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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 Tuesday 7.16.13

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Activist Will Parrish has rejected the plea agreement he negotiated last 

week with DA David Eyster which allowed him to be released from jail. The

plea agreement stipulated that Parrish would avoid misdemeanor charges

 by pleading guilty to lesser charges, infractions, in exchange for no jail time, probation, an agreement to stay away from CalTrans Bypass construction and no jury trial. 

According to Mike Geniella, DA Eyster's press aide, "We're not interested in prosecuting protesters in a costly public trial but Mr Parrish demanded it. He clearly wants to bring the protests to the courtroom. He rejected a quick 

easy no jail time resolution & insisted that he go to trial."

At Friday's arraignment, DA Eyster filed “16 misdemeanor charges because State law requires that a separate ‘Unlawful Entry’ charge be filed for every offense when Parrish stayed 50 feet above the ground on a crane. Each 

charge carries a maximum six month jail sentence. ” The procedure of 

raising the number and severity of charges is common to force a plea 

bargain and avoid a costly trial.

PARRISH’S pre-trial hearing is set for July 22nd and a jury trial is on for August 5th. Omar 

Figueroa, a local marijuana and civil rights attorney is representing Parrish 

pro bono.

















The board of Directors of MCTV, Saturday, July 13th, unanimously decided 

to dissolve MCTV. According to a statement from Elizabeth Swanson posted on mcn.org, "The Footlighters will not accept that we don't have money and are demanding back rent and other fees of roughly $44,000. Their lawyer, 

John Ruprecht, insists we have the money and he is going to find it. Any 

resonable person could see how absurd that asumption is by a quick review of the the last seven years of financial records we offered to show him. In 

response to our offer, Ruprecht made it clear he plans to to make us go 

through some more legal hassles.

Upon learning late last week that the Footlighters will not negotiate, the 

MCTV Board met on Saturday July 13, 2013 and passed a resolution to 

dissolve immediately. 

She added:  The only good thing about this situation at this time is that we 

are now free to talk with community and press.













The defense withdrew the insanity plea for Kenneth Wilkinson, 23, accused of killing his 84-year-old grandfather in Superior Court Friday, based on a report from its own 

appointed expert.

"I believe he used bath salts, methamphetamine and booze," Public 

Defender Linda Thompson, who represents Wilkinson, said , explaining that a temporary, "self-induced mental health state" doesn't meet the legal definition of insanity.

The term "bath salts" refers to a synthetic drug containing an amphetamine-like substance,  known to cause psychotic behavior and violence.

The trial starts Sept. 9, and will only address Wilkinson's factual guilt or

 innocence.  Wilkinson could face life in prison without parole if he is 

convicted of killing his grandfather, and a special circumstance that he 

tortured the elder Wilkinson .

She said she was hoping to resolve the case out of court for the family's 

sake, but hasn't reached an agreement with the DA's Office. Also at issue 

was the question of whether the elder Wilkinson was dead when he was 














Bypass Work has begun on Highway 101 south of Willits on the Haehl Overhead bridge. Traffic controls are possible from 7 to 6 p.m. weekdays with 10 minute delays .

Traffic delays of up to five minutes on Highway 101, just north of the Willits city limits. Work hours are midnight to 6 p.m. weekdays. 


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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