Author: Steve Baker

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 […]

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