May E-Newsletter


KMUD, Vocality and Golden Dragon invite you to kick off the summer season in style at the annual Block Party, free for everyone on Saturday, May 20th.
Babette’s delectable food, luscious libations, the world-famous CD sale, mural painting by Rawzen and friends. Kids are more than welcome in the Kids Zone, this year with animal balloons and giant bubbles thanks to the Tea Fairy. And amazing crafts vendors will occupy the street. 
Come and dance
Come and meet your DJs
Come and contribute to KMUD

And hey, the road will be closed off most of the day,
sorry for the inconvenience… 

Decolonizing Economics Summit
By David Cobb, co-host of Dishgamu

KMUD was proud to serve as an anchoring organization for the Decolonizing Economics Summit that happened April 20-22. KMUD joined the Wiyot Tribe’s Dishgamu Humboldt Community Land Trust; Cal Poly Humboldt Native American Studies, Sociology, and Political Science Departments; Native Roots Network; US Solidarity Economy Network, and over 30 other social change organizations in putting on a three-day virtual conference. 

More than 1,000 people participated online, and it culminated in an in-person Earth Day celebration at Pierson Park in McKinleyville, where several hundred folks gathered in person to listen to music, enjoy food, aerialists, clowns, and more.

KMUD broadcasted a key panel live each day. Of particular note was a panel entitled “Media & Decolonization.” KMUD News Director Lauren Schmitt was joined by Vincent Schilling of Native Viewpoint;  Jourdan Bennet-Begaye of Indian Country Today; Tom Llewellyn of Shareable, and Steve Dubb of Non-Profit Quarterly. 

All of the panels were recorded,
and are available at Decolonizing Economics Summit.

Movers and Shakers on the Music Scene

by Dennis, Music Director

Jazz and Jams is Kmud’s Wednesday night improvisational odyssey! Your rotating hosts, Larry and Wolfmandu, explore the present and future of the American art form we call jazz. Standing on the shoulders of giants is a great way to describe this program; nanos gigantum humeris insidentes. “We see more and farther than our predecessors, not because of keener vision or greater height, but because we are lifted up and borne aloft on their gigantic stature” wrote John of Salisbury in 1159.  Wolfmandu’s show continues to focus on some of history’s greatest recordings and personalities with a fine-tuned ear for the groovy and emotional cuts. Larry is keeping us up to date on the latest and greatest releases of our contemporary artists. You can hear their selections and deep, soft voices Wednesday nights at 8:30.

     Bettye Etter has decided to step down from her Wild River Radio show and has passed the baton to Kevin whom you may recognize as a music show sub or engineer. Kevin‘s great taste in folk music is well suited for the Wild River Radio program and we look forward to his programming. Not to worry however, you will still hear Bettye co-hosting on Homegrown Tomatoes where she shares a lifetime of knowledge and love of gardening to sate your eyes with color and tastebuds with flavor.

News from the Newsroom!
by Lauren Schmitt, News Director


May 5 was the National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day. The MMIP crisis has affected all native communities but has had a particular impact on our region of Northern California which has some of the highest reported case rates. Although last week was a national day of awareness, this is an issue KMUD News covers year round. Over the last few years, we have been speaking with Dr. Blythe George (Yurok), the Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Merced and a co-author of To’ kee skuy’ soo ney-wo-chek’ – I Will See You Again In a Good Way, a blueprint for tribes to intervene in and prevent MMIP cases.
She shared the latest update from the frontlines of the MMIP crisis here.
Learn more about To’ kee skuy’ soo ney-wo-chek’, here.

KMUD News had the honor of guest hosting Heart of the Earth with indigenous scholar and musician,  Dr.Lyla June (Diné), and Perry Lincoln (Wailaki), of Native Health in Native Hands. Dr. June joined Lincoln in support of the Wailaki Cultural revitalization movement of Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino.
You can find that audio here.

Dr.Lyla June was at the Mateel Community Center on April 28th. We recorded the session in full here.

Southern Humboldt Pride at KMUD June 17th

KMUD has always been a strong ally and supporter of the LGBTQAI+ community, promoting inclusivity and acceptance for all. It is now time to honor this! Join us for a historic moment as KMUD radio and the Southern Humboldt community celebrate our very first Pride event!

SoHum Pride will feature live music, poetry, visual art and panel discussions about the struggles and triumphs of the local LGBTQ+ community. Come connect with others in the community, enjoy delicious food and drink, and soak up the vibrant energy of the day.

Southern Humboldt pride brought to you by the dedicated teams at KMUD radio, Vibe Queer Bar, Queer Humboldt and Lost Coast Pride

If you want to be vendor, apply here

Early Monday Mornings new shows
by Dennis Maher, Music Director

From next week, check out our changes to early Monday morning programming where we’ve included Choose to Be Curious and Planetary Radio back to back in the lineup beginning at 6 a.m.. 
Choose to Be Curious is a show all about discussing research and theory, but mostly it’s conversations about how curiosity shows up in work and life. 
On Planetary Radio, Host Sarah Al-Ahmed visits with scientists, engineers, mission leaders, astronauts, advocates, and writers who provide unique and exciting perspectives on the exploration of our universe. It’s brought to you by The Planetary Society, the world’s largest and most influential non-profit space organization of more than two million space enthusiasts.
Check them out and let us know what you think.

Programmer Highlight : Susan

Heading into my 5th year of hosting “Diving In”, and second year as a rotating host on the Thursday night Classical show. The name ‘Diving In’ refers to my initial plunge into the unknown territory of radio dj-ing, and into music’s extensive range.
I’ve used this opportunity to explore : Kmud’s library including new releases,  cross-cultural music, various classifications (blues, jazz, folk, world…), and historical applications. What I continuously learn in this exploration process informs successive shows. In other words: varied with an attempt at flow.

For the Classical show I tend toward smaller ensemble music, and again, try for a diverse presentation of ” Classical”.
Much thanks to all staff, volunteers, members, and underwriters.

2022 Annual Financial Report

Sarah Starck, KMUD financial consultant, presents her financial report for last year. 
You’ll understand more about inner working of KMUD and see that KMUD depends on your donations. 
Never too late to make a donation :


Shows about Environment on KMUD
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator

For our KMUD table at Earth Day in McKinleyville, we made this sign and …. I was surprised myself by how much environment is an important issue on KMUD. Obviously we have the five, very different and informative, Environment Shows on Tuesdays 7 to 8pm, but look at the sign and find out that there is so much more, at any time of the day and night … about gardening or climate, about forests or cosmos, current affairs or everlasting issues…. KMUD cares about the environment! 
Check out all those shows on kmud’s archives
and on KMUD’s schedule

Donate your vehicle to KMUD

Have a boat, an old 1972 Buick Boattail Riviera, a non-running Rav 4 or a travel trailer with too many rooms for you and your significant other? Donate all of them to KMUD. Good timing for spring cleaning! 

No need to be running, but need a title, and to be accessible by a tow truck. Careasy is the non-profit that takes care of this for KMUD. 
Call 877-411-3662 or go to




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