing of the classic 1983 Eddie Murphy-Dan Aykroyd  comedy, "Trading Places", in a special free [...]

Black Friday On KVMR: A Day Of Giving To Help Fire Victims

It may be Black Friday in pop culture and consumerism, but KVMR 89.5 FM is taking an entirely different tact on the day after Thanksgiving this year. "Mood At Shelters Is Grim" headlined the San Francisco Chronicle last weekend. It hurt -- a lot -- to hear that. And with thousands and thousands of people [...]

KVMR, The Bridge 105.7 FM To Offer Multi-Source Election Night Coverage

Well, it's the 2018 midterm elections, historically more divided than almost ever, and one area radio station will be providing live coverage of national, state, regional and, yup, local results -- that'd be KVMR 89.5 FM and its new second signal, The Bridge 105.7 FM --  and, get this, from four or more sources as [...]

The Art of Storytelling and Creative Expression In An Era Of Havoc

KVMR 89.5 FM representatives recently joined about 30 other community radio stations at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) Regional Summit in Santa Rosa, where disaster and fire coverage was, naturally, a major topic.  But NFCB's Chief Executive Officer, Sally Kane, closed the conference with a poignant, evocative, inspiring speech on the value of [...]

‘Hair’ Film Proof ‘Real Miracles Can Happen’

"Hair" is back, some 50 years after the original hit Broadway musical and nearly 40 years after the 1979 musical anti-war film. The movie version of the story -- directed by Czech-born Milos Forman, adapted for the screen by Michael Weller and choreographed by Twyla Tharp -- will show one time only next Thursday (Oct. [...]

Ghosts, Hikes, Century Old Music, Classical ‘Love-In’ As KVMR Asks Listeners To ‘Make Your Voice Heard’

It all starts with illustrated magnets, a hike,  Essential Backroads, what someone has up his bluegrass sleeve, the Greatest Hits of World War I, a Classical Music Love-In, a ghost tour of Nevada City, Music South Of A Border, Imagine, Harmony Ridge, Pink Floyd, Women in Folk, maybe some Cole Porter and definitely lots of [...]

KVMR Volunteer Goes ‘Against The Grain,’ Now Producer of Celtic Festival Broadcast

Now Allen Aastrom has a last name that pretty much guaranteed he'd be in the first seat of the first row in study hall. You know, alphabetical order... "Oh, and detention hall, too," he laughed. No detention or study hall right now for Aastrom.  He's keeping very busy as live remote  producer for KVMR 89.5 [...]

David Franco: From Philosopher To CPA And KVMR Board President

When  asked if he feels like he's in the hot seat, KVMR-FM Board President David Franco stands up, touches his chair, grins and says "it's not too bad." Just about a year into his term heading the non-profit station's Board of Directors, Franco and the board learned the beloved Julie Chiarelli was stepping down as [...]

KVMR’s New 105.7 FM: News, Ideas & Culture By Day, Tomorrow’s Music Tonight

The Bridge 105.7 FM is here. KVMR-FM,  Nevada City's 40-year-old non-profit community radio station, now has a second, yes, second over-the-air signal in western Nevada County offering different programming services over 80% of the time from its original frequency. "Volunteer-driven KVMR 89.5 will continue to offer the same eclectic mix of music news and information," [...]

Free Celtic Youth Arts Program Kicks Off KVMR Celtic Festival With A Wallop Of Fun Later This Month

They're back, they're free, with fun and a great learning experience included at no extra cost. Or so says KVMR Celtic Festival Youth Arts Program coordinator Laurie DesJardins, who notes with a wink in her eye that they've once again been "expanded a bit." More on that later, but here's the skinny: Designed for youth [...]

Old Dogs, New Tricks At KVMR…Or Is It The Reverse?

Well, it could be a couple of old dogs learning new tricks. Or you could say it's a pair of new dogs learning old tricks. Or some combination thereof. Bob Woods and Greg Middleton are two of the newest KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer broadcasters, only they both have roots going back pretty deep at KVMR. [...]

His First Daytime Guest on KVMR: Pattie Boyd

So new volunteer KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster Peter Blachley has his first daytime radio show coming up later this month. Is he easing into it? You know, playing it safe? Hardly.  Blachley will interview and profile star-studded English model, author and photographer Pattie Boyd, who's been married to both The Beatles' George Harrison and legendary [...]

