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KVMR Community Room Becoming a Beehive of Musical Activity

Chanteuse/Comedian Visits Saturday; Holiday Social & Concert Next Week

Things really seem to be heating up at Miss Rumphius' Room,  and just in time for the holidays. 

That's the versatile community room in KVMR's new building that was named for a children's picture book, and the Nevada City noncommercial radio station has been busy lining up some impressive shows.

'Have We Got A Story For You': The Moth Radio Series Comes To KVMR Sundays

Legend has it the Moth started on a small-Georgia back porch, but reality has it that it's grown into the Peabody-award winning "The Moth Radio Show" and has spawned a cottage industry of related storytelling activities and events. 

Not bad for a Public Radio Exchange (PRX) weekly radio program with some 400 affiliates. 

Er, make that 401, as "The Moth Radio Show" makes its local debut this Sunday 8 p.m. on KVMR and finally is broadcast in the Sacramento metro area. 

Live Bands Lining up in KVMR's New Studios

Sometimes, they could use a traffic cop inside KVMR's downtown Nevada City studios on Saturday afternoons. 

That's when Rockin' & Stompin' host Wesley Robertson hosts up to three -- and sometimes more -- bands on his show (Saturdays, 2-4 p.m.)

Last weekend was no exception. The program featured live performances by Sacramento-turned-Austin folksinger Bob Cheevers, the local female roots trio the Heifer Belles, and Joe Craven and Painted Mandolin, a side project fueled by Jerry Garcia's acoustic music.

KVMR 'Newbie' Broadcaster Tackles Station Board, Vets Day Special

Okay, he just decided to take the KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster training class last spring. 

Passed that, became one of the Nevada City non-commercial station's newbies. 

Then he took a shot and ran for the KVMR board of directors, elected to it by fellow broadcasters this fall. 

Not a bad start in radio for Phil Northcutt, a Placer County native and U.S. Marine veteran (1998-2006) who's currently a land use consultant and independent investor on buying and selling land. 

From Radio Show to Writing 15 Books, This Herbalist Is Keeping Busy in her Garden

Herbalist, author and KVMR 89.5 FM "Garden Forum" host Kathi Keville never dreamed she'd write 15 books. 

"Of course not, no," she laughs. "I wasn't even thinking of writing a single one." 

But here she is, author of "The Aromatherapy Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants for Happiness and Well-Being" (Timber Press, 2016), which just may be her proudest effort to date. 

"It's the first time I've found myself sitting down and enjoying reading something I've already written," she admits with a wide grin. 

From Celtic Fest to Animal House, A 'Whirlwind' of A Year for KVMR Board President

She calls the volunteer job "a whirlwind", and it is, going one weekend from greeting attendees and helping count money at the KVMR Celtic Festival and Marketplace to starting a promotional campaign the very next weekend to garner entries for the Nevada City radio station's current "Animal House -- Revisit-TIN" design and building contest for pet houses. 

The Indigenous Tradition on KVMR Carries On

In a tradition that began nearly two decades ago, KVMR 89.5 FM will celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with a day-long live remote broadcast Sunday and a day full of special programming from the Nevada City station's new studios on Monday. 

Sunday's broadcast runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from the "Kulu Fishing Village" at Sycamore Ranch Park, 5390 Highway 20 in Browns Valley. The Yuba County park facility has been the remote site for several years now. 

2001: How The Celtic Festival That Almost Didn't Happen Brought Folks Together Instead

Twenty KVMR Celtic Festivals, twenty teeshirts. 

Except one shirt is very different. 

Instead of a list of the year's festival performers, it's mostly a list of those who cancelled. 

That was the fifth annual festival, held  just four days after the 9/11 tragedies in 2001 that killed thousands and numbed the nation.. 

Everywhere else, events of all kinds were being cancelled, left and right.  No pro football, no Broadway, college games postponed. America was in hiding, America was in mourning.