How to ‘declunkify’ your yard |

How to ‘declunkify’ your yard

John McCutcheon hugs good friend Joanna Robinson backstage at a 2012
Photo courtesy KVMR | Photo courtesy KVMR

KVMR 89.5FM officials say they invented that very word to signify how folks can clean up their property, get a possible tax deduction and support nonprofit community radio at the same time.

It’s all part of the Nevada City radio station’s campaign for donations of old or unneeded vehicles and, yes, “clunkers,” running or not, in partnership with the Center for Car Donations (http://centerforcar or tollfree phone 877-411-DONATE).

“It’s a win-win-win situation for everyone,” KVMR Development Director Rick Sharkey said. “You don’t even have to be a KVMR listener or member to participate.”

“Simply contact the Center, tell them what vehicles you’d like to donate to KVMR, and they (the Center) will come tow them away, usually in just a couple days or so,” added Sharkey.

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, boats, snowmobiles and recreation vehicles are among the kinds of vehicles eligible for the program, according to the Center website.

No smog certificates are required. Once the contributions are sold at auction or for scrap, the donor will receive a tax receipt and KVMR gets a portion of the proceeds.

According to Sharkey, the noncommercial radio station receives an average of $375 per donated car, with some fetching over $1,000 each.

“It’s a way to remove those old clunkers and make your driveway or yard shine again,” he said. “Plus you’ll make your neighbors smile as they drive by.”

The car donations can be made anytime, but the eclectic radio station is running a special campaign this week to raise public awareness of the service.

“Besides, it’s the holiday season, December is the month for giving and when you give a vehicle to KVMR, you’re giving to the whole community,” according to Sharkey.

Plus there’s that tax receipt …

And the opportunity, as station wordsmithing experts creatively stretch, to bring a “declunkification” to your homestead.

E-chievement award again

On the very same week that Utah’s Place officially opened to the homeless, Hospitality House co-founder Joanna Robinson will be honored with an “E-chievement Award” by the national radio series eTown this Sunday night at 7 p.m. (KVMR 89.5FM, streaming).

Actually, it’s an encore presentation of the 2011 show that feted Robinson and her late husband U. Utah Phillips for the honors, which the show says go to “remarkable individuals who are working hard to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond.”

eTown is a 22-year-old radio program heard on some 300 radio stations nationwide that features leading folk and rock music performers in live performance but also honors social justice advocates each week with the “E-chievement Award.”

Phillips was among those who have starred on the show.

Robinson and Phillips are among the founders of Hospitality House, which provides social services, general help, advocacy and accommodations to Western Nevada County’s homeless population. Utah’s Place, named for Phillips, is the new permanent home for the group, including room for more than 50 overnight clients.

On the show, Robinson tells hosts Nick and Helen Forster that the real award winner is the community that is welcoming and supporting the organization. She also cites her weekly appearance at 8:45 a.m. on KVMR’s Friday Morning Show as a way to ask for things needed at the facility, from underwear and flashlights to reading glasses and toothbrushes.

“And in they come (with the items), every time,” Joanna continued, “It’s absolutely remarkable.”

eTown co-host and executive producer Helen Forster later said, “It was particularly touching to learn that Utah’s Place is something that fittingly will embody the principles and values that Utah stood for.”

A weekly wrap-up of news and oddities about community radio station KVMR (89.5 FM, streaming), a noncommercial station offering diverse musical programming, independent news and provocative public affairs from about 150 volunteer “citizen-broadcasters.” A video about the station’s new building is at Complete program listings are available at

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