Well, it's the 2018 midterm elections, historically more divided than almost ever, and one area radio station will be providing live coverage of national, state, regional and, yup, local results -- that'd be KVMR 89.5 FM and its new second signal, The Bridge 105.7 FM -- and, get this, from four or more sources as well.
And yet they still give you a chance to spout off about the results at the same time?
Unheard of, well, unless you're familiar with the eclectic KVMR election coverage style.
"We're just about unlike anyone else," noted KVMR Program Director Steve Baker. "In addition to our local coverage and lively listener call-ins, we've got coverage from Yubanet's Pascale Fusshoeller, KVMR favorite Amy Goodman and Democracy Now, plus National Public Radio."
"And you'll also hear in-depth reporting from San Francisco's KQED in the year California may deliver the deciding congressional seats for Democratic control of the House of Representatives," he said, "Or how they won't."
KVMR-FM News Producer Paul Emery is proud of how he, Baker and others have handled coverage together this century.
"We emphasize the election result news, of course, but we give our listeners a chance to chime in," Emery recalled. "You get to hear the raw feelings about those happy or not so happy about the results, and we get a variety of vital perspectives from our listeners."
As of deadline, The Bridge 105.7 FM plan was to broadcast live NPR election coverage in its entirety from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the newsmagazine All Things Considered bringing earlier coverage. The Bridge 105.7 will then air Political Breakdown live from KQED, providing California election coverage from 9 to 11 p.m.
KVMR 89.5 FM will begin national coverage from its longtime broadcast partner Democracy Now! at 6 p.m., co-anchored by Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, a former longtime New York Daily News columnist and investigative reporter
DN! offers a stark contrast to most election night shows by interviewing experts with alternative points of view, activists directly affected by certain elections or referendums and progressive political leaders.
"Those so-called mainstream network pundits know so much about so little," DN! host Goodman told KVMR listeners in an interview earlier this month. "That's still another reason for the importance of independent media across this country."
A morning show host, Amy was on-air past 10 p.m. her time (New York City) to ask listeners to financially support both KVMR 89.5 FM and DN!, something she has done dozens of time since the station picked up DN!.
"Her loyalty and care about KVMR is just about legendary," noted Baker.
The two-hour California Election Special will feature Political Breakdown co-hosts Scott Shafer (formerly of The California Report) and Marisa Lagos with the latest returns and analysis for closely watched races for governor, Senate, House and ballot initiatives.
Shafer and Lagos will be joined in KQED's studio by Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley Institute for Government Studies and political consultant Mary Hughes. Reporters from public radio stations in the state will be checking in from the field, plus there'll be candidate interviews and speeches as time allows.
National Public Radio ongoing Election Night hosts will include Ailsa Chang, Ari Shapiro, Michel Martin, Sam Sanders and Sarah McCammon, who will interview reporters and newsmakers throughout the night. There will be analysis and results from the NPR Politics team including: National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson, Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving, Lead Politics Editor Domenico Montanaro and White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, among others.
Meanwhile, gender and politics analysis will come from NPR Political Reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.Coverage will also include updates from NPR station reporters across the nation.
In KVMR's booth, KVMR News' Charlotte Peterson will join Emery and Baker in bringing local and regional election results to listeners, as well as holding a call-in show with listener reaction to the night's results. The station will also
"We'll be keeping abreast of both national and state results and going to Democracy Now!, NPR and KQED when warranted," explained Baker. "Yes, we're tossing quite a few balls in the air but we've gotten good at juggling sources over the years."
Kathy Barwick and Pete Siegfried celebrate the release of their new album, "Stones and Gravel", by doing some live pickin' and singing this Saturday during Eric Rice's "County Line Bluegrass" program (10 a.m. to noon, 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
KNOW & HEAR
WHO: KVMR 89.5 FM & The Bridge 105.7 FM
WHAT: Local election coverage from KVMR & YubaNet, state coverage from KQED/San Francisco, national coverage from Democracy Now! and National Public Radio
WHEN: Approximately 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., possibly later.
WHERE: 89.5 FM, 105.1 (Truckee), also kvmr.org streaming, plus NPR & KQED's Political Breakdown on 105.7 FM