Whats Happening at KVMR

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 [...]

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 […]


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 […]

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

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!       

Zep Willie

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.” […]

Join Me This Saturday Night for A New Experience – Liquid Mind

Welcome to "Liquid Mind," immediately following Dead Air this Saturday March 2 from 10 pm to Midnight. Consciousness expanding music that lends itself to relaxation as well as careful listening; music that blends exquisite jams, experimentation, superb vocal performances, and beautiful harmonies, drawn primarily from the psychedelic, soft blues, moody jazz and acoustic folk genres. […]


“Delivering Printing Services to Your Door: Just like the Milk Man Used to do!”

KVMR receives support from Milk Man Toner Company; leasing the latest printers, and offering toner replacement delivery and repair and servicing for just about anything. Milk Man Toner Company services Sacramento, and Northern California from Redding to Monterey, and from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe, and everywhere in between. (Milk Man Toner Company Family & […]

Love is On The Air with KVMR

It's that time again- Winter Membership Drive time. We hope you'll "Get Your Heart On" KVMR style, and step up for community radio. We know you love the music and we want you to get out there and see some. Whenever you're out and about let folks know you heard about their events at KVMR- […]

Bob & George

Rock n Roll Photographs- Henry Diltz

Peter Blachley of Morrison Hotel Gallery is NEW broadcaster at KVMR & donated photographs by Henry Diltz! These beautiful photographs are incentives for listeners to become members in our upcoming winter membership drive. We have seven 8" x 10" photos, and two 20" x 24" photos, as well as some sets of notecards. Here's some […]

Nesmith Mania – Wednesday Jan 16 4-7am

Hey hey we're the Monkees!   Michael Nesmith will always be best known as a member of the much beloved and much disparaged 60's pop group, but he did go on to create an impressive body of music that millions still avidly listen to, including this Nesmith Junkie.   Since Michael is coming to do a live […]

The White Album – Reimagined

Did you know there is a brand new version of The White Album?   Thats right, to commemorate the 50th anniversary The Beatles iconic self-titled album, the group has has released a deluxe version of all 30 tracks are newly mixed by producer Giles Martin, son of original album producer George Martin,  joined by 27 early […]

Sunday Showcase with The Z-Man

Sunday Showcase with the Z-Man Please join me on Sunday Showcase December 9th from 3 – 5 PM. My special guest will be Michael Zagaris (The Z-Man) official photographer of the San Francisco 49ers for almost 50 years and the official photographer for the Oakland A's since '81. Michael also shot extensive photographs for Bill […]

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