Whats Happening at KVMR

KVMR Celtic Festival Presents: Heron Valley Livestream 6/6

The KVMR Celtic Festival presents a livestream of energetic traditional and original music from five-piece Scottish band, Heron Valley. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, including traditional Scots song, Scottish piping tunes and Irish banjo. Come have a dance! Heron Valley 2021 Virtual Tour Sunday, June 6th at 7pm (PDT) A KVMR […]


The Undrive Cometh… Usually at this time KVMR is airing our biggest membership drive of the year—but this is a unique situation so we’re trying a unique approach—“If you give before we ask, we won’t ask.” Is this unadvisable? Is this unheard of? Is this unbaked? Maybe, and undoubtedly a ton more things—It’s the Undrive! If you’ve [...]

Special Live Broadcast “Keep Tuned and Berry On”

Rock in Road Presents A Hog Ranch Radio Broadcast "Keep Tuned and Berry On" LIVE on KVMR 89.5FM, 105.1 FM Truckee, 99.5 in Angels Camp Thursday, May 27th at 8am through Sunday, May 30th at 8pm Even though there’s no Strawberry Music Festival this year, KVMR has special Strawberry programming lined up for May 27-30th. [...]

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’s ‘You Turn Us On’ Membership Drive: 2/12 – 2/16

It's the MOST wonderful time of the year--KVMR's first membership drive of 2021. We are so excited we made special Valentine's candy for you, our dearly beloved. When you need a break from algorithms and commercials, let KVMR whisper sweet nothings in your ear. KVMR Candy Bonus Free with any swag item! DONATE NOW These [...]

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 [...]

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 class@kvmr.org [...]

$10,000 for Inclusivity!

As we turn toward the future, let's make a pact to face it TOGETHER. To honor a spirit of inclusivity and grassroots democracy in action, longtime member and KVMR supporter Jim Lewis has offered a $10,000 dollar-for-dollar match for KVMR TODAY! The community is with you, Jim, we are almost three-quarters of the way there! We [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sequestered episode 41: Neo Classical ambient freckles

On the next edition of The Other Side Tuesday January 12, 8-10PM Sequestered episode 41: Neo Classical ambient freckles With the early days here in 2021 being so crazy, it's nice to have a place to just tune out and retreat into, hence a variation on the theme I began last week. In this episode I'm dipping [...]

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 […]

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 […]


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, […]

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’s 2021 Pet Calendar Now Available

KVMR’s 2021 Pet Calendar is hot off the presses! This useful calendar can tell you what day and fulfill your desire to see nearly 200 of KVMR’s furriest, scaliest, freakiest listeners in the redonkulous tradition known as the KVMR Pet Pinup Calendar. This year the artist collective known only as TAJ (Spoiler alert: it’s Todd Wahoske, Adriana […]

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 […]

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 www.matthewbyrne.net. 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.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2020 Monday 10/12, 10am-6pm

This coming Monday from 10am-6pm, the KVMR Tradition continues. Jennifer Robin, host of KVMR’s Resilience Radio, will produce our annual Indigenous Peoples Day broadcast. This locally produced special will feature Dennis Banks, the Assistant Director of the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse Dr. Luhui Whitebear, Jack Kohler, Sihasin, designer, traditional dancer and educator Michelle […]

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.  

KVMR’s Zoom Speaker Series: Amy Goodman

KVMR is hosting a Zoom Speaker Series for SUSTAINING MEMBERS only! We will send out the Zoom links the morning of the event via email. If you’re a Sustainer make sure we have your current email, and check your spam folder if you haven’t seen emails from us in a while. To update email information, send a message to membership@kvmr.org, […]

25th Anniversary of Steve Baker’s Morning Show

It’s  the 25th anniversary of Steve Baker’s Morning Show, and we’re celebrating in style.  You’ll hear some of his favorite splashes of eclectic music, odd satire and often intelligent humor, maybe you’ll go down memory lane, hear a professional radio juggler pretending to work. Evocative, sometimes provocative, occasionally a little cheezy but you know it’s […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

PSPS – September 7-10, 2020

PG&E’s latest Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) in various areas of California will potentially be starting on September 7th at 9pm, with power being restored starting on September 9th. KVMR will be providing top of the hour updates throughout the duration of the PSPS.    Nevada County Estimated shutoff start date: 9/7/2020 Estimated shutoff […]

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 […]

Have a pet? Enter pics for KVMR’s 2021 Pet Calendar!

