June Newsletter

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Critical funding shortage
by Sarah Starck, Interim Station Manager

As you are by now well aware, KMUD is currently experiencing a cash shortage.  While the staff works endlessly to ensure the station runs smoothly, the cost of inflation and the local economic downturn have affected KMUD as a whole.  We do not want to begin to reduce the services we provide to the community.  It is extremely important that we can keep our News Team and staff supported so we do not have to consider which services to reduce.  We do our very best to serve you, the Community, and to offer the important news, information, entertainment, and overall good vibes that KMUD brings into your homes, your cars, and your lives.
If KMUD is the Soundtrack of Your Life, like it is ours, please consider increasing your sustaining donation, or an additional one-time donation, or becoming an Underwriter or a Sponsor.  We offer many ways for you to donate, please reach out if you would like additional information on Underwriting and sponsorships or if you have an idea of how you would like to give that is not mentioned.  If you would like to donate now,
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. We appreciate your never ending support! 

We’ll be doing the “Help us help you” mini Membership Drive from June 15th until June 21st, so tune in for the extra fun. Starting this Saturday with a special show hosted by Kevin, behr, Mumzer and friends to honor the life and work of music producer and civil rights attorney ED Denson, who left this world in April. They’ll play music selected by ED on his iconic show “Don’t Get Trouble on Your Mind” from 10 am until noon, and will take calls and donations in his honor.

SoHum Pride
by Lauren Schmitt, KMUD News Director, and Pride coordinator
Redwood Community Radio, Queer Humboldt and Vibe Productions present: Southern Humboldt Pride! Join us for a FREE, all-ages celebration of our fabulous queer community and allies, on Saturday, June 22nd, at the Mateel Community Center in Redway, from 1 PM to 9 PM.
Experience poetry, art, panels, vendors, a kid zone, fire dancers, drag queens, and SOOOO much more!This year’s kid zone features mermaids, clowns, and tie-dye fun!
Our theme is “Country Queer,” so dress in your country finest and get ready to party!
Savor delicious food crafted by local chefs and quench your thirst with cold bubbles, brews, and booze by the Box Bar, featuring Gyppo Ale Mill, Humboldt Cider Company, a selection of wine by Vino Divino and Humboldt Distillery’s craft organic cocktails and mocktails.
The celebration doesn’t stop at 9 PM!
KMUD and Vibe Queer Bar are hosting an after-party from 9 PM to 1 AM at the Mateel, featuring over a dozen drag queens, burlesque dancers, and live DJs! $20 entrance fee.
For more details, follow us on facebook or visit kmud.org. And listen to a special Women on Wednesday this coming Wednesday June 19th, 10am to noon.
Drone video by Suavek

Redway’s first Memorial Parade
by Dorothee Schaefer, Membership Coordinator

First Memorial Parade in Redway. Leading the procession were esteemed veterans, followed by an eclectic array of performers, including human size puppets courtesy of the Cow Town Serenaders, our local dancers from Feet First, and jovial clowns. A float adorned with motifs of the Summer Arts Music and Festival, organized by Mateel, added to the festive atmosphere. Children pedaled along on bicycles, accompanied by bearded individuals cruising on scooters, while horses trotted gracefully with their riders. The presence of the California Highway Patrol and local firefighters, accompanied by the iconic Smokey the Bear, underscored the community’s unity and dedication to safety. While some might consider it a modest parade, it resonated deeply with the spirit of Redway, a close-knit community. As we reflect on this inaugural event, there’s a sense of pride and satisfaction in its success. With anticipation, we look forward to next year, hoping to expand the festivities and fill the streets with even more joyous celebration. Join us in making it a tradition to remember!
More about the Block party below.

News from the newsroom
by Lauren Schmitt, News Director
Kinest’e Ku-Nus, a Wailkai Redwood Canoe, has returned to the Xa-Cho or Eel River after a 170-year absence. KMUD News was honored to document this historic achievement.

