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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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Morning News for Wednesday, January 30th

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24 year old woman named Warbler who has been living and working in the Willits valley for the past four years is living about fifty feet off the ground as one of the protests against the Willits Bypass. She received tree climbing instructions from Cascadia Forest Defenders who also helped her get settled into the tree located at the south end of the new planned bypass not far from the current Highway 101. KZYX News spoke to her about living in a tree.




According to the LATimes, CALFIRE hid $3.6 million from legal settlements rather than depositing it into the state’s cash-strapped general fund as required.  

During the same period, CALFIRE collected $150 from each rural household for fire prevention.

For seven years, Cal Fire placed the money with the nonprofit California District Attorneys Assn., paying the group to hold it. Cal Fire used the cash for equipment purchases and training purposes.

The practice ended last year amid questions about whether the fund was legal.
Cal Fire’s own regulations state these types of legal settlements should go into the state general fund. 

The Department of Finance is planning an investigation.

In the wake of lat years' parks department $20 million scandal, the Department of Finance looked for secret funds in other departments but did not find Cal Fire’s account .Auditors found more than $200 million that agencies had squirreled away as lawmakers cut the state budget.





The Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association says it will no longer produce the Old Time Bluegrass Festival at Anderson Marsh State   Park, instead they are focusing on keeping the park open.

The nonprofit AMIA is presently negotiating an agreement with the state that will ensure that the park remains open.

The AMIA Board regretfully made the decision to cancel upcoming bluegrass festivals in favor of other fundraisers that do not require the large amount of time and number of volunteers that need to be coordinated for the bluegrass festival.   

The Bluegrass Festival was postponed in 2012 when AMIA found that the effort necessary to keep the park open made it impossible for AMIA volunteers to also do all that it took for them to put on the festival.

According to the AMIA announcement, much work still needs to be done to both insure that the park remains open and that needed deferred maintenance is performed to insure that the park remains safe and accessible to the public.  

Sept. 14, the day that the bluegrass festival would have been held this year, a benefit concert is being planned to help AMIA with its fundraising efforts.



Forthright Radio; Wednesday @ 9:00 AM

Joy LaClaire talks with native Afghani , Tamim Ansary, author of   GAMES WITHOUT RULES: THE OFTEN INTERRUPTED HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN.





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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