Nolan Ford

Music Director, Producer, Midday Host

Nolan Ford is the Music Director for North State Public Radio. After graduating with a Media Arts degree from Chico State University in 2004, he accepted a part-time position with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The job's flexible scheduling presented Nolan with the opportunity to travel and perform music all across the West Coast with his first rock band, the secret stolen. A love of the arts bloomed into an obsession. Following five glorious years with SNBC, Nolan returned to CSUC and received a mathematics teaching credential in 2009. After several years of teaching middle and high school math, he accepted a position as Managing Editor for Chico arts/entertainment weekly, The SynthesisCurrently, Nolan can be heard on-air as the local midday host for NSPR, and also produces several programs for the station including Blue Dot, Nancy's Bookshelf, and Songs From Studio C. In his spare time, Nolan continues to travel and perform with various musical projects.

When former grant writer Mary K. Jensen traveled the world with her husband Rudy, he had a rule for every situation. She has written these down in a memoir, Rudy's Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe. This week join Nancy for a conversation about how a marriage of opposites survived world travel.

Chico author Jan Condon writes books introducing children to the existence of gut flora. Paradise author David Lemmo wrote and illustrated a book of Frankenstein stories. This weekend he will be participating in the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at the San Diego Comic Fest. This week join Nancy for conversations with two authors of children's books.

In this episode of Blue Dot, Dave talks to Jennifer Strauss from the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab and Ken Hudnut from the United States Geological Survey. Both are deeply involved in the April 18, 2018 roll out of the "Haywired Scenario" a scientifically accurate modeling of a Magnitude 6.8 earthquake on the Hayward Fault. Our conversation revolves around the new technology called Shake Alert. Using seismic monitoring all over the state (especially in quake prone areas such as the Bay area and Southern California), scientists have developed a system to use the early arrival seismic waves, p-waves, to alert us to the imminent shaking that will follow in a matter of seconds. The early warning system can be used on computers and smart phones to let us know how long we have to brace for the hard shaking of a major earthquake. The system will also be used by transportation systems like BART and utility systems like PG&E to best safeguard our infrastructure when the next "Big One" inevitably hits somewhere in California.

We talk with local musician Jake Sprecher about a big event coming to Chico next weekend called Valley Fever. On Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21st there will be over 20 bands performing at various venues across the downtown area, but make no mistake - this is NOT a music festival.

We talk with two comedians from the hoard of funny-folk who'll take over town to perform stand-up in many different venues for the fourth annual Chico Comedy Festival. We'll also talk with painter Amber Palmer and several of her fellow artists about events planned for this summer including plein air (outdoor) art-creation activities and art exhibitions at several Chico locations.

Chico State Spanish professor Denise Minor's first book was about being a language teacher. In a new book, she shares the challenges of raising a child with special needs. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of No Screaming Jelly Beans: Trying to Pursue A Career While Raising A Son With Autism.

Today our guest is Seattle songwriter Sera Cahoone. Originally from Colorado, Cahoone’s interest in music began as a drummer performing around town with various Blues bands. When she turned 21, an opportunity presented itself to relocate to Seattle where she would continue to pursue music as a drummer alongside the famous indie rock group, Band of Horses. In 2006 Cahoone began releasing her own songs that caught the attention of Seattle’s indie-rock station KEXP as well as NPR Music, and it wasn’t long before she was signed to Sub Pop Records. With the release of Cahoone’s latest album, she decided to spend more time on the road as a solo performer instead of performing with a full band. We talk with her about how that experience has changed her as a musician.

Big Wave Dave talks surfing! Featuring a conversation between San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins and retired NASA Oceanographer Bill Patzert, we dive deep under the swells of the world of big waves with an emphasis on Mavericks -- the biggest surf wave on the west coast located in Half Moon Bay. The conversation wraps up reminiscing about Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer and a campaign for surfer license plates as a tribute to the classic film. Mark Sponsler rides big waves like Mavericks and has a website called Stormsurf that forecasts wave conditions for surfers -- he shares his insights on waves -- what makes the perfect surfing wave? We also talk to Surfer Magazine staff photographer Frank Quirarte who takes his camera into the big break at Mavericks on a personal water craft and rescues surfers trapped in the cauldron of whitewater. Finally, a bonus segment listening to surf guitar and surf music with music historian and guitar collector John Biscuti.

On this episode Dave is joined by co-host Kate Fullam as they interview Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: How Nature makes us Happier, Healthier and more Creative. The second half of the show features an in depth look at Naturebridge at Yosemite, a program that connects young people to nature on its grandest stage. Dave talks to Kristina Rylands, former Naturebridge participant who is now the head of the program. Nolan Ford visits with Ana Bachman from the McConnell Foundation, which funds high school students from Northern California to attend Naturebridge. Finally, Dave visits with a former student, Nicole Curiel, who attended the Yosemite program in 2016.

Today we’re joined by The T Sisters. The Americana/folk band is based out of Oakland and made up of sisters Erika, Chloe and Rachel. The T Sisters began singing together at a very young age. Every summer for about seven years the girls would attend a performing arts camp that provided a low-pressure environment to get their first taste of singing and dancing with friends. Recently the band released an EP they recorded at the Tiny Telephone studio in San Francisco. The T Sisters will perform in Oakland on Friday, April 13th.

Pages