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

A diverse, all-ages crowd led by high school students gathered in front of Town Hall in Fort Bragg on Tuesday afternoon to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last week. Many spoke eloquently about the history of racial injustice in the United States. The crowd of hundreds of mask-wearing people chanted, waved signs and asked passers-by to honk in agreement. Parts one and two give a flavor of the variety of persepectives at the rally.

Ann Christen, one of 20 volunteers who run the Anderson Valley Food Bank, talks about responding to increasing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place order. The food bank distributes fresh fruit and vegetables as well as staples to some 600 people each month, operating out of the Methodist Church in Boonville. In May the Food Bank will add a second day of food distribution, and is seeking more volunteers and more donations.

Jim Culp talks with Judy Mello, who with her husband, Frank, runs the B. Bryan Preserve in Point Arena. The preserve is committed to the breeding and conservation of African hoof stock. Currently they raise, breed and study Roan, Sable and Greater Kudu Antelope as well as Grevy’s and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra and the Rothschild’s Giraffe. The preserve is working to feed the animals during the shut-down.

Interviews with Pastor Doug Moyer of the Chapel of the Redwoods Baptist Church, Rabbi Margaret Holub of the Mendocino Coast Jewish Community and Father Aaron of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, about how the coronavirus pandemic has tested faith and altered fellowship.

Jim Culp interviews Petra Schulte, who talks about the benefits of a plant-based diet in living a longer, healthier life.

In Mendocino Village, there was zero rainfall during the month of February. The county as a whole is showing less than half of normal rainfall. The State of California has predicted a "moderate drought year," and County Superintendent Carre Brown says we should start conservation measures early. Ryan Rhoades, incoming District Supervisor of the Mendocino Community Services District,  takes on a system of 400 individually owned wells in a drought year.

The gray whales are passing close to shore on the Mendocino Coast as they migrate north from the Baja to the Arctic. Under ordinary circumstances, their presence would be celebrated by the volunteer-run Point Cabrillo Light Station, but this year the coronavirus has intervened. Jim Culp reports.

Jim Culp talks to Alexandra Jennings, interim manager at The Woods, a senior community in Little River, about the precautions they took early on to protect against the coronavirus.

Last week officials from Sonoma Clean Power, the Renewable Energy Development Institute and The Energy Alliance Association presented energy-saving options for businesses at a Fort Bragg workshop. SCP Programs Manager Chad Asay talked about his latest project, the Advanced Energy Center, which will open this summer in downtown Santa Rosa and will feature new building technology that can not only save energy, but produce it. 


Anderson Valley resident Captain Rainbow is the founder and impresario of the Variety Show, a two-night extravaganza of local creativity and community that takes place every year on the first weekend of March at the Anderson Valley Grange. Begun as a celebration to inaugurate the newly built Grange in 1991, the tradition continues for the 29th year on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th, featuring skits, animal acts, dance, music, story-telling and -- always -- surprises. 

For over two decades, children in Mendocino Village have celebrated the Chinese New Year by parading through town to the Temple of Kwan Tai on Albion Street. This year's parade took place on Thursday, February 13th, and celebrated the Year of the Rat. The Rat is the first sign of the 12 animals cycle of the Chinese Astrology, and 2020 is considered a year of new beginnings and renewals.


Jim Tarbell and Carrie Durkee and their colleagues will present workshops every other Saturday from 10 to noon, starting on February 1 at the Mendocino Community Center and running through June 20. The workshops, titled Elections 2020: Creating our Future, will focus on engagement in local, state and national campaigns. In this report, Jim talks about why our democracy isn't working, and Carrie reports on her week in Phoenix, working on voter registration.

For two decades, recreational fishing for groundfish species in deep waters off the California coast was declared off limits by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This was meant to protect certain stocks that had been overfished, notably the yelloweye rockfish. But on November 1st of last year, because of increasing populations of the rockfish, the depth limit restrictions were lifted. KZYX talked to Richard Thornton, owner-manger of Anchor Charter Boats in Fort Bragg, about the season that finished at the end of December.


Cobbler and shoemaker Jason Clapp began to make shoes as an extension of his hobby, working with leather. Then he moved into cobbling, learning about the glues and synthetics that are part of modern, factory-made shoe repair. He spoke with KZYX about his trade, its importance and why he enjoys it.

Former visual effects editor Bill Kimberlin, who worked for 20 years at George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, talks with KZYX about how his high school years in Boonville influenced his career, and some of the high points he describes in his memoir, "Inside the Star Wars Empire."