Confluence September 2012
"Day Saver" effort down to the wire
Dear KHSU Listener,
You've heard about KHSU's "DaySaver Campaign" by now. The idea is to do less on-air fundraising by encouraging listeners to support the station early, before our fall drive starts.
If KHSU listeners give a combined $35,000 by midnight September 26th, we can take a day out of the drive and be "fundraising free," giving KHSU listeners a break.
The results are coming in and it is going to very close, the proverbial photo finish in horse racing.
As of today, there's just over $15,000 to go and just 5 days left for members and new supporters to give. For perspective, station supporters gave $14,000 in the last five days of that mail campaign.
We'll keep you posted as we get closer, and will take all donations postmarked by September 26th or given online, into account.
Thanks for those of you who have given early andgood luck in the drawings.
If you want to be a Day Saver you can give here.
Thank you for your support,
David Reed, KHSU Development Director
iPad 3, Airfare and State Park pass giveaways
KHSU listeners get a chance at three great gifts this Fall membership drive. Travel anywhere in the world, just around your backyard or let your fingers travel the smooth screen of a new iPad just for supporting the station you love.
Listeners who give by the Day Saver deadline, midnight September 26th, are entered to win $500 in credit on United Airlines and the two other drawings too. You could visit a friend, put it towards a European vacation or give it as a gift.
All listeners who give by Monday, October 1st are entered to win a Redwood State Parks day pass, good for a year's day use all over the regions state parks.You'll be able visit Patrick's Point, Fort Humboldt, Richardson Grove and 18 other parks without a fee for a year.
Finally, near the end of the drive, we close our final drawing, for an iPad3. Not only can you listen to KHSU using the Public Radio ap, use thousands of other aps to read, learn, play and video chat. The sooner you give, the more drawings you enter. All KHSU Sustainers are automatically entered!
There is no donation necessary to enter, full rules are at khsu.org or can be received by calling KHSU at 707-826-4807
Let the Music Speak
But Mark has some stuff to say too!
By Katie K
Whatever the flavor, from "Classical Corner" to "Los Ensemble Economique" (or those who like it all) there is a lot that goes into the planning and preparation for each of KHSU's music shows. Each week, volunteer hosts must wrap their brains around time. Two hours of potential tunes, that is a lot of songs! (or one long, crazy, song journey if you listen to Fogou). Rock and roll shows average 35 songs in a two-hour set, Jazz and Classical fewer, but there is a universal need to keep it fresh and get a hold of the latest music. That's where Music Director, Mark Shikuma comes in.
Every week, new music piles into Shikuma's mailbox and email. Then he listens, listens and listens some more. This might sound idyllic, getting to listen to music as a job; but Mark must listen to the good, the bad - and let's just stick with - the ugly.
He mucks through the piles of music, searching for the gems.
Shikuma then compiles a list of the weekly "adds," music that will become part of KHSU music library. The "adds" include a list of the albums along with meticulous notations, highlighting some of the notable releases, often giving contextual background on the releases.
The weekly "adds" also point out visiting artists and local happenings.
With this thoughtful and thorough list, it is much easier for the DJs to wrap their brains around their show. Shikuma's direction in KHSU's music department helps all the DJ's highlight what is cutting edge nationally and promote what is happening in the local music scene.
Besides his duties at KHSU, Shikuma writes the "In Review" music column for the North Coast Journal.
Political Coverage: National and Local Debates
KHSU is the only local source on radio for the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates and local candidate forums. Throughout October, KHSU will do what we can to help you be an informed voter.
KHSU will carry the four national debates in their entirety. Each will be followed by analysis from NPR Senior Washington editor Ron Elving, political analysts E.J. Dionne and Matt Continetti, and several NPR policy reporters.
KHSU is proud to be working with League of Women Voters of Humboldt County and public television station KEET to broadcast four local candidate forums. League forums begin at 7 pm and last an hour.
A schedule of debates and forums so far:
October 1 -7-8 p.m. on KHSU and KEET - Eureka City Council Ward 2, Linda Atkins, incumbent; Joe Bonino.
October 3 - 6-8 p.m.- Presidential Debates from Denver, Co
October 5 -7-8 p.m. on KHSU and KEET - CA Assembly, Wesley Chesbro, incumbent; Tom Lynch.
October 11 - 6-8 p.m. from NPR-Vice Presidential Debate October 12 -7-8 p.m. on KHSU and KEET - U.S. Congress District 2, Jared Huffman, Dan Roberts.
October 16 - 6-8 p.m. NPR- Presidential Debate from Hempstead, NY
October 17 -7-8 p.m. on KHSU and KEET - Fortuna City Council, Douglas Strehl, incumbent; Tami Gillam-Trent, Josh Brown. October 22 - 6-8 p.m. NPR-Presidential Debate from Boca Raton, FL
Three New Music Shows Debut
We are swinging out and getting right down to the nitty gritty while keeping our eyes to the horizon here at KHSU.
You may have heard some new voices over the past few months, three to be exact. Although it's sad to say goodbye to DJ's we love and have come to rely on for insight into music, it is equally exciting to say hello to new disc jockeys with fresh ideas and perspectives.
JT brings you Classical Horizons on Fridays from 10am until noon, incorporating a little bit of the old with an eye on the modern world of classical music. JT says, "We have many contemporary artists doing a lot of standards along with pieces of their own, it's good to be appreciative of the old, but looking into what's new is exciting."
