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What's Happening @ KVMR

Two favorite shows get three new hosts

Changes are afoot at KVMR 89.5 FM, with three broadcasters newly at the helm of two of the community radio station’s popular morning and early evening programs.

His legion of fans were saddened when Mike Bissell, longtime host of the “Wednesday Morning Show,” decided to move on at the end of 2017. Bissell’s newly named successors are Lisa Cowden and Lynn Heintz, who have begun alternating as hosts of the weekly 7 to 10 a.m. show.

‘Radio Nomadica’ Makes Its Way to KVMR

Saturday night has a brand new groove at KVMR 89.5 FM.

“Radio Nomadica” (alternating Saturdays, 10 to midnight), with host Jeffrey Philpott, debuted January 27. After a break for the community radio station’s February membership drive, Philpott will be back on air Saturday (February 24). “Radio Nomadica” fills the vacancy left by “Night Roots,” commanded for 18 years by the late, beloved Richard Dunk. It follows the ever-popular perennial “Dead Air” and alternates with “Through the Night,” hosted by Mystic-Al.

Molly Fisk Celebrates 400th Essay on KVMR's Evening News

Over a dozen years ago, then-KVMR 89.5 FM news producer Carolyn Crane approached poet/teacher/life coach Molly Fisk about doing a weekly essay on the station's Evening News program. 

"She said, 'You can write about whatever you want, as long as you don't use those seven (FCC-forbidden) words," recalled Fisk. "That was their first mistake..."

Now, exactly 400 essays later last Thursday, she's still at it, creating humorous, evocative slice-of-life commentaries each week in between her duties as Nevada County's official Poet Laureate, a post she was awarded last year. 

Hike & Tina Turner, The Dead and the Young: KVMR Fund Drive Keeps 'Em Coming

Okay, so you've got hikes into the Sierra Buttes and along the South Yuba River, the musical history of Ike and Tina Turner, rare recordings of early Grateful Dead and a salute to Neil Young...

Well, it's got the promise of being quite the second half of KVMR 89.5 FM's winter membership drive, taking place now through this Sunday (Feb. 11). 

But hiking live on the radio?

No, the hikes are simply thank you gifts.

KVMR: Make A Donation, Get A Song On All-Request Radio Day

Maybe it's the Soundtrack of Your Life. 

KVMR 89.5 FM will give new and renewing members -- plus even one-time donors -- a chance to participate in the station's first ever "All-Request Day" by calling in their favorite tune when they make a contribution to the non-profit Nevada City community radio station during its winter membership drive next week and ask for that great song of their lives to get played on Wednesday, February 21st. 

KVMR To Air Forum on 9 High School Options Next Tuesday

It's sort of an "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Nevada County High Schools" night. 

And it's the next in KVMR 89.5 FM's ongoing series of Town Hall Meetings and Community Forums broadcast live on the non-profit Nevada City community radio station. 

This one -- a conversation on "Nevada County's Many and Varied High School Options" --takes place 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Tuesday, January 30th at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, downtown Nevada City. 

Parents, students and the general public are invited to attend for free. 

Award-Winning New Folsom Prison Film Makes Its NorCal Debut in Grass Valley

The critically-acclaimed film "The Work" will have its Northern California premiere at the Del Oro Theatre, downtown Grass Valley,  on Thursday, January 25th at 7 p.m.

The documentary, which won the Grand Jury Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in Austin and was named the second best documentary of 2017 by Rolling Stone Magazine, shows the work of the group Inside Circle and the Inside Circle Foundation at New Folsom Prison. 

36th Annual King Day Gospel Concert & KVMR Celebration Set for Noon Monday

You talk about a community tradition, well, this is one that truly lives on, from the early 1980s until now.

For the, yup, 36th year, the Bethel AME Church Choir of Marysville will make their yearly trek to Nevada City this Monday for  KVMR 89.5 FM's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Gospel Concert. 

It'll feature a free noon performance at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, downtown Nevada City, with a live broadcast on KVMR.  Later, at 6 p.m., the Nevada City community radio station will broadcast an hour of Monday's concert highlights.

KVMR 2017 Year in Review: Our Favorite Albums

More proof that KVMR 89.5 FM plays a wide variety of music is certainly in the pudding below, once again.  (And check our our Music Dept page for the 3-dimensional experience!)

Very few 2017 albums -- and even fewer "best sellers" show up on multiple lists compiled by the Nevada City radio station 150 or so volunteer broadcasters. Most nods went to Lukas Nelson &  Promise Of The Real's self-titled album. 

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