The Vine is committed to local journalism in the Napa Valley and brings Top of the Hour news every week day Monday through Friday from 6A-7P, including: breaking stories, latest news headlines, and highlights of the day with a hyper-focus on local.

Barry Martin, host of The Vine’s Morning Show “Wine Country Live” curates the daily news.

Wine Down Media stations, The Vine (English) & MegaMix (Spanish), are your emergency radio stations on-air, on-line and on-site for Wine Country counties, including Napa and Sonoma.


Listen to “The Barry Pod,” hosted by Barry Martin, for on-demand listening of news discussions, in-depth reporting, intelligent analysis on developing North Bay stories.

Podcasts

Silicon Valley to Napa Valley with Chuck McMinn – May 21, 2024

Living legend Peter Coyote narrates his own life – Part 1 – May 6, 2024

The Dave Whitmer story starts with love – Apr 15, 2024

Kellie Fuller is everywhere and always helping – Mar 27, 2024

Bill Chadwick: What Makes Bill Tick? – Mar 21, 2024

Meet District 5 Supervisor candidate Mariam Aboudamous – Feb 21, 2024

Peter Mott, Candidate for Napa County Supervisor in District 4 – Feb 12, 2024

Doris Gentry, Candidate for Napa County Supervisor in District 2 – Feb 9, 2024

A look at key local issues with Belia Ramos, who’s running for a third term as Napa County Supervisor – Jan 26, 2024

Meet Amber Manfree, candidate for Supervisor in Napa County District 4 – Jan 18, 2024

Liz Alessio is running for Napa County Supervisor in District 2. Find out why – Jan 9, 2024

Frank talk with Ryan Gregory who recently announced he won’t run for another term as Napa County Supervisor – Jan 3, 2024

Trust, purpose, and politics – from Napa Valley to Gaza and back again, with Larry Kamer – Nov 14, 2023

Rex Stults up close and personal (and not talking about wine) – Nov 3, 2023

Mayor Scott Sedgeley talks about why he’s running for a second term – Oct 24, 2023

What’s driven Sen. Bill Dodd to author 113 bills over 9 years in Sacramento? – Oct 18, 2023

Barry talks with Congregation Beth Shalom Napa Rabbi Niles Goldstein about reaction to the terror attacks on Israel – Oct 13, 2023

S-E-X talk with Antonia Landels from Napa’s Sex Ed Justice Project – Oct 4, 2023

Skating Rinks vs Hotels: A talk with Napa’s Economic Development Director Neal Harrison – Sep 27, 2023

The Barry Pod looks at newsmakers Elon Musk, Coach Prime, and Mitt Romney – Sep 22, 2023

Napa Councilmember Beth Painter talks about new flood control work, Browns Valley Road improvements and more local issues. – Sept 15, 2023

Mark Ibanez discusses how he fell in love with sports – Sep 7, 2023

Supervisor Belia Ramos with what’s new in American Canyon and other county topics – Aug 29, 2023

Dyan McBride talks about the SAG-AFTRA strike and the current crisis in live theatre – Aug 17, 2023

A commentary on Napa’s “Drag Panic”

What’s driving Tim Carl and Napa Valley Features? – July 10, 2023

Hot Button Issues with Liz Alessio, Napa City Councilmember – July 3, 2023


About Barry Martin:

Barry Martin is our “Mr Jeopardy” who knows everything about everything. He has a remarkable media career working in Radio & TV as host/anchor.

Barry Martin came to Napa in 1986 to work for KVON/KVYN. After starting out as a DJ on The Vine, he went on to become Program Director and Operations Manager for both stations until 2001. In that year, Barry began working as the Public Information Officer for the Napa River Flood Project, and continued as morning show host on KVON until 2003. He spent the next 13 years doing public information, including nine years as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the City of Napa. In 2017, he was working in government as the City of Napa’s PIO helping navigate the “flood project;” after the devastating wildfires of that year and with new ownership at Wine Down Media he embarked on a news/talk show on KVON. A new lifeline for the community in times of disaster or not. In 2022, the morning show, “Wine Country Live,” re-vamped and moved to sister station KVYN.

Barry Martin Co-Founded the theatre company Lucky Penny Productions with Taylor Bartolucci, and together they produce plays and musicals at the Lucky Penny Community Arts Center in Napa. Barry is also an author of plays and has had his work chosen twice for short-play festivals.

He is the father of two Napa-raised kids, and has three grandchildren.