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McIntire, 22 Others Win Honors at KVMR Volunteer Appreciation Gala

Steve Baker

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. 

"She's always there for us, giving us as much of her time as she can, despite a busy schedule," added KVMR Program Director Steve Baker. "We couldn't have made a better choice." 

McIntire first got involved with the station when she was hired as public representative for the station's new building, which opened in February, 2015. 

A firm believer in independent media and free speech, McIntire then became an active committee member, Board member and was elected Board President.

McIntire has also helped produce a myriad of events and special projects to benefit KVMR and the new building. 

This fall,  McIntire and current Board President David Franco headed up the search committee to find a new general manager for the community radio station after GM Julie Chiarelli resigned in late August. 

The pair also shared a special "Carrying The Torch" Award for their search efforts. 

McIntire presents "Now And Then", a vintage pre-rock music show, once a month on Wednesdays 2 to 4 p.m. as well as occasionally hosting "The Women's Show" 8 p.m. Mondays. 

HALL OF FAMERS

Four loyal contributors were named to the station's Volunteer Hall of Fame, including John Stabile. 

"John shows up and quietly does his thing," Cassell said. "He does what needs to be done, like answering phones when they continually got busy during our Black Friday fundraiser." 

Stabile also spent years re-alphabetizing the station's music library. 

Inductee Susan McGuire won big praise from Membership Coordinator Adrianna Kelly. 

"She's been a membership volunteer since 1990," Kelly said. "To last that long in this role, she's got to have a good sense of humor and a lot of patience.  And she truly does..." 

When Bob and Anni DeSanti aren't doing their "Rockin' Down Under" series featuring artists from Australia and New Zealand (Mondays, 10pm-midnight), you can find these Hall of Famers, well, "they do everything," according to Cassell. 

"They're the first to raise their hands at every volunteer opportunity there is," she said. 

OTHER AWARDS: 

--Unsung Hero went to Lisa Mitchell, for years of dedication at the station's front desk and membership drive assistance.

--Raffle King honors  to Marc Cuniberti, for annually wrapping himself in tickets "and showing us the money." 

--Jerianne Van Dijk and Todd Wahoske, she as the "funniest taskmistress in the universe," he as "just damn making it happen" were honored for their role in the station's first pet calendar project.

--Other membership honors went to Beth Ann Roester (ticketing) and Sean Huntley (joking).

--"Raffle King" honors go to Marc Cuniberti, "for wrapping himself in tickets and showing us the money."

--"Mixologist" Award goes to Chris Towne "for creating themed cocktails for movie nights and special events." 

--"Rock Star MC" Award to Eliza Parker "for her endless sense of enthusiasm during the Big Day Of Giving" live remote broadcasts. 

--The Always There When You Need Him Award went to Christian Gutt, "for always being being there when you need him." 

--"Above And Beyond Award" to Eric Rice "for having a vision and keeping it alive." 

--Accounting Department Award to Brandt Dietz. 

--Dynamic Duo Award to Dennis Brunnenmeyer and John Adams. 

--Best Nerd Apprentice Award to Ezra Echols "for liking KVMR better than school" 

--Celtic Royalty Award to Andy and Shannon Dooley-Miller "for their energy and tenacity running the KVMR booth at the Celtic Festival." 

The station's Program Awards were also handed out and  will be covered in next week's  "On The Air"  column. 

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