May Newletter


KMUD annual legendary Block Party
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator

KMUD Community Radio and its sponsors, Ridgeline Farms,  Coast Central Credit Union, InTenTs and  Block and Tackle  Designs, proudly announce the free annual Block Party on Saturday May 25, 2024. Redway Drive will be closed in front of the KMUD studio from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. (or as late as midnight).

Music will be broadcast live from noon til dusk, see the line-up below. This party is dedicated to Cyrus Wong-Weissman, a wonderful local musician who played many times at the Block Party and a dear friend who we all miss. 

Artist Rawzen will be returning for another live mural painting with Joe Mallory and friends.
Delicious food with an Asian flair,
 plus cocktails, beer, our legendary cold brewed iced coffee, and wine by Vino Divino. This is a low waste event, so please bring a cup, bowl and utensils.

The kids zone will be phenomenal with ninja games, puppet shows, vinyl painting and other art crafts.

Vendors include Luke Sacks Coastal Jewelry, some Tie Dye by Salted Ocean Dyes, Hope Springs Botanicals, Naked and Nourished Handmade, A.C. Custom Designs, Amy Brousseau textile artisan, Humboldt County Office of Elections, Culture Crafts and their hand spun hats and sarongs, Patty the potter and Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Our youth booth will offer veggie starts for the late gardeners.

We already want to thank Gyppo Ale Mill, the Tofu Shop, Mycality Mushroom, Dazey’s Garberville and Eagle Rock Ranch for their donations.

Line Up
by Dennis Maher, Program Director

11.30 Parade
12:00  Garberville Town Band.  The party kicks off properly and promptly at noon with our wonderful Garberville Town Band marching into the giant big-top tent and continuing to entertain as the Memorial Parade arrives at the Block Party.
12:30  Mountain King 707.  Reily family locals, David, Tim and John, perform instrumental renditions of rock and jazz.
1:15   Tales from Cowtown.  A friendly family puppet show about rural resilience.  Expect marionettes, clowns, live music, giant animals and more.. In the Kids Zone!
1:45   House Of Mary.  Melodic, haunting, powerful and rich indie rock from NorHum.
2:45   More Tales from Cowtown! In the Kids Zone!
3:15   Blue Rhythm Revue.  Humboldt County’s premier party band bring a soulful sound to the dance music we all know and love.
4:45   Eli Fowler. (Little Kidd Lost / Elision of Subliminal Sabotage) has been performing and perfecting his own style of Humboldt County Hip Hop since 1999.
5:30   Beth And Diego our local musical gypsies! In Kids Zone!
6:00  Makenu.  Humboldt’s premiere cumbia band. Mixing classic cumbia with ska, hip hop, psychedelic sound and Latin American music. Their 8 members are drawn from the far corners of the continent.
7:30  Mama Grows Funk.  Back by popular demand! Mendocino’s Mama delivers the funky beats and soulful tunes necessary to uplift community spirits & make booties shake!

… and Parade
by Dennis Maher, Program Director

New for this year is a community parade honoring our veterans, taking over Redwood Drive in Redway from Shop Smart to Redway Drive from 11:40 to noon (after leaving Redway School) at 11:30. It will feature veterans, the Garberville Town Band, dancers, clowns, floats, kids, a pooping cow puppet, and more. Join the fun or watch it pass by from the side of the road!

ED Denson’s passing
by Lauren Schmitt, News Director

KMUD is saddened by the passing of Eugene “ED” Denson on April 12.  ED was a cherished figure at KMUD Radio, celebrated civil rights attorney, and the co-founder of Kicking Mule Records, was a vibrant soul whose contributions to music and community left indelible marks.
ED was not just a promoter of music; he was a true advocate for the artists. At Kicking Mule Records, he helped bring to light the intricate beauty of fingerstyle guitar, providing a platform for talented but often overlooked musicians.
At KMUD Radio, besides doing his musicology show “Don’t Get Trouble on Your Mind,” ED did the Rights Organizaion talk show.  His voice was a beacon for community action and engagement. He understood the power of media to unite people and often used his platform to advocate for social justice, environmental protection, and civil rights.
Beyond his professional endeavors, ED’s personal qualities were equally noteworthy. His integrity, passion, and unwavering commitment to his beliefs made him a respected and beloved figure.
His melody may have faded, but the echoes of his work will resonate for generations to come.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to Mary Alice Denson and everyone who cared about ED.

