Nevada City, CA — A KVMR broadcaster accidentally fell asleep during her overnight Native American flute marathon. The DJ, who will remain anonymous pending a further station investigation, started her 2am American Timbres show without incident. However around 3:30am listeners reported that the popular local radio station “went dead air” and all they could hear was the soft, yet distinct sound of gentle snoring. Several listeners thought that this was merely a part of the KVMR programming.
“I have the radio playing in the background all night,” said Nevada County crisis line operator Lynn Cooke of Grass Valley. “The flute sounds are perfect for my stressful shift when I’m helping people in need. Then there was silence, so I thought someone screwed up. It happens, you know? However it went on for over twenty minutes and then the snoring started. It was pretty funny.”
There are many stories about how different Native American peoples invented the flute. In one tale, woodpeckers pecked holes in hollow branches while searching for termites; when the wind blew along the holes, people nearby heard its music. Still another myth is that the flute was invented to keep white people occupied with superfluous sound track music for their documentaries.
Whatever its origin, KVMR’s American Timbres is the #1 broadcast radio program in the coveted 2am – 5am slot in Nevada County, even squeaking past the popular conspiracy show Coast to Coast AM with George Snoory.
This is the third time in less than two months that the community-oriented radio station has been embroiled in controversy. Recently escaped psych ward patient James E. Stanley was working as a night DJ at the station until we was discovered by Nevada County Health and Human Services personnel. Following that, there was the disastrous, and some called pandering, Lawrence Welk marathon that attempted to appeal to the county’s quickly aging demographic.
It is unclear at the time of this writing what station management is doing to correct these personnel and programming issues. The Nevada County Scooper reached out to management for comment but were told to “Please leave the building.” Repeated attempts to contact the station by phone were unsuccessful.