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It is fall on KMUD's orchard! 
We had so many apples this year, that we were able to make some special apple surprises for the
Harvest Boxes!

Friendsgiving Harvest Box 
Fundraising for KMUD

Our volunteers have found some amazing sponsors to fill up your Harvest Boxes like in the past years. So firstly, thanks so much to our sponsors: Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate in Eureka, Flood Plain Produce in Pepperwood, Humboldt Herbals in Eureka, Clendenen’s Cider Works in Fortuna, Luna Farm in Redcrest, Tallisman’s beads in Eureka, Wild Rose Farm in Blue lake and Arcata, Shakefork Community Farm in Carlotta, Briceland Forest Farm, The Peg House in Leggett, Sarah Starck Consulting in Miranda, Organically Wild in New Harris, Garden of Beadin in Garberville, Healy Senior Center in Redway, Feisty Dog Orchard in Redcrest, Sylvandale in Redway, QiGong RoamFit with Nona and Javi and SoHumHealth.
This year, the box also has some more creative and hand-made touches than last year, thanks to our volunteers who dedicated so much time and love.

Order your Harvest Box right now and get it as soon as this week-end at your farmer's markets in Garberville or Arcata, or at KMUD in Redway or Flood Plain Produce in Pepperwood next week. 

Our order form has been having problems with some browsers and some non-updated softwares, so don't hesitate to call Dorothee at 707-923-2513 or order by email at [email protected] and pay at pick-up.

New studio board
by Rob Seifert Gage, Production Assistant
For the last years we’ve been struggling with our main soundboard and its quirks. It’s been in service for over 20 years, so Humboldt Area Foundation / Wild Rivers Community Foundation provided the grant funds to update it (see last month's newsletter). This project is being led by Technical Director Simon Frech.

As we walk this earth and try to leave it better than we found it, it is Simon's and KMUD's priority to do so. We have selected the DNAV company to guide us thru, and ordered the soundboard. This past week I was able to be in NYC for the National Association of Broadcasters show, and actually met some of the DNAV team and put my hands on the SAS console ! It’s a solid piece and very flexible for the variety of shows we produce. A learning curve for us all is going to happen, and in the new studio we can hold many training sessions. (More about Rob's background below.)

Please continue to support KMUD and donate generously. With community donations and maybe more grants, we will have a new Flagship Control Room C in early 2024!

For those in love with the analog, our Studio A (production studio) will be the same but better and be in use while we transition.

Movers and Shakers on the music scene
by Dennis Maher, Music Director


  If you caught Kim’s Musical Possibilities on Friday, November 3rd you were treated to the dreamy and gentle folk compositions of local musician,songwriter and artist, Cyrus Smith. He was playing live in Redway’s studio B and telling the kmud audience about his upcoming performance and party the next day at the Sanctuary in Arcata where they celebrated the release of his fabulous new album entitled “Bloom”. You’ll find the show in the archives at until Nov 17th and Cyrus Smith’s music is available on bandcamp at and on many streaming services.

     And speaking of album releases, coming up on the 24th, Kim will be interviewing Louis Michot, whom you may remember from our Garden Party in September. That was the day his new album “Rêve du Troubadour” came out and his trio entertained a delighted crowd on the lawn. While known primarily as a fiddler, “The Troubadour’s Dream” is Louisiana French storytelling music breaking new ground in a modern setting with synths and samples to accompany the band. You’ll find Louis Michot’s music at Tune in to Musical Possibilities and find out what Louis has been up to on November 24th at 3 oclock.


Click on the photo to see Wild Ginger's video
Giving Tuesday will launch our End of the Year campaign
by Dorothee Schaefer, Membership Coordinator

GivingTuesday, the annual celebration of generosity will happen on November 28, 2023. GivingTuesday is a day that encourages people to do good, and give to their favorite non-profits, and since you are reading this newsletter, KMUD might be one of your favorites, no ? 
On Giving Tuesday, we'll launch our new Membership Drive, part of the End of the Year campaign. The theme of the campaign is People Powered, we'll get to introduce the people behind the voices. 

You can help KMUD by donating.
But also, help us promote Giving Tuesday by creating a little testimony like Wild Ginger did. Share it on your social media and # KMUD radio. Or leave your testimony on the listener comment line at 707-932-5091.

