Nevada County’s status as a hub for diverse and professional cultural offerings has been enriched since Michael DiMartino moved here to fulfill his vision of bringing arts and community together with his newly launched Golden Road Radio Hour radio and television show.
“The goal of the television and radio show is to inspire, educate and empower the community much like the Prairie Home Companion, Etown and Ted Talks did,” DiMartino said.
The Golden Road Radio hour is broadcast live on Sunday nights in front of a studio audience from the Green Screen Institute at 104 New Mohawk Road in Nevada City. The show features guests who discuss the arts and entertainment, health, environment, peace and justice, and science and technology. The TV show is produced by DiMartino in collaboration with NCTV, which provides equipment, the set, camera operators and technicians.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, DiMartino came to Nevada County from Santa Cruz where he worked for the University of California Dance & Theatre Department. He has been producing cultural events for over 30 years, including at the Massachusetts five-college system and Robert Frost Library in Amherst, Massachusetts, as a media assistant. He founded the World Beat Ensemble, an educational program that has been presented in over 100 schools and institutions, Global Rhythms, a world music radio show that lasted for three years in the 1990’s, and GAIA-Vision, a TV show dedicated to performing, visual and healing arts that was broadcast for four years in 12 cities in New England.
In a just a few months, DiMartino has taken his Nevada City based show to a broader audience by reaching out to community television and radio stations such as Access Sacramento, Butte County TV in Chico, Truckee-Tahoe TV. Regional radio stations play audio versions of the show on KUBU 96.5 FM in Sacramento, KVMR 89.5 FM and beginning in January 2017, KZFR 90.1 FM in Chico. His KVMR show runs from 4 to 7 a.m. on Saturdays. He has been a broadcaster there since August 2016.
“We are a regional show, and we are getting welcome regional support. Our content is geared to Gold Country audiences in Nevada City, Grass Valley, Sacramento, Folsom, Chico, Truckee and Tahoe,” DiMartino said. “Currently, we have about 20 content providers and we will be encouraging more through our website beginning in 2017. Our mission is to bring the Gold Country voice to the whole world and bridge the Gold Country past with today for a better tomorrow.”
The Golden Road Radio Hour is live-streamed on NCTV from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The New Mohawk studio doors open at 5:30 p.m. for live audience seating, which is limited to 40 and reservations are recommended. For more information, visit goldenroadradiohour.com or call 413-374-6531.