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."

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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

KZYX, Mendocino County's premier community radio station (91.5, 90.7, 88.1), invites one and all to celebrate our 30th year at a fun day and evening party on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Come and enjoy a rich day of great music, good food, local wines, and craft beers throughout the afternoon and evening. See below for the full schedule. Tickets can be purchased for the afternoon only or for the entire day.

1:00-3:00 Clay Hawkins and The Back Porch Project 
3:00-5:00 Alma Latina Dance Party with DJ and host Aline
5:00-5:30 Break, dinner, etc.

The 43rd annaual Sheepdog Trials at the Boonville Fair and Apple show can be heard by Clicking here.

The live broadcast of the Sheepdog Trials from the Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show with commentary from W. Dan and Kevin Owens was a huge success. Check back here for a link to a youtube video of the event

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller has said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person. Watch the proceedings live here.

DHS Report Hearing

Jul 11, 2019

After an inspector general report found "dangerous overcrowding" at Border Patrol facilities, the House oversight committee is holding a hearing about conditions for detained migrants. Watch the hearing live here on

It's Night 1 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks.Loading...

Special counsel Robert Mueller is making a statement about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Watch his remarks at the Justice Department live.

KZYX has launched AirPocket, a mobile-friendly player created by Radio Rethink, a small company dedicated to improving community radio's reach and accessibility in the digital world. 

Started by a former music director at KGNU in Boulder CO, the company says it's "absolutely critical for the marginalized news and public affairs programming of public media to be as available as the content of major broadcast organizations with mobile development and marketing teams.

We believe that when it comes to music, nobody digs deeper into the crates than public and community radio DJs. Their unending drive to share the greatest lost, overlooked, or misunderstood musical recordings needs the same mobile availability as the major corporate curators and taste makers who often toss aside the most unique sounds around us."

Access the player by clicking, and let us know how you like it.

Paste the address in your phone’s browser and save it as a shortcut to your home page and take KZYX wherever you go.