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Now Allen Aastrom has a last name that pretty much guaranteed he'd be in the first seat of the first row in study hall. You know, alphabetical order...
"Oh, and detention hall, too," he laughed.
No detention or study hall right now for Aastrom. He's keeping very busy as live remote producer for KVMR 89.5 FM's annual broadcast of the Nevada City radio station's Celtic Festival and Marketplace this coming weekend (Sept. 29-30), with a live broadcast 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
When asked if he feels like he's in the hot seat, KVMR-FM Board President David Franco stands up, touches his chair, grins and says "it's not too bad."
Just about a year into his term heading the non-profit station's Board of Directors, Franco and the board learned the beloved Julie Chiarelli was stepping down as General Manager of KVMR to take a job at Hospice Of The Foothills. A national search began immediately, with a September 28 application deadline.
The Bridge 105.7 FM is here.
KVMR-FM, Nevada City's 40-year-old non-profit community radio station, now has a second, yes, second over-the-air signal in western Nevada County offering different programming services over 80% of the time from its original frequency.
They're back, they're free, with fun and a great learning experience included at no extra cost.
Or so says KVMR Celtic Festival Youth Arts Program coordinator Laurie DesJardins, who notes with a wink in her eye that they've once again been "expanded a bit."
More on that later, but here's the skinny:
Well, it could be a couple of old dogs learning new tricks.
Or you could say it's a pair of new dogs learning old tricks.
Or some combination thereof.
Bob Woods and Greg Middleton are two of the newest KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer broadcasters, only they both have roots going back pretty deep at KVMR.
So new volunteer KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster Peter Blachley has his first daytime radio show coming up later this month.
Is he easing into it? You know, playing it safe?
Hardly. Blachley will interview and profile star-studded English model, author and photographer Pattie Boyd, who's been married to both The Beatles' George Harrison and legendary rock guitarist Eric Clapton.
"Patti is a good friend with a fascinating life," said Blachley. "She's the only living spouse of a Beatle, while they were The Beatles, and that's a story in itself."
Once again, it's Nevada County Fair Week.
And, once again, KVMR 89.5 FM will bring almost all of its daytime programming out to its Fair broadcast booth near the end of Treat Street, giving fairgoers a unique opportunity to observe and enjoy live radio in action.
The Nevada City non-commercial station will broadcast over 40 hours of shows from the Fair, starting at 10 a.m. each day and going until 6:30 p.m.weekdays, 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
The way KVMR volunteer broadcaster Cheri Snook tells it, when fellow KVMR broadcaster Wesley Robertson heard the news that acclaimed Nevada County rock band Achilles Wheel was going to open for Michael Franti & Spearhead at this music festival in rural Alaska this month, well, "he told me, by God, we've got to make this happen."
Happen meaning KVMR 89.5 FM would be there, and happen meaning they'd somehow bring a live broadcast to its listeners.