Tuesday afternoon's objective is to get right down to what is real in the world of music. On The Nitty Gritty with Disc Jockey Knickerbockey (its ok to giggle) you'll hear surf rock, puck rock, garage rock, metamorphic rock, rockabilly, local bands, country, bluegrass, jazz and chatter about how much she loves the "soul" behind music. Every other Tuesday, the Nit Grit has a mini segment at 3 o'clock called "A Band About Town," featuring local bands, including interviews and songs recorded at the KHSU studio.
Wednesday nights come as a relief to many, the week is halfway over and from 8-10pm Yukio throws a singing, swinging, stomping, sailing, wailing jazz party and we are all invited! Swing Out! celebrates the sweet and crazy sounds of vintage jazz from 1925 to 1945. Early 20th-century pop, novelty, calypso, blues and dance tunes as well as modern interpretations of vintage jazz is thrown into the mix. Dancing shoes and/or lemons to juggle are required. By KK A full KHSU schedule is here
Effort to Secure SoHum Signal Progresses
We are making progress on our campaign to save the signal serving the communities of Southern Humboldt while improving KHSU's service.
For the last few months KHSU has been working with Preserving KHSU's SoHum Signal Southern Humboldt listeners to raise the funds needed to construct a permanent transmitter in the area. This would replace the current translator and save the frequency, which is at risk.
So far, KHSU listeners have contributed $10,500 to the goal, with another $2,100 coming from two Humboldt Area Foundation funds, the Monroe Tobin Family Fund & the John & Barbara Francek Memorial Fund. That is enough buy the antenna necessary to start the project and begins the process of paying for a transmitter. To fully build the new transmitter, a little under $40,000 is needed.
To learn more call General manger Ed Subkis or email him at email@example.com
Confluence March 2012
Dear KHSU Member,
The power of the KHSU listening audience and the power of spring are amazing forces.
Spring is bringing with it pouring rain and brilliant sunshine, colorful flowers and new life.
KHSU listeners have come together to meet an unprecedented goal to sustain the station.
In this Confluence, we salute those listeners, bring you some new life from our music library and say goodbye to a stalwart member of our volunteer force.
Thank you for your support,
KHSU Development Director
"DAY SAVERS" succeed!
Spring Drive One Day Shorter
KHSU wanted to try something new this spring. We are always working on ways to raise enough funds to operate the station, while being on the air for less hours. The "Day Saver" campaign is a way to do that. We calculated that we could remove a day from the spring drive if we raised 16% more in the weeks leading up to going on air.
KHSU listeners went over the day saver goal of $35,000
We will be "pitch free" Tuesday, March 27! Tuesday will be all regular programming, no fundraising.
But don't stop now! There's still time to give early and be entered in the Day Saver drawing for $500 in United Airlines Airfare. You'll also be entered in the drawing for an iPad. Mail your renewal or added gift or give online at KHSU.org by midnight March 21 (today).
Refreshing New Thank You Gift
What sustains your body and soul? Water and KHSU, right?
We are offering a thank you gift this spring that will refresh you while you help sustain your public radio station. As a thank you for those who contribute $120, or $10 a month, we present the KHSU Kanteen!
This is the first time (that we can find) that KHSU has offered a water bottle.
By Klean Kanteen, the bottle is 27 ounces, made of stainless steel and has a sport cap with a spout and a loop to hold onto. The classic KHSU logo is backed by a bright blue wave (thanks to Christian Pennington Design for help with the art).
You can ask for a KHSU Kanteen with an online gift, or when you call into the KHSU pledge drive.An Inside Look at New Music at KHSU.
An Inside Look at New Music at KHSU
New music makes its way to KHSU and eventually to your radio through KHSU’s Music Director, the industrious Mark Shikuma. Through contact with record labels, both major and independent, Mark adds around 30 titles to the station’s library each week. Eardrum-deep in music, Shikuma also writes music reviews for the North Coast Journal. He is responsible for adding new music, keeps volunteer programmers up-to-date with additions to the music library and makes recommendations to keep KHSU’s diverse music shows fresh.
Here’s a look at our music director’s picks for the last couple of weeks:
In Classical, the new 3-disc Beethoven set by the Cypress String Quartet featuring Beethoven's late quartets written between 1822 and 1826.
For the Folk library, Mark highlights the alt. folk duo, Fable Cry’s self-titled album, which his notes calls “a quirky, yet interesting, debut.” Also added, “Two strong releases from Southern California label, Blue Knight, featuring John Malcom Penn and Steve Spurgin.”
Shikuma’s programming notes say, “The avant-pop musician, Julia Holter, has released an excellent new release (Ekstasis) that combines pop, avant-garde, and Tune-Yards-like D.I.Y. for a unique and accessible album.” Ekstasis was added to the Rock library along with a double live CD from the Decemberists (We All Raise Our Voices to the Air) and ten other new releases.
One of Shikuma’s March picks for World music is the reissue of Mother Africa by The Lijadu Sisters,which he says was“one of the biggest names of the 1970s Nigerian music scene.”
From the Jazz label, Sunnyside, KHSU can now spin some “excellent contemporary Jazz,” from Brooklyn bassist/ composer Eivind Opsvik, featuring percussionist Kenny Wollesen and saxophonist Toby Malaby.
Confluence will be making a regular feature of these “Music Directors Picks” for a behind-the-mic look at KHSU’s diverse music selection.
Community Advisory Group Profile: Ed Smith
KHSU has a special group of volunteers that provide a sounding board and act as a guide to KHSU staff. This is part two of a series on the Community Advisory Group, their members and role.
