KVMR (89.5 FM) is a community radio station founded in 1978 in Nevada City, California.

Broadcast areaSacramento, CA
Frequency89.5 MHz Analog & Digital
FormatCommunity Radio, eclectic programming
AffiliationsPacifica Radio Network
OwnerNevada City Community Broadcast Group
Call sign meaning
Victorian Museum Radio
Technical information
Facility ID48338
ERP1,750 watts
HAAT345 meters
Transmitter coordinates
39°14′47″N 120°57′48″W / 39.24639°N 120.96333°W / 39.24639; -120.96333
Translator(s)See § Translators
Repeater(s)KCPC (88.3 MHz) Camino
WebcastListen Live

After two years of planning by Sacramento visionary, Lee Amundsen, KVMR signed on the air on July 14, 1978. KVMR first operated under the umbrella of the Nevada City-based non-profit, The American Victorian Museum (AVM). Deriving its name from Victorian Museum Radio, KVMR first broadcast from a small shack on nearby Banner Mountain, at just 20 watts, four hours a day.

In 1981, with the help of AVM Directors Charles Woods and David Osborn, Ruthe Hamm, Carol and David Fluke, KVMR found a home at the Museum, upgraded its power and began broadcasting 24 hours a day. Drawing from a rich pool of local talent, KVMR’s programming quickly began to incorporate live, in-studio performances. The popularity of these live broadcasts spurred a small crew of broadcasters to launch a regular live-broadcast performance series from the stage at the AVM.

By the mid- to late 1980s, KVMR’s nominal board formed an independent non-profit organization and purchased the station from the failing AVM. In 1989, ownership of the station was transferred to the Nevada City Community Broadcast Group (NCCBG), KVMR’s first Board of Directors. Since the mid 1990s, KVMR has matured to adopt a business structure supported with sound policies and prudent fiscal management.

An upgrade of the station’s broadcast facility in 1999 dramatically improved KVMR’s regional signal quality. Although studios and offices are located in Nevada City, the KVMR community is better defined by the wide range of its signal, which is broadcast from Banner Mountain from 3,861 feet above sea level resulting in a signal equivalent to 6,000 watts output at sea level. KVMR serves listeners throughout the Northern California Sierra foothills and the greater Sacramento Valley on 89.5 FM, Woodland at 93.9 FM, the Truckee/Tahoe region on 105.1 FM, Camino/Placerville at 88.3 FM and Angels Camp on 99.5 FM

KVMR is now available via live web stream anywhere in the world twenty-four hours a day at www.kvmr.org. KVMR’s unduplicated audience is 40,000, two thirds of who live outside of Nevada County. KVMR has become the official Emergency Broadcast station of Nevada County, with a live broadcaster in the studio 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The station has a small staff of 10 and a few contract staff, but the majority of the station operates with the generous time of volunteers, over 700 of them, of which 150 are broadcasters.

In 2016, KVMR acquired a terrestrial signal at 105.7fm and developed KVMRx, which showcases the latest in dance, pop, folk, hip hop and experimental music, bringing in a new generation of broadcasters and listeners.

Translators edit

In addition to simulcasting on KCPC (88.3 FM, Camino), KVMR is rebroadcast by several broadcast relay stations (translators):

Broadcast translators for KVMR
Call sign Frequency City of license FID ERP (W) HAAT Class FCC info
K230CA 93.9 FM Woodland, California 83228 10 657 m (2,156 ft) D LMS
K247BX 97.3 FM Grass Valley, California 156434 10 260 m (853 ft) D LMS
K258DG 99.5 FM Angels Camp, California 156154 10 485 m (1,591 ft) D LMS
K278CA 103.5 FM El Dorado Hills, California 144143 5 47 m (154 ft) D LMS
K286AN 105.1 FM Truckee, California 156135 10 592 m (1,942 ft) D LMS
K289BM 105.7 FM Grass Valley, California 147454 250 329 m (1,079 ft) D LMS

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