On June 1st, 2024, approximately one hundred community members, including native elders, indigenous youth, and tribal leaders gathered in Alderpoint and floated to Fort Seward in celebration. 
Over the last two years, members of the Wailaki (Kinest’e) tribe have been carving a traditional dugout redwood canoe with help from members of the Yurok and Wiyot tribes, who retained knowledge of construction despite attempts by settlers to destroy their vessels. 
Non-Profit Hour
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator
The 7pm talk show on the 2nd Wednesday of the month has been the Board Talk Show for a while. We traditionally had a rotation of the Mateel, the Healy Senior Center, and KMUD. But there are 2 newcomers… Hospice, who went from a monthly show to this quarterly format, and for the first time this Wednesday June 12th, Beginnings.
Beginnings Inc. is an educational and community service organization in the rural town of Briceland, 6 miles away from Redway. 4 members of their organization talked us through the inspiring history of the school they literally created by hand, over the year.Give it a listen here.If you are a non-profit and want to be scheduled in the Non-Profit Hour rotation, please contact Dennis, our program director at [email protected].
Block Party – Rewind
by Dennis Maher, Program DirectorBig thank you’s to all who performed, volunteered, sponsored, painted, set up, took down, cooked, served, poured, vended, attended, smiled, danced and played at this year’s amazing Kmud Block Party! I overheard “What a great party” so many times that day and every one of you all had a huge part in making that happen. For those of you who missed the show or just want to reminisce about that great day you can hear a program of highlights from the stage on the kmud archive. It played on Kmud’s Rewind! show on Saturday June 8th at 2:00 am and you can hear it here.
Special thanks again to our sponsors Coast Central Credit Union and Jason Gellman, Ridgeline Farms.

Front desk volunteering
by Sarah Starck, Interim Station Manager

I have the honor of being offered the Interim Manager position while the Board of Directors runs an open hire to find a Station Manager. 

One of my initiatives while in this seat is to recruit some key volunteers to the Front Desk receptionist role.  During Covid, this key volunteer position fell to the wayside on account of lockdown and distancing.  

This important role is suitable for folks who like to interact with the community by answering phones, helping with lost pet reports, supporting community event announcements, taking donations, selling KMUD merchandise, and a variety of other important duties. This volunteer opportunity is open to all, but we are specifically interested in supporting local youth who would like to learn some valuable skills and gain some office experience while adding to their community service hours required to graduate.

We prefer to have consistent, scheduled, reliable hours so staff can plan accordingly. Office hours are 11am – 4pm, Monday – Thursday.  We’d love to have a variety of people that would like to commit to doing this, preferably on a weekly rotation, but other arrangements certainly can be made.

They will gain skills and experience in an office setting which will be a wonderful addition to any resume.  There is opportunity to learn additional skills, like speaking live on-air, perhaps working with the News Team to do some reporting, or Music Library support. In short, there is an endless pool of opportunity depending on the interests of the individual!

If you or someone you know would like more information or would like to volunteer, please reach out to Sarah at 707-923-2513 or email [email protected].

Thank you in advance!

Studio C nearly finished
by Rob Seifert-Gage

Studio C is shaping up nicely with the install of the Hardwood Floors by Vella Wood Flooring and the beautiful one-of-a-kind locally made desktop by Dan Primerano. 
 Next is hanging the acoustic tiles and running Cat6 wires to the Machine room and to the Studios for headphones and playback . When it’s all installed it should feel like the old workflow with less problems. The learning curve should be fast.
Global Stuff podcast
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator
If you missedthe last episodes of Global Stuff on KMUD, find them on your podcast app. There, you can easily download them, and listen to them at your leisure, from your phone, even without network. In the last episode, Jimmy Durchslag talks with Ken Grossinger about his latest book Art Works: How Organizers and Artists Are Creating a Better World Together. The book describes the multiple ways in which artists and activists collaborate to support actions for racial justice, immigrant rights, human rights and economic equality.

KMUD Coffee Booth at Summer Arts
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator

KMUD volunteers just had the great pleasure to spend the week-end at Summer Arts and Music Festival, selling the legendary KMUD cold brew Iced coffee and other delicacies. We enjoyed every minute of the concerts and want to thank the Mateel for all their hard work for this awesome community event.

