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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

I will be posting news and information here about any changes occurring at the station. As you are probably aware, staff member Mary Aigner is retiring after 22 years with KZYX. She will still be producing the show DEAD AIR on Thursday nights. She has provided incredible service to the station for many years, in many different positions, including her current job as Program Director, and her previous jobs as Interim Station Manager, Membership Coordinator and Underwriting Sales Director.

Angela DeWitt has been named our new Interim Program Manager. The staff is working together to create a new job description for the Program Director, and when that is done (and budget permits) we will post the job widely and have an open hiring process.

Stay tuned more news and information soon!

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

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Legends of the Celtic Harp report

Posted by Oak and Thorn
Oak and Thorn
Oak and Thorn airs from 9 am to 11 am on Saturdays and is hosted by Colleen Bassett or Tim Bray.
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on Sunday, 20 January 2013 in Uncategorized

A capacity crowd at the Matheson Theater experienced performance art of the highest caliber Saturday night.   The concert was sold out and extra seats were added, but we still had to turn some people away.  Those who bought tickets in advance were very happy to have done so! 

The performance was nothing short of spectacular.  A blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater, it spanned nearly the range of human feeling; from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides.  The effects were powerful and exhilarating.

The performers were: Patrick Ball, oratory and wire-strung Celtic harp; Lisa Lynne, Celtic harp, Irish bouzouki, and mandolin; Aryeh Frankfurter, harp, cittern, and nyckelharpa.  Essentially, Aryeh and Lisa played instrumental music and Patrick told stories, punctuated by intervals of ensemble playing.  (Essentially, Michaelangelo's David is a large male figure carved in marble.)   It isn't really accurate to say that Patrick "tells stories" - what he does is more like bringing stories to life, or bringing you into the world of the story.  It is a kind of magic.  There were several moments where I was no longer simply watching a performance, but found myself actually experiencing the events Patrick was describing.

When I was not caught up in the spell, I was impressed by the craft.  It sounds simple; you two play music, and I'll tell a story.  But the story and music each have their own rhythms, and to achieve the transportive effect - getting the audience to forget they were watching, and instead become part of the experience - means geting the timing, pitch, and intonations exactly right.  It's like harmony: the closer you get to the perfect notes, the more sublime the sound becomes.  It is clear these three work hard at getting this right, even as it is also clear that they themselves become caught up in the spell they are weaving.

I walked a little taller today, feeling a certain pride in having brought this event to my friends and neighbors here on the coast.  It is a marvelous thing to have a radio station like KZYX, providing a platform to develop the audience for shows like this one - without all that, events like this would never come about.

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Oak and Thorn airs from 9 am to 11 am on Saturdays and is hosted by Colleen Bassett or Tim Bray.

MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. Applications are due by January 30, 2016. To vote in the election, you must have been a member in good standing by December 31, 2015. For further information, please follow this link.

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