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How KVMR Helped Transform Shy Listener to Station Advocate & Board Member

Adela Wilcox has made the journey from shy community-radio angel to a heartfelt voice speaking loud and clear on behalf of KVMR 89.5 FM.

Host of “Ineffable,” an eclectic 4 to 7 a.m. music show, the self-described “very shy person” first found her voice as a volunteer, putting in years of service as a community member of the station’s Program Committee.  She also contributed enough during membership drives to earn a few on-air stints as an “angel,” selecting music with the broadcaster of her choice. Adela sat in the booth alongside DJs Hap Hazard, Greg Jewett and Cheri Snook—but she was so meek at first, “I only said about three words.”

She also volunteered for the station’s music and membership departments, and gained confidence as a graduate of the 2010 broadcaster training class. Now she’s not only ineffable, but unstoppable: as a member of the station Board of Directors and its outreach team, and tirelessly promoting KVMR on social media. After this Friday (April 28), “Ineffable” will be twice as busy. Starting May 8, the show moves from its monthlyFriday slot to every other Monday.

The sultry-voiced Adela is as passionate about music as she is about KVMR, and it’s no surprise that, as a poet, she puts a high value on lyrics. She plays what she calls “conscious” music: positive, uplifting, with something pithy to say. She doesn’t believe in musical walls; her shows mix indie and mainstream, classics and contemporary. “Ineffable” listeners are as likely to hear Sinatra as Clan Dyken.



For a 4 a.m. broadcaster, being a morning person comes in handy. It’s a wonder Adela sleeps at all, because she’s got a lot going on. Along with her regular show, she hosts the occasional Sunday Showcase and frequently sits in for other broadcasters.

When she’s not at KVMR, Adela home schools her 16-year-old son Liam (a second-generation KVMR volunteer in the music department), is studying for a master’s degree in social work at Chico State (her goal is to be a trauma therapist for the LGBTQ community), and operates an event-planning business.

And did we say she writes poetry? She published her second book,  “Phoenix Landed,” earlier this year. April is Poetry Month, and she’s been celebrating it on her blog at

Adela loves the fact that she and KVMR are the same age. You might say they went to different schools together.

“I process everything through music,” she says, and growing up in Stockton, she felt lucky to be able to pick up the station’s signal, because listening helped her through rough times. 



As part of the KVMR family, she says, “I like the way the station has a group of incredibly strong personalities who are able to get along. I also like the way we’re constantly redefining our character.”

As a hard-working station advocate, Adela’s part of that ongoing redefinition. She’s an “idea person” and “problem solver”: “I love to jump in with solutions. And I love meeting people and finding out what they’re interested in.”

We’ll conclude with one of Adela’s favorite musical memories: At a 2007 concert, one of her heroes, Michael Franti, invited her on stage to sing with him on his “Yes I Will.”

“I was horrible,” she claims. But also gutsy.

Sounds like this former  “very shy person” has, like many others, been transformed by the power of community radio.




KVMR's Program Committee is looking for several public members.

The committee has four broadcaster members and four members of the general public to evaluate programming, set programming goals and review and make recommendations on show assignments and the overall schedule, along with the station's Program Director and Music Director. 

Information about applying is available by emailing or calling 264-4163.



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