Effective December 1, 2013 VenturaRocks.com is solely owned and operated by Pam. Eve opted out hoping to spend more time with her family; however, she still loves and supports Ventura’s music scene and you will still find her hanging with her best bud taking in some of the best live music around. The following was published previously and still gives a better understanding of Who VenturaRocks.com is.
Who are these women?
VenturaRocks.com is owned and operated by two local Venturans, Pam Baumgardner and Eve Mimiaga. Pam’s website expertise and Eve’s tenacity for research is the perfect combination for this venture.
Eve Mimiaga formerly worked full-time for a non-profit organization in Ventura, and is married with two adult children.
Pam Baumgardner currently works full-time in the public sector, and works nights and weekends as a webmaster; she is divorced with one adult child.
VenturaRocks.com is the brainchild of Pam Baumgardner who is also known as Stephanie Rose in many circles. As Stephanie Rose, her radio career spanned nearly 15 years first in Orange County at KEZY/KPZE, and then moved up to Ventura to work overnights at KZTR, and then on to KXBS (96.7 The Bus). It was here at KXBS that she helped the station to transition from Oldies to Alternative Rock and where she earned her Program Director stripes.
The day after the station was sold and went Spanish radio, and again as Stephanie Rose, she helped launch www.Buzzine.com which was one of the first music and entertainment websites back in 1997. As Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief, the company would eventually publish four print issues which were distributed across the United States and in Canada in supermarkets, airports and newsstands.
How it started
Back in 2009 when the economy took a major hit, Pam had an inspiring idea to use her website building expertise in combination with her first love, music. The goal? To motivate people to go out and listen and support the music scene in Ventura, while spending dollars to keep our local venues in business.
She interviewed just a handful of people to work with her when she had the bright idea to ask one of her best friends, Eve, if she’d like to become her business partner. Eve loved the idea. And together they agreed: “We promised to never charge the venues nor the artists to be listed on our site.”
www.VenturaRocks.com launched March 17, 2009.
Every single week exhaustive research is done and venues are badgered for their line ups. Our battle cry? “HELP US HELP YOU!!!”
If you have any questions or want to send in gig information for Ventura, just email Pam@VenturaRocks.com.
Pam updates the website, and maintains our Facebook page; as of October, 2013, She is also the music scene columnist for the Ventura Breeze newspaper and as of January 2017, hosts a local radio show promoting music in the 805 on KPPQ-LP at 104.1 FM (www.CapsMedia.org/Radio) called The Pam Baumgardner Music Hour.