Golden Road Radio Hour aims to cultivate community |

Golden Road Radio Hour aims to cultivate community

Emily Lavin
Staff Writer
Vaudeville performer Izzy Tooinski and Ginger the Mermaid perform during a live show of the Golden Road Radio Hour at the Nevada Theater on Aug. 17. The new variety show is broadcast on KVMR.
Photo by Curtis Gruss |

golden road radio hour

What: Live audience show

When: 7-10 p.m. Aug. 24

Where: The Nevada Theater, 401 Broad St., Nevada City

Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door

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A new radio show dedicated to exploring the arts, environment, health, technology and more is now broadcasting out of Nevada City.

The Golden Road Radio Hour — a weekly variety show the creators have touted as part “A Prairie Home Companion” and part “TED talk” — will broadcast every Sunday at 7 p.m. on KVMR. The show will also be available online at

Once a month, the Golden Road Radio Hour will be recorded live in front of an audience at the Nevada Theater; those shows will also be live streamed on Nevada County Television, or NCTV.

To celebrate the launch of the show, the Golden Road Radio Hour is hosting three live shows from the Nevada Theater in August. The last of those shows will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday at the theater, which is located on Broad Street. Tickets are $20 in advance at or $22 at the door.

Discounted prices are available for youth younger than 12 and adults older than 60.

Wednesday’s show will be live streamed and aired on NCTV.

Ten percent of ticket proceeds from each live radio show will be donated to local nonprofits. A portion of the ticket proceeds from Wednesday’s show will be donated to Hospitality House.

The Golden Road Radio Hour is a collaboration between more than a dozen individuals and community organizations, said Michael DiMartino, the show’s executive producer.

DiMartino, who relocated to Nevada County from the Santa Cruz area nearly three years ago, started working on the idea for the Golden Road Radio Hour about 18 months ago. Upon moving to the area, he was struck by Nevada County’s vibrant arts and culture scene, and wanted to create a show that blended the area’s history with its progressive-thinking population.

He also knew early on he wanted the show to have a live audience element.

“There’s something really magical when people can see things being created and they’re a part of it,” DiMartino said.

The show will regularly have segments featuring poems, fiction and short stories from contributors around the world; global music; Gold Country history; arts and education topics; and more. All shows will be archived on the Golden Road Radio Hour website.

At its core, the show is meant to help rebuild some of the community that DiMartino said can get lost in today’s fast-paced society, where collaboration and cooperation are often shelved as people become more absorbed with their phones and computers.

“The idea was, how do we build on those values of history and community and heritage in this area?” DiMartino said. “How do we cultivate community? How do we bring people back together?”

He ultimately hopes the show spurs more conversations between people locally, nationally and globally.

The show is “giving the community a microphone to the world,” DiMartino said, adding that the show is a chance “to talk about things that matter. Things that are essential to the human experience.”

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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