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Winter 2014-15 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Happy, Happy Holidays

On behalf of all the staff and volunteers at KHSU, I want to thank you for listening in 2014. We wanted to get one last issue of Confluence to you before the year ends and it is chock full: A preview of holiday special programs, a look back at 2014 from Ed the general manager, unveiling the new show Invisablia and a ton more. No matter how you celebrate at this time of year, we hope you have a time filled with light, love and joy.

Thank you, David Reed, KHSU

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Year in Review

Ed Subkis, KHSU General Manager

2014 was a great year for KHSU.

Our most exciting development was that we received a license from the FCC to operate a new radio station in the McKinleyville area. It will broadcast a separate, new program service to Humboldt County. We'll call this "KHSU-BBC" because it will feature international news programming from the BBC World Service 24 hours/day. We have all of our permissions to finish our build-out, but weather and construction delays continue to impede our progress. We can't predict the exact date, but we can say that in 2015 KHSU will make Humboldt radio history with the launch of this new program service to the region.

2014 was also the year that KHSU rebounded from the Great Recession. Because of this we were able to replace obsolete and failing equipment in our studios and at our transmitter sites. We also were able to carry a small surplus of funds into 2015. Thanks in large part to our growing ranks of sustaining members, KHSU was able to reduce the number of days we spent on the air fundraising -- from 30 days in 2013 to 18 this year.

But, the real story of KHSU continues to be our programming. In 2014 KHSU produced many great local music and public affairs shows which have been educational, informative and entertaining. On a typical week you may have heard us talk with educators about the joys and challenges they face on School Days. We prepared you for the mid-term local, state and national elections with Thursday Night Talk, The California Report; NPR News and Democracy Now. You heard the high and low points faced by the LGBT community the Q-Wire. You learned about environmental issues facing the North Coast on The EcoNews Report, and you discovered more about our local food sources thanks to Food For Thought. On Artwaves you were taken behind the scenes to hear what it takes to be creative and inspirational. Through the Eyes of Women highlighted the success women experience daily and the changing roles they are serving in our society. On the KHSU Homepage we've talked with many non-profits and the people making a difference locally. We also added a new segment - Chronologically Gifted-Life after 50 - in partnership with Area One Agency on Aging. The guests talk about their lives, making social connections, seniors and sports and finding your identity after you retire. And our music programming - mostly locally produced by volunteers, continued to entertain you and enrich your life with classical, jazz, folk, international and other diverse music offerings.

KHSU is unique and we prove that every day. We look forward to continuing our service to you in 2015.

Ed Subkis, KHSU General Manager ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Program "Invisibilia" Premieres

Six-part pilot will air Fridays at 7 pm beginning Jan 9

KHSU begins airing a new show starting January 9th. Invisabilia is co-hosted and co-produced by Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller, reporters who helped create This American Life and Radiolab, respectively. We will be running the six show pilot in place of Friday night's This American Life at 7 p.m. This American Life will continue to air Sundays at 11 a.m.

"Invisibilia will introduce you to people and ideas you've never encountered before. We profile these very unusual people because their experiences allow us to look more closely at the invisible forces that shape us all - things like fear and empathy." - Alix Spiegel, co-host of Invisibilia

The program comes from NPR's science desk and combines storytelling and cutting edge scientific research to create a unique audio experience.

"Each program is scientifically rigorous, jumping right to the heart of the latest psychological and brain research," said Anne Gudenkauf, Senior Supervising Editor of NPR's Science Desk. "Alix and Lulu show us how what scientists know sheds light on what we experience.

Tune in, we hope you like it. And tell KHSU what you think. Either through the Listener Comment Form   or Listener Comment Line at 826-6089. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

See you Later Connor!

This month we say farewell to Connor Jepson, one of KHSU's All Things Considered hosts and co-producer of the Q-Wire. Connor has just graduated from Humboldt State University and is moving on to the next chapter in his life. Connor is an example of the very talented students that are part of the team at KHSU. Thank you Connor and good luck! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Holiday Specials

KHSU will carry a few holiday special programs at the end of the year.

On Christmas Eve we'll air America's Test Kitchen's Christmas special at 1 pm. The special looks at the psychology of giving, cooking gadgets as stocking stuffers, a recipe for French apple tart and answers listener cooking questions. This will pre-empt the Homepage and Bioneers.

On Christmas Day, we will air Backstory: the History Guys present What Gives-Generosity in America exploring how ideas about charity, philanthropy and generosity have changed over the centuries.

