KVMR provides community members opportunities to connect through the development and production of music, news, and public affairs programs that entertain, inform, and educate. For more information… READ OUR STORY



What is the composition of the Board of Directors?

Twelve seats, including four seats elected by KVMR volunteers and eight seats elected by the Board of Directors. In addition, the KVMR General Manager serves as a non-voting member of the Board.

What are the terms of office of the Board of Directors?

Three (3) years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Terms begin on October 1, concurrent with the beginning of the KVMR fiscal year.

When are applications due to become a member of the Board of Directors?

Applications are due no later than thirty (30) days prior to the September General Meeting (for volunteer-elected seats) or the September Board meeting (for board-elected seats). Earlier submission is encouraged.

What are the standing board committees?

The current committees are the Executive Committee, Financial Review Committee, Board Development Committee, Station Development Committee, Fund Development Committee.

What is the annual budget for KVMR?

The current annual budget is approximately $900,000.

Who can I contact for more information about the Board?

Contact Adela Wilcox, current board Secretary, at

How can I apply to the board?

The current application can be found here.

What are the qualifications for becoming a member of the board?

The qualifications of an effective Board member include:

1. Basic fluency with financial reports.
2. Experience working effectively in small teams.
3. Familiarity with KVMR By-Laws, policies, and a working knowledge of the KVMR Board process.
4. A minimum of 2 years of experience in a non-profit organization, which may include experience as a board member, committee member, or the equivalent.



How can I get better reception?

Unfortunately, there’s not always an easy answer to this question.  There are two factors that affect reception:  signal strength and interference.  If a desired signal is very strong then reception is almost never a problem.  If the desired signal is weak you can usually make it stronger with a good antenna.  But FM signals in the Sierras are almost never “very strong”.  This is due to the terrain we live in.  So there is almost always some interference.

What are common sources of interference?

The first commmon type of interference is electrical noise – computers, LED lights, compact fluorescent lights, TV sets, cable decoder boxes, and light dimmers are common sources of electrical noise.  Whether your particular device is a problem is hard to say.  But an easy way to tell is to take a portable radio outside, away from everything electrical and tune in KVMR.  Then take that same radio inside and see if your reception deteriorates.  If it does, move the radio around the house and see where reception is good and bad.  You will generally find the offending device.  To check if that is the culprit, temporarily unplug it and see if the reception clears up.  Based on your findings you may be able to locate the radio in a different place for better reception.  If you listen on a home stereo system you may be able to locate the antenna for that system either outside or near a window.

Another common type of interference is interference from other FM stations – KVMR has a somewhat unique situation in that we are on 89.5 in the foothills and there is a strong station in Sacramento on 89.3.  This would normally not be a significant problem, as today’s modern radios can effectively select between these two frequencies.  What makes reception difficult in some areas is something called “HD Radio”.  This is a new method of broadcast that utilizes nearby frequencies on either side of a station’s main channel.  The 89.3 FM in Sacramento transmits a digital signal on 89.1 and 89.5 FM.  This would not normally be a problem, however in KVMR’s case the situation is unique.  Again because of the mountainous terrain of the region.  The digital signal from Sacramento can cause significant interference in KVMR’s coverage area because many places are line-of-sight to the 89.3 transmitter North of Sacramento.  As with electrical noise, the noise from HD Radio interference can also be mitigated by proper antenna placement.

How do I become a KVMR or KVMRx broadcaster?

KVMR offers broadcaster training classes once a year, normally in the spring.  Applications and information are posted on our website a month or so in advance.  If you would like to be notified when the class date is set, please call our office at 530.265.9073 and ask our receptionist to add you to our broadcaster class notification list.

KVMRx offers training classes throughout the year.  Information on upcoming classes is posted at  For further information, contact KVMRx’s coordinating guru, Sean Dooley Miller at

What are some different types of antenna?

More than anything else, the FM antenna – whatever it is – plays an important part in getting clear reception.  Whether it be the telescopic antenna on a boom box, the little t-shaped antenna that comes with your stereo, or a rooftop FM yagi.  The antenna can be used to increase the desired signal as well as minimize interferernce.  For now we’re going to concentrate on two common types – the line cord antenna and the dipole.

1.  Line cord antenna – Do you have a radio that doesn’t seem to have an antenna at all?  It plugs into the wall and that’s it?  Clock radios & table radios typically fall into this category.  Well, guess what – the power cord is your antenna.  Try moving the power cord around and stretching it out.  Maybe connect it to a different outlet with an extension cord.  In general you want the desired signal to be broadside to the power cord and interference can be minimized by orienting the cord so that the interference source is off the end of the cord.  You may be amazed at how reception improves just by moving the cord a few inches.

2.  Dipole antenna – This is the t-shaped antenna that often comes with an FM receiver or tuner.  I often find them hooked up but stuffed behind the receiver.  Don’t do that!!  The top section of the “T” is actually a sensitive antenna.  As with the line cord, you should move this around to find best reception.  Typically these work well taped to a window that is facing the KVMR transmitter site.  As with the line cord, best reception is typically found with the station broadside to the wire and the interference off the end of the wire.