Scary tech stories for Halloween
by Dorothee Schaefer, Membership Coordinator


Electric car going uncontrolled, eye and facial recognition, conversing with the robot in your phone or car, surveillance technology studying human compassion.... ahhhhhhhhhhhh! We live in a sci-fi future!

Like it or not, most of us are using tech every day. This electronic stuff is all around us.... you see their little blue lights in the dark of your nights. Tech Mud on the 3rd Thursday of each month, shares all the latest views and news about these gizmos. 

For Halloween month, Garth Epling and Rick Silva chose to frighten us with the scariest of tech stories.  Listen to it on the archives, in Wednesday Night Talk,  October 18th at 7pm.

Only 2 more days, until Thursday, to vote for KMUD to be one of the beneficiaries of the Seeds for change program. Just find us in the list under Redwood Community Radio
If you are not a Co-op member yet, that is a wonderful opportunity to become one (it is to late to do it online though). It is only $25, you get a lot of benefits, and to keep your membership active, you only have to purchase $50 in products each fiscal year.


Grassroots Radio Conference

by Lauren Schmitt, News Director

KMUD and its supporters managed to send me to the 2023 Grassroots Radio Conference in Charleston, West Virginia. The experience I had at the conference was truly transformative. Connecting with fellow community radio stations from across the country provided me with invaluable insights and knowledge that I am eager to bring back to KMUD.

This experience has not only enriched my understanding of our broader community radio network but has also underscored just how special KMUD is. As one of the largest community radio stations in our nation, we serve a unique and vital role, especially as we proudly maintain our rural roots. Furthermore, having our own news department is a rare and essential asset, allowing us to deliver live, up-to-the-minute emergency information to our community.

Listen to the Grassroots Radio Conference Special on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 23rd, from 5 to 6.30pm.

Meet the staff
Rob Seifert Gage

Hello, hello, its Rob Seifert Gage. I’ve been an audio engineer, producer  and live sound engineer in Southern Humboldt since 1994. KMUD blew my mind when I first moved here, the DJs' choice of music, the free speech, the organization, the radicalization, and the love that was shown thru the airwaves was and still is refreshing. KMUD has always had a good sound. I never worried  that KMUD was only broadcasting in mono. I made a lot of records in the area and used KMUD as my homework to hear how it sounds on the radio. That was a luxury and I learned a great deal about audio engineering. 

Today I work at KMUD as the production content editor, and part time technical helper to Simon Frech while he takes his time to wind down a long career as KMUD‘s Technical Director. 

Wade's Mobile Small Engine Service 

by Patricia Tinkler, Underwriting & Traffic Coordinator

After a whirlwind romance, Caleb Wade married his soulmate, Renae. Twenty years later, they share a homestead, a successful business, and grandchildren. Life is not without challenges for these small business owners, but love and family conquer all, it seems. When asked for advice on maintaining farm equipment, Caleb stressed that the time to maintain your equipment is before you need it:

Before the bad weather sets in, It’s a good idea to pull out your chain saws, water pumps and back up generators to make sure they’re working properly. It's a bummer to need your generator or saw and not have it working! It won't run if it doesn't exhaust properly. It won't run if the valves aren't adjusted properly. Also, it's super important to change your oil. Call or text me to get on the schedule! 

Pro tip: remember to put a chainsaw in your car (and your loved one's car) so that you can cut something out of your way after winter storms, and not lose time. 

You can reach Caleb at (707)761-4317 or on social media

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KMUD has been approved for a generous $25,344 grant. This grant will allow us to upgrade our console, enhancing our capabilities and reliability. It will not only improve the station's day-to-day operations but will also play a critical role in ensuring uninterrupted broadcasting during emergency situations. We extend a heartfelt thank you to the Humboldt Area Foundation + Wild Rivers Community Foundation. Together we are forging resilience and ensuring our voices are heard far and wide.

Shout out to our grand Grant Committee volunteers :
Margie, Jimmy and Jama
for their impressive work and perseverance.

Garberville Block Party, Friday Oct 13th 
Fundraising for KMUD

The Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce is hard at work revitalizing our beloved town, and we invite you to join us this Friday for a fantastic afternoon of celebration at the Garberville Block Party on October 13th from 4 to 7 pm.