Ed Smith served one of the longest terms on KHSU advisory group. He retired from his post after a new member from Southern Humboldt, Suzi Jennings joined last year. We asked Ed about his background and how he came to speak for KHSU listeners for more than 14 years on the C.A.G.
Ed's childhood and college years were spent on the East Coast. He received his degrees from Princeton in Basic Engineering in 1960, Law in 66 and Economics in 67. Then his work took him to nearly every continent, with time in Pakistan, Indonesia, Yemen, Bolivia, Uganda and Ukraine.
"I just responded to a radio spot ... how a lot of other members have."
After a life spent on the East Coast, both his children chose to go to college on the West Coast, one at Western Washington and one at UC Santa Cruz. As retirement approached the Smith and his wife Susan started looking for a new place to call home, mid-way between their children. Ed was an amateur weather spotter for the National weather Service (and still is) and found a spot on the coast between Sonoma County and Fortuna that routinely had good weather. Before long they were in a real estate office in Garberville looking at property with land and water.
"We look at the station as a whole and speak for listeners as a more cohesive group"
The couple settled about 3 miles outside of Briceland on a park-like property, where they still live.
Asked how he got into serving for KHSU Ed says, "I just responded to a radio spot in November '98, how a lot of other members have."
"KHSU was really my first public radio station I listened to after being back in the United States," explaining that he had listened to commercial classical in Washington DC, but KHSU was his first NPR and community radio experience.
"I was looking for a community activity and had just termed out from another community group."
Smith says he's happy that KHSU's self-sustainability has "increased by leaps and bounds" while he and other CAG members have served."My hope is someday the University will only be a community partner, because the members can fully support the station."
Smith also says that he feels the CAG is important because other KHSU volunteers can't necessarily speak with a common voice about the whole station.
"We look at the station as a whole and speak for listeners as a more cohesive group."
Smith says now that he is off the Advisory group he will be spending more time gardening, learning about fire breaks and land management and continuing his work as a weather spotter.
The Community Advisory Group is looking for new members. To find out more or to get an application, please call 707-826-4807.
Live Music: Monday's "Keys to the Highway"
Brooks Otis - photo Bob Doran NC Journal
The North Coast's music communities are tight knit, supporting each other and the institutions that support them.
Local folk and roots musicians will rally around KHSU on March 26th for a live music edition of "Keys to the Highway" with Brooks Otis.
KMUD folk DJ Ken Jorgenson and his partner in life and music Maria will join Brooks along with Fred Neighbor, Judy Hageman and a few surprise local folkies will play live during the broadcast from 2 to 4 p.m. Set your radio or computer on KHSU Monday, March 26th for a live music event. Help support local public radio and our support of all our local music scenes.
Spring Drawings: How they work
KHSU is giving away three prizes during this spring membership drive.
The first drawing deadline is tonight at midnight for $500 in airfare credit on United Airlines. We also will give away two all-festival passes to the Strawberry Music Festival and the grand prize, an Apple iPad. Those deadlines are later in the drive on March 27 and 29, respectively.
There are a few ways to be in the drawings. There is no purchase or donation necessary to enter, listeners may enter by using the email link at on the home page at khsu.org or by mailing a postcard with the words "Spring Drive Drawing 2012" on the front.
All donations made by the drawing deadlines (March 21, March 27 and March 29) enter the donor in all drawings after that date.
All sustaining members are automatically entered.
There are a lot of rules and they can all be found here .
Give, enter and good luck!
CONFLUENCE January 2012
In This Issue:
Happy New Year
Happy New Year!
Dear Friend of KHSU,
In this issue of Confluence, Music Director Mark Shikuma has a list of the top songs played on KHSU in 2011, our project to boost our northern signal hits a milestone, we share a new effort by the group "170-million Americans" to show what public broadcasting means to you and we take the first of a two-part look at KHSU's Community Advisory Group. KHSU's family hope you have a Happy New Year and look forward to delivering great public radio to you in 2012.
KHSU means a lot of things to a lot of listeners. To some, its a place for news, for others it's their jazz station, some listen to brighten and enlighten their weekend mornings, others enjoy adventurous radio full of rock, reggae and experimental music. Some enjoy all of it.
The "170-million Americans" group, which KHSU is a part of, is holding a contest to see what public broadcasting means to you. Just download and print a sign from the 170-million Americans site, fill in what KHSU (or KEET or KMUD or any public broadcaster) means to you, and share a photo of it on Facebook, twitter or the 170-million Americans site.
Prizes include cookbooks and DVD sets from public TV favorites and gift boxed CD sets from Public radio shows like Car Talk, Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and Driveway Moments CDs from NPR.
The signal improvements started in the beginning of 2011 to KHSU's service to Del Norte, Curry and far-northern Humboldt counties hit a major milestone in December as the power was raised from 800 to about 5000 watts.
Click here or use the KHSU listener comment line (707-826-6089) to let us know how the signal sounds. The 91.9 FM signal can be heard from about Trinidad to Brookings in Oregon.
Diversity of music is one of the traits that makes KHSU the unique radio station we all enjoy. Thanks to KHSU's volunteer deejays, we get to explore and discover new music from more than one genre, one place or one point of view.
To look back at some of those discoveries, KHSU's new Music Director, Mark Shikuma, has compiled a few lists of the top played albums of 2011. Below are the top 10 overall Visit this link for KHSU's top five Jazz and Folk albums of 2011 .