What are KVMR's transmission sites?

89.5 – the main tranmitter on Banner Mountain (interference to this signal comes from Elverta Road to the North of Sacramento)

88.3 – the Camino transmitter in the Apple Hill district above Placerville

105.1 – Mt. pluto, the highest slope in the North Star ski area

104.7 – In the hills west of Esparto

Where can I read more about reception?

Our chief engineer has written an article about how to improve reception here.

How can I get in contact with the chief engineer to talk about reception?

Our chief engineer, Dave Barnett, can be contacted at

Can I listen to KVMR without a radio?

Yes, you can also listen to KVMR via our website here. You can also use the online radio player TuneIn on your computer here, or listen on your phone or tablet using their app for apple or android products.



I thought this was a project to build a new radio station. How did the theater get involved?

The KVMR-Nevada Theatre project started out as a capital campaign to create a permanent building for the radio station, which would then eliminate more than $70,000 per year in rent, as well as provide more space to enable KVMR to accomplish its long-term goals. A location was selected at the Nevada City Tech Center, but many citizens, city officials and broadcasters preferred that the station to stay in downtown Nevada City. KVMR leadership entered into discussions with theater officials, resulting in a letter of intent describing the general terms by which the two organizations would collaborate to build new building behind the theatre at the site of the three sheds that would meet the needs of both for more space, and benefit the community at large.

Who will own the building?

The two organizations are creating a public charitable trust, a separate organization with a Board of Trustees to be appointed by the two organizations. The new building, as well as the existing Nevada Theatre building and the adjacent Ice Depot Building, will be placed in the Trust. The Trust will then lease back to  KVMR and NTC their respective spaces at $1 a year for 99 years. That’s pretty much all the Trust will do — hold ownership of the property, though it will also have the ability to raise funds for the continued improvement of the property. The Trust is structured in the same manner as that which “owns” the Miners Foundry. However, in the case of the “Bridge Street Trust,” it will not have any operational responsibilities for either of the two organizations.

So if this is collaborative, who makes decisions on costs, material, and other matters?

A “Bridge Committee” was formed more than a year ago to make day-to-day decisions on the project and to develop the Trust, including creating a board of trustees. It is similar to an executive committee and includes six members, three from the KVMR Board of  Directors and three from the Theatre Commission. It is expected to dissolve after the Trust is established and the building is constructed. It is important to note that this is not a “merger.” Both organizations will continue to operate as independent entities.

How much money still needs to be raised?

The Capital Campaign is being conducted jointly by KVMR and NTC, with all funds deposited in a campaign account being administered by KVMR. Approximately $1.5 million still needs to be raised. The campaign has secured a private party construction loan to enable us to build while we continue to raise funds. Solicitations are being made for the collaborative project, not on behalf of one organization or the other. It is important to understand that the strength of this campaign is the collaboration of the two organizations to create a community asset. Many donors are supporting the project because of its collaborative nature, not because they are solely radio or theater patrons.

How does this project benefit the Nevada Theatre?

This partnership enables the Theatre Commission to utilize its idle property to enhance the theater for the benefit of its many users. Over the past couple of decades, the Theatre Commission made more than a dozen attempts to plan for development of the dilapidated “shed” lot, but was unable to get any of those ideas off the ground.  By contributing the land and leveraging its fundraising through the collaboration, the Theatre Commission is able, through this project, to obtain the backstage space that its tenants desperately need for green rooms, dressing rooms, restrooms and storage. And by building a new backstage where there is presently none, the main stage will be effectively expanded. Technical enhancements to the 250-seat theater will make it easier to produce live broadcasts of  performances, meeting and community forums.. The new building will be energy efficient and is designed for easy access by disabled persons.

How does the project benefit KVMR?

KVMR will have a permanent home in downtown Nevada City with the expanded square footage and enhanced services that it requires, thus securing its future, saving money on rent  and reducing annual operating expenses.  Additional production rooms will enable it to create a second digital channel (KVMRtoo), and to broadcast of a special local news and other programming. A performance studio/community room will accommodate live music performances, community meetings and KVMR and NTC board and committee meetings. Dual day-to-day studios will enable broadcasters to more smoothly transition from consecutive shows and perform maintenance.

How does the project benefit the community?

KVMR is the county’s official emergency broadcast station, and the new building will provide resources to expand and improve news coverage during weather and other emergencies, thereby better informing and serving the listener’s needs. The community room will provide the community with much-needed meeting space.   The building will include an elevator and will be fully accessible to those with special physical needs, thus better serving all listeners, volunteers, staff and community members. It will enhance KVMR’s reputation as a national leader in community radio programming by increasing the number of venues available to musical acts in Nevada City. The building will be open to the community, encouraging tours and visits from out-of-towners. And it will create a “performing arts district” of the Miners Foundry, the Nevada Theatre and KVMR that will benefit local businesses by drawing more tourists.

How can I get involved?

All donors to the capital campaign get their names on the building. In addition, there are “naming rights” to the building and all the interior rooms at various levels. Contact Julie Chiarelli, KVMR’s General Manager, at 530-265-9073 or Or you can contact any member of the Nevada Theatre Commission or the KVMR Board of Directors to donate.


