January Newsletter


Happy New Year, dear radio people!
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator

I hope your holiday season was just what you need, whether that’s action packed or peaceful and quiet. 2024 will hopefully be a year of inspiration, peace, and good radio.

I want to thank all the DJs who participated in creating the holiday vibe on KMUD. Especially Long John who entertained us with his 35th annual Tubby Tunes Holidays Music massacre on Christmas day from 1 to 5pm. You can go back to it on the archives.

In case you missed it, Cindiana Jones prepared this little gift : watch KMUD programmers and volunteers wishing you some nice Holly Daze! You may discover the face of your favorite DJ. And while you are on our Youtube channel, take the time to subscribe, that will help us to access to more YouTube options.

SoHum Syndicate at the Eagle House

Do you like to listen to Sonic Ventures in the wee hours on Wednesday? Or Transmissions from the Center of the Earth on Thursday after midnight? Have you ever dreamed of seeing them perform live? Your dreams are about to come true… Saturday, January 27th, Feral Selector and Gnarlock will be performing with Joe-E, Papa Squat, and DJ Pounds, aka the SoHum Syndicate, at the Historic Eagle House in Old Town Eureka. A portion of the door to benefit KMUD! Support our local musicians and KMUD, too!
You can also find them on KMUD Archives.

Movers and Shakers
by Dennis Maher, Program Director

I’m very excited to announce that B’anna has joined our roster of poets and readers on Wednesday night’s Voices program. You may recognize her from the music show Beyond The Blowtorch, a KMUD staple that used to air on Sunday early evenings for many years. For her first show on January 3rd, she invited guest poet Joanna Courtleigh, a former Mendocino local, to share her inspiring poetry. You can check out the show on our archive here. B’anna will be hosting poets reading their own works on Voices, the first Wednesday of each month at 8pm.

Fire Radio – News From The Neighborhoods is our newest talk show that invites local firesafe councils and volunteer fire departments on the air to report on their activities and discuss opportunities for education, training and grant funding. This is a monthly call-in show on the first Monday of every month co-hosted by Kim Phelps and our newest volunteer programmer, Samelk. You can hear their first show from Monday Jan 4th with guest Kelley Lincoln on the Kmud archive

Wild Craft You’ve probably heard her bright and energetic voice by now.  After months of trainings and subbing on various music shows and co-hosting at times with B.R. on the Women On Wednesday show, Wild Ginger has begun a show of her own!  Wild Craft will feature neofolk, neoclassical, rock and world music mixed with advice on wild crafting, living with the land, off the grid with respect for place. On alternating Tuesday afternoons from 4 till 5:30 pm.

Annual membership meeting
by KMUD Board of Directors

Our Annual Membership Meeting will be taking place on Saturday, January 20th, from 3-5pm! This will be a hybrid meeting, with Zoom participation available to increase access for everyone. Join Zoom meeting here. The location of the in-person meeting will be announced.

The Annual Membership Meeting is traditionally a time to hear from nominees for the open seats on the KMUD Board of Directors, hear a report from the Board President, get a Financial Report update, and reconnect with fellow members.
We hope you will join us!

How do you prepare your shows ?
DJ Red I, Jazz and Jams and Rankin’ Reggae  Rotation

Red I started being a DJ on KHSU in 1984 when he was 19 years old: nearly 40 years of public radio! There he had different shows but mainly reggae. He arrived in Southern Humboldt in 1993, and started on KMUD, but KMUD didn’t need a Reggae DJ at the time, so Red I started a Jazz slot on Wednesday evenings … 23 years ago.

Red I’s approach to curating his two shows on KMUD are 2  unique processes. For “Jazz and Jams”, not having a background in Jazz, he immerses himself in the latest jazz CDs received by the music director, selecting his favorite tracks and explores new releases from KMUD’s extensive library. Throughout the show, he delves into the artists’ backgrounds, sharing insights to both educate himself and captivate the listeners with cutting-edge jazz.

In contrast, for his turn on “Rankin’ Reggae Rotation”, Red I taps into his extensive knowledge of reggae. Drawing from KMUD’s remarkable reggae collection, which includes CDs and vinyl records.
Red I explains that KMUD’s deep connection with Reggae on the River instigated years of collaboration with Reggae labels like BP Records. That enriched KMUD’s library so much, making it a reggae haven that surpasses the reggae offerings on platforms like Spotify.

Jazz and Jams every other Wednesday from 8.30 to 10.30pm. Red I’s Rankin’ Reggae Rotation every second Saturday from 7.30 to 10pm. You can also hear Red I as Larry, engineering on Wednesdays 6 to 8pm. Find him on the archives.

Hambro Recycling
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator


You may have heard about our new underwriter Hambro Recycling, which has a new location in Redway, close to Parkinson’s. We are delighted to share that Hambro has chosen KMUD as their non-profit partner. As you drop off your CRVs at their new facility, take the opportunty to contribute to KMUD by using the on-site donation box.

Hambro Recycling is committed to environmental sustainability and accepts a variety of beverage containers for redemption. Containers must be CRV and be whole, clean, and free of contamination. They accept aluminum, glass, bi-metal, and plastics numbered 3-7 with caps removed. They also have locations in Arcata, Fortuna, and Crescent City. For more info, visit their website here hambrocrvbuyback.com, or listen to the 2 KMUD news stories related : When Hambro first came to Humboldt and When they opened up on in Redway.

Heroes and Patriots
by Mary Massey, host

Since 2019, John Sakowicz and Mary Massey have produced and cohosted Heroes and Patriots on KMUD. The program covers national security, intelligence and foreign policy. Recent programs have focused on both the Ukraine/Russian war and the conflict between Israel and Hamas where two million Palestinians live.  