2011 RELEASES - OVERALL Top 10 Played on KHSU in 2011
|2||-26||No Witch||The Cave Singers||Rock||(Jagjaguwar)|
|3||-23||Anna Calvi||Anna Calvi||Rock||(Domino)|
|4||-21||Civilian||Wye Oak||Rock||(Sub Pop)|
|5||-19||The Whole Love||Wilco||Rock||(dBpm)|
|7||-15||Go With Me||Seapony||Rock||(Hardly Art)|
|8||-14||Ikebe Shakedown||Ikebe Shakedown||Jazz/Funk||(Ubiquity)|
|-14||Diaper Island||Chad VanGaalen||Rock||(Sub Pop)|
|-14||J Mascis||Several Shades of Why||Rock||(Sub Pop)|
|-14||Fading Parade||Papercuts||Rock/ Folk||(Sub Pop)|
|-14||Strychnine Dandelion||The Parting Gifts||Rock||(In the Red)|
|-14||PJ Harvey||Let England Shake||Rock||(Vagrant)|
|9||-13||Queen of the Minor Key||Eilen Jewell||Rock/Folk||(Signature Sounds)|
|-13||Only in Dreams||Dum Dum Girls||Rock||(Sub Pop)|
|-13||Helplessness Blues||Fleet Foxes||Rock/Folk||(Sub Pop)|
|-13||The Harrow & The Harvest||Gillian Welch||Folk||(Acony)|
|-13||Marissa Nadler||Marissa Nadler||Rock/Folk||(Box of Cedar)|
|-13||All Eternals Deck||The Mountain Goats||Rock/Folk||(Merge)|
|-13||Is Growing Faith||White Fence||Rock||(Woodsist)|
|-13||Wild Flag||Wild Flag||Rock||(Merge)|
|10||-12||In Love Oblivion||Crystal Stilts||Rock||(Slumberland)|
|-12||Bad As Me||Tom Waits||Rock||(Anti-)|
According to the KHSU website, the CAG is "...a self-governed cohort of listeners representing the interests of communities throughout our broadcast area and serving as an extra set of 'eyes and ears' for the station."
The board is made up of up to 15 members from all over our listening area. Currently, members come from Crescent City, Willow Creek, Southern Humboldt and all over the Humboldt Bay area. They provide management and staff with feedback on programming, policies, community outreach, and a variety of other issues, as well as helping to establish station priorities.
The CAG meets once a month, on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm on the HSU campus. The Community Advisory Group is looking for new members. To find out more or to get an application, please call 707-826-4807.
If you listened to KHSU at all in November and December, you heard about our Vehicle Donation Program. Yes, listeners really do donate vehicles to KHSU, 13 at the end of 2011 alone. But what do we do with those cars?
KHSU partners with a company in San Diego, Charitable Auto Resources, to help us with processing, picking up and selling donated cars, trucks and boats. KHSU gets about 70% of the proceeds from vehicles. Even when a vehicle is just worth scrap value, KHSU receives a donation. So yes, if you have a boat, RV, truck or car that you'd like to give to a good cause, KHSU wants it. You can call 877-826-KHSU (5478) and speak with an operator or fill out an online form at www.khsu.org/vdp to donate your unwanted car.
When Ben Tankersley came on the KHSU airwaves for his first time in 1985, he was 65 years old - a spring chicken, really. He had hosted classical shows on other public radio stations before, and when he and his wife were planning their move that year, Humboldt State University's public radio station met one of two requirements that solidified their decision to come here - the other was a tight knit Unitarian community.
Last summer, KHSU's program director, Katie Whiteside, sat down and talked to Ben, now nearing 92 years old, about his wife (who passed away in 1987) and daughters (he has three), his favorite subject in school (basketball, though he majored in history), and how he plans out his show, A Musical Offering, which runs every Friday from 10 a.m. to Noon. Here's what he had to say:
"The thing I enjoy is putting a program together," says Ben. "It's easy to say a lot about a piece of music. It's very difficult to say a little and make it meaningful. That's the challenge that I have every week. It seems ridiculous to look at this, but in preparing a Friday program, I start on Monday - well actually, I've already chosen my music by Monday - so by Monday I will have chosen so many hours worth of music, and then as soon as the music is picked out, I start trying to find interesting things...about a piece of music, so that if I'm introducing the music, I can tell one little story of some interest and go on from there...
"The way music developed is interesting to me," he continues. "I only have a two hour program, so I start with the baroque period. Since my favorite composer is Johann Sabastian Bach, I'll always start with Bach (and) to go forward from that, I use a time element. I don't get somebody who's a contemporary of Bach, I get someone who follows Bach in time, and that might be Mozart, it might be Shumann or Schubert. It goes from that to Mendelssohn."
"The progression of music, itself, is seen in selections that go sequentially, and I try to do that. I try to never play a baroque thing after I've played something from the romantic period. I try to play contemporary music very last, at the last of the program."
Changes, Challenges and Cheers...
You probably have already read or heard that KHSU is making some changes to our program schedule. What you may not have heard is one of the public radio networks took notice and is helping KHSU to keep a program on the air. Read about what will be new on July 1, the reprieve for Prairie Home Companion, some new benefits to being a member card holder and other news from KHSU below. Thank you, David Reed, KHSU Development Director
As you may have already heard, KHSU is making a few changes to our programming starting today. Some changes will help keep KHSU's budget balanced , others will improve the flow of programs or give you more chances to hear a favorite program. Plus we're launching a few new shows. Two shows, "Mountain Stage" and "BBC World Service" will be cancelled due to financial concerns (see story above on "A Prairie Home Companion"). Some of our other weekend programs will move around to expand or to move to fit listners' weekend schedules better.