That night, Thursday Night Talk will be replaced by The Moth: Holiday Special at 7 p.m. Subtitled: "Monkeys, Megachurches and First Elves," it features Simon Doonan who encounters challenges when called on to decorate the White House for Christmas, a Jewish girl who meets Santa and other stories.

And on New Years Day, the Capitol Steps help say good-bye and good riddance to 2014 with their annual year-end review. It's all in our hour-long radio special of Politics Takes a Holiday! The program airs at 1 pm January 1. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Gas Card Reward for Donated Vehicles

'Tis the season...for a bunch of things, including donating vehicles to KHSU before the year-end tax deadline. If you've been thinking of donating a car, RV, truck, boat or classic vehicle to KHSU, we have an extra incentive. All vehicle donors can receive a $50 gas card as a thank you gift when you make the donation by January 15. Use our new Vehicle Donation Site or call 877-826-5478 (KHSU) to get started. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A Gift to KHSU is a Gift to Your Community

There is no lack of worthy causes and non-profit organizations that need your help at the end of the year. Please be as generous as you can to those groups doing the work you support and those who make our communities better. We also humbly ask that you consider a special year-end donation to KHSU.

KHSU helps connect hundreds of non-profits to listeners through shows like the KHSU Homepage, Artwaves, Econews Report, Through the Eyes of Women, the Q-Wire and Thursday Night Talk. KHSU is a megaphone for these good causes because of your support.

If you have given what you can this year, thank you. If you can give more to keep KHSU strong and independent in 2015, please do by using our online giving form .

Thank you!

P.S. We also have information at about giving gifts of stocks or securities and charitable IRA rollovers at the end of the year.  

Food for Thought Recipe: Sauerkraut

We asked Food for Thought host and producer Jennifer Bell to give us a recipe for the holidays.
Not cranberry sauce, no, Jennifer gives us a look at fermenting vegetables this December.
She says Winter is the perfect time for making sauerkraut...


Jennifer Bell

How can I describe the magic of making your own sauerkraut?- basically mixing 2 ingredients, cabbage and salt - sprinkle with a little fairy dust (oh, that would be lactobacilli that are naturally occurring everywhere), put it into a crock (I’m using a lovely EdenCrock made by our own Jessica Eden, Engineer and Co-Producer of Food for Thought) and voila! In 3-6 weeks you have lovely crunchy tangy sauerkraut.

Now if you are used to the sauerkraut that is on the shelves in the grocery store - you will be even more amazed. The kind that is typically sold in the non-refrigerated section of the grocery store is just quick-pickled with vinegar! Gad - not even fermented!

You are wondering if there are any special tools you need, or if you need to get yourself a crock before you can even start? Fermenting can be done in a one-quart wide-mouth canning jar using basic kitchen utensils and tools.

Here are the ingredients and instructions along with my little gems of wisdom from having made several batches of kraut - if you stay tuned in future months this article will be followed by recipes in which you can use sauerkraut...because I make 15 quarts in one batch, recipes are many krautdogs can a girl eat?...:

5 lbs chopped cabbage and 3 Tablespoons of kosher salt (no iodine, no anti-caking agents - just salt) (this is the ratio - it will make 2-3 quarts of finished sauerkraut - want to make less? Cut the recipe in half, cut the recipe in quarters...want to make more? Mix it in 5 lb increments and put several 5 lb batches in a much larger crock.

1. Go to the Farmers Market - tell your farmer you are making sauerkraut, buy cabbage. I have several cabbage connections since cabbage is one of those vegetables that grows really well on the coast and inland. Grady at Green Fire is my cabbage for kraut guy! Make friends with a farmer, she or he will be your cabbage for kraut person - share some of your fermented kraut with your farmer and you will have a friend for life - and who doesn’t need that?! Share it with your neighbor and who knows? A world revolution! Sharing the wealth is never wrong...

2. Wash the cabbage in cold running water, the goal is to culture lactobacillus, not other bacteria that might be on the cabbage.

3. Remove outer leaves and any undesirable portions from the mature heads of cabbage. Cut into halves or quarters, remove core if desired - personally I like a little texture in my kraut and leave it in. Use a sharp knife to cut cabbage into thin shreds about 1/16 to 1/4 inch thick - my Fer-Mentor Pete Haggard suggests mixing it up for better mouth feel.

