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KVMR: Where A Hall of Famer Handles Your Event Announcement

When you submit an event or class for KVMR 89.5 FM's Community Calendar or public service announcements, chances are Hall of Famer Barbara Graves will handle it for you. 

"I've been here from the days we typed them individually from paper submissions," she explained  "Now we process them all via internet."

Graves' volunteer work sorting and writing announcements may seem mundane, but it's important to a radio station that wants to help non-profits and individuals get the word out on what's going on locally and regionally. 

It used to be that involved cutting the finished announcements and taping them to differently colored index cards, depending on the type of event it was. That took time. 

Now it's pretty much a breeze and can be done via internet from her Grass Valley home to the in-studio computers. 

Which is good, says Barbara. "You see, we have three times as many (announcements) as we did in our old building."



Graves credits Gary Gustafson, who volunteered a couple years ago  "to put the submission program together."

"We had talked for years about getting a program for the calendar and PSAs until Gary came along," she  noted with a smile. "Let's just say it took him a little longer than he thought it would to create the program."

Barbara also does some receptionist duty and outreach work at the Nevada City radio station, where she's been volunteering since 2003.  For nearly a decade, she did a weekly on-air feature describing available cats and dogs at the Nevada County Animal Shelter. Now John Rumsey does that as part of his "Four Strong Winds" program alternate weeks at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. 

Her love of independent, hand-picked music-styled radio goes back to her days listening to KFAT in Gilroy when she lived and worked in the Bay Area. 

"That's where I learned I could like what one broadcaster plays and not necessarily what another plays," according to Graves.

"I felt like I had a real connection with some of the (KFAT) broadcasters,"she added. "They're real people and very approachable."

That, Barbara decided, was "exactly the kind of radio station I liked."



When she retired from her graphic arts career to move to Grass Valley, it was her neighbor Ken Ebi, a onetime KVMR board member, who urged her to listen to KVMR on Saturdays to hear a KFAT-like station, recalled Graves. 

Not too long after, she happened by KVMR her very first time.  It was during a 2002 membership drive, the phones were buzzing, and, within minutes, Barbara was answering a phone.  

Suddenly, she was...a volunteer.

"I went in to see what KVMR looked liked, and I haven't looked back since...," quipped Graves. 

She sure hasn't. 

In fact, in 2013, she was one of seven people inducted into the original KVMR Volunteer Hall Of Fame in its very first year.


Barbara Graves is one of seven original members of KVMR's Volunteer Hall of Fame when it first started in 2013.



KVMR 89.5 FM will present around 40 hours of the California Bluegrass Association's annual Father's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival, beginning today through Sunday, June 17, aptly known as Father's Day. 

The big news is the return of bluegrass legend Del McCoury.  While a band including two of his sons has been touring extensively in recent years as the Traveling McCourys, father Del, 79, has not made nearly as many appearances. 

But he and the Del McCoury Band will close out both Saturday evening and end the festival Sunday afternoon.