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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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"All About Money" with host, John Sakowicz, returns to KZYX on Friday, October 18, at 9 am, Pacific Time, with a special edition Pledge Drive show. Our in-studio guest will be 1st District Mendocino County Supervisor, John McCowen. We'll also be speaking with Mendocino County District Attorney, David Eyster.


Our call-in guest will be Hedrick Smith. 


Hedrick Smith is an A-list guest. We are lucky to have him on our show. Smith is the former Washington bureau chief at The New York Times. He has received two Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in political reporting and two Emmy Awards as a producer and correspondent for Frontline on PBS.


Hedrick Smith is the author of  seven books, most recently, "Who Stole the American Dream/".


See: http://hedricksmith.com


Our broadcast is heard live at 88.1, 90.7, and 91.5 FM in the Counties of Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Sonoma in northern California.


Out of the broadcast area? We stream live from the web at www.kzyx.org




Smith was educated at The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut and at Williams College, where he was a brother of Alpha Delta Phi. After graduating from Williams College, where he earned a B.A. in American history and literature, Smith did graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University.


Smith was a reporter for the New York Times from 1962 to 1988. During his career with the New York Times, he covered stories such as the Martin Luther King Jr. and civil right struggle, the Vietnam war, and the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington. In 1971, Smith worked as chief diplomatic correspondent. Smith has worked for PBS since 1989 where he created 26 prime-time specials. His work focused on topics such as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika, Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care, the environment, and Washington's power game.

In 1971 as the Times chief diplomatic correspondent, Smith was a member of the team which produced the Pentagon Papers series; and in 1974, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his coverage of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe.

The former Times Washington Bureau Chief has gone on to publish five books and produced more than 50 hours of long-form documentary television. His most recent book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" , which came out in September 2012, landed on The New York Times national bestseller’s list, while remaining a best seller in a number of cities.

Another highly successful book of his was "The Russians’’ , based on his years as New York Times’ Moscow Bureau Chief from 1971-74, which smashed the charts as a No. 1 American best-seller. It has since been translated into 16 languages and has been widely used in university and college courses. That book was followed by yet another national best-seller,  "The Power Game: How Washington Works’’ , an influential political masterpiece considered a bible for newly elected members of Congress and their staffs, and became bedside reading for President Clinton, a master politician in his own right.

For PBS since 1989, Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on such hotly debated and much discussed topics as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika, Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care and Washington’s power game. Two of his Frontline programs, "The Wall Street Fix’’ and "Can You Afford to Retire?’’ won Emmys, while two others, "Critical Condition’’ and "Tax Me If You Can’’ were nominated.

On two different occasions, Smith either won or shared the Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton, or grand prize, for best public affairs program on U.S. television for Inside Gorbachev’s USSR in 1990, and for Inside the Terror Network in 2002, an investigation of the Al Qaeda pilots who carried out the 9/11 attack and how the U.S. failed to stop them. In addition to the George Polk, George Peabody and Sidney Hillman awards for reporting excellence, his programs have won two national public service awards.

Awards and honors

In 1971, Smith was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Pentagon Papers. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1974 for stories from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Smith has also won many television awards. His Frontline show, "The Wall Street Fix" and "Can You Afford to Retire?" won Emmys and two other awards and his Frontline show, "Critical Condition" and "Tax Me If You Can" were nominated. He has won or shared the Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton for the year’s best public affairs program on U.S. television twice. He has also won the George Polk, George Peabody and Sidney Hillman awards for his excellence in reporting along with two national public service awards.



Smith has been a Nieman Fellow.


List of PBS productions: 

Frontline: After Gorbachev's USSR

Frontline: Bigger than Enron

Frontline: Can You Afford to Retire?

Frontline: Dr. Solomon's Dilemma

Frontline: Guns, Tanks, and Gorbachev

Frontline: Inside the Terror Network

Frontline: Is Walmart Good for America?

Frontline: Tax Me If You Can

Frontline: The Wall Street Fix

Frontline: Poisoned Waters


Books authored

The Russians (1975) ISBN 978-0-8129-0521-2

The Power Game (1988)

The New Russians (1990)

The Media and the Gulf War (1992)

Rethinking America (1995)

The Power Game (1996)

Who Stole the American Dream? (2012)


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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