February Newsletter


Shira and her daughter, Wilder

Shira Brown
Interim Station Manager

Vision Statement: Redwood Community Radio envisions a community of listeners who, guided by example of RCR programming, work together to create better, more just and sustainable world systems to ensure that all human and other living species on earth move toward higher quality of life and are able to survive the challenges in the times ahead.

Mission Statement: Redwood Community Radio will encourage a communication center of open airways (KMUD) for all voices to inform, educate, entertain and inspire the listening community through quality programming.

The next Board election process has begun. We are a non-profit community radio station, so being on our Board of Directors is a wonderful way to participate in KMUD’s processes. Redwood Community Radio has a 9 person board. There are currently 2 available programmers seats with 3 candidates in the running. One seat is a 3 year term and the other is a 2 year term. There are 3 members running for 1 member rep seat, which is a 3 year seat.  Additionally, the board has one board appointed seat open. Nominations close February 18. There is still time for members to nominate candidates.

Look out for candidates’ statements. They are due February 28 and will be printed on the ballots. We will be sending these ballots to you by March 2, 2024.
Listen in! The candidate forum for the membership representative position will be aired at 5pm on March 7.  The programmer representative candidate forum will also be aired in March, date TBA.

All ballots due by March 31
Good luck to all the candidates and thanks for your participation!

Movers and Shakers
Dennis Maher
Program and Music Director

A warm welcome back to the airwaves Dave Reagan! It’s been about 15 years since we last heard Dave on KMUD. HIs first show back, available on the KMUD archive, was January 31st on Voices and he’ll be dipping his toes into this poetry program and gingerly testing the waters whenever there’s a fifth Wednesday in a month. You can expect live readings featuring local and notable poets and writers interspersed with great music.  Luckily, we won’t have to wait till the next 5th Wednesday on May 29th to hear him. He’ll be filling in for fellow Voices host, B’anna, on April 3rd. We’ll also be inviting him to fill in on music programs. The Voices poetry program airs every Wednesday from 8 till 8:30pm.


Corry Hanna, known as Randy Remote on the air, has left the Wild River Radio  show on Sunday mornings in pursuit of other artistic endeavors. He’ll be focusing on recording his music for use in film and television. Corry came to KMUD in 1989 when Al Maguire recognized his comedy writing talents and asked him to join his comedy show. The show would feature high profile guests such as Weird Al, Flip Wilson and Father Guido Sarducci. Soon we’ll be running highlights from these shows on Rewind! which airs on Friday mornings at 2am. Corry became a host on the Wild River Radio about 12 years back and is known for his great taste in folk and bluegrass music and live comedy sketches on air. We will miss him on the show but hope he’ll come by to visit and sub on occasion. Thanks Corry!

Corry Hanna, longtime host of Wild River Radio

Subject: A Message from the Interim News Director – Lisa Music

Dear KMUD Membership,

I hope this message finds you well. As our esteemed News Director, Lauren Schmitt, takes a well-deserved vacation, I have stepped into her shoes to ensure a seamless flow of information reaches our valued listeners.

The onset of my tenure coincided with a gusty welcome from Mother Nature, as a howling wind wreaked havoc along the North Coast. Balancing hourly updates and nightly news production can be a daunting task, but thanks to the exceptional Emergency Response Team, my transition has been nothing short of smooth sailing. I extend heartfelt gratitude to Lois, Kelley, and Kim for their unwavering dedication and efficiency.

While I’ve been a part of the Emergency Response Team, this month has offered me a deep dive into its inner workings. The behind-the-scenes view is truly impressive, and I want to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our team.

Looking ahead, the looming March 5th primary has election coverage at the forefront of our minds. From local candidate forums to the legal intricacies surrounding former-President Donald Trump, our collaboration with news partners remains steadfast in keeping the American voters well-informed.

Stay tuned to KMUD for your trusted source of news and updates.

During Lauren’s absence, I invite you to share your thoughts on my performance. Feel free to reach out with questions, suggestions, critiques, or tips by sending an email to [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support.


Lisa Music
Assistant News Director, KMUD


How Do You Prepare Your Shows?
Margaret Lewis, Classical Spectrum and A Classical DJ


Greetings, Fellow KMUDders

In 1988, Harold Day was Program Manager and he mentioned to me that there was a slot for a classical show. I have a classical music background and said I’d do it. The catch? It was 6-9 am on Saturday! Ok, so I’ll go with it. And you know what? It really wasn’t that bad.

About a year later, I got the idea for a story show. We already had a Sunday morning children’s show (which, by the way, has survived until this day!), but I wanted to target older kids in the 9-11 year range. So I started Stories For Young People. It was fifteen minutes every week day, just before the news. I serialized books for young people and continued for about eleven years.

As far as prep for shows goes, that seems to be an ongoing process. Whenever I hear an unfamiliar piece of music or a new composer, my mind is evaluating: would that fit into Classical Spectrum? Or Thursday night Classical DJ? One factor that has had an enormous effect in broadening my scope is yearly attendance at the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshops. Since 1986, I have spent a week, sometimes more, playing a variety of chamber music and listening to an even wider range of composers and instrumentation. Bringing my notes home, I research the various composers and expand my library accordingly. As far as weekly prep goes, it varies. Sometimes using a theme or time period as a guide, sometimes instrumentation. It helps to pick a major work and then build around that.

When I first started on that early Saturday morning show, during training, Harold gave me a funny little smile and said, “You can play whatever you want.” Really? The door was wide open, just step through and figure it out:

What is it that you want to play? I’ve spent the intervening years figuring it out.

Harold, thanks for opening that door.

You can find Margaret’s shows on KMUD archives.

The following is a report from Rolling Stone, written by Katie Thornton. It is a very alarming and important article that our community members should read:

Jesus, Take the Dial
Why Is the Radio Full of Christian Rock? Thank This Nonprofit

The Educational Media Foundation is the country’s fastest-growing radio chain — and it’s exploiting federal loopholes to buy up local radio stations and take the devil’s music off the air

KMUD would like to thank Kate Carlson, aka Feral Selector, for her dedication and longtime support of our community. We are truly blessed to have volunteers like her to keep us on the air waves. We wish her and her partner, Ryan, joy and good fortune as they prepare to welcome our newest KMUD member! Way to lower the average age of our members in one fell swoop, y’all!
Underwriter of the Month: Wildwood Music
by Patricia Tinkler
Underwriting Coordinator


KMUD has the coolest underwriters. Wildwood Music is no exception. This Arcata mainstay has been around for fifty years and their amazing selection of new and vintage musical instruments is worth a special trip. They also have a complete in-house repair shop. Online sales at wildwood-music.com and their digits are (707)822-6264. They’re open Monday thru Saturday 10-5pm. 








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