Where can I find the time and date of a specific program?

All dates and times of programs can be found here.

How can I submit my music for possible airplay on your station?

You may send hard copies to this address:
Attn: Sean Dooley
120 Bridge St.
Nevada City, CA 95959

Digital submissions are listened to only if they are sent by a reputable record servicing agency or directly from a known record company.

Can I listen to KVMR without a radio?

Yes, you can also listen to KVMR via our website here. You can also use the online radio player TuneIn on your computer here, or listen on your phone or tablet using their app for apple or android products.

What song was that?

You can find all of our playlists here.



How do I know if my online PSA/CC announcement has been received?

Once you have clicked on “submit” scroll back to the top of the page and you will see a “Thank you for your submission” message. You will not receive a separate email.

I submitted my announcement well within the 2 week advance period. Why haven’t I heard it read on the air?

What is the date of your event? Community Calendar (CC) announcements are read beginning 5 days before your event. If your announcement was classified as a Public Service Announcement (PSA), it will be read for 2 weeks leading up to your event on a rotating basis. It is impossible to know in advance when your PSA may be read.

How do I make a correction to an announcement that was already submitted?

Please re-submit your announcement on line and indicate that it is a correction to a previously submitted announcement in the “extra comments” section.

My announcement was not read verbatim to how I submitted it. Why?

There are many things we are not allowed to say on Community radio. Chances are your announcement contained some forbidden language, or perhaps it was too long. KVMR reserves the right to edit your announcements if necessary, but will do so in such a way that does not compromise the pertinent information.

I don’t have internet. Can I mail in a flyer for my event?

Yes. Please drop your flyer off or mail to KVMR, 120 Bridge St, Nevada City, CA 95959. Paper submissions are not processed as regularly as online submissions, so it may be a good idea to allow extra lead time.



What is underwriting?

As we are a community radio station, we offer underwriting, which is marketing in its purest form. Our listeners spend hours at a time listening, unlike most commercial stations where the time spent listening is half an hour or less.

Underwriting does not use calls to action, pricing, incentives, personal pronouns, certificates or awards, superlative language or direct comparisons to other businesses, because our listeners don’t want to hear that, and because the FCC disallows it. The lack of “commercials” is a key reason our listeners are so loyal, and why they listen for hours on end. We must and do respect this. It’s for your benefit as well.

Why underwrite on KVMR?

The majority of KVMR listeners have household incomes well above average. May we say it? They are the Baby Boomers. They are part of the largest, best educated, and wealthiest generation ever seen in history. And for many businesses, they are the most desirable customers.  Underwriting on KVMR will give your business the Halo effect that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has scientifically proven.  When you underwrite with KVMR, your business is seen in a much more favorable light by our listeners, who actively support our underwriters.

KVMR’s audience demographics are consistent with public radio nationwide. The median age of KVMR listeners is over 50. Over 75% have no children at home. Two-thirds have at least a two-year college degree. Over 80% own their homes.

People turn to public radio and KVMR because they can’t stand the “noise” on commercial stations. At KVMR, we have two underwriting breaks per hour that last about one minute each. Our listeners know that the break will be short, and the messages will not be loud and annoying, so they are a lot less likely to tune out. Your underwriting message gets heard, not lost in the clutter because there is no clutter to get lost in.

How do I become an underwriter?

Call 530.265.9073 and ask for underwriting.  We work with you to determine a sustainable monthly budget and subsequent weekly underwriting schedule. This is driven by your marketing goals and objectives.  The best marketing is long-term marketing.  The major brands you know achieved their “top of mind” awareness with you because of their consistent marketing.  The reason you can think of (usually) only 7 to 10 major brands in any product category are because the other 50 or so don’t market themselves consistently.

Then we create your announcement together.  Our DJs then broadcast your announcement(s) to our listening audiences throughout Nevada County, Placer County, and many other geographies in the Gold Country and Sacramento Valley, not to mention the nation and the world via live streaming on



How do I volunteer?

Contact our volunteer coordinator Edy Cassell at or (530) 265-9073 x213. For more information, visit our volunteer information page.

What kinds of volunteer jobs are available?

There are many volunteer jobs, from clearing brush at the antenna or answering phones to volunteering at events or performing community outreach. Jobs may also include data entry, making phone calls, reception, and the list goes on and on.

Do you need more volunteers?

We often need volunteers, but not always. Contact our volunteer coordinator Edy Cassell at or (530) 265-9073 x213

I work full time, can I still volunteer?

Yes, we often have volunteer opportunities at night or during weekends. For more information regarding volunteer times, contact our volunteer coordinator Edy Cassell at or (530) 265-9073 x213.

Can I volunteer on a regular basis?

We have some ongoing volunteer positions. For more information, please contact our volunteer coordinator Edy Cassell at or (530) 265-9073 x213.

Does volunteering at an event get me in to the event for free?

Yes, volunteering at an event will get you in for free. Please keep in mind that some volunteer positions will be during the show, so you may not be able to see the show in its entirety.
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