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A KVMR Host Always Ready To Celebrate Station's Birthday

KVMR 89.5 FM broadcaster Kim Rogers notoriously makes a big deal out of her birthday each year.

So this year she's volunteered to make a big deal out of the Nevada City radio station's 36th birthday, too..

"We should always have a birthday party for the station," claimed Rogers, host of the weekly "Good Stuff" program, Thursdays 2-4 p.m. (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

"It's a way to bring the KVMR community together."

KVMR Goes To Quincy For High Sierra Remote Broadcast

It may be 115 miles from KVMR 89.5 FM's Nevada City studios to the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy, but that isn't about to deter the eclectic radio station from broadcasting two nights of this week's High Sierra Music Festival.

"Yes, you could say this is a very 'remote' remote," quipped the station's remote broadcast executive producer Wesley Robertson about the festival location.

Board Prez Finds Non-Profit That Helps Them All: KVMR Radio

Mary Ross, with a mouthful of a job title as Chief Fiscal & Administrative Officer for Nevada County’s Information & General Services Department and County Purchasing Agent, was looking for a way to get more involved in the community outside of government itself.

She knows she could have helped out any one of the area’s non-profits by volunteering for their board of directors. Instead, she says she chose an organization that can help them all.

Five years later, she is President of KVMR 89.5 FM's Board of Directors.

How A 20-Year Love Affair With Radio Began

Just about 20 years ago,  Glenn Far happened to spot a listing looking for a volunteer receptionist in The Union newspaper.

Turned out it was at KVMR 89.5 FM, a non-commercial radio station in Nevada City.

"I was looking for something to get me out of the house," he recalled. "And I'd always liked volunteering so it was right up my alley."

Turned out it was going to change his life.

Well, Glenn is still there, yes, subbing as a receptionist every now and then, but chock full of other duties at the eclectic, non-profit volunteer-driven organization.

KVMR's 29 Years of Live Remote Broadcasts

With the addition of a pair of absolute California music festival gems, KVMR's summer live remote broadcast schedule is once again bursting at the seams...and then some.

The Strawberry Music Festival will join the festivities when it moves to the Nevada County Fairgrounds in mid-September, creating a historic first for KVMR when we're broadcasting two -- count 'em -- two different music festivals the very same weekend.  And they said it couldn't be done.

In addition, the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy joins the KVMR concert line-up on the Fourth of July weekend.

Eric Rice at Father's Day Bluegrass Fest

"Sira" Record Review [World Music]

This duo, composed of Ablaye Cissoko (composer, kora & vocals) and Volker Goetze (trumpet, composer & producer) offer a pleasant and relaxing world music listening experience. Cissoko certainly shouldn't be unfavorably compared to Toumani Diabate as JAZZTIMES reviewer Bill Milkowski rudely did last year. Nor should the music be judged against the strictures of jazz inprovization.

How The New KVMR Building Continues To Grow Via...Recycling

It's been just over a year since the tin sheds behind the Nevada Theatre were carefully dismantled to make way for the new home for KVMR 89.5 FM radio and a backstage expansion of the theater in downtown Nevada City.

As the new building has risen dramatically from the ground the past few months,  the recycling begins.

"We are re-purposing timbers salvaged from the sheds," explained Diane McIntire, the owner's representative for the $4 million Bridge Street Project. She is monitoring the project on behalf of the station, the theater and the community.

How 400,000 German POWs Spent World War II in the U.S.

It is simply a piece of World War II history that few people have a single clue about.

During the war, some 400,000 captured German soldiers were shipped across the Atlantic to prison camps dotted across the U.S., which is probably stunning news to most Americans even if they've studied the war in high school or college. 

Now, however,  that story is about to be told in a national radio special that will air Thursday at noon on KVMR (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).