Two weeks before a planned cancellation, a call from American Public Media will keep "A Prairie Home Companion" on KHSU. The program was the most costly entertainment show on our airwaves totaling $21,000 a year to carry. Dropping the program was one of the cuts designed to balance KHSU's budget going into a new fiscal year. But, after local news reports went out about all the program changes, Internet news alerts started showing up at American Public Media's Minnesota headquarters. "They called and asked us what KHSU could afford to keep the show on," says Ed Subkis KHSU's general manager. Subkis and the KHSU staff considered listener support, underwriters and recent listener comments in giving APM a number that could be achieved. Thankfully, the network agreed to a significant discount.
If you get a phone call from a young KHSU intern soon, please give her a few minutes of your day. Adara Friley is an HSU student studying Public Relations and Marketing. Her final project involves interviewing KHSU listeners and developing a campaign for new members. "When people hear other members, I feel they'll respond," says Friley. Audio and video from Friley's interviews will be the centerpiece of the campaign. If you'd like to volunteer to talk to Adara, call her at 826-3221 and leave a message.
KHSU is excited to announce new "Green Benefits" for its members who give $75 and above. In the station and Humboldt State University's continued pursuit of environmental sustainability, the KHSU MemberCard is now useful for discounts at "Green Businesses" as well as restaurants, wineries and lodging. Members can now get 10% discounts at Alternative Building Center in Eureka, off products at Organic Grace in Garberville, and on spa services at Hum Spa in McKinleyville. Click here for a full (and continuously expanding) list of KHSU's Green Benefits , included with every KHSU MemberCard.
New Program: American Routes
You've heard about all of the program shuffling we're doing, starting today on KHSU, but have you heard about this new program that we're excited about? It's called American Routes, and it's hosted by Nick Spitzer. The program runs Saturdays at 1 p.m., in the spot that used to hold Mountain Stage.Here's a little bit of the show's bio:American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music - blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in its 12th year on the air, American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music - and how they are distinguished. The songs and stories on American Routes describe both the community origins of our music, musicians and cultures - the "roots"- and the many directions they take over time - the "routes." Nick Spitzer, the producer and host of American Routes, is a folklorist and a professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University. Nick specializes in American music and the cultures of the Gulf South, and received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas in 1986 with his dissertation on zydeco music and Afro-French Louisiana culture and identities.
It's All About Love
Welcome to a new year of KHSU news in Confluence.
It's almost Valentine's Day and we've got love on our minds. Love for your special someone, love for public radio and love for knowledge all in this issue. We hope you enjoy,
David Reed, KHSU Development Director
For a small donation to the station, your 15-20 word message will be read at a time of your choosing. All the money goes to support KHSU programming and your Valentine will get a surprise bigger than a box of chocolates. Find out more...
My on-air name is Mad Doctor Matt. It was my "CB Handle". Word of explanation for the under 40's. Back in the day, before the Facebook was a twinkle in Mark Zuckerberg's eye (or - before Mark Zuckerberg's was even a twinkle in his parent's eye - for that matter) - talking to other people on the citizens band radio - was how the youth of America wasted time. "Mad Doctor Matt" was my CB radio name.
It was either 1997 or 1998. I can't rightly remember which year. Candice Ludlow was the Volunteer Coordinator, at the time. She was the Den Mother to our group of little flock of trainees. I did the Le Show monitor shift for a year or so. Subbed many, many shows. Late night, early morning. I'd take anything. In February of 2000 - Doctor Sid left for KSLG - and I took over his slot on Saturday nights.
It's mostly rock (though not exclusively). It includes music from all eras. I like to play old things that sound new - with new things that sound old. I usually come out of the gate pretty fast - with something loud and fun. But it can go anywhere from there. My 3rd set usually includes singer-songwriters. But not always. I am mad, you see. Anything could happen.
First of all, radio - in all forms - has always held a fascination for me. I took radio and TV production in college. I did college radio at KRHC (Rio Hondo Community College, Whittier CA). I am a big fan of the concept of radio. Being a part of a radio station - any radio station - has always been one of my dreams. I am now livin' the dream, baby! As to what keep me coming back? Insanity. (rimshot!)
Well, I can't say it was very funny at the time. As I recall, it was right around 9/11 and we were all pretty jumpy. I was subbing somebody's late night show - when out of the darkness in the quiet and empty inner-studio window - comes Barry Thorpe's face - him tapping on the glass. All in good fun, right? He had a good laugh at the time - and now - in retrospect - I am having one, too.
Being on the air the night of the 2010 quake was fun, in a strange way, too. Grace left early to check for damage to her place. I stayed on the air (with (Program Director) Katie Whiteside and (Music Director) Alex Dinwiddie working their cellphones) until the batteries on the USB ran out. 45 minutes later Plant Ops had the generator going, and we came back on the air with local news, interviews and music. It was extremely gratifying to be able to be there and do that.
KHSU is essentially a hybrid of free-form and a traditional NPR radio station. The best of both, really. People don't DO radio like this anymore, really. Haven't done for years. So KHSU is unique. I am a fan of the unique.
I am a Dad, and that's fun. I have been involved in numerous musical ventures over the years. I recently did 3 nights at Del Arte with KHSU's Jeff Demark. That was fun. I now work for KEET-TV. I have a fun job. I am student of history and read a lot of dusty history tomes for fun. Mostly, I try to have fun for fun.