Rebuilding of Studio C
by Rob Seifert-Gage, production assistant

We’ve been hard at work with the deconstruction of studio C, while the station is being broadcasted from studio A.

The custom desk made by Dan Primerano, is finished and looking outstanding. We wanted to showcase our local woods, and really, it could not have been more local, as it comes from the Elm tree grown across the street from KMUD at the old Persimmons.
The photo shows the longest piece, sealed and ready for install. 

Gary and the magical floor
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator

Gary is one of those guys who likes to help his community, and he did so these last 2 week by creating the new floor of our remodeled studio. He replaced our old dirty carpet with the new oak flooring traded with Whitethorn Construction. When you come to the Block party, don’t forget to go check it out. Such a beautiful job! 

Vella Wood Flooring in Redway has been installing floors and refinishing hardwood floors on the North Coast for over 30 years. Gary Vella is a licensed and bonded flooring contractor who can order wholesale and deliver a wide variety of flooring products to your door. Check out Vella Wood Flooring on social media or call them at (707) 223-1024 to find out more about our competitive prices.
Gary was the guest on the KMUD Business show last Tuesday from 9.30am, check it out
on the archives.

New Orleans Jazz Fest
by Dennis Maher, Program Director

It was with great excitement that we were able to offer you a simulcast of WWOZ’s live broadcast from the 2024 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 25th through 29th, and May 2nd through the 5th. 
If you’re unfamiliar with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, this broadcast was a great introduction! This Jazz Fest coverage spanned a wide range of musical genres – traditional jazz, swing, big band, modern jazz, contemporary jazz, blues, gospel, and of course, New Orleans brass bands and Mardi Gras Indian music. I’d love to hear your impressions and feedback on our airing of this event.  Email me at 
[email protected]  or leave a message anytime on our Listener Comment Line (707) 932 5091, so that we know if you want to hear it again next year. 

Cal Poly Humboldt Reporting
by Kelley Lincoln for KMUD News

On Monday April 22nd, Humboldt landed in the middle of national history as anti-war, anti-genocide protests erupted on Cal Poly Humboldt’s Campus, and KMUD News was networking on and off the campus throughout  through reporting and networking led by News Director Lauren Schmitt, working closely with the student journalists with El Leñador, KRFH Radio, and The Lumberjack… Click here to read more from Kelley Lincoln’s take on the recent events at Cal Poly Humboldt.

And listen to the news stories you missed below.
Listen to POLICE RIOT: Cal Poly Humboldt Protest Update 4/30/24 by KMUD News on #SoundCloud
Listen to Local Leaders Urged Restraint Ahead of Police Raid at Cal Poly Humboldt by KMUD News
Listen to College of the Redwoods President Calls for Gaza Ceasefire by KMUD News
Listen to LIVE: Cal Poly Humboldt Protest Report 4/26/24 by KMUD News
Listen to Teachers Allege Criminal-like Treatment by University by KMUD News
Listen to California Faculty Association Call for “Vote of No Confidence” in Cal Poly Humboldt President by KMUD News
Listen to Cal Poly Humboldt Student Journalist Face Barriers During Third Night of Protests and Occupation by KMUD News
Listen to Cal Poly Student Protest Leads to Violent Clash with Police, University Closes Campus by KMUD News

The owl anthologists

Zane and Helena got their start at KMUD in spring of 2022, when they came in to do a special music show for graduating seniors. Not long after, they filled the biweekly 10pm-12am Thursday slot and created the Owl Anthology! Inspiration comes from whatever new or old favorites they’ve been listening to, which could include but is not limited to goth rock, punk, shoegaze, dream pop, folk, indie rock, electronic, metal, noise, witchouse, ambient, country, movie soundtracks and more! Helena’s passion for music was first encouraged by her family which includes a handful of musicians and singers. She loves to play guitar, piano and sing. Her dream is to be a sound engineer. Zane currently makes music under the alias Juniper Death on SoundCloud, often sampling and distorting bits from movies and internet clips. He is inspired by acts like Boards of Canada and Atrax Morgue. Stay up late to catch the sounds of the owls! And if you are not a night owl, catch them on the archives very other Thursday 10 to midnight. 

