Program Showcase

Byline Mendocino December 13, 2019

Dec 18, 2019

Byline Mendocino is a bi-weekly local media roundtable discussion, with a focus on local headline news and media literacy.

Guests on today's show:

Kate Maxwell is the publisher and founder of the online newspaper the Mendocino Voice, The Mendo Voice covers breaking news, community events, and special features throughout Mendocino County. Before starting the Mendo Voice with Editor Adrian Baumann, Kate worked as a staff reporter for the Willits News.  

Marilyn Wagner on Be More Now

Dec 16, 2019

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, August 29 when host Blake More will interview Mendocino cultural philanthropist Marilyn Wagner. They will discuss the history, legacy and endeavors of the Botanical Gardens, founded by her parents Ernest & Betty Schoefer who purchased the “wilderness” property in 1962 and opened the Gardens to the public in 1965. The show will air on KZYX&Z 90.7FM Philo, 88.1FM Fort Bragg, and 91.5FM Willits, as well as stream live on the web

Pomo Perspective with Michael Hunter

Nov 19, 2019

Michael Hunter is the tribal chairman of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and the Chairman of the United Pomo Nations Council that consists of 16 pomo tribes in Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma Counties. On November 11, 2019, he hosted a special Veteran's Day edition of Pomo Perspective: A Native American Pomo Perspective. 

University of Notre Dame History professor, Darren Dochuk is the author of From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plainfolk religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism, which has received numerous prizes and awards. He has also co-edited several other books in American history, including most recently, The Routledge History of the Twentieth-Century United States. His most recent book is ANOINTED WITH OIL: HOW CHRISTIANITY AND CRUDE MADE MODERN AMERICA, published by Basic Books.

Thom Hartmann is a progressive national and internationally syndicated talk show host. He’s a New York Times bestselling, 4-times Project Censored Award-winning author of 24 books in print in 17 languages on five continents.

His latest books are in his Hidden History Series: The Hidden History of Guns and the Second Amendment and The Hidden History of The Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America, both published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

What can Americans learn from the Germans about confronting and moving on from our racist past toward more social justice? Susan Neiman has much to share of what she has learned from the Germans after 3 decades of living in Berlin. She also spent 2017 with the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi, interviewing those working for social justice and equality.

Russell Piti hosts "B Vitamins: Bach, the Baroque and Beyond" which broadcasts on alternating Monday mornings from 10am until 12 noon. With every program, he compiles a playlist of music that ranges from the Renaissance through the 21st century, with the music of Bach as the center-point. He enjoys researching the music and composers to provide the music-loving audience with amusement, insight and cultural enhancement.

Programmer Profiles: Benjamin MacBean

Oct 23, 2019

My name is Benjamin MacBean.   I host “The Mendocino Library Guy,” formerly “The Library Hour,” usually the third Thursday of the month, 7-8 PM.  I’ve been doing this show for just a little over a year now.

As a librarian, I’ve done my share of storytelling and presentations.  I used to do one-man shows for the children in my last librarian job, where I played every character in the show. 

I called my creations, “Good Ol’ Ben Productions,” and enjoyed every moment of it, from the writing of the scripts, to rehearsing and hamming it up, and hearing the children laugh.

To hear this interview with Christopher Ketcham about THIS LAND: HOW COWBOYS, CAPITALISM, AND CORRUPTION ARE RUINING THE AMERICAN WEST, which is a hard hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of the public lands in the American West, click on this link:

Peter Wells featured on Be More Now

Oct 14, 2019

Tune into KZYX&Z’s Be More Now program at 7pm on Thursday, October 17 when host Blake More will interview Mendocino author/philosopher and innkeeper Peter Wells. They will discuss his latest book, Notes from the West Pole, including reflections on his journey, ways to embrace life more fully, and find more joy. The show will air on KZYX&Z 90.7FM Philo, 88.1FM Fort Bragg, and 91.5FM Willits, as well as stream live on the web

Chris Pugh

October 2, 2019 — The truly final event for Promise of Paradise was at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah on October 2. Over 100 people came out, in the middle of a week that was full of public events commemmorating the second-year anniversary of the Redwood Complex fires. Against this backdrop, the memories of dreams, values, and ideals segued with special resonance into an honest reflection of what facilitator Kirsten Johnsen reminded us is an essential aspect of any journey: an exploration of what went wrong.

Carole Brodsky

October 1, 2019 — The final event for Promise of Paradise: Dream it Forward at the Caspar Community Center was a warm homecoming for this project. About fifty people showed up on a Tuesday night for a discussion about what these oral histories have unearthed for them. Panelists, who knew ahead of time what the questions would be, shared their thoughts, and then we opened it up to the audience.

Promise of Paradise Episde 44: Michael Riddell

Oct 4, 2019
Michael Riddell

October 3, 2019 — Michael Riddell moved onto Greenfield Ranch with his two young daughters on Solstice of 1976.He was in the military in the early sixties, then became active in the radical student anti-war movement. He’s comfortable with the types of seemlingly contradictory things  that characterize the back to the land epoch, like hiring a water dowser to locate a good place to build a pond, then building that pond according to specs from an Army Corps of Engineers manual.

DJ Christina, born and raised in the bay area. Her love of music began at an early age, dancing ballet, tap, jazz and singing in theater musicals. In her high school days she spent time learning and interning at radio stations and attending countless concerts, for work of course!

Then she decided to investigate the acetic life of a yoga teacher in San Francisco for a number of years, before putting up her hands and yelling "this city is crazy!”, and moving to Mendocino County in 2012.

Promise of Paradise Episode 43: Captain Rainbow

Oct 2, 2019



 Captain Rainbow has lived in Anderson Valley for more than forty years. He was part of the earliest wave of hippies to move here in the Late 60s. These days he is best known as the master of ceremonies of the Anderson Valley variety show, an annual celebration of local community. He lives near Boonville in a house he built out of lumber from his land.