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KVMR surprised with successful drive

Community radio station KVMR-FM (89.5) garnered its largest on-air fund-raising campaign this week, raising almost $56,000.



“Given the gloomy state of the economy since (Sept. 11), we all but scaled back expectations for our winter drive,” said program director Steve Baker. “And we were dead wrong. Heck, this time, our supporters added the tip.”




KVMR listeners increased the amount raised by more than 15 percent, with 850 supporters pledging to the station.

An encore special about legendary radio station KFAT-FM earned top fund-raising honors, followed by the station’s popular Sunday morning’s Hawaiian music with host Michael Keene and a contemporary folk series.

Saturday’s contemporary folk series’ host is station manager Brian Terhorst.

Baker said an interview with filmmaker and author Michael Moore hauled in a station record for public affairs programming.

The interview focused on Moore’s new book, “Stupid White Men and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation.”

“We’re apparently doing something right,” Baker said, “and the credit goes to our 200 on-air volunteers from throughout the foothills and valley.”

MTV dancer offers class

You may have seen Eric Campros on last year’s MTV Music Awards. He has also toured with Britney Spears and danced with the late Aaliyah and the Backstreet Boys.

Now Nevada County dance students of all ages will have a chance to pick up some pointers from Campros as the New Yorker presents two dance classes on jazz and hip-hop Sunday at Sierra Dance Institute (upstairs at Club Sierra in Grass Valley).

Campros will teach a two-hour jazz class at 1 p.m. and a 90-minute hip-hop class at 3 p.m.

SDI owner George Jayne said Campros planned the one-day trip to Grass Valley when he and other dancers were booked for an industrial show in Reno.

Last week, the other dancers canceled the Reno show because of travel difficulties. Campros decided to come west anyway to teach master classes in Grass Valley and then in Reno.

Each class is $15; both classes are $25.

Call 477-7644 with questions or for reservations.

Jayne hopes to start offering more one-day classes led by guest dancers.


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