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.

Photo by Curtis Pope

This week's guest on Songs From Studio C is local songwriter, Aamir Malik (also known as Paktuckia). We discuss the inspiration behind his latest song "The Darkside Within Man" as well as his passion for traditional Irish music and some upcoming performances surrounding St. Patrick's Day.

Helga Ruge, who passed away on January 25, 2016, was a long-time supporter of the arts in Chico and especially the North State Symphony. This is a rebroadcast of her interviews on Nancy's Bookshelf. At the end of the hour, Chico Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett says a few words about e-newsletters. 

Mattie Celi by M. Elizabeth Schaefer 

This novel about a child in foster care is loosely based on Mary Schaefer's life as a foster child in Southern California. Mary's careers have included beautician, singer/keyboard player, and radio personality. Now retired from the Department of Defense Naval Engineering Station and living in Stirling City, she took writing courses and wrote her first novel. She reads selections from her book like the scene with a creepy foster mother who had a mysterious green door inside her house that was kept locked.

Margaritifer Basin by Greg Gates

Red Bluff author Greg Gates has an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He spent 15 years in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer and is a Vietnam veteran. He now spends his time writing, and has published the first of three Margaritifer Basin novels. Margaritifer Basin is a science fiction novel that chronicles the settlement of the planet Mars.

For the last 10 years, John Craigie has been a frequent visitor to the North State, performing his signature folk songs that often blend humor with sincere emotive content. Craigie’s live shows are also known for the comedic storytelling that takes place between his songs, which regularly leads to loud belly laughs from his delighted fans.

The Spirituality of Age: A Seeker's Guide to Growing Older by Robert Weber 

Dr. Weber is a former Jesuit who is now a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is coauthor of The Spirituality of Age, a compassionate guide to transforming aging into spiritual growth.

Creative Schools: A Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson lived and worked in England before moving to the United States in 2001. He urges schools and colleges everywhere to rethink their basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement. He asks: Why is it essential to promote creativity? Can creativity be developed? If so, how? He says education wastes more talent than it saves, and makes suggestions as to what schools and colleges should do.

On this episode of Nancy's Bookshelf:

  • Chico playwright and novelist Emily Gallo wrote "The Columbarium" as a sequel to her first novel, "Venice Beach." The Columbarium is an architectural feature of San Francisco that houses cremated ashes in 5,000 niches. The novel's protagonist is a Jonestown survivor who takes a job fixing up the Columbarium.
  • Pat Macias, president of the board of the Museum of Northern California Art, gives the history and future plans for MONCA and describes an upcoming fundraiser which will feature a book signing by Emily Gallo. The theme is "Structures."

This week on Songs From Studio C, I’m joined by the Uncle Dad’s Art Collective, who will be bringing a big show to Laxson Auditorium this Saturday night – a tribute to Queen’s "A Night At The Opera," which brings together some of the North State’s finest musicians, dancers, and visual artists to present a re-imagination of the classic 1975 album. Unfortunately the show is sold out, but the good news is you can watch a stripped-down version of "Killer Queen" right here.

Today on Songs From Studio C we're joined by Della and Brooke of the Parkview Elementary Ukulele Ensemble, The Pukes, who will make a special appearance this Sunday at Laxson Auditorium opening up for the world-famous Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. Led by their music teacher, Tanner Johns, the 5th graders – who typically practice as a group of 30 – have prepared their own ukulele versions of classic hits including “Down on the Corner” by Credence Clearwater Revival. 

Photo by Alan Sheckter

Based out of Auburn, California, Hannah Jane Kile made her musical debut back in 2009 at the Club Car Bar & Restaurant. This Friday night, six years and two full-length albums later, the 21-year-old award-winning songwriter will return to perform on the stage where it all began. 

Photo by Ashley Jeffries

Songwriter Aric Jeffries' previous band French Reform quickly rose to the attention of many in the Chico area back in 2014, including acclaim from the Chico News and Review's annual CAMMIE awards as "Best Local Act." Solar Estates is the follow-up project continuing Jeffries' exploration of the electro-pop genre.