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KVMR welcomes 7 to new Hall of Fame

Roots music star Dave Alvin is part of KVMR’s live broadcast from The Palms Playhouse this Friday night.
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Seven KVMR 89.5FM volunteers have become the inaugural inductees into the Nevada City radio station’s brand new Volunteer Hall of Fame.

The announcement about the hall and its first members came at the eclectic, nonprofit station’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Party last week.

“For some time, we’ve noticed that many volunteers go above and beyond year after year,” said volunteer coordinator Edy Cassell. “So we’ve decided to honor some of them forever.”

The Hall of Fame is for behind-the-scenes dedication and off-air support for the station’s variety of activities, according to Cassell.

The initial hall class includes:

—Eric Rice, already a Broadcaster Lifetime Achievement Award winner, for his production of the station’s initial live remote broadcasts, their stewardship and work as the station’s board of directors president in the ’90s.

—Wesley Robertson, for production, coordination and work on live remotes.

—Dennis Brunnenmeyer, for continuous tech and engineering support, new building planning and library digitization.

—John Adams, tech and new building support, broadcaster relations, music digitizing and other activities.

—Kate Winningham, longtime front desk reception.

—Barbara Graves, public service announcement editor and animal shelter reports.

—Glenn Far, telephone, tech, computer and other areas of support.

Another award-winning volunteer, Dave Brown, is building a mahogany Hall of Fame display, which Cassell proudly beams “will occupy a place of honor in our new building.”

Sleeping beauties

You don’t hear very often about people winning awards for sleeping overnight with audio equipment at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, but that’s one of the kudos also handed out at the KVMR holiday party.

Wesley Robertson presented “Guardian of the Equipment” unsung honors for doing just that at Worldfest and other live remote broadcasts to Hap Hazard, Greg Middleton and Jeff Zablotsky. The “sleepers” provide overnight security for KVMR’s remote broadcast gear, according to Robertson.

Meanwhile, Membership Department awards went to Susan McGuire, Len Jasiunas and Jessica Faulks, now a paid membership staff member.

Music Department award recipients were Greg Jewett, Laura Confal, John Stabile, Laura Sklar-Oats, Mark Leviton and Sean Miller, as well as Lynn and Davi Heintz.

General Manager David Levin honored a pair of board of directors members, including outgoing President Michael Young and current Treasurer Barbara Jicha.

Other awards recipients included Allen Aastrom (engineering), Sean Huntley (KVMR archivist) and Debbie Hollier (Program Committee).

This Alvin’s no chipmunk

KVMR’s “On The Road Live” remote music broadcast returns to its original home, The Palms Playhouse, now in Winters at 8 p.m. Friday (KVMR 89.5FM, kvmr.org streaming).

Headliners are the Gene Taylor Blues Band, which features fabled Americana singer-songwriter Dave Alvin (formerly of The Blasters, which also had drummer Gene Taylor). Expect an evening of blues classics and originals, obscure roots music nuggets and a good helping of Blasters material during the special KVMR live broadcast. And it is the holiday season, so there could be a seasonal tune or two.

‘Tis the season

A few hours before Santa Claus and Rudolph descend into the area on Christmas Eve, you’ll have the chance to hear the Music in the Mountains Holiday Favorites concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday on KVMR (89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming) featuring what the group calls “some of the best holiday music ever written — sung by the MiM Chorale and the Lyman Gilmore Middle School Choir with the MiM Holiday Orchestra.

On Christmas night, also at 6 p.m., the station will broadcast In Concert Sierra’s Sierra Master Holiday Concert with Maestro Ken Hardin.

Both holiday music specials were recorded earlier this month.

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.” A video about the station’s new building is at vimeo.com/63303996. Complete program listings are available at kvmr.org.

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