Media Life: Foothill airwaves have Placer, Colfax, Bear River playoff football covered

Colfax gets on-air KNCO nod after Nevada Union fails in post-season bid; Lorenzo Lamas rides again in Lincoln; Auburn’s independent movie loss is Roseville’s gain
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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With playoff high school football back Friday night, radio stations KAHI, KNCO and Star 94.1 have the area well-covered for all the mud, sweat and tears. Auburn’s KAHI 950 AM – the Voice of the Foothills and the Placer Hillmen – will be covering the Auburn team as far as it goes in the “second season,” with Pete Dufour doing the play-by-play. The pre-game broadcast on KAHI starts at 6:45 p.m. – 15 minutes before kick-off in a matchup between the hometown Hillmen and Woodland High School. Up the hill in Colfax, the Falcons will be taking on Orestimba and Grass Valley’s KNCO 830 will be stepping up to broadcast the game. The Nevada County station is normally airing Nevada Union Miners playoff games at this time of year but the team missed the playoffs for the first time since broadcaster Tom Fitzsimmons can remember. Fitzsimmons, who has been doing the play-by-play on Miners games for 14 years, said Colfax businesses have stepped into the advertising void once word got out that Falcons games would be airing on radio. The Colfax game is also at home, with pregame starting at 6:45 p.m. and a 7 p.m. kickoff. Colfax Record Sports Editor Mike Ray is scheduled to be along at halftime to provide some expert analysis. Bear River on FM Bear River Bruins, also in the playoff picture, are on the road to take on Marysville. Star 94.1 FM out of Grass Valley will provide the excitement over the air, with a 6:45 p.m. pregame and 7 p.m. start time. Fitzsimmons said that if Auburn listeners can’t tune in at 94.1 FM they can try a sideband at 105.7 FM that tends to provide a good signal in some parts of the Highway 49 corridor. And if you want to go to live streaming audio on the computer, all three stations will oblige. Just go to, or Mike Remy, KAHI sports director, can attest to the power of playoff football in the foothills. Website tracking during last year’s Placer playoff run found that an average of 17,000 listeners logged on for each game. And when KAHI broadcast the Rocklin-Grant showdown last year, KAHI tallied 64,000 listeners. Lamas in Lincoln Thunder Valley Casino Resort will be offering a celebrity sighting opp Nov. 20*, but bring along a toy, a $20 bill and a motorcycle. The Lincoln casino will have Lorenzo Lamas – famous for 1980s primetime soap “Falcon Crest,” 1990s cop drama “Renegade” and steady work from 2004-07 on daytime soap “The Bold & The Beautiful” – onsite and appearing throughout a Santa Claus Toy Run event. The charity gig starts at a Sacramento motorcycle shop, with Lamas leading the ride, and ends with a party at Thunder Valley. Lamas will be joined at the event by “Renegade” co-stars Kathleen Kinmont and Branscombe Richmond. One more time Independent cinema impresario Renee Berg is giving area audiences one more shot at seeing “Harrison Montgomery,” a movie starring Oscar winner Martin Landau and featuring Krista Ott, a Cool-area resident who picked up some positive reviews for her work in the film. Berg previously screened the flick at Auburn’s Music & More Theater and the Colfax Theater but bad weather helped to keep the crowd down to little more than the veritable friends and family. This time around, the film will be shown at Roseville’s Tower Theater. The showing is at 7 p.m. Friday with $7 admission at the door. Berg said she’ll be going ahead with more independent films at the Roseville location over the next six months. *Reflects a change in the original posting to reflect an incorrect date. The correct date of the ride is Nov. 20. Ticket sales end on Nov. 19.