Rich Culbertson

Operations Director - Chief Operator

Rich is currently KZYX and KZYZ's Chief Operator and Operations Director. He's responsible for the technical operation of the station as well as enforcement of FCC requirements and regulations.

Rich first joined KZYX in Oct of 2007 and left in Jan of 2016 only to return in August of 2016. He has been in radio for over 30 years.

Rich has won awards for editing and news and has produced, engineered and hosted dozens of public affairs and music programs. He taught public affairs seminars and broadcast best practice training courses on the campus of Humboldt State University while working at KHSU.

Rich also manages a website created to provide tools for public radio stations and broadcasters.

From Rich's site, "It is my mission to advocate for, and be a facilitator of, open communication in the most effective forms available."

Ways to Connect


Working with all levels of government to ensure a unified approach to the coronavirus response here in Lake and Mendocino Counties and that the needs of our communities are being met. 

We also want to make sure you have the latest, most accurate information from the medical professionals who are on the front lines combating this virus and how you can best protect yourself and your family. 

Partnering with the Counties of Mendocino and Lake, Senator Mike McGuire hosted a Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday.

Mendocino County Public Health Officer Dr. Noemi Doohan provided an update, and the clinics spoke about the amazing work they are doing in the community.

Alicia Bales spoke with County Superintendent of Schools Michelle Hutchens about the response to the Corona Covid-19 Virus. As well as Becky Walker, Fort Bragg Unified School District Superintendent, Jodie Potter from the Laytonville School District and Deb Cuban of the Ukiah School District about off-site learning and what the future looks like for the area schools during the Shelter in Place restrictions.

In times of crisis or emergency, KZYX’s primary mission is to provide crucial, up-to-date information. That includes global, national, regional and local reports. It includes interviews with county officials and experts along with call-ins, so listeners have direct access to decision makers and elected representatives. During this particular crisis, we’re also doing our part to keep staff and volunteers safe, to reduce risk of community spread of COVID-19, and keep our listeners — many confined to their homes — entertained, maybe even comforted.

Dr. Marvin trotter sat Down with E.R. Dr. Colfax (whose brother is the Head of Public Health for San Francisco) And they were joined by Physians Assitant Lynn Meadows (whose brother is in charge of 9 Hospitals in the Seattle area.)

They talked about what we know. What we don't know and the best practices to keep you safe.

Are you as done with 2019 as I am?  Let's get 2020 off to a good start with a great night of music, dance, and good cheer. This is the perfect band for the job!

Oak and Thorn presents: The Syncopaths
Friday, January 10, 2020
Eagles Hall, Fort Bragg
Doors 6:30

Tickets are at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, and online at

Supervisor Carre Brown gives the latest update on the next PSPS scheduled for Wednesday the 20th.


KZYX is holding elections for its Board of Directors. 

There are five positions open: one each for Mendocino County Supervisorial Districts 

1 (Potter & Redwood Valleys), 4 (Ft. Bragg) & three At-Large seats. 

To fill one of these positions you must be a member in good standing by December 31st, be able to carry out the responsibilities of a member of the Board of Directors, a list of which is available on the Elections webpage, and submit an application by 5PM on February 7th, 2020. 

Greetings Celtic music fans! It's been a wee while, as my Scottish friends might say, but now it's finally time to get ready for some Oak & Thorn concert events. We've got a great one coming up tonight at Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg and we will have homebrewed beer and cider, premium Mendocino wines, room for dancing, great sound, and the best audience in California!

Tickets are now available at the usual outlets: Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, and online at