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A Local Behind A Movie Camera At The Original Woodstock. Plus Thoughts From Film Producer, Wavy Gravy & Max Yasgur

All Woodstock Music Festival's Michael Lang was doing in 1969 was trying to produce "this year's Monterey Pop".

Heck, in '68, he'd done "Miami Pop". So why not one in upstate New York?

Little did Lang know, but Stan Warnow, a New York University film school graduate, kept watching the names pile up on the Woodstock bill and tried to figure out how to make it into a movie with a friend.  

Fifty years ago, kids dreamed big. 

Get Some Brotherly Mud In Between Worldfest Broadcast & Woodstock Tribute

It's nestled in between KVMR 89.5 FM's live broadcast of California Worldfest this weekend and the radio station's largest public event of the summer, the 50th anniversary party, "Woodstock Revisited", the following Saturday, July 20th, in Nevada City's Pioneer Park. 

So it could go a little unnoticed, even though it's a free event and part of downtown Nevada City's Summer Nights celebration, with the Wednesday, July 17 show featuring Auburn's Brotherly Mud who television's "Good Morning Sacramento" show calls  "the best up-and-coming Americana band in Sacramento." 

At KVMR, Dave Olsen Always Put A Good Foot Forward

You could say he always put a Good Foot forward. 

That's because "Good Foot Radio" host Dave Olsen, 77, RIP, and KVMR 89.5 FM were just about a perfect match, from the very beginning.

He "discovered" the station as he was unpacking and moving into his new Nevada City house in 2005, after his son Chris had encouraged him to move here for his "golden years." 

You see, he had a radio on in the background. 

Welcome To 'The Live Remote Capital Of Community Radio' New KVMR Manager Also Working On Making Emergency Coverage Even Better

It just may have been the first time Ali Lightfoot got a chance to relax and reflect on her first two whirlwind weeks as KVMR's new general manager. 

With the Father's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival on a radio in the background, Ali sat down and just sort of riffed off that. 

"We are the live remote capital of the community radio world," she said with a broad smile. 

"You know,. it takes a lot of people to make that happen. They're working around the clock to make sure the sound is great and the signal is strong."

How One Song Inspired The Guy Behind KVMR's First Live Festival Broadcast

Well, this is the week the grass turns blue at the Nevada County Fairgrounds as swarms of mandolins, guitars, fiddles and even banjos fill the site, with the musical occupation being broadcast live on KVMR 89.5 FM.

In fact, it's the 34th annual live remote broadcast of the Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, making it the granddaddy of the eclectic Nevada City radio station's live festival coverage. 

KVMR Celebrates Diversity In 'All-Request Music Day' Next Wednesday

Maybe it's the Beatles. Or The Boss. Aretha?  Joni?  Or a favorite wry songwriter like John Prine. 

Maybe some Miles Davis jazz.  Or going back further in time to the likes of Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday,...

How about a folk giant like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie...or maybe U. Utah Phillips?  Joan Baez?

And, hey, how do you pick just one?  

KVMR Ready For 2019's Only Strawberry Musical 'Adventure'

The two stalwarts of KVMR 89.5 FM's  Strawberry Music Festival coverage from the Nevada County Fairgrounds this weekend are ready for anything in their sixth annual live remote broadcast -- and they don't care what the weather is. 

"It's going to be an adventure," said KVMR Chief Engineer Dave "Buzz" Barnett, a member of the festival's Hog Ranch Radio crew since the mid-'80s, "though some of my fondest Strawberry memories and experiences are ones that took place in bad weather."  

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