By Daniel Reyes

Radio Resurrection

"Video Killed the Radio Star" the Buggles said it best in 1979, but radio was losing popularity steadily since the 1950s. The debut of MTV two years later didn't help any. And now that internet is killing the television show, radio is even farther behind the current tech loving times. But when we compare media outlets by the technology they use; Facebook and Twitter would be MP3s, TV would be a CD, newspapers would be cassettes, but radio, radio would be vinyl. It even has all the same signature qualities; simplicity, reliability, and character. Radio has contributed to the evolution of modern and social media, suffered world war wounds, and has played pivotal roles during revolutions all over the world. Here in America though, radio has been swept under the rug of our social consciousness and taken for granted. You may not support radio normally, but when your power is out and your gadgets finally run out of juice, you know that your battery powered or hand crank radio is going to still be there for you.

Radio's obvious necessity is its practical use during an emergency situation. Radio is by far the most durable mass communication system. It is always the last system down and the first one back up in time of crisis. That's one of the reasons why I think rebels during times of uprising in Southern America used them to gain an upper hand during their revolutions. The radio is how I found out about the Tsunami warning, right here in Humboldt County a while ago. I am sure that there have been as many more people saved by that emergency signal than there have been people annoyed by it. The main reason for its life saving success I think is the simplicity of the technology.
Radio technology is incredibly basic. Soldiers in WWII made radios out of spare parts that they could find on the battlefield: wire, razors, and pencils (Foxhole). The signal sending transmitter might be a little more energy intensive, but those foxhole radios, as they became called, didn't even need an energy source to pick up a signal. They would listen to records being played from Rome on the front lines (Foxhole). Today we don't need to search a battlefield to build a MacGyver style radio, but they are still pretty easy to make. If you want to see just how easy, check it out on YouTube and in about 20 minutes you can have your own emergency makeshift radio.
Speaking about the internet, radio and the internet have a closer relationship that you might realize. Not only has radio punched a niche in the internet by streaming most stations live, but they also put up an audio archive on most radio stations websites. This is where fans can listen to programs they missed or listen to a really good program again. A recorded program you can listen on demand, that sounds like a pod cast. In fact it is. The main difference is, that pod cast are usually know for having a video part as well as audio part. Whereas radio lacking in its visual prowess, it isn't completely alien to the camera from entering the studio. Television has been transforming radio programs into TV show for quite some time. Howard Stern started his show on the radio, and despite being on TV, he still has a regular radio airtime. Radio is on TV, online, and even on your phone. Did you know that you can download an AM/FM tuner to you phone, so you can listen anywhere at any time?

I can understand the point of view that the radio may not play the music or shows that you like, and that's why you don't listen to or support radio. This is a grievous mistake. Radio, especially community radio stations, like KMUD, play such a massive assortment of random things from eclectic people, that there has to be something there you like. And on the off chance that there really isn't a show you can get in to, then you should make one. That is one of the radios greatest strengths and most exciting real life opportunities, the ease it takes to generate new shows. The radio would even be on air if not for the many volunteers it takes to organize and create enough shows to be constantly airing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. If there is a style you don't hear or a community you want to build, community radio is the best tool you could have to start something. Before I ask you what your show would be about, let me tell you how you get one first.

The best way to get some airtime of your own is to make sure there is airtime to begin with. Support your radio station. There are no radio waves if the lights don't turn on and the rent doesn't get paid. Support your radio station. Concerts don't happen if there is no one to set up the stage or work the crowd. Support your radio station. Guess who donates prizes for the radio station to give out? They are people who support their radio station. I cannot stress enough how vital communal support is for a community radio station. There are plenty of ways to donate: money, time, and gifts. All are needed and accepted all the time. No voices are heard if there isn't a station to broadcast them. If you want to be heard you got to make sure people can hear you. Struggling musicians trying to get played or small businesses trying to spread their name, there are a lot of people who can benefit from the involvement of community radio.

