June Newsletter





Redwood Community Radio and Vibe Queer Bar present Southern Humboldt PRIDE! An all ages FREE event that celebrates our fabulous queer community, Saturday, June 17th. Live music, poetry, art, panels, vendors, dancers, drag queens, and SOOOO much more! Come connect with your community, enjoy delicious food by the Lost Frenchman and El Cora while your thirst is quenched with cold local brews by the Gyppo Ale Mill, Humboldt Distillery craft organic cocktails and mocktails! For more information, visit our website  and #SoHumPRIDEPlus, at 9pm, there will be an official 21+ after party at the Brass Rail! 

The side project “Reflections: Mirrors to the queer experience”, poetry and visual art collaborative project, that will exhibit at the event, is looking for a little funding to print the chapbooks. Donate to this project by pre-ordering your chapbook

Scroll down to the bottom to know more about KMUD Block Party 2023,
that happened on May 20th and see some photos. 


Coffee Booth and Live Broadcast
at Summer arts


KMUD is proud to collaborate, once again, with the Mateel Community Center for Summer Arts Music and Festival on June 24th and 25th. From the captivating Main Stage concerts to snippets from the other stages, and exclusive interviews with the artists, organizers, crafty vendors and enthusiastic visitors, KMUD is your gateway to the heart of this remarkable festival, via the airwaves.
Additionally, support KMUD by visiting our legendary coffee booth. It’s a great way to contribute to the station, enjoy some refreshments and randomly meet your favorite KMUD hosts.

Building repairs need your support
by Javi Rodriguez, Board member


Take a look at the KMUD studios in these pictures—there’s no denying that it is in need of some improvements. Fortunately, a dedicated group of volunteers, led by Mike Baker, has committed to painting, installing windows and making repairs over the summer. Our sponsors, Pierson Building Center and Whitethorn Construction made in-kind donations, without which none of this would be possible. However, we need donations to purchase the rest of the materials to complete this project!
Donate to KMUD.

News from the Newsroom!
by Lisa Music, News Asssistant


Kmud News proudly introduces Serenity Wood, a remarkable individual deeply rooted in the Southern Humboldt community. As a fifth-generation citizen hailing from the Alderpoint area, Serenity brings a unique perspective and unparalleled commitment to her reporting. Graduating from Cal Poly Humboldt with majors in English, Communications, Art, and Sociology, she possesses a diverse skill set that enriches her storytelling.

In addition to her work as a news intern at KMUD, Serenity juggles multiple roles in her pursuit of knowledge and community service. When she’s not reporting, you can find her waitressing at the Woodrose, stepping in as a substitute teacher, and engaging in various courses such as EMT, firefighting, and prescribed burning. Her dedication to expanding her expertise reflects her unwavering passion for making a positive impact.

As a Certified California Naturalist, Serenity’s love for local ecology shines through her work. She is particularly drawn to community efforts aimed at nurturing healthy fire practices in Southern Humboldt. Her deep connection to the region and commitment to fostering sustainable initiatives fuel her drive to explore and share stories that resonate with the local community.

Join us as Serenity Wood, alongside KMUD News, unveils the rich tapestry of Native American issues, regional events, and ecological wisdom, providing a platform for the voices that shape Southern Humboldt : Cultural Fire Behavior Course Brings Practical Knowledge to Indigenous Youth in Southern Humboldt

Radiovergnügen – “love of radio”
by Dennis Maher, Music Director


Our featured program this month is Eurobureau, and it’s host, Simon Frech, has been an essential fixture here since the infancy of Kmud. “I was always interested in radio. As a teenager I listened a lot to Swiss, German, and some French radio stations. Used to record a lot too. With some money I earned on a summer job, I bought my first cassette recorder.” Simon was then living in Switzerland and after traveling around Europe and Morocco, he arrived in the states in 1976. In the fall of 1987, when the station was only about five months old, the bones of what would become Eurobureau formed. In those early days the format was a music show known as Trans-Europe Express, with Kraftwerk’s song of the same name as the theme song. You may also remember it being called Foreign And Domestic and Simon being partnered with host Larry Heart. These two cobbled together the early shows from cassettes, albums and even reel-to-reel tapes and over the years, the show developed into the magazine format show we now recognize as the Eurobureau. Some of that magazine style was borrowed from Simon’s other early endeavor Good Morning, with Michael Brennan. Also contributing to the show was Bruce Anderson, the editor of the Anderson Valley Advertiser, who would call in regularly along with Rondal Snodgrass, Sanctuary Forest founder, with keen ecology observation and discussionThis is the show that would eventually become known today as Monday Morning Magazine. A tour de force and a thread to the past in the Kmud wonderful tapestry of programs, you can enjoy Simon’s Eurobureau with it’s european news, current perspectives and contemporary music releases on Wednesday afternoons at 2:30. 