Is your pet tanned, rested, and ready? Send your cute or ugly, big or little, fat or scrawny, living or dead, pet pics to petpinups@kvmr.org. Last year we squeezed in 160+ pets over 12 months. We like them furry, feathery, scaly, flappy, sappy, nappy, happy, and crappy. It’s finally your pet’s turn to be a star, […]

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 […]

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      

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, […]

R Town Radio: The Doors

Sunday 6/7/20 7pm-8pm – Through classic hits, seldom-heard stories and interviews with band members Robby Krieger, and the late Ray Manzarek, KVMR Broadcaster Peter Blachley offers listeners an exclusive and unprecedented glimpse inside The Doors‘ cataclysmic rise. From the now-iconic landmark Manzarek recalls as “the kind of place you could start a religion or plan […]

Take Our Survey Now, Make Your Voice Heard Today!

How well is KVMR serving you during this pandemic? Take this quick survey!  Tell us how we’re doing. KVMR wants to know what you value about our programming during this time. Only available until June 1st, so make your voice heard today! Create your own user feedback survey

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 […]

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 (kvmrx.org) associated with KVMR Community Radio. “We’ll  be spinning hits from all the best decades of rock, pop, funk, soul, roots and beats […]

‘I Know Your Voice’ Born Into Classical Music in England, Now A ‘Flexible’ KVMR Broadcaster

Charles Atthill was born into classical music back in England, but now radio’s making a play for his affection. Atthill is one of the rotating hosts of KVMR 89.5 FM’s “Classics Declassified”, a classical music series that airs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Sunday on the Nevada City community radio station. “It was a […]

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 (KVMRx.org 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 […]

KVMR’s New Business Manager Now A Broadcaster As Well

When Brian McInerney became KVMR 89.5 FM’s new business manager earlier this year, well, the timing was perfect. You see, just as he got the job handling the community non-profit’s finances, the Nevada City radio station was recruiting people for its once-a-year broadcaster training class, held in early June this year. Coincidentally, McInerney had learned […]

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 […]

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, kvmr.org 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 [...]

2019 KVMR Poetry Special

Celebrate National Poetry Month

In celebration of National Poetry Month, KVMR’s Adela Wilcox will moderate a two-hour reading and discussion featuring poets from the foothills of California all the way to the West Bay. The list of poets who will be present or have recorded readings presented include: Nevada County/KVMR Poet Laureate Molly Fisk  Davis Poet Laureate James Lee […]

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, [...]


TICKETPALOOZA! coming April 19th!

TICKETPALOOZA is BACK offering ALL the best events at ALL the BEST prices, ALL IN ONE PLACE! You're welcome KVMR fam! Keep checking back as we are adding NEW events all the time… APRIL & MAY: 4/20 Sat- Lil Smokies w/ Michigan Rattlers Goldfield Trading Post Abstract Entertainment 4/20 Sat- Stu Allen & Mars Hotel […]

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 KVMRx.org. 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 KVMRx.org, 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 [...]

Down Home Country with The Rock’n Down Under Show

A very special Sunday Showcase comin' atcha March 24th. We're introducing past & present alt. country stars from the land Down Under.  Tune in at 3:00 PM and get your dancing shoes ready. Right here on KVMR 89.5

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. [...]

The Women of Downunder

Rock'nDownUnder following the Women's Show tonight.  Keeping the theme going with The Women of Downunder sharing an eclectic mix of music.   Keeping Christchurch in our heart beginning with Bic Runga,  well known in the New Zealand music scene, born in Christchuch in '76. Join us!       

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Willie Dixon v. Page & Plant: Wednesday March 13

On my show Dawn Eclectica I do an occasional feature called Copycats, where I describe copyright infringement battles between artists and composers.  And If you’ve been following this series, you know that Led Zeppelin is the World Champion of rip off artists. On Led Zepellin II, Zep had a monster hit called “Whole Lotta Love.” […]

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 [...]

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