This event promises good vibes, community spirit, and an opportunity to rekindle your love for our town square. Get ready to dance to the captivating cumbia beats of Makenu, starting with the eclectic happy tunes spun by DJ Feral Selector in the afternoon.

The Garberville Block Party is a collaborative effort between the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Kmud, and it's also a chance to support Kmud through fundraising.

Satisfy your taste buds with delectable local cuisine provided by Humboldt Tree Nug Farms, known for their locally raised pigs and beef from the Humboldt hills. Cafe Feast Humboldt will be offering scrumptious snacks, and Kmud volunteers will be on hand to serve drinks.

Families and kids will be delighted by the entertainment provided by Wonder Dragon, reminiscent of the Kmud Block Party held in May.

Expect to find an array of vendors and much more at this event – it's everything we need to continue cherishing our charming little town. Don't miss out!


Fresh Hops Festival in Shelter Cove
Fundraising for KMUD

Gyppo Ale Mill is thrilled to announce the long-awaited  second annual Lost Coast Fresh Hop Fest in beautiful Shelter Cove on October 14th, 2023. They will be joined by
It’s Alive Kombucha, Seaquake Brewing, Port O’Pints Brewing, Humboldt Cider Company, North Spur Brewing, Mad River Brewery, 6 Rivers Brewery and Trinity County Brewing Company

The Fresh Hop Fest will go from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. and will feature fresh hop brews from these nine breweries, live music, gourmet food vendors, local vendors, lounge areas to kick back with your friends, and of course Gyppo’s delicious local and seasonal food. In the Gyppo vibe, this fest is family friendly and there will be activities for the kiddos. A fun event for everyone!
Purchase your ticket here.
Check out the Homebrew Show with Stella Girkins and Lauren Schmitt on Friday Sept 29th at 7pm

Join the Book Club
by Stella Girkins, Interim Public Affair Coordinator

KMUD offers a special opportunity for all listeners to join a book club from wherever they tune into the airwaves. The fourth Thursday of every month, President of Friends of the Garberville Library, Leann Greene, and Garberville Head Librarian, Joanne Wilson, host The Book Club on KMUD. Each month features a different book.
In September, it featured “The Personal Librarian” by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, which tells the story of Belle da Costa Greene, the personal librarian to J.P. Morgan, as well as the first director of the Morgan Library & Museum. Next month, will feature local author Doug Ingold’s book “There Came a Contagion". For those who would like to join in on the fun, limited copies of the book are available for loan at the Garberville Library. The Book Club meets in person the third Thursday of every month at the Garberville Library at 5:30 and airs on KMUD the following fourth Thursday of every month from 7- 8 pm with plenty of time for callers to discuss. Listen in the Archives and be sure to tune in Thursday, October 26th to hear from a special guest. 

Indigenous People Week 
by Lauren Schmitt, News Director

We are excited to announce that KMUD News will be dedicating an entire week to celebrate Indigenous People's Day, honoring the rich heritage and voices of our Native communities. From October 9th to October 13th, we will be decolonizing the airwaves by amplifying essential issues and showcasing the voices of
Indigenous people.
Last night, we kicked off our week-long celebration by highlighting Harlan Pruden, a Cree scholar and activist. Harlan recently visited the Hoopa Valley Tribe to engage in a thought-provoking discussion on the intersectionality of decolonization and gender diversity. In this interview, we explored the recovery of two-spirit teachings, shedding light on their significance and relevance today.
Listen to the interview here
As our Indigenous People's Week celebration continues, here's a glimpse of what's in store for the rest of the week:
  • Sasheen Raymond: Coordinator of the Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program at the Native American Center for Academic Excellence. Sasheen will share insights and experiences related to Native education and empowerment.
  • Dr. Kaitlin Reed: Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at CalPoly Humboldt and the author of Gold Rush to Green Rush: The Ecology of Settler Colonialism in Northern California. Dr. Reed will provide valuable perspectives on settler colonialism and its impact on Northern California.
You can catch these interviews and discussions live at 6 PM and 8 AM from Monday to Friday. If you miss any of these insightful conversations, don't worry! You can access our archives on our SoundCloud page at
Join us in celebrating Indigenous People's Week as we strive to create a platform for Indigenous voices to be heard, issues to be addressed, and stories to be shared.
We look forward to your participation and support throughout this meaningful week.
The World Beat Show 

The World Beat Show by Agnes Patak, this last Sunday at 3pm celebrated Indigenous People's Day with music from Native Americans singing and rapping about the culture and injustices and truth.
(Re)Discover Bruce Cockburn, Stolen Land and many other provocative songs.
You can
find the playlist here or listen to the show in the archives. 

