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Why KVMR Training Class Students Include Station's New GM

Deadline To Apply Now May 20th Click Here To Apply

The deadline to apply for KVMR 89.5 FM's annual broadcaster training class has been extended to next Monday, May 20th, but it's going to a little different than any other previous class. 

That's because one of the students will be KVMR's new General Manager, Ali Lightfoot. 

Not only that, but Lightfoot taught the training class at KVNF in Paonia, a small town in western Colorado "from the minute I walked in the door" ten years ago, the last nine as  Program Director there before she was named KVMR's new general manager in December.

"I learned how to do radio by teaching other people how to do it," she said with a smile. 

New KVMR 89.5 FM General Manager Ali Lightfoot (right) trains a volunteer at KVNF in Paonia, Colorado where she was Program Director. Just to see how it's done here, Lightfoot will take KVMR's training class in June.


The KVMR class will take place Saturday, June 1st and 8th, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the station's community room, 120 Bridge, downtown Nevada City, with "See Jane Do" and "Thursday Music Magazine" host Elisa Parker and Music Director Sean Dooley-Miller as instructors. 

After the classes and a studio orientation training, class members will have a mentoring period with a current KVMR broadcaster and, if ultimately certified, become eligible to be an on-air broadcaster.

More information on the class is available at "What's Happening" on the kvmr.org homepage or you can click on "About" on the homepage and choose "Public Information" where training info is at the top of the list.

But a longtime broadcast trainer becoming a KVMR student and the first one to sign up for the class?

"Well, I m taking it because every community station does it a little different," Lightfoot said, while spending the last two weeks learning more about the station she'll be managing, come June, including helping with KVMR's on-air spring membership drive. 

"I'm definitely looking forward to the class because the training tells you so much about the station," she added. "You've got plenty of professional sounding programmers, and I want to sound as good as they do on the air."


When she holds a training, Lightfoot says she always remembers "what it feels like to be new" at radio.

"I love that part of radio.  You may be very shy in the beginning, Live radio can be scary. But once you overcome the fears, you get great training for other areas of your life, like public speaking, getting your point across, becoming inclusive."

Lightfoot said she'd encourage people to apply for the course because it serves you in ways "you'd never imagine."

"It's not just the time you spend researching and understanding music," she continued. "It's also the fact you become a part of the community and develop a whole new set of friends."

Lightfoot, in fact, "grew up in community radio".  Her mother,  Marty Durlin, was general manager of community station KGNU in Boulder, Colorado, for over 20 years.  Coincidentally, Durlin has also recently moved to California to manage community radio station KZYX in Mendocino County. 

"There's a photo of me at age one on microphone with oversized headphones on my head," she laughed.


New KVMR 89.5 FM General Manager Ali Lightfoot grew up in community radio (her mother was the longtime manager of Boulder station KGNU) and made her radio debut at age one or two.


At KVNF, Lightfoot produced weekly news and public affairs programs and cited two favorites.

One was "Pass The Mic" in which youth ages 7 to 12 learned how to become journalists.  Lightfoot recently got a card from a former student on the show, thanking her for the "major impact" she'd had on the student's life.

And then there's "KVNF Field Sessions" in which musicians play a set of music in a field. 

"I just brought the people together," she said. "Once, we had an electronica deejay in a pen full of goats."

Hmmm...Things could get a lot more interesting around here. 

See you in class. 

(On The Air is a mix of weekly news and oddities about KVMR 89.5 FM. The station is a volunteer-driven, community radio station, powered by some 200 citizen-broadcasters. For KVMR On Demand, go toarchive.kvmr.org  You can hear NPR News on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, plus Pacifica's "Democracy Now" at 9 a.m. weekdays, on The Bridge 105.7 FM, the station's new on-air signal.)



WHO:  KVMR 89.5 FM with class instructors Elisa Parker and Sean Dooley-Miller

WHAT:  KVMR's annual Broadcaster Training Class

WHEN: Saturdays, June 1 and 8, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Miss Rumphius Community Room, KVMR, 120 Bridge Street at Spring Street, Nevada City. 

DEADLINE: Applications available at https://www.kvmr.org/content/public-information  and at KVMR, 120 Bridge Street, and must be returned by Monday, January 20th. Limited size; not all applicants may be selected

FEE:  $140 KVMR members; $200 non-members (fee includes membership), payable after selection to class.

INFOkvmr.org or 530/265-9073