KVMR General Manager NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 28, 2018 – After 7 years at KVMR, and its leader since January 2015, Julie Chiarelli will be stepping aside and transitioning over the next two months into another position in the local community.
Julie became KVMR’s General Manager just as the community radio station was finishing construction of its new facility in downtown Nevada City and preparing to move. “It was a challenging, but thoroughly exciting time,” says Chiarelli. “Very few community radio stations have built and own new state-of-the-art studio facilities and we were thrilled.” After moving into its new facility, KVMR committed to paying down construction loans as soon as possible and recently celebrated paying off a significant secondary loan and securing a commitment on long-term refinancing of their primary loan. At a time when community broadcasting is facing pressure from technological evolution, KVMR continues to grow and thrive.
“While we are sad to see her go, Julie leaves KVMR on very solid financial ground, with operating reserves, a healthy budget, and solid community support. We are so appreciative of her hard work and dedication to the station and its listener/supporters. KVMR has exciting plans for the future and is well positioned for the next General Manager to lead us there,” says KVMR Board President, David Franco.
“We are so grateful for her professional and visionary leadership. It has been a privilege to work with her, and as she goes forward with her new endeavors, we wish her the best,” said Franco.
The board of directors has adopted an initial plan of recruitment at its meeting last night.
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“It has been such an incredible honor to work with KVMR’s creative, dedicated staff and visionary, supportive board and to be part of an organization that is powered by so many amazing volunteers. How many non-profits accomplish their mission with hundreds of unpaid community members who share their time and talents, 24 hours a day? At one point I began calling KVMR ‘the daily miracle’ as I watched one broadcaster deliver a fabulous show and the next appear and carry on in kind, at midnight or four a.m., all for the love of music, connection and community ,” said Chiarelli. “Though there never seems to be a perfect time for change, with KVMR on solid ground I feel like it’s a good time to pass the baton.”
Julie leaves KVMR “with a mixture of sadness and energy” as she devotes herself to exploring another long-time passion, as Hospice of the Foothills’ new Director of Finance.