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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 Thursday 11.14.13

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U.S. attorneys are being advised to no longer base their prosecutions solely on the size of the marijuana operation, according to "Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement" sent to federal prosecutors this summer.

The new aspects covered by the policy include the acknowledgement that two states have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Holder is expecting these states to establish a comprehensive regulatory and enforcement framework to keep the pot within the state borders, away from gangs or cartels and children.The presidents of the National Sheriffs' Association, the Major County Sheriff's Association, Major Cities Chiefs Police Association and National Narcotic Officers Associations' Coalition immediately protested the changes in a letter to Holder.

"The decision by the Department ignores the connections between marijuana use and violent crime.... The failure of the federal government to act in this matter is an open invitation to other states to legalize marijuana in defiance of federal law."Dale Gieringer of Cal National Organization for Marijuana Legalization says they "welcome the attorney general's announcement that the Department of Justice will not seek to overturn state marijuana laws. "

Gieringer has requested in a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein for the attorney general to address whether "the DOJ (will) rescind its threats to prosecute local officials who try to regulate marijuana, as happened in Mendocino County" great reporting by Linda Williams in the Willits News.


A Sacramento area restauranteur who has been missing for over a week, was last seen in the Fort Bragg Area Nov 2nd. Stephen Pease, 57, spent the night at the Surf and Sand Lodge and checked out Nov. 3rd.  The case is considered suspicious, because Pease walked away from an active business and has not been contacted since. He was last seen driving a rented silver Chevy SUV, with Oregon plates, 500GKN, which was due to be returned Nov. 5 but was not .

Pease is 5' 10" tall, 220 pounds, with gray hair and hazel eyes.

A long-time friend said that the electronic trail of credit card transactions stops in Fort Bragg. While his rental car was equipped with an OnStar emergency system, when they tried to contact the vehicle, a signal could not be found. It could be in a parking garage or, more likely, in a remote area without service.

Pease is the developer behind Roseville's Sammy Hagar-themed restaurant. In his absence, Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill closed its doors Sunday – temporarily, according to a note left on its door.

Pease spoke to his ex-wife by phone from Las Vegas on Oct. 28, mentioning that he needed to “clear his head,” . 

Anyone with information is urged to call FBPD at (707) 961-2800, or the tip line at (707) 961-3049 .


A Town Hall meeting next Sunday, November 17, will be addressing the future of Willits Traffic : Getting Around in Willits.” Are there other options to cars?  

Bill Barksdale, Richard Jergensen and Larry Desmond will jumpstart the conversation with short presentations. Then, everyone there will have a chance to speak. Sunday the 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the City Council Chambers. For more info  call: Carlin,  at 459-4850.


The Mendocino National Forest has entered the prescribed burning season.

Forest visitors, including hunters, are asked to watch for prescribed burning operations .  Areas where burns are taking place will be well signed.  If visitors are uncertain, they can call the Forest at 530-934-3316 before their visit.


Stay Tuned for Give & Take;  @ 9:00 AM

Join host, Michael Kisslinger, in a conversation with Paul Tichinin, Mendocino Superintendent of Schools, and Katie Sommers and Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Curriculum Specialists, about the new Common Core State Standards.  


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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