4. Combine 3 tablespoons salt and 5 lbs shredded cabbage in a large mixing bowl; mix thoroughly. Salt draws the moisture out of the cabbage and creates an environment that is most friendly to the bacteria that we are culturing. Let salted cabbage stand for several minutes to wilt slightly.

5. Pack salted cabbage firmly and evenly into a large, clean pickling container. Use a wooden spoon, tamper or clean fist to press down firmly until the juice comes to the surface. Only add a handful at a time or you’ll never fit all that cabbage into that crock or jar. Repeat shredding, salting and packing of cabbage until the container is filled to within 3-4 inches from the top.

6. If juice does not cover cabbage, add brine so that the kraut has about an inch or so of brine over the top of it. Make brine using 1 ½ tablespoons salt to 1 quart filtered water (or just let it breath in the fridge overnight to eliminate excess chlorine which would kill our lactobacillus friends.

7. Weight cabbage under brine. In my interview with Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, authors of the book Fermented Vegetables, you should repeat the mantra Covered in Brine and All Will Be Fine - this is an anaerobic process so it is important that the cabbage always be covered with brine. Place a towel over the top to keep dust from getting into the kraut if you aren’t using a fermenting crock with a lid. If you are using a fermenting crock, put the lid on and put water in the trough surrounding the top.

8. Formation of gas bubbles indicates fermentation is taking place. Remove and discard scum (yeast) formation if necessary.

9. Store container in a cool place (best plan is to make it in the winter). Fermentation is usually complete is 3 to 6 weeks (taste it at 3 weeks, if not tangy enough for your taste, let it go longer) When you remove the lid to taste, be sure to avoid dripping the dirty water into your crock - mop it up first with a rag.

10. Put into jars and put it in the fridge to slow the fermenting process so it stays the delicious way you like it. I have found it keeps nicely for up to a year - but be sure to share with friends and family!



Fall 2014


You're Too Kind!

I've been collecting comments and quotes from KHSU listeners recently for a project.
We're blushing...
"I would be bereft without KHSU," Carol in Ferndale
"...there is always something educational, informative or entertaining -- sometimes
all at once," Joyce in Eureka
"hope for the future...beyond the day to day bad news," Beth and Robert in Eureka
"I like to know about the world beyond my life....I'm addicted," Linda Lee and Vaden
in Manila
"our '60s radio is frozen on KHSR."
Mike and Heather in Crescent City
Whatever your reasons are, we are glad you listen and support KHSU.  And thanks
for telling us what you think.The staff and volunteers are listening!
David Reed, KHSU Development Director

Photo Courtesy Times-Standard

Food for Thought

Five years of local food fascination

Isabella Vanderheiden

Food For Thought is a feature on KHSU's Friday edition of the Homepage hosted by
 Jennifer Bell and produced by Jessica Eden. The program airs weekly and focuses
 on local food producers; "...the men and women who are growing it, foraging it,
 raising it, cooking it, and who share it with the rest of us." From vegan gelato
to raising lamb, Food For Thought delves into each unique process.

"We've been doing it for over five years now. I've always been interested in local
food," Jennifer said. Jennifer and Jessica are strong believers in the community
 connection that surrounds local food. "I thought, wouldn't it be nice to share
information with local people about the stories behind local food?"

"Sometimes I'm shopping at the farmer's market and I see someone with something
interesting...I say, 'Hey, I have this show on KHSU'"

"I've always been interested in the intersection of people and the environment,
community resiliency and things like that." Jessica said. "I don't think you can
 get any more connected than talking about the food that comes out of the earth
from the place that you live."

The first step is finding a tasty subject. "There is not a single criteria. There
is an exception to every rule, although the food is usually locally produced," Jennifer
said. "Sometimes I'm up shopping at the farmer's market and I see someone with something
interesting like quinoa and I say, 'Hey, I have this show on KHSU and I'd really
 like to interview you about what it is that you make.' People are experts at what
they do, and while they may be a little nervous about being on the radio, when you
get people talking all of that goes away." After some research Jennifer conducts
 the interview, Jessica engineers, and every Friday there is a new 12 minute edition
of Food For Thought.

From farmers to restaurants to consumers, each edition of differs from the rest.
 A recent segment on the Cannibal Island Creamery revealed Lori Hansen's goat cheese
process and her journey in becoming a local cheese producer. “I’ve had goats for approximately
17 years. I originally wanted to be able to be with my children when they came home from school
and be able to make dinner and breakfast, and so I started milking goats and selling fluid milk.
That way I was able to be a stay at home mom and participate in my kids’ lives,” Hansen said.
“It just progressed to making cheese, I could either intensify or diversify and I chose diversification.
I make raw feta, an aged cheese, and fresh chevre.”

