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How much is that doggie on the radio?

You might say that Barbara Graves is the KVMR Radio pet realtor.

Each week, she tries to find new homes for cats and dogs during the Monday Music Magazine’s Shelter Report at 4:30 p.m. (KVMR 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming) from the current population of Sammie’s Friends Nevada County Animal Shelter.

Graves is known for her original, creative and sometimes humorous descriptions of the homeless critters.

“We have plenty of orange kitties this week,” she reported last Monday. “In fact, we have so many of them we don’t know where they’re coming from …”

And she described Bubba Moose, an 85-pound malamute mix, as loving “absolutely everybody” but having “separation issues.”

“You’ll want to have someone at home with him or maybe be able to take him to work.”

She also issued a “lap dog alert” for a pair of chihuahuas, Lucky and Venseng, both of whom like “cuddling up to your chest or sitting in your lap.”

Each week, Graves lists about four cats and four dogs during her five-minute report, often trading laughs with eclectic music host Greg Jewett.

It’s gotten so that even listeners at a distance get a kick out of it. An Elk Grove listener recently said his favorite KVMR show was “the used cat and dog report” because of the sincere way Barbara would talk about each individual animal.

“It really adds to the sense of community,” he said.

She’s been doing the on-air features for more than five years, and the self-proclaimed “Bay Area refugee” says it was a natural fit for her.

“It’s a perfect marriage between my two favorite nonprofits,” she says with a smile. “I love giving exposure to the shelter animals because exposure is everything in terms of finding animals new homes.”

As for her success rate, how many animals she mentions on KVMR find new homes?

“All of them,” she beams. “We’re a no-kill shelter.”

At home, Barbara shares time with four dogs, two cats and a bird, “and l got them all from rescues, you betcha …”

Obviously, she’s a prrrfect choice to do a little barking for the Animal Shelter.

Information on pet adoptions is available at http://sammiesfriends.org

Going local

Smiles remain in abundance at KVMR 89.5 FM as the deconstruction of the tin sheds in back of the Nevada Theatre in downtown Nevada City began in earnest this week.

That’s the location of the new home and studios for the Nevada City radio station and the long-awaited expansion of the theater’s backstage area.

At what KVMR Capital Campaign chairman Michael Funk humorously termed a “tin-snipping ceremony” Monday morning, radio station and theater officials took out the first piece of tin to be reused in the $3 million building.

Joe Bittaker of Landmark Construction said the firm was “blessed” to be the contractor on the project, which he called “a meeting of two of the great creative forces in Nevada County. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Then he drew thunderous applause when he said he was proud to say phase one of the project included subcontractors, suppliers and labor that is “100 percent local.”

Funk also got cheers from about 200 attending the ceremony when he announced that “we have secured a construction loan to guarantee that we can move forward” with the project as quickly as the construction company and city can go.

“To those of us who saw it as a concept and dream over the past four years,” Funk told the crowd, “well, to actually see this becoming reality is an unbelievable feeling.”

But he also noted there were still many dollars to be raised and urged the community to “be part of the rebirthing of this historic building.”

KVMR Development Director Rick Sharkey said several people came forward with $1,000 checks after the festivities. Donations can be sent to the KVMR Capital Campaign, 401 Spring St., Nevada City CA 95959, or can be made via phone by calling 530-265-9073, ext. 201.

Live From Chico

KVMR’s “On The Road Live” radio special goes to the Sierra Nevada Big Room in Chico next Tuesday night for a live broadcast of rising roots music star Nicki Bluhm and her band, The Gramblers. The broadcast begins at 7:20 p.m. (KVMR 89.5FM, kvmr.org streaming)

“The dance floor will be open at the club,” grins broadcast producer Wesley Robertson, “and you might need to do the same near your stereo.”

A weekly wrap-up of news and oddities about community radio station KVMR (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming), a noncommercial station offering diverse musical programming, independent news and provocative public affairs from about 150 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” Complete program listings are available at http://kvmr.org.


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