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KVMR Beatles special Wednesday to reunite grown-up child host, mom

Jake Michael and his mother Jenny.
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At the young age of 9, Jake Michael started hosting a half-hour segment on his mother’s afternoon Music Magazine program on KVMR 89.5 FM.

Only it wasn’t just a kid playing children’s music — or even the pop music of his youth.

It became “Jake’s All-Request Beatles Half-Hour,” featuring a rock band that had burst into fame a quarter century before Jake was even born.

And next Wednesday, Jake and his mother Jenny will reunite for a two-hour special during the Nevada City radio station’s winter membership drive (4 to 6 p.m., 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

“When I saw the station had chosen (the Beatles tune) ‘Come Together’ as the drive theme, it just seemed a natural thing to do,” said Jenny Michael, a longtime volunteer host at the eclectic station.

So there’ll be Beatles music, memorabilia and other band goodies available as membership thank you gifts during the show, as well as a new collector’s bumpersticker saying “I Heard Jake’s Voice Change On KVMR.”

Because, over nearly the decade the show was on, it definitely did.

“It was the re-release of the ‘Yellow Submarine’ (cartoon) movie that first got me interested in Beatles music,” notes Jake, who turns, gulp, 27 this year. “Then I really got into everything they’d done.”

His mom suggested he come on her show and do a half-hour of Beatles music, the phone rang off the hook, “and the rest is history, I guess, “ Jake quips.

“And our listeners demanded more,” adds Jenny, “so he eventually went to a full hour.”

A couple of his regular features, “The Beatles Trivia Contest,” and “This Week in Beatles History” will be revived for Wednesday’s special.

And he’ll warm up this Friday substituting for Jerianne Van Dijk on her popular morning show (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.)

Yup, the young man is still a major Beatles fan.

“As of late, I really find myself listening to the later years of their work,” according to Jake.

From the simple “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” to the complexities of “Abbey Road,” you might say.


This week’s sold-out Cowboy Junkies show will air live on KVMR (8 p.m. Saturday, 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming), hosted by FAT Music Radio’s Felton Pruitt (See Page 3 for more information).

The popular Canadian folk rock group is appearing at the Center For The Arts.

The live concert will follow a special edition of Laura Miller’s “Diamonds and Rust,” which starts at 6 p.m.

Miller will be featuring an in-depth special on the life and music of folksinger Kate Wolf, including an interview with her lifelong friend and onetime husband, Che Greenwood (himself a KVMR volunteer broadcaster).

Wolf, who died of leukemia at age 44 in 1986, has become a treasured artist in the folk music world and honored annually at a festival bearing her name.


A special preview of next week’s membership drive takes place Saturday morning and early afternoon, with host Larry Hillberg offering a guided hike of the Sierra Buttes as a thank you gift during his “Backroads” roots music show (7 to 10 a.m. Sat, 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

Listeners will also be invited to celebrate Eric Rice’s actual birthday during “County Line Bluegrass” 10 a.m. to noon. Hint: it’s a pair of the same digits.

And Rick and Audra Snelson will bring their unique “Hard Country” sound in at noon, while they try to meet a matching contribution from an anonymous KVMR membership supporter.

That’ll keep ‘em busy, all right.

“On The Air” is a weekly wrap-up of news and oddities about community radio station KVMR, a noncommercial station offering diverse musical programming, independent news and provocative public affairs from about 180 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” Recent programs can be heard on demand at archive.kvmr.org

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