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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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In the near future, I'll be doing a show here at KZYX on how lies and cover-ups facilitate big military budgets. 

We hope to have Daniel Ellsberg as our guest. Ellsberg has just sent out a clarion call for a new generation of whistleblowers to step forward.

Yesterday, we received this note from Ellsberg: "John -- I'm on a writing retreat in Olema from June 2 to June 12, working on my book (due August).  I will be looking at e-mail only intermittently and late in the day, answering it rarely until the 12th.  I won't be available until then for op-eds and interviews, unless nuclear war is imminent, which would revise my publishing schedule. -- Love, Dan."

I can't wait for the show! Ellsberg is right. Our country needs whistleblowers now more than ever.

Lies, cover-ups, false flag attacks, and revisionist history -- all facilitate big military budgets. All are the mother's milk of military budgets. Truth does not matter. Ideology does not matter. Nor does politics. All that matters is money.

Money. Money. Money. 

I think former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, Bob Gates, said it best. War is a business, and business is good.

That said, let's take a look at the military's most recent cover-up.

At least six soldiers died while searching for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in hostile Taliban territory when he went missing in Afghanistan five years ago.


After speaking with Senator Feinstein's office, I can report the names of the six soldiers who were killed while searching for Bergdahl: Staff Sgt. Clayton Bowen; Pfc. Morris Walker; Staff Sgt. Kurt Curtiss; 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews; Pfc. Matthew Michael Martinek; and Staff Sgt. Michael Murphey.


The U.S. Army lied to the families of these six soldiers about the circumstances that led to their sons deaths. The families were lied to. They were not told their sons died trying to find and rescue Bergdahl. They were told six different " cover stories", none of which mentioned Bergdahl.


Of course had Bergdahl's name been mentioned, nothing would have been said about Bergdahl going AWOL or deserting.


And now, the other soldiers in the platoon who served with Bergdahl, and the six soldiers who died looking for Bergdahl, are speaking out.

Last night on CNN, former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Mr. Bergdahl’s platoon, said: "I was pissed off then, and I am even more so now with everything going on."


Sgt. Vierkant continued: "Bergdahl deserted during a time of war, and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him.”


Another member of the platoon, Pfc. Jose Baggett, said: “He [Bergdahl] just walked off."


Pfc. Baggett continued: “He [Bergdahl] left his guard post. Nobody knows if he defected or if he’s a traitor or if he was kidnapped. What I do know is he was there to protect us, and instead he decided to defect from America and go and do his own thing. I don’t know why he decided to do that, but we spent so much of our resources and some of those resources were soldiers’ lives.”


Good luck trying to back into the story by reading the Army's "contemporaneous reports" of what the circumstances surrounding Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance exactly were five years ago. The Army says Bergdahl didn't go AWOL. They said he wasn't a deserter. No, the Army says Bergdahl is a hero. Why? Because they say Bergdahl was captured.


The Army says Bergdahl was a POW.


But the military lies all the time. Ask Cpl. Pat Tillman's mom. Her son was murdered by friendly fire for being open about his disenchantment about the war in Afghanistan and his willingness to talk about it -- and then the Army lied to her for years -- years! -- saying her son had been killed by hostiles.


The Army lied all the way from the grunt at the bottom who had killed Tillman all the way to the generals at the top of the command.


I'll cite examples.


On April 28, 2004, Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal approved the Silver Star citation for Tillman, which gave a detailed account of Tillman's death including the phrase "in the line of devastating enemy fire," but the very next day he sent a P4 confidential memo warning senior government members that Tillman might actually have been killed by friendly fire.


Senior commanders within the US Central Command, including former Commander of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) General John Abizaid, were notified by the P4 memo,which described Tillman's death by friendly fire, four days before Tillman's nationally televised memorial service during which he was lauded as a war hero for "dying while engaging the enemy."


The deception gets worse.


Members of Tillman's unit burned his body armor and uniform in an apparent attempt to hide the fact that he was killed by them. Tillman's notebook, in which he had recorded some of his thoughts on the futility of the war in Afghanistan, was also burned; which was a "blatant violation of protocol", according to Department of Defense Inspector General Thomas Gimble at the time Gimble testified before Congress.


Americans should feel nothing but shame. Tillman. Now Bergdahl. And hundred lies and cover-ups in between. The military is almost pathological in their ability to lie.

Thank God, Senator Feinstein is all over this growing prisoner exchange scandal involving Bergdahl in her capacity as Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this blog post, I'll be doing a show at KZYX in the near future on how military lies and cover-ups facilitate big military budgets.

Lies, cover-ups, false flag attacks, and revisionist history -- all the mother's milk of big military budgets. Truth does not matter. Ideology does not matter. Nor does politics. All that matters is money.

Money. Money. Money. 

Again, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, Bob Gates, said it best: War is a business, and business is good.

And there's never been a war like this so-called war on terror.

Let's play a make-believe game of Q&A with former President George W. Bush: Who is the enemy? Everyone. Where is the enemy? Everywhere. How much of the Constitution will we have to sacrifice fighting this war? Everything. When will this war end? Never.

Following 9/11, this is how it's been. The truth is just another casualty of the war on terror.

If the military can lie to Congress about the exchange of five, extremely dangerous, high-ranking Taliban commanders for one deserter named Bowe Bergdahl, then they can lie about anything.

If the military can lie to the six families of the soldiers who were killed trying to find and rescue Bowe Bergdahl, then they can lie about anything.

If the military can lie to Pat Tillman's mother, repeatedly, then they can lie about anything.

See my point? The truth matters. That's why we need whistleblowers now more than at any other time in our nation's history. Stay tuned for a show on whistleblowers.


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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