"From Tierra del Fuego to Ungava Bay
The history of betrayal continues to today
The spirit of Almighty Voice, the ghost of Anna Mae
Call like thunder from the mountain, you can hear them say “it’s a stolen land”
Stolen land

Apartheid in Arizona, slaughter in Brazil
If bullets don’t get good PR there’s other ways to kill
Kidnap all the children, put ’em in a foreign system
Bring them up in no-man’s land where no one really wants them, it’s a stolen land
Stolen land"

A Wing and a Prayer
by Dennis Maher, Music Director

Tune in for Wing And A Prayer with Shyla and Shaka.  With a poignant look at the state of the world, this dynamic duo will captivate your minds and hearts through an eclectic assortment of feel good tunes, thought provoking media clips, commentary and humor.   Their bantor is witty, authentic, engaging and fits neatly inside a two hour radio slot from 8 to 10 every Friday night.

New Engineer : Dendro

“The show must go on”, as they say, and Kmud engineers make it happen. Turning dials, sliding slides, and directing computers, Dendro Corvid has been training as a talk show engineer and music Dj. With a strong social consciousness, volunteer orientation and quickness to lend a hand when he can, he’s made a wonderful addition to the Kmud family.
Check him out on Thursday night 6 to 8pm. His music show doesn't have a permanent slot yet, so keep your ears out as a sub.

Halloween Stories

by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator

Imagine the thrill of recording your all-time favorite Halloween story and having it broadcast on KMUD!

Stay tuned for additional information – we'll be sharing more details shortly. But if the idea of this exciting opportunity appeals to you, kick things off by selecting the story you'd like to produce and then reach out to us at [email protected]. Your spooky tale could be the next hit on the airwaves!

Gift from our Membership Yard Party
by Jama Chaplin, Volunteer

Uilani Wesley, lead singer of Mama Grows Funk, the headliner band at KMUD’s Membership Drive Yard Party on Sept. 22, is a native Hawai’ian.  Before the band played, she offered up this land acknowledgement, chant and prayer.  U’i is also the director of the nonprofit Xa Kako Dile, which operates out of a farm on the Mendocino Coast.  Their focus is on uplifting and empowering Indigenous communities in various ways. 
Click here to learn more about Xa Kako Dile. 

(When you go to Youtube to see this video, think about subscribing to our YouTube Channel, because we need to reach 50 subscribers to be able to create some Youtube live videos which is a cool project that some volunteers are working on.)

Emerald Tech

by Patricia Tinkler, Underwriting & Traffic Coordinator

Emerald Technologies has been providing the North Coast with custom-built computer systems, carry-in and on-site computer repair, diagnostic services, new and used software sales, and small business solutions since 1998.

While the above website blurb says this about Emerald Technologies, I and many other customers simply call them a "godsend." In these days of planned obsolescence, Emerald Tech's focus on keeping your electronics out of the waste stream is impressive. They replaced my old Apple hard drive with a better, solid state one and answered follow up questions. Service and support were excellent.

Owner Garth Epling and his longtime team members Sai, Jacob, and Galen, navigated the pandemic and the local economic collapse with grace and humor, if their social media is any indication. Many know Garth from his longtime collab with KMUD. His show, Tech Mud on the third Wednesdays at 7pm, has been around since the late nineties. (Galen Latsko, his sales/instruction lead, is a current crew member on Thank Jah, It's Friday.)

So, next time you're considering another computer, they can work with you on a banging custom build or a simple desktop. Need a laptop? They can hook you up with the newest model or save you some bucks with their refurbished offerings. If your current one is making a death rattle but you don't want to lose it, Emerald Technologies may be the solution.

Emerald Technologies is just across from Rays in Garberville. They can be reached online at and by phone at (707)923.1268.  

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