Another edition explained the University of California Cooperative Extension's Master Food Preserving
program with Joyce Houston and the benefits of canning. “We’ve offered this course in Humboldt
County three years in a row,” Houston said. “It’s an intense course but it is all-encompassing for
all methods of food preservation. When you come out of there you feel very capable in preparing
preserved foods, and you’ve been trained to educate the public in some way.”

In addition to looking at how food is grown, raised or created, Food For Thought tackles larger
issues surrounding food security, land use, small businesses, food politics, and environmental effects.
Even after five years of exploring the local food of Humboldt County, Jennifer and Jessica know they
have not reached the end of the line. Listeners can look forward to upcoming segments in November
and December on the Humboldt Cider Company and Ewe So Dirty, sheeps milk soaps.

You can access older editions of Food for Thought at their blog and the most recent at KHSU's audio archives .

KHSC in archived video

KHSC and HSU Communications Video

Recently, we got word that Humboldt State University's Library had digitized a large
number of films in their archives and that KHSC, the predecessor of KHSU was featured
in one of the videos.
KHSC is featured as part of a larger promotional video about the Communications
and Journalism departments at the school in 1964. Story and more videos are here .
One thing we can tell from the video, in the radio world of 1964, there was a lot
of pointing.

New "Clocks" on NPR Shows

Many listeners time their mornings and afternoons to the radio. Maybe you know you're
late when you hear the community calendar or you know it's lunchtime when you hear
Fresh Air's opening theme.

So, when NPR announced they were changing the structure of shows like Morning Edition
and All Things Considered, we knew we needed to tell listeners.
But, that structure, called a "clock" in radio, is a little esoteric. Do you really
care that there is an extra 30 second for local information at 7:06 am?
Probably not.
But, there are some changes that are more substantial:
- KHSU has more time overall for local content during Morning Edition (ME) and All
Things Considered, that means more state news and local information
-There will be an additional newscast in every hour of ME
- The Community Calendar will now air each hour at 30 after the hour, during ME
- Marketplace Morning Report a 7-minute business news feature airs at 7:51 a.m.
-Frank DeFord, Cokie Roberts and Story Corps features will air at different times
during Morning Edition
-We're also experimenting with new things, so stay tuned

KHSU and NPR want to know your opinion of the changes. You can comment by calling
707-826-6089 or using the  KHSU online comment form. We'll pass all comments on to NPR.
If you really want to get your public radio geek on, we have linked the image above
to a pdf of the Morning Edition Clock. You can see more than you ever wanted know
about the timing of the news.

Goodbye Tommy

By now you've heard that Tom Magliozzi, co-host of Car Talk died in early November.
If you weren't able to catch the tribute program Tom's brother Ray hosted, it is
 available in archive here.
While you are at the Car Talk website you can leave your own remembrance or read
 those of others. His daughter Lydia's farewell limerick is worth the visit.
Car Talk will be continuing on KHSU as "the Best of Car Talk" with clips from the
entire 25-year span of the show.

KHSU Student Profile:


My name is Ashley Lewis and I grew up in Palmdale, California. I am majoring in Journalism and Mass
Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. I like collecting vinyl records,
which I have been doing for the past five years. I would love to go into the music
industry as a publicist.

Early into the semester, I was looking for internship opportunities to improve my
skills and to branch out my interests. KHSU really drew me in, even though I never
really saw myself as a person working in the radio industry. Before this semester,
I never would have imagined I would be a part of radio beyond a listener.

I started working at KHSU late in the semester, but I have already had the chance
to speak with some of the staff working here, and I have had a chance to shadow
some of them as well. Everyone who works here is incredible and has some of the
most interesting stories about how they started working here. They have all taught
and helped me so much throughout my time as an intern here.
Everything I am learning, or have learned has been incredibly helpful to me as a
 journalism student. I am improving on my interviewing skills and my professionalism.
I am looking forward to a great year here at KHSU. I appreciate what KHSU does for
the community and everyone who works here.

Ashley graduates from HSU this Spring.

Donating a Vehicle

Want to get rid of that old boat
of a car?