So I urge you, bring radio back from the brink. Listen to, support and participate in your local radio station. You have a much better chance of hearing what you want to hear, and in some cases hearing what you need to hear. Radio has inspired, suffered, and yet endured. I hope that radio can be resurrected to its former glory that it had in the 20's and 30's. Back before video really did kill the radio and TV started its mess. When the TVs play static, the internet down, and your phone is out of power, the radio will still be there. At least I want it to be. Do you?

Works cited
"Foxhole Radio" Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Oct. 2012. Web.


November 26, 2012
Daniel Reyes is a student at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, and a volunteer at KMUD.

Good Morning Humboldt County

by Daniel Reyes

You wake up on December 22, 2012 to the sound of heavy rain hitting the window. You know what the date is, because you went out with a couple of friends for dinner, to celebrate the supposed "End of the World." It turned into a later night out than you expected, and the late night out turned into a late morning of sleeping in, but you don't know how late. You look at the clock on the night stand, but the cool digital blue is pitch black on your alarm clock. Great! The power must have been gone out. Normal for this time of year and you remember hearing on the radio that a big storm was on its way in. It must have hit.

You go for your phone. What, your phone died to? You slowly make it to your laptop and hope there was enough juice left to at least see what's going on, because you know power outages don't always knock out the modem. Unfortunately it lacks the power to answer your call. It's at this point you remember the date, and then, just a moment, you entertain the fantasy. That fantasy that any one of those many scenarios Hollywood has given us, in the name of entertainment, just came true. With a quick quiver up the spine, you shrug off the coincidence as ironic and quicken your pace as you search for your last line of defense. You feel a quick smile shot across your face when you realize that; no one in Hollywood ever has an emergency pack. Pulling out your handheld radio, you tear into a pack of batteries. You know if this doesn't work, then something is wrong. You know if this doesn't work, you will probably be pulling out a little bit more of your emergency pack. But this will work, it always works. Right? Batteries in, and that first crackle of static bugs you just enough to spin that dial as fast as you can. Just to hear that there is something else on, besides dead air. Christmas is going to be great this year! The "End of the World" did not just happen!

You need to hear a live person, you don't really care who it is, just someone who can tell you what's going on. Most importantly; "Why is the power out and how long will it last?" You have spun all the way through the range and to your horror nothing. Your mind and pulse quicken in a second and fade just as fast when you realize you're on AM. Switching to the FM you take a breath, look out the window, and quickly contemplate the gravity of the situation before spinning the dial again. What if there was no one on the air? If I spin this dial and hear static all over again, that's it, I am cut off. There has to be someone broadcasting. There is someone always someone on the air. There has to be, right?

And now, a Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs


with thanks to boingboing.net


Himalayan Rug

Tibetan Rug donated by Himalayan Rug Traders, 529 Second Street, Eureka, California, 95501.

The rug depicts a Golden Dragon flying throught the clouds, a protective symbol. It is 3x6 feet in size, 100 knots per inch.
This hand-knotted wool rug was made by a Tibetan weaver in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalayan sheep wool has a high lanolin content which makes the rug very soft and naturally repels stains. The dyes are color-fast and the rug can be washed with soap and water. These rugs are made to last a lifetime.

Every pledge today will be entered in a raffle for this rug. As soon as $5,000 are reached, the The raffle drawing will be held this afternoon at 5 pm. Donation is welcome but not necessary to be entered in the raffle. Call (707) 923-3911 or (800)568-3723, or pledge online now.


As seen on TVElection Coverage on KMUD

This Tuesday, November 6, 2012, KMUD once again teams up with Access Humboldt to bring you election results and discussion. From 8 to 11 pm KMUD will be sending a video stream from studio B the will show on Channel 11 on the Suddenlink cable system. Unfortunately Access Humboldt is not able to make a video stream available on the internet.




KMUD and Dancing Dog Productions will be holding a benefit at the Mateel Community Center on November 18th 2012!

The David Nelson Band!