This Thursday on Pride Nation 101–preparense (prepare yourself) a pensar en dos idiomas.  Hosts Roland Cory Medina and Chad Swimmer will examine and celebrate Pride Month–in a new and experimental bilingual format– asking how our lives would be different–como serian diferentes nuestras vidas– if those radical queens of color hadn’t stood up to the straight status quo of 1960s America at Stonewall Inn, 53 years ago.  Como serian diferentes.. without Pride.  Sin orgullo.  That is Pride Nation 101, Thursday June 8 at 5 pm on KMUD.

Jacob from “Thank Jah, it’s Friday”, RIP


Jacob Shafer was born and raised in the heart of Southern Humboldt. He was an incredible writer, actor and teacher. Audiences will never forget his unique flair and charisma on Thank Jah, it’s Friday for over 10 years… and all the ways he entertained our community. Jacob passed away last week, at a rather young age, leaving 2 kids behind, Ben and Jasper, to whom we give our most sincere condolences.
Listen to Thanks Jah last Friday (June 2nd) to hear his prior co-hosts and the listeners remember him, but not for the last time. 


Farewell Beloved Beth
by Pamela, Spirit of Rock’n’Roll and Wild River Radio, and prior KMUD staff.


Beth first came to KMUD’s old office in Garberville with the electric hair, tattoos climbing up her arms and earrings on her ears, nose and, of course tongue. 
She worked at KMUD for 20 years until she was off on a new adventure, to Kentucky. Beth was every bit the definition of an “individual”. She loved nature, flowers, spiders, bugs and birds. Beth had not had a very easy physical life from an early age, operation after operation, and always no or very little relief. 
I messaged a lot with Beth as she was in Kentucky, and one time she said about climate change: “I’m not sure humans can pull this one off, unless alien overlords come down (or up) to fix it all quick… seems like the best we can do these days is say I love You”

Hospice Show
by Tanya Horlick, Public Affairs Coordinator


Living through the loss of a close friend can be as painful as losing a family member. . . possibly more so. Close friends are, in a sense, our “extended or chosen family.” The Hospice Talk Show provides supportive space for the grieving process, every first Monday from 7 to 8pm. Hear this week’s show… archive.kmudfm.org


Welcome Baby Theodore!


Baby Theo has officially made his grand entrance into the world on April 17th! Our awesome general manager, Allison Kolb, has proudly brought a new little KMUDer into our midst. We’re showering Allison, Nathan and their adorable family with loads of congratulations and well wishes.
To Allison: Enjoy every precious moment of your maternity leave, and we can’t wait to have you back with us soon.
Get ready for some awesome adventures, baby Theo! The entire KMUD staff and volunteers are cheering you on.


Northtown Books

by Patricia Tinkler, Underwriting & Traffic Coordinator

When Covid 19 forced his business to close, owner Dante DiGenova pivoted to online sales, hoping his customers’ love of Northtown Books would drive sales. Adding Staff Picks and New and Noteworthy suggestions gave his clientele that touch of independent bookstore spirit during lockdown. Now fully back to normal, Dante continues to develop his website offerings using the calibre-ebook.com app. Embracing technology despite his own proud luddite leanings,  Dante only communicates in person or by phone, having no social media accounts. 

Northtown Books is located just off the Arcata Plaza at 957 H Street and can be reached at (707)822-2834 or by email at [email protected]. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11am to 6pm; Sunday, noon to 6pm.


The Block Party was an outstanding success!
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator


KMUD’s volunteers offered a remarkable fundraising event. The children were thrilled with the bouncy house and an array of exciting activities that had them playing to their heart’s content. The bands provided captivating performances. Moreover, we were fortunate to have incredible vendors who showcased the exquisite craft wonders of Humboldt. One of the highlights of the event was the unveiling of a breathtaking mural, skillfully crafted by artists Rawzen and Joe Mallory, adorning our storage container. 
Click on the photo above or here  to see more of the Block Party! 







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