How does donating a car to KHSU work?
We've tried to make it easy, by working with an organization named "CARS: Charitable
Adult Rides and Services" to arrange pick up and sales.
When you decide you have a car, truck, RV, ATV, boat or whatever you would like
to get rid of, you can either use this online form or call 877-826-5478 to start the process.
Last year, listeners donated 45 cars to KHSU
The representative will arrange the pick-up of the vehicle with you, usually in
a few days, sometimes longer.
You will need the title for the vehicle to complete the donation.
You'll receive a temporary receipt from the tow truck driver upon pick-up. If your
vehicle sells for more than $500 you'll receive a tax receipt by mail.
Donations are tax deductible but check with your tax professional or the IRS about
your own situation
Last fiscal year, listeners donated 45 cars to KHSU and raised enough funds to replace

2 days of on air pledge drive.  Thanks everyone who donated!

Confluence May 2014

a newsletter for KHSU members ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ May 2014 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ KHSU has lost a good friend.

KHSU has lost a good friend. Richard Stanewick, host of Illuminations, passed away last week at age 94. 
 Read on for an excerpt from Richard's obituary.  We also have profiles of two of KHSU's student interns and other
 station news.  Thanks for being part of our family and thank you for listening,  David Reed, KHSU Development Director


Goodbye Old Friend

Richard Stanewick, KHSU Classical host 1987-2013

Richard Stanewick illuminated our lives with his classical music program, Illuminations, starting in 1987 and continuing for 27 years. He will be remembered for his love of the music that he shared with his audience, his sharp wit and generous spirit.


This is an excerpt from Richard's obituary:

Richard John Stanewick, born September 2, 1919, died peacefully at his Sunnybrae home on May 22, 2014....

...Richard met his wife, the late Phyllis Tripplehorn Stanewick, in 1942 at the Harlem Ashram in New York City. They were married at the Ashram on May 1, 1943. Both had fond memories of their New York City friends and surroundings. During World War II Richard was a conscientious objector. He was first in a federal prison and then on parole doing hospital work....

...Richard and Phyllis led lives where their love for music was always reflected. They had musical soirees at their home: people coming with their instruments to spend evenings reading music together. Phyllis continued to teach piano. In 1987, Richard became a classical music programmer for KHSU-FM. He programmed Illuminations for 25 years until illness prevented him from continuing in late 2013. His program had a wide, loyal following as demonstrated by people in restaurants, hospitals, the post office, grocery stores all recognizing his voice and thanking him. Richard commented that the radio program was a great source of nourishment for him. Twice he was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by KHSU. One of the couple's favorite quotations was by Confucius: "Virtue is the strong stem of man's nature, and music is the blossoming of virtue...."

Please, read the full text here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sustaining Members now number 480

Now 15% of KHSU Supporters

Now 15% of KHSU Supporters With the excitement of the 5-day-fund-drive's success this spring, another milestone was almost missed: 71 KHSU listeners became sustaining members. The addition of a $5 sustainer level helped many listeners make the switch. For others, the idea of making a bigger impact on KHSU without having to write one big check (or make one big credit card payment), is making more sense. Now, 15% of our 3200 members are Sustainers. Sustainers get less fundraising mail (which also saves KHSU money), get an annual tax receipt of payments, are automatically entered in all our pledge drive drawings and never have to renew their membership. We are developing more benefits to sustaining and will keep you posted. You can start your own sustaining membership online by selecting a monthly amount and checking the "sustaining gift" choice at KHSU's online giving page .


Advisory Group Seeking Listener-Members

KHSU's Community Advisory Group (CAG) is a group of 15 KHSU members that advise station management and staff on issues about programming, policy and fundraising. They also function as the ears of KHSU in their community or geographic area. The CAG is looking for new members from all over KHSU's listening area. They are especially seeking representatives from Del Norte or Curry Counties as well as eastern Humboldt County. The CAG is particularly interested in attracting new members from the diverse population that resides in our listening area. CAG members must listen to and support KHSU. For an application contact Lorna at or visit the CAG page of


Long Lost French Presses Arrive

Quite a few members took us up on our offer of getting a French Press Travel Mug with their Day Sponsor membership this spring. BUT, the mugs were delayed when the etched-in "KHSU" logos didn't turn out. Thankfully, the mugs, now with a durable digital screen print, have finally made it to Arcata. If you asked for a french press mug as a thank you gift, you will be drinking a cup of KHSU coffee soon! They are shipping now.Thanks for waiting. You can still get one of these. Call 826-6059 or 826-6084 to donate and ask for a mug (not available online at this time).


