It was a virtual "lovefest" that was wild and crazy at times, yet poignant and moving at others.
KVMR 89.5 FM's holiday party featured the station's annual program awards as well as a Volunteer Appreciation Extravaganza for over 300 volunteers and friends at the Miner's Foundry this month.
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KVMR 89.5 FM Board of Directors member -- and volunteer broadcaster -- Diane McIntire was named the non-profit radio station's 2018 Volunteer of The Year at the radio station's Volunteer Appreciation Extravaganza this week.
Nearly 300 broadcasters and volunteers packed Nevada City's Miner's Foundry Tuesday night for the festivities, with over 20 volunteers honored by the station's paid staff and departments.
McIntire's record made it an easy selection, said KVMR co-volunteer coordinator Edy Cassell.
Okay, over the past 40 years now, they've offered KVMR 89.5 FM baseball caps, coffee mugs, socks, paper dolls, undershorts, teeshirts (duh. dozens of designs) and on and on.
Never a 12-month calendar. Nope, never.
But that gets remedied now, with, ta da, the 2019 KVMR Pet Pin-Up Calendar.
Well, it's just one of those captivating weeks at KVMR 89.5 FM, with a live broadcast of what many call a truly "real deal" intimate blues concert 7 p.m. this Sunday from the station's 30-seat community room and then a showing of the classic 1983 Eddie Murphy-Dan Aykroyd comedy, "Trading Places", in a special free -- yup, free -- screening for KVMR members next Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, downtown Nevada City.
It may be Black Friday in pop culture and consumerism, but KVMR 89.5 FM is taking an entirely different tact on the day after Thanksgiving this year.
"Mood At Shelters Is Grim" headlined the San Francisco Chronicle last weekend. It hurt -- a lot -- to hear that. And with thousands and thousands of people made homeless by the Camp Fire, and even those whose homes survived in Paradise are now without water, electricity and other vital services, it isn't exactly a homecoming.
So here's still a different way to bring some smiles to those shelters.
The story behind "Left, Right and Center" is a rich one, but the long-running Friday public radio series continues to fulfill its mission of being a "civil discourse" between liberal, conservative and moderate viewpoints.
After several years on KVMR 89.5 FM, it's now heard on The Bridge 107.5 FM at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each Friday on KVMR's new second signal.
"Where else are you going to hear these true viewpoints shared --not shouted -- anywhere else but here?" asked KVMR Program Director Steve Baker.
Well, it's the 2018 midterm elections, historically more divided than almost ever, and one area radio station will be providing live coverage of national, state, regional and, yup, local results -- that'd be KVMR 89.5 FM and its new second signal, The Bridge 105.7 FM -- and, get this, from four or more sources as well.
And yet they still give you a chance to spout off about the results at the same time?
Unheard of, well, unless you're familiar with the eclectic KVMR election coverage style.
KVMR 89.5 FM representatives recently joined about 30 other community radio stations at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) Regional Summit in Santa Rosa, where disaster and fire coverage was, naturally, a major topic. But NFCB's Chief Executive Officer, Sally Kane, closed the conference with a poignant, evocative, inspiring speech on the value of storytelling, particularly in radio. Here's a look inside the mind of one of community radio's leading national proponents.
By SALLY KANE
Richard Shindell is an American folksinger, songwriter and musician who grew up in Baltimore and now lives in Buenos Aires with his wife, a university professor, and their children.
Shindell has released more than a dozen albums, his career received a boost when Joan Baez covered 3 of his songs on her 1997 album, "Gone From Danger" and toured with him. Shindell and fellow folksingers Lucy Kaplansky and Dar Williams later collaborated as the group CryCryCry.
"Hair" is back, some 50 years after the original hit Broadway musical and nearly 40 years after the 1979 musical anti-war film.
The movie version of the story -- directed by Czech-born Milos Forman, adapted for the screen by Michael Weller and choreographed by Twyla Tharp -- will show one time only next Thursday (Oct. 25) 7 p.m. at the Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, downtown Nevada City.
The evening is a benefit for the Bridge Street Project, the building collaboration between KVMR 89.5 FM's new radio home and the Nevada Theatre's renovations and new large backstage.