Book sale part of BAM! event |

Book sale part of BAM! event

Robert Gubber's artwork will be available at the KVMR BAM! event Saturday.

Robert Gubber's artwork will be available at the KVMR BAM! event Saturday.

When you think of KVMR 89.5FM on weekends, your thoughts often turn to music.

This Saturday, that changes, at least during the day.

Think books.

Along with arts and crafts … and, yes, some music as well, only think vinyl.

It’s KVMR’s first BAM! event, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nevada City Veterans Hall, 415 N. Pine St., just a block from downtown, celebrating books, arts and music.

When KVMR music director and BAM! producer Alice MacAllister asked listeners for salable book donations, she was surprised at the results.

“I did count the books yesterday,” she smiled, “and we have 1,000,000,000,437.”

Actually, it’s safe to say listeners contributed more than 5,000 books for the one-day sale.

“At our last two music sales, I offered some books and noticed folks were really interested and that we were drawing a different crowd,” recalled MacAllister.

“BAM! is a step further, combining a love for books, art and music that many of us share,” she continued. “And, yes, it’s sweet that this is just before holidays.”

KVMR volunteer broadcaster Laura Miller, a longtime music collector and dealer, will have a booth featuring 2,000 vinyl record albums and 700 vintage 45 records, along with a few collectible CDs as well.

“They come from all over Northern California,” said Miller. “Redding, Sacramento, the Bay Area … I like working all those areas.”

Another KVMR radio host, Al Camillo, will also be at the event, offering music memorabilia items.

Members of the Foothills Fiber Guild will be there, and fiber artist Sierra Mohr will have her own booth, according to MacAllister.

“We’ll also have beaded jewelry, wood-turner Robert Gubber and two painters,” she added.

And lots and lots of books with sales benefiting the nonprofit Nevada City community radio station.

Garnering industry attention

KVMR and the Nevada Theatre’s building collaboration is getting some national attention, courtesy the Triple A Radio website.

The site — a hub of information for adult alternative album format stations, both commercial and public — recently highlighted that construction is now underway on the new KVMR Nevada City studios.

“KVMR and the historic Nevada Theater have partnered to construct an 8,000-square-foot building that will provide KVMR with live performance space and additional backstage space for the theater,” reported.

“The new digs on Bridge Street will physically ‘bridge’ the station, theater and nearby buildings to create an official performing arts district for the downtown area,” the story continued.

A photo of the construction site sign noting the project accompanied the article, which also noted KVMR has expanded its listening area this year with a new station serving Placerville, El Dorado County and southeast Sacramento and a translator for Woodland, Davis and west Sacramento.

The pitch goes on

KVMR’s fall membership drive continues through Saturday with a special two-hour “Money Matters” financial show at noon Thursday, another edition of “Cannabis Chronicles” airs Friday at noon, and Saturday features folk, bluegrass and roots music specials. Contributions can be made by phone at 530-265-9555 or online at

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