Ross was remembered by deejay Sista Soul during her show Sunday, January 23rd. She played segments of a "Sista's Place" from New Year's Day 1993 that she shared with Ross. She also read remembrances and an obituary of the one-time Arcata resident. The show is now featured on our audio archives .
“What can I say about Ross?” Sista Soul remembered, “the man knew a lot about a lot.”
Sista met Ross when she moved to Humboldt County in 1980, through their mutual political work for Central America. Soon after, she got involved at KHSU and the show “Alternative Review” the program started by another KHSU deejay Tom Cairns.
Ross was invited into the KHSU studios to talk on Central American politics, the World Bank, early marijuana raids and many other topics.
The show that was rebroadcast from 1993 came about when she and Ross reconnected at a rally in San Francisco. Sista bumped into Ross on a street corner and urged him to come back up to Humboldt and come on her show.
Ross and Sista poured through her records at her home while they talked about the topics he wanted to cover about the political “follies of 1992” and found titles that synced up with the news of the year.
Since Sista replayed that show she says, “ I keep thinking about him, he left too soon,” adding, “ he had so much more to do, I wondered as I saw the events in Egypt and Tunisia, ‘what would John be doing about it’?”
Sista’s Place’s tribute to John Ross is currently archived for listening and will be available for about two weeks. If you missed it it’s available here .
We hope you are enjoying KHSU's revolving Tuesday evening arts and ideas programming. The five-part discussion series "Action Speaks" closes on February 1 with artist Shepard Fairey, Political Activist & Author Lawrence Lessig, Computer Scientist & Engineer Brandon Edens and Umberto Crenca in a discussion on"Free Culture."
The series, according to producer Steve Paulsen, "grew out of our continuing fascination with the interplay between science and spirituality." TTBOOK takes on the weighty topic with five themes: "What is Life?," What Does Evolution Want?," "Does the Soul Still Matter?," "Can Islam and Science Co-exist?," and "Can Science be Sacred?" Find out more about
"Science and the Search for Meaning "
The campaign was formed by public radio and TV stations, viewers and listeners to voice support for public funding of public broadcasting. Many KHSU listeners have become part of the campaign already.
The map at the right shows where advocates have signed up. To voice your support for Federal funding of KHSU and other stations or to find out more visit the 170-Million Americans site.
KHSU members can also get the "Hip Pocket Guide to the US Constitution" when they donate. This is a great gift for yourself or for a young person in your life. The guide contains the entire text of the Constitution and each article and amendment is followed by a clear and concise explanation. A guide to one of our country's most important documents.
It’s true. Each month, 170,000,000 Americans tune in to a network of 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations (including KHSU) and hundreds of public media online services for in-depth and non-partisan news, cultural and educational programs. America’s public broadcasters meet high standards set by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by working with each other and our communities, as well as hundreds of national and local producers to inform, inspire and entertain our audiences.
Despite these tremendous benefits and the support it enjoys from the vast majority of Americans, public broadcasting faces a rising tide of opposition from a vocal, motivated minority in Congress and in other media determined to slash all federal support for the industry. It is clear that 2011 will find funding for public broadcasting under regular attack.
To make those voices heard, America’s public radio and television stations have come together to launch an unprecedented project – “170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting ” – to create a network of local rallying points for members, listeners, viewers and others who value public media as a source of non-partisan news, local cultural programming and non-commercial educational programs. KHSU is proud to be a part of that effort. We are asking you to join as well. The heart of this project is a web site – 170MillionAmericans.org – that gives supporters of public media a way to register their support and to put that support into action. Please check out the site and lend your name to this important effort.
It takes just a few seconds of your time, a few clicks at the keyboard, and three pieces of information – your name, email address and ZIP code. The impact of your participation will be felt all year long as we stand up for America’s public broadcasters.
Thanks for listening to KHSU, and thanks in advance for joining this effort. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions.
Ed Subkis General Manager
In This Issue:
What a year!
Your public radio station, KHSU, has had a busy year. In just the last few weeks our listeners partied at KHSU's golden anniversary, gave over $100,000 in our fall fundraiser, helped feed hungry people and rubbed shoulders with Ira Glass.
We also blew out the candles on our anniversary -- 12 months of live music, special guests like Carl Kasell and live radio events like our radio play and jazz concert.
If you participated in any of these events, thank you! We look forward to bringing you more music and cultural events in KHSU's 51st year as well as great radio programming.
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David Reed, KHSU Development Director
Instead of listeners calling to get the latest tote bag or CD, the money donated during that hour was matched, up to $2000, to feed local families through Food for People. More than $4000 was donated to KHSU at the same time.
Thank you to Wildberries Marketplace for supporting two great local non-profits.
When did you start at KHSU?
I began as a very brief volunteer during my undergrad time at HSU in the early 90’s. When I returned from living up in Alaska in the mid/latter 90’s, I resumed volunteering again picking up some production engineering skills.
Are you a morning person by nature?
Yup. I love sipping coffee or yerba mate and enjoy watching the day wake up… I have done plenty of early morning bird surveys over the years – songbirds, marbled murrelets… but having to do techie stuff and speaking into a mike at an early hour is another matter…..
Yeh, sometimes. Often people remark on how deep my voice sounds… but then they say after they adjust to the disembodied voice thing, they can tell it’s me. Saying my name has clued ‘em in too. They also like to tease me when I mess up.
KHSU, public radio generally, is this magical thing – it is tangible as well as imaginal …I find that very special. And it’s such a community asset –a beautiful expression of people and place.
In terms of programs, This American Life is a favorite. It’s always a good reminder of the shared beauty and simplicity of our li’l existence.
