One woman, many hats and a KVMR ‘Dream Come True’
Two and a half years ago, Diane McIntire had no idea how much her life would evolve when she became owner’s representative on what came to be called The Bridge Street Project. The collaboration between has resulted in a new home for KVMR 89.5 FM and a new backstage for the attached 150 year-old Nevada Theatre.
“The first thing that comes to mind is it’s a dream come true,” McIntire said as she gazed at the collection of musical instruments and nostalgic posters and pictures now mounted on the new building walls.
“It’s so surreal that I get to work with KVMR just a block from my house,” she added. “What an amazing team of people…”
As owner’s rep, McIntire represents the interests of the radio station, broadcasters, the theater and the community at large, painstakingly observing the entire planning and construction process. A big job, but you can tell how much she enjoyed it by the number of hats she ended up wearing at the noncommercial outlet, now nestled in its brand new downtown building.
She recalls “getting exposed to the community” by working “as a conduit” with City Hall, architect Jeff Gold and all the contractors and subcontractors on what McIntire called “definitely a complicated project” connecting the historic landmark theater with the new facility.
At the same time, she took KVMR’s broadcaster training course and became the first volunteer certified on the station’s new control board.
She then became a volunteer trainer for not only the Women’s Collective, which produces the Monday Night Women’s Show (8-10 p.m., 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming) on which Diane is one of the rotating hosts, but she helped train other veteran hosts on the board.
She joined the Capital Campaign committee, volunteered for the station’s Move committee, served on the Launch Committee (which organized this month’s Community Open House) and “became the official tour guide” for the construction project.
“After 50 or 60 tours, you really get those descriptions down,” she quipped.
Well, after all that, what could possibly be left at KVMR for Diane to do?
Where else but…
“I ended up on the KVMR Board (of Directors),” she revealed with a lengthy laugh, “and now I’m chair of the station development committee.”
Capital Campaign director Michael Young remembers the theater and station hiring McIntire as owner’s rep in 2012.
“It was the smartest thing I’ve ever done,” he said matter-of-factly. “And she’s still getting detail work done on the project.”
But it doesn’t sound like Diane is losing any enthusiasm from all her work at the station.
“I’m just so super excited about the future of KVMR,” she gleamed.
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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