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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

I will be posting news and information here about any changes occurring at the station. As you are probably aware, staff member Mary Aigner is retiring after 22 years with KZYX. She will still be producing the show DEAD AIR on Thursday nights. She has provided incredible service to the station for many years, in many different positions, including her current job as Program Director, and her previous jobs as Interim Station Manager, Membership Coordinator and Underwriting Sales Director.

Angela DeWitt has been named our new Interim Program Manager. The staff is working together to create a new job description for the Program Director, and when that is done (and budget permits) we will post the job widely and have an open hiring process.

Stay tuned more news and information soon!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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Signal Problems on 91.5

Posted by Stuart Campbell
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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 in Station Business

We now believe that the problem lies in the signal that is sent from the Cold Springs tower over to the Laughlin tower.  The strength of that signal is not strong enough to overcome whatever is interfering with it.  We do see that a lot of antennas have been recently hung right next to our STL antenna at Cold Springs and the could be interfering.  And we are going to try to climb up to that antenna and inspect the cable going into it.  It is weird that this problem mainly shows up around 4 PM in the afternoon.  Something that interferes seems to get turned on right around then.  But our own equipment should be able to withstand it.  So it is a problem that has not been fixed yet.  If we can't solve it with these simple fixes, then we are going to have to hire tower climbers who take signal analyzers up and put them in line to assess it.  this is expensive and has to be done while the signal is turned off.  We hope it doersn't come to this, but we have to do what it takes to solve it.

Big stations get around this sort of thing by having entire alternate STL sets with separate antennas operating on different licensed frequencies feeding into alternate STL units.  the only way to guarantee uptime is to have full redundancy along the entire path of the radio signal chain.  KZYX and KZYZ has never had that.  We know that we need it and we are paying the price for it now.  It was a big and long term mistake for this organization to not build this as it went along.  We have to correct this and we will correct it.  But it will take time and money.  There is no other way.

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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. Applications are due by January 30, 2016. To vote in the election, you must have been a member in good standing by December 31, 2015. For further information, please follow this link.

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