I’m an avid potter – doesn’t get much better than having your hands all gooped up with clay! I also like hiking all around our beautiful region. When I have time and money, travel is something that lights me up too.
The Moth Radio Hour started with five pilot episodes in December 2009 and followed up with another five in Spring 2010. KHSU has aired all ten Moth Radio Hour broadcasts so far. We are looking forward to seeing what the Moth has in store for their third installment. At the same time, KHSU will be looking for ways to pay for the cost of the program in order to continue carrying it.
The next limited run series to premiere on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. is The Promised Land - hosted by Majorca Carter. The program is produced by the independent public radio production company: Launch in association with American Public Media.
From The Promised Land's website:
There are visionaries among us — men and women with innovative ideas about changing lives and transforming communities. You may find them in the far-flung corners of the world or right down the street. With The Promised Land, a new series from Launch Minneapolis, host Majora Carter seeks out these extraordinary yet everyday people and reveals their dreams and struggles — what inspires and challenges their work and their lives. From neighborhoods in east Belfast grappling with a polluted river to kids interviewing for Green Jobs Corps in East Oakland, The Promised Land promises a steady stream of powerful radio.
Listen for the Promised Land starting soon on Tuesday nights at 7.
KHSU members made an amazing dent in KHSU's goal for this season and did much more (see food challenge). KHSU is mailing members who may have forgotten to renew and continuing to seek new members to make up the last little bit. We'll keep you posted.
Please give us your opinion! You can email us at Prairie@khsu.org or call the listener comment line 826-6089 or show your support with a donation here .On Thanksgiving Day we'll present a special encore presentation of the KHSU Mini Jazz-Fest, first broadcast live on May 7th this year. The special begins at 7 p.m. in place of Thursday Night Talk and Funky Junction. KHSU Jazz host Darius Brotman hosts the special with performances by Brotman's ensemble and guest vocalist Juanita Harris, The Shao Way Wu Group and the HSU student jazz trio Flannel Potato...Bug.
Later on Saturday December 11th, we'll present the first airing of "The Best of Public Radio" a three hour special with excerpts from the year's funniest, most touching and important pieces from the entire world of public radio.
Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me co-hosts along with Adam Davidson, co-host of Planet Money, a collaboration of NPR and This American Life. Just Confirmed - NPR's Nina Totenberg and Planet Money's Alex Blumberg will join Peter and Adam. The Best of Public Radio 2010 will feature many of public radio's most familiar voices including Click and Clack from Car Talk, This American Life host Ira Glass and Robert Krulwich.
We'll also rebroadcast the live performance of the radio play "The Day the Radio Stood Still: the Silence of the Hams" first performed from the Arcata Playhouse in February 2010 for the KHSU 50th anniversary during December.
Turns out this viral video is by former Ferndale Enterprise intern, Adam Cole, who goes by Cadamole on Youtube. Backing vocals by Jenna Sullivan.
That seemed like such a good idea, we're going to create other benefits for being a KHSU Membercard holder. We are planning for discounts at KHSU events and the like. Watch Confluence for details. Or become a Household Member and get your own card.
What events and shows would you like to go to? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue #1 Volume 1
Welcome to the "first" issue of Confluence
Thank you for listening to and supporting KHSU. We hope you'll enjoy keeping in touch with the station through our occasional electronic newsletter. Read "Why Confluence?" for the history on the name.
Welcome to the return of "Confluence" in its new electronic form. We hope you will enjoy this convenient electronic way to connect with KHSU and that you will click through to enjoy all of our featured articles.
I've now been at KHSU for six months. When people ask me how I am adjusting to Humboldt County I always smile (and sometimes laugh) when I hear this question. My only real adjustment has been finding things. Culturally, personally and professionally it has been an easy transition for me and my family. The KHSU staff and I had some immediate "bonding" experiences with projects that had deadlines in the first month of my tenure. The KHSU 50th Anniversary events, our auction (with guest speaker Carl Kassel) and our spring fundraiser gave me the opportunity to meet and work with lots of our community volunteers. So many people that I meet are genuinely friendly and helpful, and I feel truly welcome.
I've been spending much of my time on the traditional management function of financial affairs - making sure that we are raising enough money to run KHSU, as well as being sure that we don't overextend ourselves by spending too much. KHSU is a lean organization, without much financial wiggle room. My commitment to you is to make sure that KHSU remains solvent and financially secure.
We've also been looking at our program schedule and see opportunities to make some changes that will increase our public service (i.e. have more people listening or have people listen for longer periods of time). At the same time we are analyzing the economics of the programs we pay for to make sure we are getting an appropriate return in public service. Keep your eyes here for information about these changes when we announce them in the near future.
Northtown Books, an independent bookstore at 957 H St. in Arcata, has been part of the North Coast cultural scene for over 45 years. The store started out 16th and G Street where Wildflower Café is now before moving to its present location a block north of the Arcata Plaza.
Today Northtown Books continues with a staff of six and a huge selection of books, periodicals, children's literature, comics and more. Additionally, the store offers occasional readings and author signings. KHSU recently spoke with the store's owner, Dante DiGenova.
I worked in other bookstores like Paperback Traffic in San Francisco for a number of years. I actually started working in a book store in high school called Brentanos in Costa Mesa; I've been doing it almost my whole life.
I love to go through all the catalogs of books every buying season and pick out books and wonder if one of them could be a great novel or a classic. It's so rare that it actually happens but its fun to pick out titles.
