Become a KVMR broadcaster in our first-ever virtual Broadcaster Training Class!
KVMR is now accepting applications for our first ever virtual broadcaster training class, taking place on April 3rd & 4th 2021. This year’s class will be centered around the art & craft of pre-recording a radio show & broadcasting live from home. APPLY HERE. Deadline to apply is Monday March 22nd, 2021. For more information email
KVMR Gnu NEWS, from news director Claudio Mendonça
Get those commentaries in!
The commentary slot is where YOU make your voice heard. Do you love that Downtown Grass Valley is currently closed to cars? Do you hope it stays that way after COVID? Let us know. Maybe you’re concerned about the potential extinction of the monarch butterfly and want to encourage people to plant milkweed. Here’s your chance! We have guidelines for commentaries on our website. Take a look and sharpen your pencils! 

More of your favorite KVMR Talkies are about to emerge in the new 6:30pm timeslot. As more local hosts make the switch to home production, we welcome Martin Webb back on the air with his award-winning Energy Report, now renamed The Climate Report, to include climate news, airing the second and fourth Thursdays.  

Despite the hardships, KVMR will continue to bring you compelling content that both entertains and informs. Send your comments, thoughts, and ideas to
Wow- it's been almost a year of social distancing. With all the changes, emergencies, and crazy political rhetoric, thank goodness for KVMR. Community radio is the original "social media," your friends and neighbors coming together to bring a little joy into your home, office, car, workshop, garden, shower--wherever you go, there we are. If KVMR brightened your days and nights last year, pay it forward during our first membership drive of 2021. KVMR's "You Turn Us On" membership drive begins Friday, February 12th, and runs through Tuesday, February 16th, and we've got lot's of great programming lined up. In addition to new swag, we've got a Best of Backwoods Jazz CD commemorating Paul Emery day, and fun specials throughout. Don't miss Peter Blachley's R Town 8PM Sunday, February 14th, where he'll be interviewing rock n' roll photographer Henry Diltz and offering portraits of Neil Young and Joni Mitchell from Morrison Hotel Gallery, also available on Steve Baker's Monday Morning show.

Despite financial challenges we were able to keep our on-air fundraising to just 17 days in 2020, so we could keep delivering that sweet, sweet uninterrupted service you deserve. We hope you'll consider donating to KVMR in 2021. Thank you for turning us on! We love you, KVMR family!

Deck the halls for Paul Emery Day, Tuesday, February 16
You guys probably already know that Paul Emery is stepping down as KVMR’s news director, but have no fear, Paul Emery Day is near! When we heard a whisper of a local “Paul Emery Day” brewing we decided not to wait, and just declare it, Tuesday, February 16th. It’s the last day of our winter “You Turn Us On” membership drive, and we’ll be offering a “Best of Backwoods Jazz” CD and celebrating Paul all day. If you’d like to contribute a memory or a thank-you for Paul we’ve set up a hotline just for you. Throw a penny in the well and send a sweet wish to Paul, now through February 16th, (530) 264-4160.

That's Paul, lower left, in Backwoods Jazz, with Anni McCann & Tom Schmidt
I was a SOUL TRAIN dancer


This vaccine is making me need to SHRED?

The photoshoot that launched MADONNA to superstardom

Somebody made a SCREAM HOTLINE and you can hear them all


It's not easy being ARETHA FRANKLIN'S SISTER

FOLK ART Gee's Bend quilts, and BUY GEE'S BEND quilts on Etsy

This OPERATIC ARIA is so sad it looks a little like child abuse

DISCOG'S $41,000 RECORD and it's not what you'd expect

KVMR's youngest deejay, The Succulent, sent in this picture he drew from memory of being in the studio with Prickly Pear. They're still making fresh radio for their Monday Music Magazine show, alternate Mondays. We miss you too, Succulent!
Everything you ever wanted to know about KVMR's NEW TOTEBAG
At the end of 2020 KVMR made special totebags for all the broadcasters, staff and boardmembers who found new ways to make community radio happen while we’re apart. We threw in some goodies made by local chef and former KVMR deejay Jes Taber, as well as a little treat from BriarPatch Market. KVMR strives to incorporate local artisans and buy the highest quality merch, made in the USA wherever possible. The good folks at EnviroTote in New Hampshire who print and sew our totes loved the design so much they sent us photos of production. And this year we’re offering a special design for all the MEMBERS who make KVMR possible. You can get your KVMR Shining Bright totebag, for a membership gift of just $60, or $5 monthly.
A peek inside the New Hampshire factory making our thank-you gift to the hardworking broadcasters. We love you and can't wait for your triumphant return!
If you haven't picked up your bag yet, contact Shauna McKenna at, or Edy Cassell at to make it happen.
Thanks to ALL for January 20th's SURPRISE MATCH
A listener who was feeling grateful for KVMR’s great service last year called in a surprise $10,000 challenge, and KVMR listeners had less than 12 hours to make it happen. Fortunately, you needed only 4. After the painful year we’ve all just shared, a longtime KVMR listener wanted to refocus our collective attention on inclusivity & communication, and away from the vitriolic rhetoric driving ratings in traditional media markets. Our generous benefactor thought KVMR was a great place to start the conversation. Folks tuning in the afternoon of January 20th agreed, with 165 folks calling in & donating online. Together we raised $23,190 dollars. On a Wednesday afternoon.

Whether you tune in for music, emergency information, or a local spin on global news, KVMR is powered by volunteers, and supported by listener dollars. We are here to be your resource, and provide a friendly oasis of kindness, inclusion and fun. We welcome dialogue. We welcome civil discourse. We welcome opposing viewpoints. We welcome facts. We’re here because you turn us on. Thanks for keeping the lights on.

Matches inspire folks more than any fundraising tool we have. If you would like to find out how you can double your donation to KVMR by providing a match, call membership director Adriana Kelly (530) 264-4165.
Many thanks to the KVMR staff for springing into action and collecting that match last month—extra special shoutout to Jenny Michael, Joyce Miller & J. Lewis for making it happen. And an EXTRA, EXTRA special shoutout to the 165 folks who dropped everything and pledged. You put your money where your heart is and it shows. Thank you.