I arrived at KVMR as an office volunteer in 1991. I enrolled in the broadcaster training class the following spring and was assigned my first program (First Light, Fridays, 4-7am) while the class was still underway. Six weeks later, I applied for the Saturday morning slot vacated by the legendary John Nichols and Harmony Ridge was born that summer. Harmony Ridge offered contemporary folk and acoustic music on Saturday mornings for the next fifteen years. In 2006, Harmony Ridge was honored with KVMR’s prestigious Listener’s Choice Award.
My on-air work became the backdrop for a deepening involvement with KVMR and community radio. I continued as an office volunteer and was elected to two terms on the Program Committee. In 1994, I joined KVMR’s paid staff initially as Membership Coordinator but quickly expanded my roles to include Events Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator. When the General Manager position opened early in 1996, I applied and was selected that summer. I continued in that position for the next ten years. During my tenure as KVMR’s GM, I was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) where I represented the station at the national level. I served as the NFCB Board Chair for four of my six years there.
In 2006, I stepped down as KVMR’s GM to pursue other interests but my radio career had chapters yet to unfold. I continued to produce Harmony Ridge and KVMR’s Celtic Festival, an event I had helped found in 1996. In 2007, I was recruited as the General Manager of North State Public Radio (NSPR) – the NPR affiliate based at California State University Chico. I moved to Chico, California that spring and served in that role for the next eight years. During my tenure at NSPR, I reprised Harmony Ridge Saturday afternoons for almost four years. I retired from Chico State at the end of 2014 and returned to the Sierra Foothills in 2016.
Harmony Ridge and I returned to KVMR’s regular schedule in May 2019, initially rotating with Dave “Buzz” Barnett. Harmony Ridge now airs alternate Wednesdays from Noon to 2:00pm (Pacific). Harmony Ridge features lyrically-driven contemporary folk, singer/songwriters, and acoustic music as well as Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, and folk rock. My educational background is in Anthropology, Archaeology, Architectural History and the History of the American West – themes that often find expression in my programming.
In 2018, I was asked by KVMR’s Board of Directors to serve on the four-person Search Committee to identify the station’s new General Manager. Early in 2020, KVMR’s Board Development Committee recruited me to apply to KVMR’s Board of Directors. I joined three of the Board’s standing committees and, in September 2020, was elected to the KVMR Board and named Board President. I assumed office on October 1st 2020, one month shy of my 29th anniversary with the station.