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KVMR coming to you live from fair

KVMR's Amigo Bob and Paul Castro broadcasting "Organic Matters" live at the 2012 fair. They'll be back this year at 1 p.m. Friday on 89.5 FM.
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For almost 20 years, KVMR 89.5 FM has been a familiar sight at the Nevada County Fair, giving folks a chance to observe and enjoy live radio in action.

“As other stations eschew local and go national, we remain committed to grassroots radio that reaches out to our community,” said KVMR General Manager David Levin. “The county fair broadcast can be an important part of that.”

So much so that the station will carry nearly 30 hours of live broadcasts from the fair again this year, starting at 10 a.m. and going to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until 5 p.m. (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).



The remote broadcast weaves interviews with community leaders, nonprofit group representatives, 4-H Club ribbon winners, musical and theater artists, environmental and peace activists, plus the occasional farm animal, large and small.

Once again, KVMR’s broadcast facilities will be located at the end of Treat Street within eyeshot of the Nevada City Methodist Church bratwurst booth, the 4-H salad/ breakfast concession and the pony rides.




“KVMR friends and neighbors — and even people who are just getting to know us — are all invited to stop by,” beams KVMR Outreach Director Amanda Rodgers.

KVMR’s Evening News airs live from the fair at 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday with any updates on the elephant ride controversy as well as interviews with local political activists.

On Thursday, Martin Webb presents the Energy Report at noon and Kim Rogers’ popular “Good Stuff” show airs 2 to 4 p.m.

Friday highlights include a 10 a.m. “Nevada City Limits” folk show with Dennis Brunnenmeyer and Hap Hazard’s “Music Magazine” features rare and rockin’ Rolling Stones music 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday starts up with Eric Rice’s “County Line Bluegrass” at 10 a.m., while Wesley Robertson’s afternoon program features live performances from San Francisco musicians Judge and Lauren Murphy at 2:30 p.m. and Austin music artist Freddy “Steady” Krc at 3:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, Michael Keene will show up in his Hawaiian shirt Sunday morning for music from the Islands on Kani Ka Pila 10 a.m. to noon. That night KVMR will broadcast a classic “Loafer’s Glory” recorded at the fair with host U. Utah Phillips.

Elephants aside (and you know he wouldn’t shy away from that one), the late Phillips waxes nostalgic in both encore shows that’ll run the first day of the fair and 8 p.m. Sunday (KVMR 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

“Everything in the world moves a little too quickly,” the fabled folksinger/storyteller said in a 2003 broadcast. “But you walk into the gate to this fair, and everything is exactly where it was last year, the year before or the year before.”

“It’s as though they freeze dried the kids and the animals, then put water on them to reconstitute them for this year’s fair,” Phillips continued. “And as living proof of that, that’s exactly what I said about it last year.”

Some things never change.

Benefit welcome for KVMR

Placerville area musicians are throwing a welcoming party for KVMR Radio this weekend in honor of the station’s imminent signal arrival to the region about 90 minutes south of Nevada City. Testing is already going on at 88.3FM.

Keith Little, the Old West Trio, Suzanne Todd and the Random Strangers with special guest Val Pease and the band Merrygold combine forces for a KVMR Radio benefit at 5 p.m. Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville. Tickets and KVMR memberships will be available at the door.

Multi-instrumentalist Little has performed with Dolly Parton, The Chieftains and others, plus his songs have been recorded by Crystal Gayle, Tim O’Brien and The Whites.KVMR bluegrass host Eric Rice did “one of the best interviews I’ve ever done” with the acclaimed and knowledgeable Little earlier this year.

In KVMR, Theatre we trust

The signing and establishment of the Bridge Street Trust by KVMR and the Nevada Theatre Commission last week is intended to make sure both the new KVMR Building and the Nevada Theatre will stay in community hands during the 99-year leases both groups signed for the collaboration.

A video explaining the major arts collaboration is now available online at vimeo.com/63303996.

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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