KMUD reuseable cups get you $1 off at KMUD booths!
You’ll find us at SoHum Pride on June 22nd, Northern Nights on July 19-21, Roll on the Mattole on July 27, Reggae on the River on August 3-4 and maybe CanniFest on Sept 7-8.

Photo by Poison Oak, of the weird animal that gather rocks and stuffs on his back.
Call us if you know its name.

Movers and Shakers
by Dennis Maher, Program Director

Let’s welcome Poison Oak to his new post as DJ for the Global Vibe show! You may recognise him from filling in on countless occasions or as an engineer on shows such as Edge Of The Herd. Check out his music from around the world on the fantastic Global Vibe when it airs on alternating Sundays from 5:30 til 7pm.

Earth Day Everyday
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator
A few more videos from videographer Andy Caffrey were added to our YouTube Channel inthe series Earth Day Everyday. Watch Alice Di Micele, Darryl Cherney, Cecelia Ostrow, Bill Oliver with Better things to do, Kids for Konservation, Robert Hoyt, Dana Lyons & Lone Wolf Circles and others, celebrating the beauty of our planet and the fight to protect it over the last decades. Please enjoy and share, and subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Letters and Politics
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator
Letters & Politics is a show produced by our sister station from the Bay Area, KPFA.  It seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories and is hosted by Mitch Jeserich. On KMUD you can hear it Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 3am. If you are not usually awake at that time, you can catch iton the archives. In the drop down menu at the top, where it says All shows, change it to Letters and Politics. This last Monday June 10th, our Monday Morning Magazine’s host couldn’t make it, so Dennis, our program director decided to play, in the second hour, an episode of Letters & Politics. That episode’s guest was Greg King, an award-winning journalist and activist deeply involved in the movement to protect Headwaters Forest, right here in Humboldt County. He is the author of The Ghost Forest: Racists, Radicals, and Real Estate in the California Redwoods.

Underwriter highlight : MerMaid Coastal Cleaning
by Patricia Tinkler, Underwriting Coordinator

Owner Reya Bachmann and her team at MerMaid Coastal Cleaning specialize in STRs, office, commercial, residential, move in/out, post construction deep cleaning.
Since 2016, Bachman has worked hard to develop an excellent business reputation, racking up great reviews on socials, and giving back by providing cleaning to members of the community that do not have the financial resources to access proper cleaning, as well as people who struggle with mental illness, disabilities or cancer through her partnerships with Servants with a Heart and Cleaning for a Reason. Watching her before and after cleaning photos and videos is so satisfying.
In her own words, “My name is Reya Bachmann. I moved to Humboldt in 2010, and started cleaning in 2015. I did residential homes, and was a housekeeper at the Inn of the Lost Coast, where I learned (and really enjoyed) hospitality cleaning. I was pregnant with my son in 2018 when I landed my first vacation rental, and by word of mouth, my client list grew. In 2019, Covid hit and I couldn’t keep up! Fast forward to now: I’ve had 2 amazing children, and I have hired 7 local “MerMaids”. It’s an amazing job for us moms, who are able to bring our kids to work with us.”
Here’s what some of her clients have said about MerMaid Coastal Cleaning:

  • Reya works really hard and has assembled a fine team. They do great work! It is always a treat to come home after one of their cleanings. If I could do it more often, I would. Without hesitation, I give Mermaid Coastal Cleaning the golden duster award!
  • MerMaid Coastal Cleaning has cleaned many of the houses before or after I’ve gone in and painted the interior. They do a great job and amaze me on how they get some of toughest stains or grit out, leaving the house looking better than a customer’s expectation. Also take the time not to damage or destroy my fresh paint jobs. They have great attention to detail. I recommend them often to my customers.
  • Reya is not only reliable and professional, she pays intricate attention to details. She is friendly and very helpful. You can be sure that your property is in good hands. Highly recommend her and her team!
MerMaid Coastal Cleaning can be reached at mermaidcoastalcleaning.com and on social media







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