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Back Stage – KVMR’s 9/11 montage accepted for national airplay

A major public radio programming thrust in the aftermath of Sept. 11 had large and small stations contributing material to “The Collaboration: Understanding America After 9-11.”

Thanks to two volunteers, the smallest station to have its work accepted for national airplay was KVMR-FM in Nevada City, said Steve Baker, the station’s program director.

Independent producer Carolyn Crane, assisted by editor-engineer Dawn Fischer, interviewed a cross-section of Nevada County and Sacramento-area elementary and secondary school students about the Pledge of Allegiance.



From that, they produced a seven-minute montage of both acceptance and questioning of the pledge.

“The Collaboration” airs at 6 a.m. Saturday on KXJZ-FM (88.9 FM) and 5 p.m. on KXPR-FM (90.9 FM). The montage can also be heard Monday at 7:30 a.m. and Wednesday during all-day programming about Sept. 11 and its aftermath on KVMR (89.5 FM).




“Our intelligent, offbeat programming has always been a KVMR trademark,” Baker said. “But the (program) ‘Pledge’ goes beyond that. Shows that cost stations over $100,000 are part of this project, yet Carolyn and Dawn contributed theirs out of their love of the spoken word and its art. This station is damn proud of them.”

KVMR’s coverage Wednesday includes a live broadcast at 8:46 a.m. of the Music in the Mountains’ Festival Chorale performing Mozart’s “Requiem” outdoors at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The free performance will be one of more than 125 such events held throughout the United States and abroad at 8:46 a.m. in each time zone, including Japan, Latvia, Brazil and Portugal.

The “Requiem” will last about one hour.

Audience members are asked to be at the fairgrounds by 8:30 a.m. so the performance can begin uninterrupted exactly at 8:46 a.m., when the first hijacked plane struck a World Trade Center. Gates 1 and 4 open at 8 a.m. Bring a low folding chair or blanket for seating.

Call MIM at 265-6173 or check the Rolling Requiem’s Web site at http://www.rollingrequiem.org for more information.

Back Stage appears weekly in Prospector. Call in comments and art news: 477-4232.


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