What's Happening @ KVMR

The Yes Man: when it comes to subbing for broadcasters, Eric Flaherty is just a guy who can’t say no

KVMR has more than 150 volunteer broadcasters, and usually they’re raring to get on the air and play music. But sometimes fate intervenes, in the form of laryngitis, a flat tire, a sick puppy. At those times, three words spring to mind:

“Better call Eric.”

In just a few years as a broadcaster, Eric Flaherty has become the go-to guy for desperate deejays, especially at the last minute. Why? He’s passionate about playing music, but, just as important, “I always say yes.”

New KVMR Worldfest Broadcast Producer Is Major Live Music Supporter

It's the 21st California Worldfest this weekend, and, hmm, the 21st time KVMR 89.5 FM will broadcast it, beginning to end. 

Only the names are changing a little this year. 

Lynn Heintz -- with eight years of KVMR live remote broadcasting experience behind him -- is taking the reins as the broadcast producer for the Nevada City radio station. 

Only he's got some strong and maybe unexpected words of advice, at least for nearby listeners. 

"Turn off your radio and come down to see Worldfest live."

Party Like It’s 1967: KVMR’s Summer of Love Fest Kicks Off a Music-Filled July

Broadcaster Johnny Gallagher, host of the Tuesday Music Magazine on KVMR 89.5 FM, grew up in San Francisco, just five blocks from Haight Street. When the Summer of Love blossomed in 1967 in a swirl of tie-dye, music, patchouli and other distinctive scents, he says it was “a party every night.”

He met young people from all over the country as they converged on the city, exuberantly flouting conventional values. It was a magical time and place for a music-loving teenager. Gallagher trusted that the same phenomenon was breaking out all over.

KVMR, StoryCatchers Reel in 2nd State Grant to Support Homeless Project

You could say the fishing's been good for KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer broadcaster/producers Betty Louise and Susan Davis. 

Not only have they "caught" over 50 personal stories so far as part of the KVMR StoryCatchers, but they and KVMR just reeled in a second grant for their "A Place To Call Home" multimedia project, this one for $12,000 from the California Arts Council as part of its Arts and Public Media Program. 

That follows a $5,000 California Humanities For All "quick grant" they and the Nevada City community radio station received back in December. 

30 Years On Air & 18,000 Singles: How Brian Lee Defines A Radio Era

Back in June of 1987, volunteer broadcaster Brian Lee's love for a particular era of oldies found his radio home on KVMR 89.5 FM. 

Thirty years later this very month, it's still there, "Color Radio," Saturdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., a veritable "Rhythm & Blues Revue" (its original series title.) 

"No, I never would've guessed I'd still be on," muses Lee. "But I continue to discover new old music and new old stories about the music so I feel like I still have fresh things to talk about each week." 

KVMR Tent Jam Sparks A Reunion After 7 Years For Sawmill Road; Alternative Stream Offers 'No Banjos Required'

There's something pretty special about KVMR 89.5 FM's broadcast tent at the annual Father's Day Bluegrass Festival.

Just about every year -- when the main stage is empty or between acts -- a band or a jam, often impromptu, creates a sort of aura that  Eric Rice (in his 32nd year as volunteer broadcast producer) wishes he could bottle. Okay, the crew does record it, at least.

From the 'Beatnik Riot' to an Original Fish, Meet David Bennett Cohen

Sure, David Bennett Cohen -- playing an intimate house concert in KVMR 89.5 FM's Community Room this Sunday at  5 p.m. -- was one of the original Country Joe and the Fish back around 1965. 

But Cohen's musical activism goes back far before that to, yup, April, 1961 when he was one of the musicians involved in the so-called "Beatnik Riot" in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, New York City, protesting the authorities' refusal to allow musicians permits to play in the park, where Cohen had started performing while barely a teenager. 

Indie Radio Producers Find Themselves In Awe of KVMR Building

Veteran independent radio producers (and married couple) Gregg McVicar and Gabriela Castelan are longtime "Strawberryians," a term for regulars at the semi-annual Strawberry Music Festival, just held last weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 

But a side trip took them to KVMR 89.5 FM's new building (well, two years old now) and the adjoining Nevada Theatre (well, 152 years old now),  where they sometimes looked like kids in a candy store, snapping photos, big smiles on their faces and telling radio stories of their own as well. 

KVMR Kicks Off Festival Broadcasts With 'The Strawberry Way'

KVMR 89.5 FM's live broadcast of summer music festivals gets "The Strawberry Way" kickoff this holiday weekend when the Nevada City radio station carries 50, yes, 50 hours from the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 

Station broadcasters will team with the Strawberry Music Festival's legendary Hog Ranch Radio crew for the third consecutive airing of Strawberry's spring festival, running Thursday afternoon through Sunday night.