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

A World Without KZYX part 5: Bungee cords!

The gang pulls together all the station resources to tackle the Mendo Curtain.

A World Without KZYX part 6: Final-

Everyone Pulls Together To Save The Day.


KZYX Quiet Drive

Oct 14, 2020

Shh… we are having our Fall Quiet Drive

It is too important interrupt programming during this time of coronavirus, wildfires, election and political programming. Not to mention our music, poetry, comedy and theater!

Support KZYX with your financial contribution here to ensure that we'll be here for you, in good times and hard times. THANK YOU!

Mendocino County AIR QUALITY:  

Air quality has improved slightly, however, the smoke and haze from active fires in Northern California will continue to impact Mendocino County

Limit prolonged or heavy exertion activities outdoors. Consider staying indoors and keeping windows closed.

Resources for Lake County:

Information is available at the Lake County Sheriff’s Facebook Page, or call the Office of Emergency Services at 707-262-4090.

Resources for Sonoma County:



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.