Lights, Microphone, Action! Over 40 Hours of KVMR Live At The Fair

Once again, it's Nevada County Fair Week. And, once again, KVMR 89.5 FM will bring almost all of its daytime programming out to its Fair broadcast booth near the end of Treat Street, giving fairgoers a unique opportunity to observe and enjoy live radio in action. The Nevada City non-commercial station will broadcast over 40 [...]

KVMR To Air Alaska Music Festival In Honor Of Wesley Robertson: ‘A Wes Cast’

The way KVMR volunteer broadcaster Cheri Snook tells it, when fellow KVMR broadcaster Wesley Robertson heard the news that acclaimed Nevada County rock band Achilles Wheel was going to open for Michael Franti & Spearhead at this music festival in rural Alaska this month, well, "he told me, by God, we've got to make this [...]

How To Put Your Pet’s Photo On KVMR’s First Ever Calendar

Sure, we've offered KVMR 89.5 FM socks, cookbooks, baseball caps, undershorts, paper dolls, tote bags (to carry your totes) and on and on over the years . So why not a KVMR Pet Pin-Up Calendar for 2019? And right now, your non-profit community radio station is looking for your favorite photo of your favorite pet [...]

KVMR Celebrates 40th Birthday With 7-Band Party in Pioneer Park

Well, you couldn't have  much more success than KVMR 89.5 FM's "Summer Of Love" celebration a year ago:  they ran out of wristbands for an event that was selling low-priced tickets at the gate only. And had to haul in extra beer on top of that. All as a fun-loving, into-the-moment, unexpectedly large crowd of [...]

KVMR To Hold 40th Birthday Open House With The Whole Shebang

Okay, it's a chance to experience the whole shebang. KVMR 89.5 FM has added an extra incentive to its upcoming free Community Open House tours next Wednesday (July 18) at the station's new building as the Nevada City non-profit radio station prepares to celebrate its 40th birthday. Yup, the new backstage of the Nevada Theatre will be [...]

KVMR To Air Back-To-Back Music Festivals: High Sierra This Week, Worldfest Next Week

It isn't every day you get to hear back-to-back live broadcasts of major music festivals, but this is definitely the month for it on KVMR 89.5 FM. This July really gives the Nevada City community radio station a chance to shine with remote broadcasts of the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy this weekend and [...]

Say ‘Cheese,’ Pretty Please, String Cheese, That Is

KVMR's coverage of this year's High Sierra Music Festival starts off with a four-hour marathon evening performance by the jam band String Cheese Incident. Whew, it doesn't get much better than that for fans of the popular Colorado band, who'll kick off KVMR's four-day live festival broadcast next Thursday, July 5th at 8 p.m.  In fact, [...]

Sunday Classical Music Returns to KVMR in Style: ‘Real Sparkle, Real Smarts’

It's back. Classical music returns to KVMR 89.5 FM with Classics Declassified, a new program that aims to take listeners on a diverse journey into the world of old and new classical music from around the world. Airing the 1st and 3rd Sundays with the occasional 5th Sunday, from 5 to 7 p.m., Classics Declassified features a revolving all-star lineup [...]

KVMR: Where A Hall of Famer Handles Your Event Announcement

When you submit an event or class for KVMR 89.5 FM's Community Calendar or public service announcements, chances are Hall of Famer Barbara Graves will handle it for you. "I've been here from the days we typed them individually from paper submissions," she explained  "Now we process them all via internet." Graves' volunteer work sorting [...]

How Utah Phillips’ 1893 Rail Car Became A Cultural Train Symbol in Weed

WEED, CA — It's a slice of railroad heaven, and maybe that's why it's not always the easiest to find the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture here the first time around. Over Memorial Day weekend, it was the "go to" place for friends, family and fans of the late folk music icon, Bruce "U. [...]

Spring Strawberry Finds New Home At Fairgrounds, On KVMR

With the fifth Strawberry Music Festival set to open at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this holiday weekend, it seems like the venerable spring version of the festival has found a new home. "From what I can tell, they (the festival) are quite happy about being in Grass Valley," said KVMR 89.5 FM festival broadcast producer [...]

