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Independent Media Must Stay Strong!


Local public stations like KZYX are unique because our daily programming is tailored to the communities we serve. We have the means to build bridges between those communities no matter how far apart they may be.

                  KZYX exists because of you. In these uncertain times, our mission to keep our listeners informed, entertained, and connected is more critical than ever. As the year draws to a close, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the station you rely on for updates of all kinds – local, regional, national, and international.

                  This December, we’re trying something new to complement our traditional year-end outreach. KZYX is taking part in a nationwide fundraising effort, sponsored by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, a network of small stations like ours, dedicated to supporting each other’s efforts to keep independent media strong. Called “GiveBig to MyStation”, the campaign is a 48-hour event for local public stations across the nation on December 29th and 30th. Your donation comes directly to KZYX, but by adding your voice to this effort, you are encouraging the work of community stations like ours all over the country. You can learn more about it by visiting the GiveBig to MyStation website.

                  Whether you send in your donation today, in the enclosed envelope, or or donate through the GiveBig to MyStation campaign, your contribution is critical to the survival of a rare and precious resource - independent media - right here in Mendocino County. Thanks for doing what you can!


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"All About Money" with host, John Sakowicz, returns to KZYX on Friday, October 18, at 9 am, Pacific Time, with a special edition Pledge Drive show. Our in-studio guest will be 1st District Mendocino County Supervisor, John McCowen. We'll also be speaking with Mendocino County District Attorney, David Eyster.


Our call-in guest will be Hedrick Smith. 


Hedrick Smith is an A-list guest. We are lucky to have him on our show. Smith is the former Washington bureau chief at The New York Times. He has received two Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in political reporting and two Emmy Awards as a producer and correspondent for Frontline on PBS.


Hedrick Smith is the author of  seven books, most recently, "Who Stole the American Dream/".




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Smith was educated at The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall) in Wallingford, Connecticut and at Williams College, where he was a brother of Alpha Delta Phi. After graduating from Williams College, where he earned a B.A. in American history and literature, Smith did graduate work as a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University.


Smith was a reporter for the New York Times from 1962 to 1988. During his career with the New York Times, he covered stories such as the Martin Luther King Jr. and civil right struggle, the Vietnam war, and the Cold War from both Moscow and Washington. In 1971, Smith worked as chief diplomatic correspondent. Smith has worked for PBS since 1989 where he created 26 prime-time specials. His work focused on topics such as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika, Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care, the environment, and Washington's power game.

In 1971 as the Times chief diplomatic correspondent, Smith was a member of the team which produced the Pentagon Papers series; and in 1974, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for his coverage of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe.

The former Times Washington Bureau Chief has gone on to publish five books and produced more than 50 hours of long-form documentary television. His most recent book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" , which came out in September 2012, landed on The New York Times national bestseller’s list, while remaining a best seller in a number of cities.

Another highly successful book of his was "The Russians’’ , based on his years as New York Times’ Moscow Bureau Chief from 1971-74, which smashed the charts as a No. 1 American best-seller. It has since been translated into 16 languages and has been widely used in university and college courses. That book was followed by yet another national best-seller,  "The Power Game: How Washington Works’’ , an influential political masterpiece considered a bible for newly elected members of Congress and their staffs, and became bedside reading for President Clinton, a master politician in his own right.

For PBS since 1989, Smith has created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on such hotly debated and much discussed topics as terrorism, Wall Street, Soviet perestroika, Wal-Mart, Enron, tax evasion, educational reform, health care and Washington’s power game. Two of his Frontline programs, "The Wall Street Fix’’ and "Can You Afford to Retire?’’ won Emmys, while two others, "Critical Condition’’ and "Tax Me If You Can’’ were nominated.

On two different occasions, Smith either won or shared the Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton, or grand prize, for best public affairs program on U.S. television for Inside Gorbachev’s USSR in 1990, and for Inside the Terror Network in 2002, an investigation of the Al Qaeda pilots who carried out the 9/11 attack and how the U.S. failed to stop them. In addition to the George Polk, George Peabody and Sidney Hillman awards for reporting excellence, his programs have won two national public service awards.

Awards and honors

In 1971, Smith was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for its work on the Pentagon Papers. He won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1974 for stories from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Smith has also won many television awards. His Frontline show, "The Wall Street Fix" and "Can You Afford to Retire?" won Emmys and two other awards and his Frontline show, "Critical Condition" and "Tax Me If You Can" were nominated. He has won or shared the Columbia-Dupont Gold Baton for the year’s best public affairs program on U.S. television twice. He has also won the George Polk, George Peabody and Sidney Hillman awards for his excellence in reporting along with two national public service awards.



Smith has been a Nieman Fellow.


List of PBS productions: 

Frontline: After Gorbachev's USSR

Frontline: Bigger than Enron

Frontline: Can You Afford to Retire?

Frontline: Dr. Solomon's Dilemma

Frontline: Guns, Tanks, and Gorbachev

Frontline: Inside the Terror Network

Frontline: Is Walmart Good for America?

Frontline: Tax Me If You Can

Frontline: The Wall Street Fix

Frontline: Poisoned Waters


Books authored

The Russians (1975) ISBN 978-0-8129-0521-2

The Power Game (1988)

The New Russians (1990)

The Media and the Gulf War (1992)

Rethinking America (1995)

The Power Game (1996)

Who Stole the American Dream? (2012)


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Community Advisory Board to Meet in Ukiah

 The KZYX Community Advisory Board will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, December 7th at the Ukiah Library, 105 No Main St, from 6 – 8 pm.

The CAB is composed of independent station members who are neither station staff nor Board members. Its purpose is to provide feedback to the station's Board of Directors, review the station's programming goals, make non-binding recommendations, and to advise the Board of Directors on how the station can best serve the communities of our area. Meetings of the Community Advisory Board are open to the public, and time is allotted for public comment.

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:

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

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