Marty Durlin

General Manager - Executive Director

A pioneer in community radio, Marty Durlin came to KZYX after serving as manager of KZMU in Moab UT. Her longest tenure was at KGNU in Boulder CO, where she helmed the station for more than 20 years. Also a print and radio journalist and a musical playwright, Durlin has spent her career in community media and community theatre, and hopes to use her various skills in service to Mendocino County Public Broadcasting. During her time at KGNU, she cofounded the Grassroots Radio Conference and served as chair of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Pacifica National Board, and the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition. To reach her, email

Jim Culp talks to Mendocino County Public Health Officer Andy Coren and Executive Director Lucresha Renteria of the Mendocino Coast Clinic in Fort Bragg, as well as an immunocompromised patient, about third shots of the Pfizer vaccine. The shots are now available on the coast for those over 65 and those with immune problems.

It's been more than 31 years since Earth First! forest activist Judi Bari was car-bombed in Oakland, leaving her with severe injuries. Bari, who died in 1997, willed her twisted, ruined car to the Mendocino County Museum in Willits, and last week the museum opened an exhibit titled The Bombing of Judi Bari: 30 Years Later, Mendocino County Remembers. The exhibit features the car and a number of artifacts, as well as public talks and a concert.

Yoga teacher, healer and now, novelist: former Little River resident Troy Springer has written a dystopian/utopian novel titled Beyond Mortal: Stewards of Gaia. Set 300 years after a climate apocalypse wipes out most life on the planet, the book reflects Troy's childhood in Michigan, the set of values her parents taught her, her background as a yogini and healer in Canada, and the current challenge of climate change.

Lia Morsell founded the Fort Bragg Alleyway Art Project in 2018 to encourage foot traffic in Fort Bragg. Three years later, there are five new murals in the downtown area, plus three pending; an infusion of funding; and a track record of cooperation and mutual satisfaction from business owners, artists and city government. See more at

Alyssum Wier, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Mendocino County, talks about how local artists and arts organizations coped with the long months of pandemic shutdown, and how they're re-emerging as the county opens up again.

Three years ago, community activist and counselor Chris Skyhawk was facing a runoff with Ted Williams for the District 5 supervisor seat. Then, suddenly, he faced a life-changing event in the form of a stroke, which forced him to drop out of the race and enter a lengthy period of rehabilitation. He's still recovering. In this interview, he talks about his progress, why he feels lucky to be able to rewire his brain -- and why the rest of us need to rewire as well.

Jim Culp reports on the sale of The Woods, a senior community in Little River, as all the residents vote to take control of their fate and purchase the property.

Jim Culp reports on the potential sale of The Woods, a senior living community in Little River, where residents are organizing to put in their own offer on the property. Established in the late 1960s by architect Paul Tay, The Woods is currently home to 166 residents in 109 manufactured houses spread over 37 acres. Residents pay from $682 to $956 per month for "land rent," and fear that these rents will rise if the property is sold to an outside investor.

Jim Culp talks to longtime members of the Mendocino County Network listserve, an unmoderated forum that attracts people countywide. Despite the trolls who take advantage of such an opportunity, members say the communication tool is worth it.

Jim Culp explores the reasons that the elderly aren't getting vaccinated, talking with Mendocino Coast Clinic Executive Director Lucresha Renteria, Supervisor Ted Williams, Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren, and a frustrated elder.

On the streets of Mendocino Village, people talk about their New Year's Eve plans and look toward the future.

Jim Culp interviews pastors and religious leaders about a Christmas program presented online this year, as choirs and musical groups joined to celebrate the holiday safely and virtually.

As the Regional Quality Improvement Coordinator for the Alliance for Rural Community Health, Miranda Ramos regularly participates in Covid updates, and is aware of all the protocols around avoiding Covid-19. She and her family practiced limiting their exposure in all the obvious ways: sheltering in place, avoiding gatherings, wearing masks, keeping their distance and so on. Nonetheless, she caught the virus. Because she is a public person, she chose to make her illness and her experience public -- both on social media and on KZYX. 

One of the biggest pandemic challenges for singers can you sing with others? Jim Culp talks to the Mendocino Presbyterian Church choir director and a member of the choir about how an unfamiliar technology is changing rehearsals and performances -- and even adding strength and depth to the small vocal group. 

On November 4th, people in Mendocino Village were talking about the results -- or lack of them -- of Tuesday's election. Here's what they had to say.