The David Nelson Band has been recording and performing around the country since 1994. Their broad musical palette spans the Almost Acoustic style that Nelson played with Jerry Garcia, through roots rock n' roll, and psychedelic country-rock.

The doors open at 5pm. Opening musician Tony Nester will kick off the night!

Tickets are $30, and $35 at the door, they are available at Mateel.org, and Brown Paper Tickets.com, also you can buy them in person at Redway Liquor. Please call the KMUD office 923-2513 with questions.

There will be food, drinks and plenty of dancing! Please join us!

All ages welcome,12 and under free with paying adult.


KMUD and the Mateel Will Host the 2012 Holloween Boogie, Saturday, October 27 at the Mateel Community Center

   On Saturday, October 27th the Mateel Community Center and KMUD Radio will host the 2012 Halloween Boogie at the Mateel in Redway. One of the most rockin’ parties of the year, the Halloween Boogie always attracts a crazy cast of characters in costume and therefore a costume contest is a must! Winners are chosen from several categories among those decked out in their Halloween best. This year’s Boogie, will feature Diego’s Umbrella, Monkey and Candelaria, three very talented favorites of the Mateel’s 2012 Summer Arts & Music Festival.

            There are two kinds of music fans in this world: those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who soon will. Celebrated as San Francisco's Ambassadors of Gypsy Rock, they effortlessly blend harmonized shredding, marching drums, and gang choruses with an energy, fire and a refinement that reflects their years of experience on the road in the U.S. and Europe. The group's uncanny gift for pleasing crowds, from standard clubs to huge festivals such as High Sierra and Outside Lands, has earned them a breathless and ever-expanding following across the United States and Europe. It’s that connection with other cultures, they say, that continually informs their aesthetic, a mix of klezmer, flamenco and punk rock all blended to pop perfection.

            Monkey, is a 6 piece high-energy organ driven, Ska/Reggae group, whose intense live shows and rock-steady rhythms never fail to get the crowd dancing wherever they go. The group has won several awards, including the prestigious California Music Award. Monkey has toured the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Mexico and Japan. While constantly recording and touring, performing over 200 shows per year, Monkey has produced 3 full-length albums, and has also been featured on over 25 compilations, video games and film soundtracks, including the new independent horror-comedy Russ Meyer tribute “Pervert the Movie” on Stag Films. They are currently working on their Japanese release, “Monkeyska” (Disc Union Ltd). 

            Candelaria, with their unique blend of dub studio techniques and reggae style bass lines applied to traditional cumbia and other Colombian rhythms, has created dance music with electronic sensibilities and a live feel that keeps the dance floor hot and the party moving. Independent and cutting edge, Candelaria resists the trend of computer driven programmed beats and effects and has actually gone the opposite direction. All of their music, as well as recordings, are performed live and all effects are done in real time. Candelaria is at the forefront of the global cumbia movement with present and past members from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, El Salvador, Canada, Malaysia, and Peru, Candelaria reflects many cultures and the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

            Start planning your costume now! But with or without a costume, don’t miss this year’s Halloween Boogie at the Mateel Community Center with three of the hottest dance bands around, Diego’s Umbrella, Monkey and Candelaria! Doors open at 7pm. Beer, wine and snacks will be available. Tickets will be available in advance at the usual outlets_$23 in advance, and $25 at the door and online at Mateel.org. For more information call KMUD at 923-2513 or Mateel at 923-3368 or visit websites at KMUD.org or Mateel.org

Tickets for Basstoberfest are now available at in ticketing


On Sept. 22 at the KMUD Studio in Redway, Terri Klemetson, KMUD News Coordinator, will be teaching a class on "Writing For Radio." Beginning at 11 am, this 1 1/2 hour, free class is open to anyone and will cover script writing for radio, stressing the art of creating clear and direct audio content. Following this class Terri will facilitate a round table discussion focusing on Radio Talk Shows.

You are invited to the KMUD studio in Redway for an afternoon of participation

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