A radio has always been glued to this broadcaster’s ears
As a kid, KVMR 89.5 FM volunteer broadcaster Laura Miller admits she was “already chompin’ at the bit” to get into radio and be involved with it any way she could.
“The radio was always glued to my ears,” she recalled. “I’ve always been a music nut, I’d make requests to the deejays, I’d enter every contest they had…”
And, at least once, that paid results.
She won a new car.
“It was a 1974 Gremlin,” she revealed with a hearty laugh.
Not exactly one of Detroit’s successes. Still…
“I’d also listen to 50,000 watt stations from all over the place,” Miller continued. “It’s the mystery of it, I mean, radio just leaves so much more to your imagination.”
When Laura first discovered KVMR in 1979, she went right over the station’s booth at the Nevada County Fair and volunteered to become a broadcaster.
And she hasn’t looked back.
Within a few years, she was program director and she even became general manager in 1985-86.
“I wrote the station’s first CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting federal funding) grant,” she said.
She left to run a record store in Carmichael for nine years after that, and she once headed to Mendocino County to run a community National Public Radio station called KZYX.
Now, however, she’s back in Nevada County, where she conducts estate sales for a business called Laura Miller Estate Sales.
“Imagine that (name),” she quipped. “It’s a perfect fit.”
And she also sells and buys music at the site recordsontheweb.net, and is going through a 15,000 record collection in Reno currently.
Oh, Laura also hosts “Diamonds and Rust,” alternate Saturdays 6 to 8 p.m. (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming). Her next show will be May 2.
“I play my favorite singer-songwriters, mostly from folk and Americana,” Miller explained. “Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Joni Mitchell, for instance.”
And she smiles when she thinks of how Joan Baez recorded a personalized show promotion when Baez performed here last year.
“I’m proud to still be associated with the station after all these years,” Miller said.
And that brand spanking new building doesn’t hurt at all, she admitted.
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.” Information about the station’s new building is available at <bridgestreetproject.org> Complete program listings are available at kvmr.org
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