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On September 14, we feature Barry Martin, Managing Director of Lucky Penny Productions and “Wine Country Live” Producer and Co-Host on KVYN-FM.
Barry Martin was born and raised in the Ozarks. He studied theatre in college, then began working as an on-air radio talent at age 21. He came to California in 1986 and has been heard on Napa Valley airwaves for 21 of the last 35 years, mostly as morning show host for either KVON-AM and KVYN-FM. He currently hosts Wine Country Live on 99.3 The Vine weekday mornings. He estimates he has presented around 20,000 hours of live radio.
Along the way he also served as PIO for the Napa River Flood Control Project and Community Outreach Coordinator for the City of Napa. In 2009 in the midst of a massive recession, he co-founded with Taylor Bartolucci the local theatre company Lucky Penny Productions which survived that recession and (so far) has survived the pandemic.
He began writing in earnest in 2010 and his short play “The First Thirty Minutes” was selected for a festival at Actor’s Theatre of Santa Cruz. In 2018 he finished a farce about the wine country called “The Tasting Room” and directed it for Lucky Penny, then wrote the book for “A Napa Valley Christmas Carol” which debuted in 2021 with a second run coming up in December 2022. He is currently working on the script for a new Christmas show for kids and families called “Saving Santa.”
Barry has two adult children who were raised in Napa and graduated from local public schools, and is a grandpa four times over.
$5 Fee for members, $7 for non-members. Students with ID – free.