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Here comes the son …

John HartJake Michaels hosts his All-Request Beatles Half Hour Wednesday night at KVMR-FM's studio on Spring Street in Nevada City.
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Jake Michaels wasn’t even a witness to the mass hysteria in this country over the Beatles after the Fab Four appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964.

Heck, Michaels wasn’t born until a quarter of a century later.

But that hasn’t stopped the 12-year-old Nevada City resident from falling under the British rock group’s spell.

“I started liking the Beatles when they re-released ‘Yellow Submarine,'” said Michaels, a home-schooled seventh-grader. “I got really fascinated with the Beatles. I like their music and how they loved to sing. They loved to do what they did.”

For the last two years, Michaels has hosted Jake’s All-Request Beatles Half Hour show every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. on KVMR-FM (89.5) in Nevada City.

Michaels plays only Beatles music – don’t expect to hear any other group’s songs slipped into the mix.

On days he will appear on the air, Michaels spends the morning writing down what he will say and researching material for the Beatles trivia question he will ask at 5:15 p.m.

Michaels doesn’t stop there – he thinks of all his listeners’ needs.

He rewards the first listener to have the right answer to the trivia question with a Beatles poster. And right after George Harrison died, Michaels did a special one-hour tribute to the quiet Beatle.

“I was pretty sad that he left our world,” he said.

Michaels has rather nice phone manners, a necessity thanks to the at least 15 phone call requests he receives during the show. After two years, Michaels is at the point where he recognizes the voices of his repeat all-ages listeners.

Also for two years, Michaels has acted in Nevada County Performing Arts Guild’s fall and spring productions. He will sing and dance as Edmund in PAG’s “Narnia” when it runs for eight days in early March.

While he doesn’t act during the summer – that’s time to hang out with his family – Michaels refuses to give up the radio show during those months.

“The Beatles and I should be on the air all year long,” he said rather matter-of-factly.

Family is extremely important to Michaels.

Every show his mother, Jenny Michaels, has hosted for KVMR – including “All Together Now,” when he was 6 – he has been next to her in the studio.

“Jake and I have always been really close. We’re truly great friends and genuinely love hanging out together,” Jenny Michaels said.

She’s a little surprised he took on his own radio show two years ago.

“I think I felt fairly certain that Jake would do his own thing one day on KVMR, but I think I felt it would be when he was a little older,” his mother said. “It’s no small gift that we’ve been given this rare opportunity to do something that we both share a passion for together.”

While he dreams of a career as a classical pianist, Michaels imagines he will slip in a Beatles tune or two during performances.

In the meantime, he doesn’t plan on ending his Beatles gig on KVMR anytime soon.

“I see me doing this show for a long, long time,” he said, laughing. “Sooner or later, I’ll be doing a Jake’s Beatles Hour.”

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