KHSU Student Profile: Nate

Nate Williams Profile.jpgMy name is Nathaniel Williams. I grew up in South Los Angeles. This is my fourth year at Humboldt State University, studying Communication and Journalism. This is my first year as a KHSU intern which has been an unbelievable learning experience. Last summer I had an opportunity to really reflect on the direction I wanted to go. My dream was to always either have my own radio show, become a television personality or be in acting. KHSU has given me the chance, with the believers around me, to take one step closer to excelling on that dream. When I hosted the weekend morning shows, just having people call in saying they love my voice and tell me I was born to do what I dreamed of made me grateful to be at KHSU.

Nate graduated this May. Good Luck! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

KHSU Student Profile: Izzy

Izzy_Yosemite_sm.jpgMy name is Isabella Vanderheiden. I grew up in the southwest corner of Colorado, in a little town called Cortez. As much as I love Colorado, wanderlust was in my veins and I wanted to try out a new place for this new chapter of my life. I fell in love with the Northwest coast and came up to Arcata to study Journalism and Photography at Humboldt State University. I aspire to be a traveling photojournalist, preferably in the music realm. It was challenging looking for an internship that offered multiple opportunities within Journalism, until I found KHSU. This is my first semester at KHSU but I've already learned so much about what it takes to work in radio. Along with hosting the show, "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" on Sunday mornings, I've also been able to improve my radio production and interviewing skills. Working with the KHSU staff has been phenomenal. They have given me countless opportunities to make the most out of my public radio experience; I really couldn't ask for more. I look forward to the rest of my semester with KHSU; working with such a compelling group of folks has inspired me, as well as taught me to appreciate all the work that goes into radio.

Izzy plans to return for a second semester as an intern this fall. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

What do you love?

Each year, KHSU compiles all of our members' responses to the question: "What's your favorite program?" Your responses from pledge drives and mail responses are counted and used to help guide the station when making programming decisions. This year, we wanted to show you the data. He's a visualization of the responses in 2013-14. The larger the word, the more responses. Each program or word is repeated twice to help fill up the shape, so look for the largest version of the program. A link to a larger image and the data used is below. Program "cloud" data and image


Richard Stanewick's full obituary:

Richard John Stanewick, born September 2, 1919, died peacefully at his Sunnybrae home on May 22, 2014. He was 94 years old.

Richard was born in Bellevue (now a suburb of Pittsburgh) Pennsylvania, the only child of Anna and John Stanewick. Richard’s father had classical music often playing on the old Victrola as far back as Richard could remember. During Richard’s elementary and secondary school days, he studied trumpet and was in the school orchestra as well as the marching band. Richard met his wife, the late Phyllis Tripplehorn Stanewick, in 1942 at the Harlem Ashram in New York City. They were married at the Ashram on May 1, 1943. Both had fond memories of their New York City friends and surroundings.

During World War II Richard was a conscientious objector. He was first in a federal prison and then on parole doing hospital work.

Richard and Phyllis moved to Vermont in 1947 to try back-to-the-land, living in a log cabin they built themselves. Not a good fit. Then back to New York City where Richard was employed as an elevator operator, and Phyllis began teaching piano. Richard entered a contest where the top two people received all-expenses paid educations at Columbia University. He was the first runner up. However, one of the students dropped out, and Richard graduated from Columbia University in 1956.

For several years Richard taught school, but he finally settled on library work: Amherst College, Temple University, University of Southern California Medical School, and finally, Humboldt State University. These all seemed to fit well.

The couple moved permanently to Arcata in 1972. They participated with St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for many years.

Richard and Phyllis led lives where their love for music was always reflected. They had musical soirees at their home: people coming with their instruments to spend evenings reading music together. Phyllis continued to teach piano. In 1987, Richard became a classical music programmer for KHSU-FM. He programmed Illuminations for 25 years until illness prevented him from continuing in late 2013.

His program had a wide, loyal following as demonstrated by people in restaurants, hospitals, the post office, grocery stores all recognizing his voice and thanking him. Richard commented that the radio program was a great source of nourishment for him. Twice he was given the Volunteer of the Year Award by KHSU. One of the couple’s favorite quotations was by Confucius: “Virtue is the strong stem of man’s nature, and music is the blossoming of virtue.”

The Stanewicks lived a life where reading was also a major activity. Their books and their musical CD’s were among their most precious possessions. They combined a life of mind, the spirit, and heart. Both were often attendants at concerts and art exhibitions. They loved their walks together. Both were current on political and social issues.

