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KVMR, Nevada Theater offering video about new building

In a year or so, radio station KVMR 89.5FM and the Nevada Theatre will be sharing a new $3.5 million building adjacent to the current theater in downtown Nevada City.

But now the two arts organizations are eager to share a new video with the public, in hopes it will attract donors to the KVMR Capital Campaign.

The nine-minute piece clearly lays out reasons for the new building.



At the current Nevada Theater, actors are seen scurrying up and down narrow steps leading to the downstairs dressing room, called “the dungeon” because of the lack of backstage space and storage. Sets have to be folded and bindled because of the lack of space.

And staff and volunteer broadcasters explain how the current KVMR facilities have become increasingly inadequate with outdated equipment, little room for live music presentations, show transition problems and declining infrastructure.




The video shows how the new building will give the theater essential backstage facilities. And KVMR will have two main on-air studios, plus a performance space/community room that can hold an entire band, host “house concerts,” town hall meetings or community meetings.

Behind the video, though, is another story because director/producer Mike Bloebaum, video editor Dick Mentzer and cameraman/engineer Mark Triolo all volunteered their time and services to help the collaboration.

“They perfectly captured what will be soul of the new building — our generation’s contribution to historic downtown Nevada City where people can meet and take part in our performing arts and media,” beams KVMR board of directors President Michael Young. “And the three of them brought the experience and skills necessary to do a professional, first-rate job.”

Bloebaum says it was a chance for him to “learn about how local (KVMR) is and how its programming is so unusual,” as well as documenting how the “station’s facilities need a major upgrading.”

His other recent projects include nationally aired documentaries on Chanticleer and the Nevada Union High School Choir as well as Music in the Mountains’ young composers program.

Meanwhile, both Mentzer and Triolo have spent the last few years donating their services for videos about other nonprofit organizations, including Hospitality House and the county search and rescue group.

“It’s just a way of giving back a little to this community, which has so much talent,” says Mentzer, who calls the KVMR project “a fantastic one,”

In the video, a variety of arts leaders from other organizations talk about the significance of the nonprofit collaboration.

“For many years, KVMR and the Nevada Theatre have given our community its voice, and we’re many voices,” said Capital Campaign chairman Michael Funk in the video. “Our passion for music, art and drama reflect those voices.”

“I want to keep that voice alive, to make it grow, and so make our community a better place to live,” the chair and co-founder of United Natural Foods continued. “Let’s not just imagine it, let’s make it happen.”

Capital Campaign contributions can be sent to KVMR Capital Campaign, 401 Spring St., Nevada City CA 95959, 530-265-9073, ext. 201.

Now ‘That’s It’

The new Preservation Hall Jazz Band album, “That’s It,” is historic.

For the first time in more than 50 years, they have written an album of entirely new songs in a project co-produced by Jim James of indie rock’s My Morning Jacket.

With the fabled group performing August 10 at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, KVMR will air a national radio special about the life and times of the band and their venture in creating original music.

It’ll air next Monday 9 a.m. on The Morning Show (KVMR 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

A happy 35th

More than 600 listeners contributed an unofficial total of $61,000 during KVMR’s 35th birthday summer membership drive, according to station officials.

Included in the drive were some 90 new members, approximately 15% of those donating to the station.

Birthday “gifts” can still be made online at kvmr.org or by calling the station’s membership department at 530-265-9073, ext. 203.

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 kvmr.org.


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