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.

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This week on Songs From Studio C we're joined by North State songwriter, Pat Hull. Over the last ten years, Pat has been releasing albums and touring all across the nation. His unique singing voice and captivating finger picking guitar style have earned him acclaim from the Chico News and Review’s annual CAMMIES awards, and made him a favorite of music fans across the North State.

Redding author Sharon Owen writes under the pen name Sharon St. George. Her fictional hospital librarian, Aimee Machado, solves mysteries involving Timbergate Medical Center. Book 3 in the mystery series is entitled Breach of Ethics. Nancy's second guest, retired English professor and world traveler Marianne Werner tells us why H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is a favorite book.

Author and former Colusa High school teacher Alan Willendrup used eye-witness accounts of the 1914-1915 eruptions to write his book, The Lassen Peak Eruptions and Their Lingering Legacy. Also, Enterprise-Record book reviewer Dan Barnett reads a favorite selection from Alan's book.

This week on Songs From Studio C we're joined by singer/songwriter, Beth Anne. Beth has become a familiar face in the North State over the last several years performing alongside her two sisters in the folk band, The Railflowers, and has recently set out on a solo career with the release of her brand new album, Sing It Loud.

Dana Chwan has been an advocate for families of veterans ever since her husband died in Vietnam in 1965. In her novel, The Reluctant Sorority: the Life, Loves, and Loss of Three Vietnam Widows, Dana combines her own story with that of three fictional widows. 

Local librarian and historian Nancy Leek wrote "John and Annie Bidwell: The Long and Short of It" for children (and adults) about Chico founders John, who was tall, and Annie Bidwell, who was short. The book is illustrated by Steve Ferchaud who joins Nancy in the studio. Ms. Leek's daughter Jean Ping is also a librarian and offers recommendations for reading Russian and African literature.

Led by the songwriting and guitar work of frontwoman Laura Weinbach, Foxtails Brigade has been releasing records and actively touring throughout North America and beyond since their 2010 debut, The Bread and the Bait. This month the band released yet another full-length album, and will be making their way through the North State in June. We discussed their new album and the music video that accompanies the song "Far Away and Long Ago."

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To preview his upcoming performance this evening at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, Australian-born songwriter and guitar-virtuoso Daniel Champagne stopped by the NSPR studios to perform a few songs and chat with music director Nolan Ford.

Chico author Dave Morgan collected family recipes for his book, Morgan Favorites: Tested by Five Generations. He includes a variety of recipes from pancakes to sauces to ant repellants. 

Scottish-born novelist Catriona McPherson is author of the award-winning Dandy Gilver detective series. Her newest book is Quiet Neighbors. She was invited to the annual meeting of the Chico Friends of the Library.

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Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, The Language of Flowers, tells the story of a young woman who lived in at least 32 foster homes by the time she turned 18. She has a gift for flowers which helps her overcome her troubled past.  We see similar themes in Vanessa's second novel, We Never Asked for Wings.  A woman who became a mother as a teenager and never really grew up handed responsibility for her children over to her mother. The book raises questions about child protective services, poverty, and immigration.

 Children's book author Jan Condon teaches children (and adults) about the importance of enzymes in the role of probiotics in digestive health in her book, Stella's Adventures in the Incredible Bio-Terrain.