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KVMR to air major forum on Measure W tonight

Michael Moore was sporting a KVMR baseball cap -- a present the station
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It’s simply the most contentious political issue of the century — at least so far — in Nevada County, making this Thursday’s League of Women Voters election forum on Measure W perhaps the most anticipated event of the spring campaign.

And KVMR Radio will broadcast the complete May 19 forum live from the Rood Government Center, which is expected to be packed with spectators, from its 6:30 p.m. start to its 8:30 p.m. finish (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming), the only live over-the-air broadcast of the proceedings.

“This could be a bellwether day for one side or the other,” predicted KVMR News Director Paul Emery. “We expect a large number of undecided voters will be listening to the broadcast.”

Emery will be part of the panel asking questions to representatives of both sides of the issue. He’ll be joining The Union’s Alan Riquelmy and YubaNet co-founder Pascale Fusshoeller representing local media.

League officials will gather written questions submitted by the audience and alternate between crowd and media queries.

If passed with “Yes” votes, Measure W — placed on the June ballot by the Board of Supervisors earlier this year — would permanently ban outdoor grows of medical marijuana and put a variety of limitations on indoor cannabis operations.

If “No” on W prevails, the board has said it would consider changes to an urgency ordinance passed on a 4-1 vote earlier this year.

Speaking in support of the measure will be Don Bessee, director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, while “No on W” will be represented by Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association.

According to station officials, KVMR received some of its largest alltime online listening audiences to public affairs programming when it aired the supervisors’ proceedings on cannabis regulations earlier this year.

Last week, the Nevada City non-commercial station was the only radio or television station in the Sacramento area to offer a start-to-finish, over-the-air broadcast of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign speech live before an estimated crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 at Cal Expo.


Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore got local social media circles spinning when he wore a KVMR 89.5 FM baseball cap during his appearance last week on MSNBC (see accompanying picture).

KVMR General Manager Julie Chiarelli sent the station logo hat to Moore, a prolific baseball cap fan, in appreciation of his appearance via Skype after the Northern California benefit premiere for KVMR of his latest film, “Where To Invade Next”, at the Del Oro Theatre in February.

Moore had been ill with pneumonia and had cancelled all public appearances promoting the new movie but felt well enough to talk informally from his New York City apartment to the sold-out KVMR audience, which gave him a rousing standing ovation.

Ironically, Moore was on with MSNBC “All in” host Chris Hayes to promote the DVD of that film, making up for a missed appearance while he’d been ill.

“I’m not sure if Michael is sparking a fashion trend with our KVMR cap,” notes Steve Baker, the station’s Program Director. “But we did get a call from someone in Nebraska who saw the show and had to get one of the caps for himself.”

Yes, Virginia, there are still more KVMR baseball caps available, with information via membership@kvmr.org or by calling 530/265-5470.


This Sunday night’s “Rosin The Bow” features an in-depth conversation on violins with roots musician, bluegrass fiddler and acclaimed instructor Darol Anger, who has spent a lifetime with these stringed instruments.

“The violin is so much like a voice,” he tells host/producer Joe McHugh. “it’s why people get shy about playing it the same exact way they get shy about singing.”

“You can’t hide it. Every violin sounds exactly like the person playing it.”

That and a whole hour’s worth of stories, memories and musical insights air in the sixth installment of the national series, which debuts on KVMR Sunday nights at 7 p.m. (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

On The Air is a weekly irreverent look at Nevada City’s volunteer-driven, eclectic community radio station at 89.5 FM and streaming at kvmr.org. Complete KVMR schedule available at the station’s website, http://www.kvmr.org The station now features an easy-to-use archive of all music shows for two weeks and talk shows for two months at archive.kvmr.org

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