“What’s Happening at KWMR?”

Here’s The Haps

Tuesday July 11, 2023
From the messy desk of Amanda Eichstaedt

Black Mtn from Bear Valley Road before the grass changed to golden brown.  photo: AE

Here we are in July. This year is going FAST! 

At halfway through 2023 I can say that things have been a bit more mellow this year than 2020, 2021, or even 2022. I’ll take it. The schedule is looking good as new programmers continue to come to the airwaves. KWMR Program Director Jeff Manson is good at bringing folks into the fold, training them up on the console, and getting them onto the airwaves.

The newest programs to hit the airwaves is “Encuentro Latino” hosted by Dario D’Arrigo and “Acoustic Afternoons” hosted by Kendra Downey. Dario launched his program a few weeks back. It is a bilingual (Spanish/English) program including interviews, information, and music. Dario has been doing Community Access TV since 2005. We welcome him to the KWMR airwaves. Learn more about Dario HERE. Dario hosts every Monday from 4 PM to 5 PM. Kendra is on alternating Tuesdays at 2 PM. Kendra plays classic and newer folks music. Kendra has always loved music and after retiring from her career as a nurse has time to “go public” and share the tunes she loves. Welcome Dario and Kendra! “Tay Radio” has moved from Monday to Wednesday at 4 PM. 

KWMR has forged some exciting new partnerships and you have likely tuned in and heard “We Are One Marin,” a series of programs that highlights BIPOC owned businesses in Marin County. If you missed any of these, you can catch the podcasts at the link above. And get ready to hear some “Marinterviews,” produced through MarinLink by Sandra Riley Grimshaw. Later in July KWMR will begin to air some content from ESCOM (The Emeritus Students College of Marin. They do interviews for their membership and some of them are just great. Partnering with local content producers is satisfying and fun!

The Samanthas are getting ready to launch their program. Samantha Ramirez and Samantha Carreno are learning the ropes and will bring a mix of talk, interviews, storytelling and music to the KWMR airwaves with a new morning show that will settle in where Susan Santiago used to host. Alternating Mondays at 8 AM. Also in the cue to hit the airwaves are Bianka Alloyn and Sabreen Naimah. You might have sipped some of their coffee (Cute Coffee). Some exciting new shows about to hit the airwaves!

We also welcome “As It Is” from Native Voice One to Fridays at 9 am, alternating with “Nonviolence Radio.” “Undercurrents” produced by Gregg McVickers for years has been retired and Native Voice One introduces “The Mainstream,” hosted by Brett Maybee (Seneca), a mix of older and newer tunes for your listening pleasure. KWMR also carries “National Native News” and “Gaeno” from Native Voice One.

Here’s a link to the July Schedule. Keep your ears peeled for more new content on KWMR!

Also to update you, “The Farm and Foodshed Report” is still on a break and we look forward to Robin Carpenter’s return with her beloved program. And Jeff Wilkinson is on the mend. He is very grateful for the cards and well wishes from listeners. He will return to host “Cruisin'” and ” Saturday Night Function” as soon as he is able. Ananda Brady is taking a few months off to enjoy his summer and you will hear some great archives of his jazz show on Monday evenings.

So, along with our daily administrative work here at KWMR, the airwaves are abuzz with great content, produced for you by your friends and fellow community members. I continue to be so proud of this little radio station, our stellar staff, our dedicated Board of Directors, and the AMAZING group of volunteer programmers that steward this resource.

Got an idea for a program? Let us know! 

Amanda Eichstaedt 
Station Manager and Executive Director 

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