New DJ Husky LePew Celebrates His 100th Show On KVMR

When Tony Beverly graduated high school, he wrote that his dream job was to be the next Wolfman Jack, the legendary '60s late night radio disc jockey who was also seen in the film "American Graffiti". Decades later, Beverly finds himself on radio, having the time of his life after a sometimes rocky road. So [...]

KVMR’s Newest Swag Has A ‘Sock It To Me’ Feel

So after nearly four decades of teeshirts, tote bags, mugs, LPs, CDs, books, tickets and dozens of other items, what did KVMR 89.5 FM come up with to celebrate its 40th anniversary fundraiser? Socks, of course. But not your regular everyday variety. These light blue, dark blue made-in-the-U.S. cotton socks have a custom design by [...]

KVMR Re-Membering Early for Birthday: 89.5 is the New 40

Hey, Thursday's Big Day of Giving "pop-up" remote broadcasts at various locales were just the beginning of KVMR 89.5 FM's spring membership drive, running through May 10. Now comes the start of a summer-long celebration of the Nevada City community radio station's 40th birthday, which happens in mid-July. "89.5 is the new 40" quipped Monday Music Magazine host Greg Jewett [...]

‘Pop-Up’ Fun Broadcasts Highlight KVMR’s Big Day Of Giving

A couple years ago, some KVMR 89.5 FM staff and volunteers were brainstorming for a way to better integrate the national Big Day Of Giving (Big DOG for short) into the Nevada City non-profit community radio station. Well, somebody suggested doing pop-ups, citing their success elsewhere with a business popping up for a limited time [...]

KVMR To Broadcast Poetry ‘Lovefest’ Featuring Gary Snyder, Will Staple

It was a veritable poetry lovefest they had on the San Juan Ridge earlier this month featuring readings by legendary poets Gary Snyder and Will Staple. And there's good reason for a lovefest, since it is National Poetry Month, and the event was a benefit for not only Nevada County Arts' second annual Sierra Poetry [...]

Election Forums Kick Off Another Round of KVMR Live Remote Broadcasts

The radio remotes just keep on comin'. KVMR 89.5 FM kicked off another round of live remote broadcasts of  forums and town hall meetings with  the League of Women Voters Election Forum on the First District Congressional race. Six congressional candidates squared off April 12. Just over a year ago, the Nevada City community radio [...]

No Foolin’ — KVMRx’s Off-The-Dial, Online Radio Stream Celebrates Its First Anniversary

It wasn't an April Fools Day prank a year ago after all. That's the day KVMR started its off-the-dial online streaming service at -- designed to attract a new and younger demographic to the community radio station. "Hey, it's sort of an April Fools joke that's just kept on going and growing,"  said KVMR 89.5 FM [...]

Big-city girl finds sunshine in a small town

Four years ago, Cynthia Tweed was sitting in her home office, toiling away at her job selling software products and, no doubt, listening to KVMR. Working at home—every cubicle-dweller’s dream, right? Wrong. “It was making me crazy,” Tweed says. “I hated it. I needed that social connection!’ Fast forward to 2018. Tweed, now the development [...]

A Rockin-N-Stompin Farewell to Wesley Robertson

The KVMR and Strawberry Music Festival communities will come together at noon Saturday, March 17 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City to celebrate the life of Wesley Robertson. Robertson had hosted “Rockin-N-Stompin” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays on KVMR 89.5 FM since 1990. He was an integral part of the non-profit station’s volunteer [...]

RIP Wesley Robertson

Our cherished KVMR family and friends: We have truly lost a one-of-a-kind, larger than life, unique KVMR character and talent. Wesley Robertson died late this morning from massive injuries he incurred in a car accident last night.  Grass Valley Police say they found him at the northbound off-ramp to Idaho-Maryland Road about 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. He was [...]

‘Radio Nomadica’ Makes Its Way to KVMR

Saturday night has a brand new groove at KVMR 89.5 FM. “Radio Nomadica” (alternating Saturdays, 10 to midnight), with host Jeffrey Philpott, debuted January 27. After a break for the community radio station’s February membership drive, Philpott will be back on air Saturday (February 24). “Radio Nomadica” fills the vacancy left by “Night Roots,” commanded [...]

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