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KVMR (89.5 FM) is a progressive, largely independent radio station founded in 1978 in Nevada City, California producing mainly live broadcasts. Arther Cohen was its first manager. The station motto : If you didn't turn us on ...... We wouldn't be here

CityNevada City, California
Broadcast areaSacramento, CA
Slogan"Music of the World, Voice of the Community". "If you did not turn us on, We would not be here" , Great DeaD by Dead Greats, Community Home~Grown Radio
Frequency89.5 MHz Analog & Digital
Translator(s)K230CA 93.9 MHz Woodland
K247BX 97.3 MHz Grass Valley
K258DG 99.5 MHz Angels Camp
K278CA 103.5 MHz El Dorado Hills
K286AN 105.1 MHz Truckee
K289BM 105.7 MHz Grass Valley
FormatCommunity Radio, eclectic programming
ERP1,750 watts
HAAT345 meters
Facility ID48338
Transmitter coordinates39°14′47.0″N 120°57′48.0″W / 39.246389°N 120.963333°W / 39.246389; -120.963333 (KVMR)
Callsign meaningVictorian Museum Radio
OwnerNevada City Community Broadcast Group
WebcastListen Live

For the initial years, its one studio and office location were at the Miner's Foundry, then in 1996 it moved to larger leased premises nearby at 401 Spring Street. On 24 February 2015 the offices, production facilities, and infrastructure moved across the street to its new purpose-built facilities at 120 Bridge Street for which funds have been raised from an extensive and still ongoing capital campaign. Several new off-air production studios have been added to improve the artistic and technical quality of broadcasts. Increasing use is being made of the Internet for streaming and many shows are now both archived and podcast here: [1] and elsewhere to leverage social media and ongoing advances in technology. such as their Facebook group [2]

The building itself backs onto the historic Nevada Theatre with which the station now has a cooperative venture called The Bridge Street Project. The new modern building maintains the old gold mining feel of the historic district through the choice of materials and appearance preserving the atmosphere of the small-town mid 19th century gold rush community from which Nevada City, California grew.

Coverage: Analog and digital FM. See the right side panel. The station is the area's local Emergency Broadcast System. The signal covers the central parts of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California, as well as central areas of the Central Valley region around California's state capital, Sacramento.

The station principally serves its community of listeners with eclectic music genres. A substantial number of programming slots are for public affairs programming, educational, scientific, and non-mainstream interviews, local and international news, and alternative points of view on topics of interest to listeners as seen in its online surveys and outreach. Call-ins to most shows are possible on the studio line +1(530) 265 9555 and about a dozen shows a week are exclusively call-in, such as the Flea Market [3] and Tech show Zen Tech [4] Nationally syndicated Democracy Now! is currently at 7 p.m. weeknights.

KVMR has over 250 volunteer broadcasters with wide-ranging tastes and expertise, such as but not limited to Jima Abbott, Hap Hazard, Larry Hillberg, Jim "Winfield" Wilson, Connie Coale, Paul Emery, Skip Alan Smith, Eric Rice, Michael Keene, Allison Miller, Alan Stahler, Derek Washington, Anne O’Dea Hestbeck, Len Gorsky, Jimmi Accardi, poet Molly Fisk, Dave & Linda Breninger, Jerianne Van Dijk, Brian Lee, and Mikail Graham. U Utah Phillips formerly produced "Loafer's Glory" from this station before his passing in 2008.

There is also a large cadre of event and office volunteers and a small staff. Funding comes from listeners, underwriters, events, donations, and grants. KVMR's radio shows are largely its own productions engineered by the many certified broadcaster themselves — relatively few shows are sourced outside the station, in contrast to most public radio stations.

Local and world nightly news, currently at 6 p.m., has been produced and aired for over 15 years. The station itself officially produces and broadcasts the area's annual local Celtic Festival [5] and broadcasts for other producers some of the many live events in the area like Center for the Arts and the annual California World Fest

KVMR broadcasts more 'Live Show Events' around the community in Northern Calif. than just about any other community radio station in the country. We Live Stream the shows like our own Celtic Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Calif. Bluegrass Assoc's ~ Father's Day Bluegrass Festival, Live events from various venues like, Grass Valleys Fairgrounds Events, Music In the Mountains & Nevada County Fair, Center for the Art's, Worldfest, as well as Palms Public Playhouse, Winters, Ca., Sierra Nevada Brewery Company's - Big Room in Chico, High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, American River Music Festival, Cool, Cal. and dozens of community city/ county 'hall' meetings as well as live DJ live show broadcasts from all over the semi local area.

Broadcast translators of KVMREdit

Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
KCPC 88.3 MHz Camino, California 122735 115 120 m (390 ft) A FCC
K230CA 93.9 MHZ Woodland, California 83228 10 0 m (0 ft) D FCC
K258DG 99.5 MHZ Angels Camp, California 156154 10 0 m (0 ft) D FCC
K286AN 105.1 MHZ Truckee, California 156135 10 606.6 m (1,990 ft) D FCC

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