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B y G e o f f C a r t e r W hen NV89 hit the airwaves on April 12, Nevada received a gift other places have long taken for granted—a listener-supported, commercial-free, 24-hour, independent music station. Managed by Vegas-based Nevada Public Radio and produced by veteran program director Willobee Carlan, NV89 has much to recommend it: On-air talent that includes KROQ alumna Gia DeSantis and Neon Reverb Radio's Jake Wagner; syndicated music show World Cafe; and a playlist that includes such of-the-moment artists as Cloud Nothings, The New Pornographers and Bon Iver. Plus, songs by Nevada artists are played every hour. There's just one catch: NV89 isn't on Las Vegas' broadcast dial. NV89 broadcasts in Reno (as KVNV), on a frequency recently abandoned by another non- profit station, 89.1 KJIV. The only ways Vegas listeners can tune into this Vegas-produced station are with an HD-equipped radio (it's at KNPR HD3) or by stream- ing it live at nv89.org. (A dedicated streaming app, and compatibility with apps like TuneIn, is forthcom- ing.) And according to Nevada Public Radio president Flo Rogers, that's not going to change. "It's a statewide music discovery channel," Rogers says, dismissing the broadcast/streaming disparity by noting that visitors to the KNPR website stream some 200,000 hours of content monthly, and that most new cars are equipped with digital receivers. In other words, if you have a cell phone and a stereo jack, odds are good that you can listen to NV89 right now. "I have an Audi with a six-CD changer," Rogers says. "I'm all about the streaming." The other small problem with NV89 is a program- ming flaw: Every fifth song is off-format. Hearing new Angel Olsen and Black Lips songs bumping against overexposed hits by Sublime and Coldplay is a genuine head-scratcher. But to be fair, KVNV has only been on the air for a week. If this works, the station and its lis- teners will have plenty of time to figure each other out. dial, sorta left of the Downtown's Mob Museum is—pardon the pun—a big hit. Visitors are flocking to it, driving the need for expansion. "We have a beautiful, historic building … but it's not the largest building," says Jonathan Ullman, the museum's executive director and CEO. "There are limits to how much exhibitry you can put within." The solution? Build into the basement. Sometime in the first quarter of 2018, the museum will add several new exhibits including a forensics lab, a firearms train- ing simulator, an expanded retail space, a small café and a Prohibition doubleheader: a working liquor distillery and an elegant speakeasy. It might sound like a play for the Downtown nightlife crowd, but Ullman says the expansion is intended to "fill in other parts of the [museum's] narrative." We'll drink to that. –Geoff Carter ShotS of a different Sort headed to the mob muSeum the intersection w h e r e i d e a s With NV89, Vegas' NPR affiliate goes indie—by way of Reno 08 0 4 . 2 0 . 1 7 l a S v e g a S w e e k ly

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