Richard is remembered for his curiosity, his deep love of music, and his love and commitment to Phyllis. The couple developed deep life-long friendships. Friends who will keep Richard alive in their memory are many and include: Victoria Mason, Pam Mendelsohn, Sue and Archie Mossman, Alberta Taylor, James Mearns, and the KHSU community. Toward the end of his life, he was very grateful to the Hospice staff, and to his many caregivers.

Tax-deductible donations may be made in memory of Richard to: KHSU-FM, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA with Richard Stanewick in the subject line. Donations can also be made at in the tributes section. 

 Confluence December 2013

a newsletter for KHSU members

December 2013

Dear Friend of KHSU,

I hope your December is full of family, fun and light.  No matter what your traditions,
I also hope KHSU can be part of your winter days.

I've already been enjoying some of the festive programs by KHSU's music programmers.
 Bounce Me Brother's Dr. Boogie Woogie and Go For Baroque Bonnie and many others
 have already done some great holiday programs this week.

In this December edition of "Confluence" we have an HSU student-eye view of KHSU
 from Tori, a feature on the Homepage and the top music of 2013 on KHSU along with
other station news.

Thank you for a year of listening and support of your public radio station. If you
haven't had a chance to support KHSU financially this year, we can really use your
gift before 2014.  You can give here [].

Thank you for your support,
David Reed, KHSU Development Director

How Does the Homepage Happen?

by KHSU student intern Tori Thomas

The KHSU program schedule is filled with public affairs shows that you will not
hear anywhere else. This is a look at one show in particular, the KHSU Homepage,
 a daily news program that features local people, organizations and events. The
KHSU Homepage airs weekdays from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Katie Whiteside is the executive producer and one of the hosts of the Homepage.
"It is a show open for the community to come in and talk about issues that are taking
place ... it gives people a voice." Whiteside contacts various non-profit organizations
for interviews as the executive producer, "I often go to the different newspapers
and online news sources for (leads on) interviews (too). I also ask KHSU staff members
for help."

Whiteside says that putting the Homepage together is a team effort. She estimates
that it takes 30 volunteers to produce a typical month of the show. This includes
interviewers, volunteers that produce features, engineers to record or edit, a volunteer
that writes the community calendar, plus student interns. That doesn't include 30
or more guests!

Homepage Tuesday and Friday host, Danielle Orr

Danielle Orr is the Tuesday and Friday Homepage host. Orr and Whiteside collaborate
on who they are interviewing for a given show. Orr says that she enjoys interviewing
people from all ages and backgrounds. "I am really amazed at the young people that
I have interviewed who are the next generation. I'm really humbled and in awe of
 the things they are undertaking."

To suggest a Homepage story email k []

The Year in KHSU Music

Top spins overall, Jazz, Pop, World and Folk

KHSU's Music Director, Mark Shikuma has compiled the list of most played new music
of 2013. Here (with expanded lists on our website) are the compiled overall Top
Spins of 2013 in the following categories: "Rock/ Pop/ R&B/ Reggae," "Jazz," "Folk,"
"World" and "Jazz" sections. Multiple listings indicates a tie.


album title   artist/band    (record label)

1. Fade [],
Yo La Tengo (Matador) VIDEO []

2. Untamed Beast, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside    (Partisan)

3. Black Music,  Dark Horses  (Last Gang)

4. Jackleg Devotional To The Heart, The Baptist Generals(Sub Pop)

5. Someone For You,  Warm Soda    (Burger)

6.Me Moan Daughn Gibson (Sub Pop)
Lady Lady (Truth & Soul)
Dreams In The Rathouse Shannon And The Clams (Hardly Art)
Floating Coffin Thee Oh Sees (Castle Face)

07. m b v My Bloody Valentine (Self Release)

08. Amok Atoms For Peace (XL Recordings)
Victim of Love Charles Bradley (Daptone/ Dunham)
Southeastern Jason Isbell (Self Release)
Loud City Song Julia Holter (Domino)
Junip Junip (Mute)
Petra Goes To The Movies Petra Haden (Anti-)
Kveikur Sigur Rós (XL Recordings)

09. Clash The Truth Beach Fossils (Captured Tracks)
The Next Day David Bowie (Sony)
What The Brothers Sang Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Drag City)
Ghost On Ghost Iron And Wine (Nonesuch)
Damp Face La Luz (Hardly Art)
MCII Mikal Cronin (Merge)
Waiting For Something To Happen Veronica Falls (Co-Operative Music)

