‘The Strawberry Way’ Kicks Off KVMR Summer Music Festival Remote Broadcasts
KVMR 89.5 FM kicks off its live remote summer music festival broadcast schedule this coming holiday weekend by featuring “The Strawberry Way” this Thursday through Sunday at the Nevada County Farigrounds. (also see separate Strawberry Festival cover story, page 9)
Yup, for the third time,. the eclectic Nevada City radio station will partner with the Strawberry Music Festival’s Hog Ranch Radio crew to bring an over-the-air broadcast and internet stream (kvmr.org/player) to listeners near…and far.
And it’ll be the first time listeners will be able to hear festival performances over again on the station’s new archives at <archive.kvmr.org> or on the station’s radio phone applications, available for free at the Apple apps and Google Play stores, depending on your phone.
As for “The Strawberry Way,” the long tradition of “getting along” that’s been followed by the Strawberry “faithful” for decades, KVMR volunteer broadcast producer Eric Rice says he’s hoping to show “a little more of the festival feeling” this time around.
And he’s glad to report that two Strawberry stalwarts — who were missing last Memorial Day — will be back in their festival saddles this time.
The sharp-as-a-tack humor and whimsy of Dallas Dobro as main stage emcee is back, as well as the homespun hospitality of festival favorite Amy Airheart returns to host the late night “Amy’s Orchid Lounge” with singer-songwriter showcases and jams.
“Those two (Dallas and Amy) just go to show you how the Strawberry experience has spun out of KFAT,” Rice explains. The two radio personalities were a mainstay of the KFAT freestyle roots music sound in the Bay Area during their radio heyday at the Gilroy station, according to Eric.
KVMR kicks off its coverage Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., with live music performances going from 5 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m. that night.
Friday and Saturday broadcasts go from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. the next morning, and Sunday is 10 a.m. to about 10 p.m. that night.
Rice — who doubles as head electrician for the festival — likes the fact that his Nevada County camping site is 9 miles from his house, instead of the 209 miles it was at Camp Mather.
“You’ve got to bring absolutely everything — and the kitchen sink — down there (Camp Mather),” he recalls. “Down there, you’d have to drive two hours to get to a good hardware store. Here it’s like 5 minutes. Plus if anything goes wrong with the radio broadcast, we’ve got KVMR resources to fall back on here.”
KVMR broadcasters who will be part of the on-air crew include Connie Coale, Jenny Michael, Felton Pruitt, Larry Hillberg, Kim Rogers, Wes Robertson, John Adams, Allison Miller and Dennis Brunnenmeyer, among others.
And the non-commercial community station has an ambitious line-up of music festival remote broadcasts already scheduled, including the Father’s Day weekend bluegrass festival, High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy on July 4th weekend, California Worldfest (July 14-17), the Nevada County Fair in August, September’s American River Music Festival and the KVMR Celtic Festival and Hangtown Halloween Ball in October.
AMY GOODMAN TALK TO BE BROADCAST MAY 31
The sold-out talk that award-winning independent journalist Amy Goodman gave recently at the Center for the Arts will be broadcast twice by KVMR next Tuesday, May 31.
Goodman — host of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now!” newsmagazine — is heard weeknights at 7 p.m. on KVMR.
But this special presentation will air twice on Tuesday — at noon and 6:30 p.m. (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
“Amy’s speech was a real stemwinder,” recalls KVMR Program Director Steve Baker. “Using few if any notes, she talked for well over an hour about how progressive issues and movements are too often ignored by the corporate media. She brings out the powerful voices and movements, the charismatic leaders, even the sad loss that very weekend of Father Daniel Berrigan.”
That night she explained how “Democracy Now!” is what she called “an underground railroad of information, bringing stories from the grassroots to a global audience.”
“We had to make this talk available to all our listeners,” notes Baker. “It is simply too important for people to miss, and many did, since it was sold out in advance.”
“She truly speaks truth to power.”
CD copies of the talk will be available as thank you gifts for new and renewing KVMR members during the special broadcasts, as well as DVDs of the Goodman lecture and signed copies of her new book (with her brother David Goodman and colleague Denis Moynihan as co-authors).
The hardback — which has entered the best-selling list of books about politics during her 100-city tour promoting it — celebrates the two-decade anniversary of the radio/television series and is entitled “Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America.”
Luckily for the station, Goodman stayed after the talk to sign unsold books, giving KVMR a supply of autographed books to use for a special event.
“They drove at least six hours out of their way to make that Saturday night date with us,” according to Baker. “That makes her talk even that much more special.”
“On The Air” is 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 180 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” Complete program listings are available at kvmr.org, and recent shows can be heard “on demand” at archive.kvmr.org
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