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Brian Terhorst

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Brian arrived at KVMR as an office volunteer in 1991. He enrolled in the broadcaster training class the following spring and was assigned his first program (First Light, Fridays, 4-7am) while the class was still underway. Six weeks later, Brian applied for the Saturday morning slot vacated by the legendary John Nichols and Harmony Ridge was born that summer. Harmony Ridge offered contemporary folk and acoustic music on Saturday mornings for the next fifteen years.

Brian’s on-air work became the backdrop for a deepening involvement with KVMR and community radio. He continued as an office volunteer and was elected to two terms on the Program Committee. In 1994, he joined KVMR’s staff initially as Membership Coordinator but soon expanded his roles to include Events Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. When the General Manager position opened early in 1996, Brian applied and was selected that summer. He continued in that position for the next ten years. During Brian’s tenure as GM, he was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) where he represented the station at the national level. Brian served as the Board’s Chair for four of his six years there.

In 2006, Brian stepped down as KVMR’s GM to pursue other interests but his radio career wasn’t over yet. He continued to produce Harmony Ridge and KVMR’s Celtic Festival, an event he had helped found in 1996. In 2007, Brian was recruited as the General Manager of North State Public Radio (NSPR), the NPR affiliate based at California State University Chico. Brian moved to Chico that spring and served in that role for the next eight years. During Brian's tenure at NSPR, he reprised Harmony Ridge Saturday afternoons for almost four years. Brian retired at the end of 2014 and returned to the Sierra Foothills in 2016.

Brian now dedicates his time to quieter pursuits and retains his deep passion for music. He loves many musical genres but aligns most closely with contemporary folk, acoustic, Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, and folk rock. Brian's educational background is in Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture and the History of the American West - themes that also find expression in his programming.