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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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Mendo Matters 8.21.13 Follow-up

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Many people wanted to have the link to the study that proposed the animal processing (slaughter) plant.


I received an email from Scott Cratty from the Ukiah Farmers Market which criticized my opinion about the

prices at the market, and, while, I disagree with many (although not all) of his points, I thought it best in the

interests of fairness to publish it. I also think that it important and laudable that the UFM matches EBT up to

$15 to allow low income folks to eat fresher local foods. 



Thanks for the time on the radio.  I totally appreciate it. 


Listened to the rest of the show.  I think you did a fine job overall.  But, I must also say that one  thing really annoyed me.  There is a widespread (false) perception that farmers markets are  expensive places to shop.  That perception helps make sure that farmers markets (where money  goes to the people actually making quality food for us as opposed to preservative, packaging,  advertising inserts, etc.)  stay small and that our local food production stays marginal ... giving all of the business from mainstream shoppers to planet wrecking mega-farms and CAFOs.


It is BS and bad reporting. 


You slammed farmers’ market prices based on prices for small-boat, locally fished salmon and grass-fed, hand-raised meats .... you cannot get those in a grocery store.  And you cannot find the same thing or  equally great taste or quality in box stores.  Taste test them side by side and you will realize they  are different things. You tossed out those prices alone so that people will compare them with CAFO junk meat prices they find in the big box they will keep not coming to the farmers market because  they assume they cannot afford it.   


More importantly, if you instead compare equal items, conventional” farmers market apple prices to store apple prices, farmers market organic apple prices to box store organic apple prices, lettuce to the same type of lettuce, etc.  You will find, like we have done is real comparisons several times,  that farmers market prices equal or better what is at the box grocery.  (But, are much fresher,  healthier and tastier.)   There are also things in season like cucumbers and such that several of our  farms have way too much of and were selling at rock- bottom, box store whopping prices prices  last week.  Why mention small farm lamb prices and ignore all of those other prices things?  Doing  so does serious harm to our efforts to build a sustainable local economy and make small scale local agriculture viable.




Scott Cratty


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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