Here’s one KVMR volunteer with her audio & visuals covered |

Here’s one KVMR volunteer with her audio & visuals covered

Volunteer and now broadcaster Marion Peterson is wearing many hats at KVMR.
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You wouldn’t think listening to someone as they walk across the country would necessarily build your loyalty to a radio station.

But to Marion Peterson, it opened her ears to KVMR 89.5 FM, a place where she has become a volunteer and now an on-air broadcaster as well.

“I have loved KVMR since I discovered it 15 or 16 years ago,” she says. “It has an authenticity to it.”

One of her early memories after coming to Nevada County was tuning in as Larry Hillberg called in each week to talk about his hike to his high school reunion in northern Michigan.

“It really, really caught my attention,” Peterson recalls. “’What kind of radio station would do this?’ I thought. Soon, though, it (KVMR) became the only kind of radio I could listen to.”

And when she wasn’t working fulltime anymore, “I jumped on it” and became a volunteer front desk receptionist in 2011, never thinking she’d become a broadcaster.

According to Marion, volunteer coordinator Edy Cassell encouraged her to take the class, sparking her to recall that back in high school, “I thought it was just so cool” that a friend had gotten a college radio show “but I’d forgotten about it.”

Not this time. She went through the class in 2013, did some late-night “red eye” radio, subbed on other shows.

And this Monday (Sept. 28), she’ll host the Women’s Show (8-10 p.m., 89.5 FM, streaming), with guest Susan Marie Frontezak who is performing a one-woman show based on the life and times of Clara Barton Oct. 3 at the Unitarian Universalist community in Grass Valley.

As for music that night?

“There’s so much of music that I love, but, genre-wise, it’d be women doing the blues, even jazzy blues” notes Peterson. “One of the things I love about KVMR is I get to hear new music much of the time — something I haven’t heard before.”

She’s back working full time as an office manager, but recently arranged her schedule so she can volunteer Friday afternoons at the station, “my home away from home,” Marion said with her arms outstretched and a smile on her face.

And then there’s that other passion of hers, where the eyes have it: she also runs a portrait and wedding photography business.

“My responsibility as a portrait artist is to create an environment where my client’s beauty, individuality and personality are expressed — and then capture that moment for all time,” according to Peterson.

In addition, she has worked as event photographer at several local venues — she particularly likes the Nevada City Live series that’s returning to the Nevada Theatre this fall — and images of those performances are on display at

No wonder it was “The Nudge” that gave her the idea to move here from the Bay Area, even as a single mom. Every visit made it apparent it’d be the right move.

And it was, she agrees.

Audio, visual, photos, radio — Marion has her bases covered, that’s for sure.

(On The Air is a weekly irreverent look at Nevada City’s volunteer-driven community radio station at 89.5 FM and streaming at Complete KVMR schedule and the Oct. 2-4 Celtic Festival information available at the station’s website,

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