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KVMR goes to the dogs (and cats) Saturday

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The Apex of Sweetness, a water buffalo and KVMR member/listener.
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KVMR 89.5 FM is literally going to the dogs (and cats) this Saturday.

The Nevada City radio station will offer laser-engraved KVMR pet tags — complete with the pet’s name and phone number — to new animal members of the nonprofit, eclectic station.

“We already have over 100 pet members of the station,” said membership coordinator Adrianna Kelly. “They run the gamut from parrots and hamsters to a water buffalo, but most are dogs or cats.”

They’ll be asking pets to call the station (530-265-9555) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday if they know how to use the phone. Otherwise, the animal owners are encouraged to call in for the special pet tag.

In conjunction with the tagmania, KVMR will do a live remote broadcast from the Nevada County Animal Shelter, 14679 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, in celebration of Sammie’s Friends 10th anniversary party from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming). “Ragged But Right” radio host Thomas Greener will offer up two hours of novelty dog, cat and pet musical fare.

Sammie’s Friends volunteer Barbara Graves predicts the shelter will have more than 60 animals available for new homes during the noon to 4 p.m. festivities. Graves gives a pet availability Shelter Report Mondays at 4:30 p.m. on KVMR.

“Summer is a great time to adopt an animal,” said Graves. “The weather is good and conducive to taking your new pup on hikes or picnics. And kitten season is in full swing so there’s plenty to choose from.”

Nimbu the Kiltlifter is one pet dog member, from a long line of them at The Hounds of Bourbon Lodge.

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful,” he said in a note to the station.

Big Suze became a KVMR kitten member during the May “Love Your Mothership” drive “because my current household found me because of KVMR” and its Shelter Report.

And Max The Hamster, too, is a KVMR donor.

“I lead a simple life, yet my cage is right next to the radio,” he explains in an e-mail. “Life just stays more exciting in the (circling) wheel with my tunes.”

But a water buffalo?

Yup, The Apex of Sweetness — Sweet, for short — resides on a ranch in the San Joaquin Delta, where she likes Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty and others in the whiskey/heartbreak/barstool style. But rock & roll and the blues makes Sweet anxious.

And two thousand pounds of anxiety can become a challenge, according to her owner.

“Even in the hot Delta summer months she will climb out of the slough to head to her shed for a full Saturday with KVMR,” he added.

You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Water Summit encore

KVMR — which did a live broadcast of last week’s Nevada Irrigation District “Water Summit” — will rebroadcast much of the event at noon Thursday (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

NID officials discussed what possible implications the current drought situation has for Nevada County water supplies and what conservation policies may need to be considered.

The Summit can also be heard as a podcast and downloaded at the station’s website — http://www.kvmr.org/podcasts in two one-hour segments called “NID Water Summit.” Computer users may have to scroll down to find the July 24 special program.

Sugar, Sugar

A special edition of KVMR’s noon Talkies will be devoted to “Nutrition Myth Busters” this Friday.

Local nutritionists Katie Carter and Victoria LaFont will host the hour special, which airs after BBC World News headlines.

“Our intention is to debunk nutritional propaganda myths while we reveal the truth about food we eat and offer natural solutions for optimal health,” said Carter.

Friday will center on “The Sugar Myth.”

Is sugar really as bad for you as they say? Explore the good, the bad and the ugly side of sugar — the hottest current food villain.

Song Cycling

KVMR’s new monthly series “The Deep End” returns next Thursday when host Randy McKean talks with composer/performer Maggie McKaig about her song cycle, “The Cumberland Suite.”

Initially staged at the Nevada Theater last year, the epic work draws upon the events surrounding the murder of McKaig’s great-great-grandfather and uses family history to tell tales and re-imagine the characters of this post-Civil War tragedy.

McKaig will air excerpts from the live show and unreleased studio recordings, and she’ll also talk about “the challenges of blending fact and fiction, songwriting and storytelling, and the mysterious workings of fate,” said to McKean.

It airs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 7 (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).

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.” A video and other information about the station’s new building is available at <bridgestreetproject.org> Complete program listings are available at kvmr.org

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