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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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December 17 Farm and Garden Show

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Hosts Jaye Alison Moscariello and Bill Taylor spent the hour talking roots with Robert Kourik, who shared their unexpectedly large extent - several times the width of the foliage, the rarity of taproots but great depths of roots, the strategy of planting on mounds, and much more.  This link brings you a recording of the show:


What we did not get to on the show were some recipes and our discoveries preserving chestnuts which we share below.  We thank Corrinne Pierce who made a comment on the secret of less work with acorns; that comment led Bill to experiment with an easier way to dry them:

Chestnuts must be used or dried within a month of harvest, even if refrigerated or stored outside in cool dry place (maybe a few months if frozen, but they seem to lose taste over time). 

Drying: Our favorite method of drying includes NO slitting, x-ing or slicing (before this we had been cutting them in half, which does reduce the drying time but which makes subsequent shelling more painful on the fingers and take twice as long).  Simply place the raw chestnuts one or 2 levels deep in a warm dry place - over or near a woodstove, or even on top if it's a stone type that does not get above boiling temperature (so that you are drying them, not exploding them); we have moved them off our stone topped woodstove when the fire is very hot.  An Excaliber or other dehydrator will also work; use a hign setting (145 or so).  They will take 1-5 days depending on the method you use.  To economize, use any energy-intensive drying technique to just start the process and finish it with a free, slow method like leaving in a warm dry place.

Shelling for storage: This can be done at your leisure by squeezing and twisting; the gap between outer shell and nut with paper allows the shell to split and pop off.  If fully dry, nearly all will easily come free of the inner paper, which is the bugaboo of chestnut processing when roasting for direct consumption.  In this case, put on a good movie or tune into a good KZYX show as it is a great multi-task project.  Or if you do it in a group, it's great while hanging out and having conversation.  One could store the unshelled nuts, but shelling reduces storage space and makes use convenient later.  It also allows for culling moldy nuts (which have a bluish-white powder on them, often on only a part of the nut).  Good nuts should be a cream color (or brown to black if they roasted).

Shelled chestnuts should be rock-hard.  Test the largest ones; if still soft/chewable, dry a while longer or use right away. 

Storage: we like glass jars in a dark pantry once the nuts are fully dry.  Paper bags may be fine, but are not rodent-proof, and if you live in a moist environment will rehydrate and could spoil.  Plastic could work but some plastics can outgas over the long storage times and are not our preference.  Store in a cool dry place and use within 10 years (ok, maybe sooner, but I hear they can last over a year).

Use: Rehydrate in water; if cold allow several hours to overnight, or you can boil them for half an hour or so.  If you have a flour grinder, they can be pulverized into a flour.  The flour is so sweet that it can be used in cakes and the sugar cut to almost nothing (especially if you use coconut and/or a touch of honey).  It's also good in a mixed seed or nut butter with your choice of seeds or nuts; the nut butter is sweeter than one is used to outside the commercial peanut butter world.  Otherwise they can be used in stews, soups, and anywhere a sweet potato or winter squash would work. 

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The Farm and Garden Show airs every Monday from 1 pm to 2 pm.

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