It's also really satisfying to be able to help people choose new books. If I know their tastes, the other staffers and I try to lead them to a new author. When we help them find a book they love it's wonderful.
What we're up against with chains is they have investors and so much more money. They order absolutely everything whether they care about the book or not. It's all a matter of scale. We choose our books carefully thinking about what will appeal to our customers.
Also, I used to be a DJ on KHSU. I subbed on Greg DeVaney's old "No Age" show and I split a Saturday night shift on a punk show called "In Your Ear." I have the greatest respect for the volunteer DJs because it takes a lot of time and dedication.
KHSU t-shirts with the 50th anniversary logo will be available during our Fall membership drive. The shirts feature the commemorative image created by KHSU volunteer "Your Saving Grace" on the front and sleeve of the shirt. Shirts will be given as a thank you gift for listeners who give either $10 a month or $120 during the fall membership drive.
Give early to receive your shirt. (please note size in comments box)
In honor of KHSU’s 50th anniversary year, we have solicited stories from volunteers, staff and students who were part of the station over its first five decades. The following is a story from Neal Fridley, a student deejay in the mid-Sixties.
Yesterday I tuned in to my local college radio station and listened as a young announcer stumbled through announcing a song by Diop M’bala and the Juju Mahotella Boys, his voice painful to hear for the tension that cracked through.
My mind wandered back to 1967. I am walking down the deserted halls of the theater arts building of Humboldt State College of forty years ago. A red “On the Air” light glows over a door at the end of the hall. I will just make it in time to do my announcing shift at KHSU FM.
Opposite the soundproof glass is the broadcast booth, great Ampex reel to reel tapes turning precisely, patch cords plugged into control board sockets like a basket of amorous snakes. Illuminated by the soft glow of lighted meter dials and indicator lights, the wall clock ticks closer to 8:00 p.m., time for my program, The Folk Hour.
FM radio was in its childhood. Cars came with AM radios. The legendary Wolfman Jack blasted out One Hundred Thousand Pots of Wower on Mighty 1090 XERB just south of the Mexico-California border. KHSU was licensed for 10 wimpy watts. Our signal had barely enough energy to dribble off the antenna to the nearby dorms. We were not a campus phenomenon, we were a station without an audience.
Put any 20 year old student in front of a microphone and an audience, and the results will be painfully bizarre. We student broadcasters were all seeking a style, an on-air personality we could call our own. Out there in the real world, Commercial AM radio was full of fast taking DJs “spinnin’ some fab music at ya.” Some of us tried our hand at that style. I was nowhere near glib enough for rapid extemporaneous talk, especially if I wanted to make sense. Another popular style came from the late night jazz stations of San Francisco which preferred announcers so laid back that they seemed comatose, speaking with long pauses and voice devoid of emotion or even life. I gave that a try too, but I soon put myself to sleep. I settled on the persona of Kid Fridley, speaking in a disjointed, informal mumble that came natural to me.
One day as I had just finished airing a particularly lame public service announcement about household dust mites, the manager, an upperclassman, slipped into the room on the other side of the soundproof glass and spoke to me over the off-air intercom. He sounded panicked as he explained that they had accidentally erased the tape of the weather forecast jingle. “You’ll have to sing it yourself”, he said.
KHSU’s technical equipment was up to date, with two turntables so you could cue up one record while the other played on the air. The DJ placed the needle in the groove at the beginning of a track and manually rotated the turntable until he heard the beginning notes through the headphones. Was that advanced, or what? You were extra cool if you merged one song ending seamlessly into the next for a “Segue..”. You lost major cool points for pronouncing it any other way than Seg-way.
One day a student popped into the control room with barely suppressed glee. The station had received a fan letter! We crowded around to see. Yes, it was true; a Mrs. Peabody had written that she very much enjoyed the Classics In The Afternoon program and hoped it would be expanded. Ugh! I mean, what a bust! The Classic music program was produced by a couple of weenies from the Orchestral Music Department, the last people we Rockers, Folkies, and Hippies wanted to associate with!
I cued up a Joan Baez track followed by a Bob Dylan song and sent them out into the night sky devoid of listeners, suffering for my art. My semester on the air at KHSU was filled with one embarrassing blooper after another, an experience that tested my limits and pushed me beyond my comfort zone. It felt difficult and stressful at the time but, like most good learning, the stretching did me good.
KHSU has had member newsletters and program guides going back to, and before, it was officially licensed as a radio station in 1960. For a period spanning about 7 years in the 1980s and 90s, KHSU produced a magazine named “Confluence” that was mailed out to all paid members.
According to former Volunteer Coordinator, deejay and present community advisory member, Geraldine Goldberg the idea for the name came from Jill Paydon, who was Development Director at the time (Paydon would eventually fill roles as program and operations director and station manager),
“I guess it was from the meaning of "confluence" or a bringing together. If y'all look in the way back archives…the older editions were also called Confluence, but Jill was around then, so let's just figure she named it,” Goldberg says.
Goldberg was the editor for Confluence during her time as a KHSU staffer. Much of the way the magazine looked and read was result of another staff member at the time, Grace Kerr, a.k.a. “Your Saving Grace” the host of KHSU’s Saturday evening eclectic music show. Kerr was the staff graphic artist and Assistant Editor from 1988 until the magazine ceased in mid-1992.
Rivers big and small define KHSU’s listening area, and KHSU is defined by different rivers of thought, streams of music, and torrents of news, opinion and information. KHSU is the confluence of these courses, and this re-incarnation of “Confluence” will reflect KHSU’s diversity.