KVMR Radio to raise tower onto building Tuesday morning
KVMR 89.5 Community Radio will hoist a 35-foot tower onto its new building at about 10:15 a.m. today.
The public is invited to watch the new landmark installed onto what has become the Gold Rush-era town’s largest arts project in nearly 150 years.
The radio station and the nearby Nevada Theatre have collaborated to build an 8,000-square-foot structure directly behind the theater that creates a new home for the award-winning station and adds needed backstage space to the historic theater.
The building, named the Bridge Street Project because it bridges the two non-profits and is located at the corner of Bridge and Spring streets, is nearing completion and is expected to open in January.
The steel radio tower was built off-site by local contractor Dave Albanese with laser-cut steel mesh, custom made by RGB of Auburn. The upper portion of the tower weighs about 1,500 pounds and will be installed over an 8-foot-by-8-foot steel column by a crane being transported from Sacramento.
The call letters for the station, “89.5 KVMR,” are displayed on the upper portion of the tower. Atop will be a mast and a Wi-Fi antenna to provide Internet service to the historic downtown. Diane McIntire, the project’s owners’ representative, has worked together with Jeff Gold, project architect, and Albanese as details and materials were adjusted to create this unique signature for the station.
The antenna will serve as a new community cornerstone and will create a place where people can congregate. The tower will have display cases at its base and will serve as a central location to showcase upcoming community events.
The new home of KVMR will feature radio broadcast and production studios, offices and a performance studio that doubles as a community room. It will be a place to hold town hall meetings, small performances and live broadcasts.
The Nevada Theatre, which was built in 1865 the year President Lincoln was assassinated, will be wired for broadcast by KVMR, creating a place “where the theater of the stage meets the theater of the mind.”
“Fundraising by KVMR and the Nevada Theatre to pay for the building continues to be a priority as we near completion,” said Michael Young, director of the Bridge Street Project capital campaign.
More information can be found at bridgestreetproject.org.
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