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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

We are pleased to announce that the Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding several meetings in the further reaches of our listening area. These will be informal meetings, meaning that there may not be a quorum of CAB members present, and nothing will be voted on. The first meeting will be held in Elk on Tuesday evening, February 23rd, at the Greenwood School, 5150 S. Hwy 1, at 6:30 pm.

The CAB wants to hear from you, discuss what you are interested in regarding KZYX, and will take your comments to the next KZYX Board of Directors meeting. There will be snacks and beverages. For more information on the CAB meeting in Elk, call (707) 877-3475.

Thanks to those members who are running for open positions on the Board of Directors. To the right of this article you will find a list of candidates. Soon we will be posting the candidate statements. The on air candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm.

Earlier this week I met with our former General Manager (John Coate) and our transmitter engineer. I was told the transmitters are in very good shape. The connections with our studios in Mendocino and Willits are not working well, and are going through complete software upgrades at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience to our programmers from Willits and Mendocino, and to our listeners, who have had to experience frequent drop outs of the studio connections. Our staff is standing by during all of our remote studio shows, and many of our programmers are coming to Philo to do their shows until the upgrades are completed and tested.

Thanks for your patience. Just so you know, some of us have been working 15-20 hour days to sort out technical difficulties and details. We want all of our broadcasts to run smoothly, and we have a steep learning curve to do what our long time Program Director/Music Director (Mary Aigner) and Operations Manager (Rich Culbertson) were able to accomplish on a daily basis. Mary retired after 22 years with the station, and Rich resigned after eight years of superb technical support. We have a big legacy to live up to!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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AM News for Monday, 11.25.13

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Albert Beltrami, 79, affectionately known as the "sixth supervisor" passed away Saturday morning. He was Mendocino County's chief administrative officer for 25 years, and stayed active long after that.

"There was no bigger servant to the people of Mendocino County, the state of California and the United States," said former county supervisor Jim Wattenburger.

"Today ... a legend in Mendocino County passed away," Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman wrote in a Saturday statement. "He was " a person who understood the need for our leaders to work with each other instead of fighting each other." 

Funeral arrangements will be handled by The Eversole Mortuary.


The Lake County Board of Supervisors will convene a special meeting at 9am Tuesday, Nov. 26, to confirm the existence of a local emergency for Lake County due to the severe wind event that occurred Thursday and Friday.

Friday afternoon, County Administrative Officer Matt Perry, proclaimed the existence of a local emergency in Lake County.

This proclamation will allow county departments to expedite the procurement process to purchase supplies and hire outside contractors to help address the county’s responsibilities in the recovery process from the devastating high winds.

After a National Weather Service urgent wind advisory for Lake County and other portions of Northern California, upwards of 5,000 Lake county residents found themselves temporarily without power as the result of 25 separate outages.

Firefighters in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Clearlake Oaks and Upper Lake were dispatched on reports of downed power and phone lines, and damaged utility equipment, based on radio reports.



CalFire is currently fighting a fire located in a remote area north of High Glade Lookout on the Upper Lake Ranger District of the Mendocino National Forest.

It is estimated to be approximately 350 acres and is 0 percent contained.  Smoke from the fire is highly visible this afternoon in the mountains west of Interstate 5.

Engine crews, handcrews and aviation resources are currently working on containing the fire.  As winds have died down, the rate of spread has slowed, giving fire crews the opportunity to make progress.

Imitation firearms like the one a 13-year-old boy was carrying when he was shot and killed last month by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy could no longer be made or sold in California under legislation announced Friday in Santa Rosa by Sen. Noreen Evans and Sonoma county officials.

The bill would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be brightly colored or translucent so that they are not mistaken for the real thing.

“A toy should look like a toy. It should not look like a lethal weapon,” Sen. Evans said.

Lawmakers plan to introduce the legislation in January .

The event was held on the one-month anniversary of Andy Lopez's death who was shot and killed Oct. 22 by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy, reportedly after the deputy mistook Lopez's BB gun for an assault rifle.


The Ukiah Planning Commission has taken another step forward towards building a 148,000-square-foot Costco store when they  voted 3-1 Thursday to recommend that the City Council adopt an environmental impact report, a zoning change and a list of reasons why the store’s benefits outweigh its significant and unavoidable negative impacts on traffic, air quality and global climate change.

The City Council will consider the recommendations Dec. 4. Its critics say it’s wrong to spend millions of tax dollars to benefit big corporations.

Costco is expected to generate more than enough sales tax revenue over the 30 year life of the loan to offset its costs, city officials said. It's not known if it also covers the interest on the loan.

Planning Commissioner Linda Sanders, citing primarily wetland concerns, was the lone no vote on the project’s impact report.

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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. If you were a KZYX member in good standing by December 31st, you will soon be receiving a ballot for the election of the board's open seats. (All of our programmers will also receive a ballot for the Programmer-Elected seat)

Your  ballot must be returned by mail in the envelope provided. Do NOT send your ballot to the station! If you do, it will not be counted. We must receive your ballot by March 31st.

To find out about the candidates, tune in to the on-air candidates forum on Thurs., March 3rd at 7pm.

If you haven't received your ballot by March 1st, please let us know by sending an email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling the station at (707) 895-2324.

The candidates are as follows:


John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright


Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak


Jonathon Middlebrook


Get The KZYX App For Your iPhone

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org