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Bruce Hayden

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Finding himself single and wondering what next in his life, Bruce decided to leave behind a community theatre organization in Placerville, Theatre El Dorado, after a 14 years. Turning away from acting, stage managing, set construction and light crews he join the KVMR radio community in 1989. He still kept a presence within the theatre community with judging for the Drama section of the Elly Awards from 1989-1991.

Bruce began by volunteering to build the sets for Fright Night. His training for broadcasting began with Betty Worth in 1989 and was honed when took the first broadcast training course graduating with many of the present long time broadcasters now on KVMR.

Asked to join the KVMR board in late 1990 he agreed. It was not long after that he and the board uncovered a massive debt that threatened the existence of the station.

"I have often said this difficult time lead to working with some of the most positive people I have ever worked with in my life. That board for that time knew that we could not let the station die. I look back at the group of people I worked with at that time and I am still amazed at what we accomplished with the help of so many true believers in Community Radio".

His experience with KVMR lead to the founding of KFOK-LP in Georgetown California, in 2002. KFOK-LP is entirely volunteer run Low Power community station.

Bruce and his wife were two of the founders of the American River Acoustic Music Camp in Coloma, California, and Bruce recently retired after serving after four years as Director. They also were long time staffers for the Strawberry Music Festival, and the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival where Bruce is the stage manager/MC of for the Arlo Hagler stage. This last year they Managed the KVMR Celtic Festival's back stage hospitality area.

As one of the founding board members of the International Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) board of directors he helps put together a conference each year that rotates around the FAR-West region. He is proud that KVMR has the highest participation of any radio station in that Conference. Several KVMR broadcasters have served as judges for premier showcase applicants. Other KVMR broadcasters have also served as MC's for premiere showcases during the Conference.

Now back with KVMR as a substitute broadcaster, the title for the weekly morning show he did for 4 years on KFOK-LP was "Caffeine Addiction, from Cowboy to Gershwin". That pretty much sums up his musical tastes.