New Station Manager
by KMUD Board of Directors

We are excited to welcome Jeffery James as our new Station Manager! Jeff’s steadfast commitment to the community and his extensive experience in business and management will greatly benefit our team. A versatile professional, Jeff’s wide-ranging skills and expertise will surely be a valuable addition to KMUD! 

Movers and Shakers
text by Dennis Maher, Program Director
and photos by Doug Fir

Humboldt history is alive on the KMUD airwaves! We welcome a new talk show to 5th Sundays at 1:30pm, The Humboldt Area People’s Archive Show. Our very own Classical DJ, Doug Fir, along with Dominic Corva, head of Department Of Cannabis Studies at Cal-Poly Humboldt, and Nicole Riggs, Executive Director of Humboldt Area People’s Archive will be your hosts leading excursions through audio archives of local hippie culture focusing on politics, resettlement and art.

To make room, The Oral History Project, a series of fantastic live and prerecorded interviews of locals, which previously occupied that slot, will be moving to a new time and day. You’ll now find Joanne Wilson hosting The Oral History Project monthly on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm.
Listen here to Margaret Lewis and Shirley Grey interview
Listen here to Agnes Patak’s interview
Listen here to Peter Ryce’s interview
Listen here  to Al “Owl” Ceraulo and Behr’s interviews 

Earth Day Everyday
by Dorothee, Membership Coordinator

Talking about Humboldt history, KMUD is proud to offer to you a present made by videographer Andy Caffray to our YouTube Channel : a collection of videos of our local Earth First! activists, Darryl Cherney, Cecelia Ostrow, Jim Page, Dakota Sid and others, celebrating the beauty of our forests and the fight to protect them over the last decades. Please enjoy and share! We’ll keep posting more in that series.

Solar flare story
by KMUD News

Did you see the Aurora Borealis on the North Coast last week? KMUD’s Lauren Schmitt interviewed our country’s leading scientists to get a more in-depth look on the beautiful phenomenon.

Listen to Geomagnetic Storm Supercharges Aurora Borealis Over Northern California by KMUD News on SoundCloud

Underwriter highlight : Whitethorn Contruction
by Patricia Tinkler, Underwriting Coordinator
A locally-owned and family-operated lumber yard, hardware store, and garden supply center, Whitethorn Construction has been serving the community since 1963 when founder Bob McKee created a hub for the remote Lost Coast community. (Lauren Schmitt recorded
a series of interviews with Bob shortly before his passing). Travel and retail guides laud Whitethorn Construction for the whimsical architecture, the new hardwood gallery and of course Cafe J, but locals think of it as the unofficial Lost Coast town square. 

KMUD’s new studio’s solid tan oak hardwood flooring was provided by Whitethorn Construction’s Hardwood Division, which specializes in Native California Hardwoods. With decades of experience as woodworkers, they have accumulated and dried an extensive inventory of hardwood lumber, slabs, and millwork products. On-site milling, drying, and manufacturing capabilities enable them to provide many products such as kiln-dried lumber, slabs, fine furniture, and tongue and groove flooring to the public. Their primary species include Tan Oak, California Claro Walnut, and Madrone, along with others like Pepperwood, Black Oak, and Chinquapin.

Whitethorn Construction provides expertise and services to the general public. The most requested services are planing, resawing and log milling, all performed on premises.

Whitethorn Construction is located at 545 Shelter Cove Rd. Their hours of operation are M-F 7:30-5pm; Sat 8-4pm. (707)986-7412







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