Euro-Med Monitor said preliminary statistics show that the daily death toll prior to the humanitarian truce ranged between 300 and 350 deaths per day, but has now risen to more than 500 since Israel resumed its attacks for the sixth consecutive day. This brings the total number of Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip since 7 October to 21,731, including 8,697 children and 4,410 women as well as those missing and trapped under the rubble who are now presumed dead. The number of injured people has also increased to 4,016.

According to Euro-Med Monitor, Israel has increased the shocking extent of its targeting of civilians since the humanitarian truce collapsed, intensifying its complete destruction of residential areas and targeting schools that house thousands of displaced individuals.

In December, John and Mary’s guests included Mazin Qumsiyeh and Kathy Kelly to speak about the war in the Gaza Strip and war crimes. Mazin Qumsiyeh works at Bethlehem University, Department of Biology and Kathy Kelly is American peace activist, pacifist and author, and one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness. Both Qumsiyeh and Kelly support a two-state solution. Both believe war crimes have been committed.

In January, Norman Solomon and Richard Silverstein continued discussing the same subject. Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, activist, and former U.S. congressional candidate and Silverstein is the author of the blog Tikun Olam that covers the Arab–Israeli conflict.

Heroes and Patriots can be heard live the first and fifth Thursday of each month, from 9 to 10am. But also in the archives or on HeroesPatriots.org. And like always on KMUD, the views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the station, its staff and underwriters.

Golf for KMUD
by Mumzer, It’s all about the Music

John Dowd, the groundskeeper at the Historic Benbow Golf course is having a fantastic fundraiser for KMUD! They are generously donating all golf fees for playing, cart not included. So far Benbow Golf donated 485 dollars!!
Come golf for the MUD!! And hurry, because we don’t know how long it is gonna last.

Open seat on KMUD Board

Are you a member of the KMUD community?
Do you love helping and gaining new experiences?
Our Board of Directors is looking for a new Member Representative to replace our Member Rep whose term finishes up in the spring. This is a commitment of one Zoom meeting a month, some committee work, plus some special sessions throughout the year. The term for a board member is 3 years.

The nomination period is until February 18th. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, you can email [email protected].

2023 : A year in News
by Lauren Schmitt, News Director

In 2023, our community faced a series of unprecedented challenges, starting with an earthquake and a subsequent winter storm that closed major highways and brought about the urgent need for rehabilitation efforts. Despite the difficulties, we witnessed incredible resilience as neighbors, nonprofits, and philanthropy groups stepped up to fill gaps where federal assistance fell short. The year saw a surprising absence of major destruction from wildfires, and although the Southern Humboldt economy struggled, there were unexpected positives such as the appearance of bluefin tuna on the north coast and Emerald Triangle farmers receiving top accolades at the Cannabis Cup. The community also navigated instances of hate speech, with the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors standing with the queer community against rising anti-queer rhetoric. In Southern Humboldt, milestones were celebrated, including the completion of a Briceland’s new fire station and the 40th anniversary of Palo Verde Volunteer Fire.

However, the year also brought to light challenges in politics and policing, with instances of workplace violence, controversial police actions, and legal issues. In the energy sector, offshore wind projects advanced and the decommissioning of multiple problematic dams began. Unfortunately, somber news included a state of emergency declared in Round Valley due to youth homicides and a rising suicide rate in Humboldt. Mental health initiatives, such as a new navigation center and a ketamine treatment center, were launched. Environmental concerns ranged from the prohibition of herbicides in vegetation management to increased marine mammal stranding and imperiled Condor restoration efforts. Despite facing the highest risk of sea level rise on the West Coast, activists rallied for change. In health news, volunteer efforts addressed dire circumstances for the homeless, while efforts to combat illegal tobacco sales and support reproductive freedom continued.

On a positive note, Dolly Parton’s non-profit contributed to local literacy rates, Wailaki cultural revitalization continued in Southern Humboldt with the return of cultural fire, and there were heroic efforts by Shelter Cove volunteer firefighters. In the good news section, DNA technology helped solve cold cases, Monarch Butterfly populations rose, and notable achievements were celebrated, including Colonel Nicole Mann’s historic trip to space and Chief Tribal Court Judge Abby Abinanti being named North Coast Woman of the Year.

Here are live links to recordings of all our top stories of 2023.

With your support, KMUD News can continue its coverage of stories that matter to our community.

PS- KMUD News will be conducting live candidate forums the 4th week of January. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for more information.

Starck Management Consulting
by Patricia Tinkler, Underwriting & Traffic Coordinator

Sarah Starck has always been a team player. After graduating at UMass with a degree in Business Management and Human Resources in 1995, Sarah chose to lay down roots in SoHum, raise her son, Gardner, start businesses, and volunteer at KMUD and other non-profits.

Following a three year stint on the KMUD Board, Sarah was brought on as a financial consultant to develop systems to streamline KMUD’s accounting operations. She continues to volunteer on several KMUD committees.

Her mission to support small businesses in our rural community lead her to launch Starck Management Consulting, offering her administrative expertise to other small business owners. And, to being a KMUD underwriter.

Sarah’s latest leap is into the KMUD studio. I asked her to join me as co-host of The KMUD Business Show, which airs on rotating Tuesday mornings at 9am. Our chemistry, shared sense of humor and mutual regard will no doubt enliven the conversation. We intend to spank the format to increase the number of local businesses who can benefit from the added exposure. Stay tuned for exciting new developments.

For more information on the services that Sarah provides, check out sstarckconsulting.com. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 707.672.3294


Gardner on the airwaves when he was little / Sarah with behr and Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD team 







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