What's Happening @ KVMR

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, and...got 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. 

Wanted: 'Trash Talkers' for KVMR Celtic Festival

 With KVMR's 20th annual Celtic Festival and Marketplace just days away, Green Team Manager Allison Miller finds herself short on volunteers to help with the massive recycling and garbage collection efforts for the September 30-October 2 event. 

She says she needs some "heavy lifters" to haul full bags via golf cart "to the proper central collection areas." 

Plus she needs some "trash talkers."


Wait, this isn't football or basketball...

Celtic Festival's Youth Arts Program: Free, Fun Way to Learn

It isn't every day kids and teens between the ages of 10 and 18 can find something that's "free, fun and you learn something, too."

At least that's one way that Celtic Festival Youth Arts Program coordinator Laurie DesJardin  likes to describe the workshops and classes that take place just before the actual Festival itself -- this year, it's late afternoon Friday, September 30th. 

"These free sessions provide a hands-on approach to various Celtic art forms," she says.  "And they can be an invaluable introduction to the topics."