Hollie Grimaldi-Flores

Hollie Grimaldi-Flores


Hollie Grimaldi Flores was born in Binghamton, New York and raised in a nearby suburb, Vestal. She is the youngest of seven children. In 1985 Hollie moved to California with a degree in radio and television production out of Syracuse, NY. She worked for an award winning video production company, David Watts Productions, in San Francisco and for the writer of a top weekly radio show, Countdown USA in Marin County as well as for KRCB-TV, a public access television station in Rohnert Park, CA before moving to Grass Valley in 1995. After relocating to Nevada County, Hollie worked in a mechanical engineering firm and eventually started her own bookkeeping business before deciding to pursue a return to her first love  broadcasting. Hollie is past president of Soroptimist International of Grass Valley and the Board of Directors of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition. Hollie has two children from a previous marriage. Trevor Daniel Wade born in 1990 and Courtney Taylor Wade born in 1994. She is married to Ernie Flores and is sharing the responsibility of raising five boys: Michael, Stephen, Nicholas, Christopher and Timothy aged 26 to 17 as well. When not at the station, Hollie enjoys spending time watching local sports, hiking at the river, reading and attending local events with friends.

Who Doesn’t Love The Nevada County Fair?

I grew up in a rural area in the state of New York. I was accustomed to county fairs on grass knolls, where the lights from the rides lulled in travelers near and far. You can imagine my disappointment the first time I went to a county fair in California and found myself in a parking lot, walking on asphalt and finding the only shade available inside temporarily constructed exhibit buildings. Luckily I found my way to Nevada County -easily one of the most beautiful grounds I have ever seen – with permanent buildings to house exhibits and animals, and rides placed strategically between tall pines. The setting alone is enough to make me love the Nevada County Fair, but there is so much more to it.

As part of the broadcasting team, being at the fair is a wonderful time to say hello to listeners, receiving both criticism and praise. It is a time to learn more about the many organizations and people who make up this great community. It is a time to support non profits through food purchases on Treat Street. It’s time to admire the talents of our population in everything from baking to quilting. It is time to reflect on what a unique place we are lucky enough to call home.

This year, do yourself a favor and come to the Nevada County Fair. Spend a day or an evening in a setting that memories are made of. And when you do, be sure to stop by the KNCO Gazebo and say hello.

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