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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

We are pleased to announce that the Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding several meetings in the further reaches of our listening area. These will be informal meetings, meaning that there may not be a quorum of CAB members present, and nothing will be voted on. The first meeting will be held in Elk on Tuesday evening, February 23rd, at the Greenwood School, 5150 S. Hwy 1, at 6:30 pm.

The CAB wants to hear from you, discuss what you are interested in regarding KZYX, and will take your comments to the next KZYX Board of Directors meeting. There will be snacks and beverages. For more information on the CAB meeting in Elk, call (707) 877-3475.

Thanks to those members who are running for open positions on the Board of Directors. To the right of this article you will find a list of candidates. Soon we will be posting the candidate statements. The on air candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm.

Earlier this week I met with our former General Manager (John Coate) and our transmitter engineer. I was told the transmitters are in very good shape. The connections with our studios in Mendocino and Willits are not working well, and are going through complete software upgrades at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience to our programmers from Willits and Mendocino, and to our listeners, who have had to experience frequent drop outs of the studio connections. Our staff is standing by during all of our remote studio shows, and many of our programmers are coming to Philo to do their shows until the upgrades are completed and tested.

Thanks for your patience. Just so you know, some of us have been working 15-20 hour days to sort out technical difficulties and details. We want all of our broadcasts to run smoothly, and we have a steep learning curve to do what our long time Program Director/Music Director (Mary Aigner) and Operations Manager (Rich Culbertson) were able to accomplish on a daily basis. Mary retired after 22 years with the station, and Rich resigned after eight years of superb technical support. We have a big legacy to live up to!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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AM News for Friday, 12.06.13

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The Lake County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to let the voters decide on whether a senior mobile home park rent control initiative should become law in the county's unincorporated areas.

The group “Save Our Seniors” collected more than 2,500 valid signatures in order to place the measure on the June 2014 ballot.

They define a senior mobile home park as one where 80 percent of the homes have at least one person over age 55. It rolls back rents to Jan. 1, 2012, and requires that rent increases be based on the percent of Social Security benefit increases.

Community Development Director Rick Coel reported the potential for a decrease in available senior housing if park owners sought to convert to nonsenior parks . Reduced revenue for park owners also has the potential to lead to an increase in blight if park owners are unable to keep up with property maintenance.

Doug Johnson of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association sent board members a letter asking them not to approve placing the initiative, arguing that the board's approval will lead voters to believe that it is “legally and constitutionally sound..”Johnson also wrote, “Any law that proposes to strip almost all the economic value of a property , without just compensation and a rational process of appeal, is a gross violation of the 5th Amendment.


A Winter Storm Watch now in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening... Snow accumulations could be 3 plus inches above 2000 feet. One inch or less may accumulate as low as 500 to 1500 feet.  

Expect near record cold again tonight. Very cold air will continue to plunge southward across northwest California through Thursday as high pressure builds southward from eastern Washington and Oregon. Temperatures will be a few degrees colder than Wednesday with more cold mornings this weekend. 


Mary Ann Landis tells us that at the Ukiah City Council meeting Wednesday night where the biggest topic was whether to accept the Costco EIR about 15 people spoke both for and against the project.

After the public comment, representatives from the Costco team answered their questions. After the three hour meeting, the council decided that a vote would be postponed due to a large packet being submitted to the council that had not been previously reviewed. They continued the item until December 18th so staff can ascertain if any new questions are being asked in the inch and a half document. However, a straw poll was taken (4-0) to see if the EIR is adequate for us as decision-makers to understand and plan for environmental impacts.

The store would be built on 15.33 acres near the Ken Fowler Auto Center on Airport Park Boulevard and include a bakery, pharmacy, tire center and gas station. 

The pay for an entry level cashier is $11.50 compared to the mostly minimum wage offered by many other retailers. The company also offers medical benefits and paid holidays.

In other action, Council member Thomas said he will not run again next year, Vice Mayor Baldwin was nominated as Mayor and Council member Landis as Vice Mayor for 2014 on a (4-0) vote.

The HazMobile household hazardous waste collection team returns to Fort Bragg Disposal, 219 Pudding Creek Road, on Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dangerous chemicals that can’t go in the trash are accepted by the HazMobile for recycling or special disposal. 

The HazMobile is free to households but there is a limit of 15 gallons per vehicle per day.             


Stay tuned for Consider This  @ 9:00 AM

Join Stuart Campbell and his guest Bill McKibben, environmental activist, and founder of 350.org, 

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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. If you were a KZYX member in good standing by December 31st, you will soon be receiving a ballot for the election of the board's open seats. (All of our programmers will also receive a ballot for the Programmer-Elected seat)

Your  ballot must be returned by mail in the envelope provided. Do NOT send your ballot to the station! If you do, it will not be counted. We must receive your ballot by March 31st.

To find out about the candidates, tune in to the on-air candidates forum on Thurs., March 3rd at 7pm.

If you haven't received your ballot by March 1st, please let us know by sending an email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling the station at (707) 895-2324.

The candidates are as follows:


John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright


Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak


Jonathon Middlebrook


Get The KZYX App For Your iPhone

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org