10. The Affliction Bare Mutants (In The Red)
Ride Your Heart Bleached (Dead Oceans)
The KCRW Sessions Jimmy Cliff (KCRW)
Strange Pleasures Still Corners (Sub Pop)


1. Big Sur [],
Bill Frisell    (Okeh)  VIDEO []

2. No Morphine, No Lilies, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom    (Royal Potato Family)

3. Range of Motion,  Jack Mouse Group    (Origin)

4. With Benefits,  Cory Weeds/ Bill Coon Quartet    (Cellar Live)

Créole Soul,    Etienne Charles    (Culture Shock)

5. Time Quartet Project,   Inbar Fridman   (Origin)

Simple Pleasure,      Tardo Hammer    (Cellar Live)

06. Nagar’s Song Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran (ECM)
That Nepenthetic Place Dayna Stephens (Sunnyside)
Live Joey Calderazzo Trio (Sunnyside)
The Messenger Kevin Eubanks (Mack Avenue)
Getaway Lisa Hilton (Self Release)
Two Oceans Rebecca Coupe Franks (Self Release)

07. Leaps And Bounds Craig Wuepper (Cellar Live)
Liquid Spirit Gregory Porter (Universal)
Live With The WDR Big Band Cologne New York Voices (Palmetto)
Live at Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club Peter Bernstein (Cellar Live)

08. Feelin’ It Stan Bock & The New Tradition (OA2)

09. Fortunate Action Alex Snydman (Self Release)
People Music Christian McBride & Inside Straight (Mack Avenue)
Infinite Possibility Joel Harrison 19 (Sunnyside)
Songs From the Ground Mara Rosenbloom Quartet (Fresh Sound New Talent)
A Change in Plans The Paul Abella Trio (Blujazz) [Jazz]
10. Moon Town Beat Funktion (Do Music)
Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival 2012 Mack Avenue Super Band (Mack Avenue)
Music Is Emotion Ryan Keberle + Catharsis (Alternate Side)


1. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The  []
  More I Love You, []
Neko Case    (Anti-)   VIDEO []

Long Gone Out West Blues, Pharis & Jason Romero    (Lula)

Live: Cluck Ol' Hen, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby          (Fontana)

2. New Road Under My Wheels, Jerry Miller    (Signature Sounds)

Carolina Moonrise,  Jim Lauderdale    (Sky Crunch)

Pokey LaFarge, Pokey LaFarge    (Third Man)

3. Gone Away Backward, Robbie Fulks    (Bloodshot)

4. Rough Carpenters, The Black Twig Pickers    [Thrill Jockey]

Home Means The Hills, Caitlin Jemma    (Self Release)

My Garden State, Glenn Jones    (Thrill Jockey)

5. Runaway Freeway Blues, The Black Lilies    (North Knox)

Enregistré Live, Genticorum    (Les Productions du Moulin]

Walk Along John, John Reischman    (Corvus)

Stories From The Inside Out, Joanne Rand    (Homefire           Productions)

Love Has Come For You, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell        (Rounder)


1. Ya Nass [],
Yasmine Hamdan (Crammed Discs) [Lebanon]VIDEO []

2. Ela, Dom La Nena    (Six Degrees)    [Brazil, Argentina]

3. Vintage France (Putumayo Presents)    Various Artists           (Putumayo)

4. At Peace,   Ballake Sissoko    [Mali]

Live From Festival Au Desert, Timbuktu,  Various Artists         (Clermont Music)

Mindset     Vasen     (NorthSide)     [Sweden]

5. Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock From Singapore and Malaysia []
   1964-1970: Vol. 1   Various Artists     (Sublime Frequencies)       [Singapore,

A Playlist Without Borders, Silk Road Ensemble     (Sony)

Monologues, Vandana Vishwas     (Self Release)     [India]



SoHum Signal Problem Solved

Several listeners in Southern Humboldt alerted us to a problem with the KHSG transmitter
at the end of November.

KHSU's engineer was able to get to the tower site before there was much snowfall.

He has put a temporary fix in place to give SoHum

listeners a good signal.

Once a new receiving antenna is purchased and installed, we will have a back up
for when weather or other interference affects our signal in the future.

Thanks everyone for being our ears when problems happen.

"What do you do with all those cars?"

A longtime listener once asked us the question above. He knew KHSU staffers weren't
driving around in donated vehicles, but he wondered how we found the time to tow
 and sell them all.
Thankfully, KHSU works with a great non-profit, "CARS: Charitable Adult Rides and
Services," based in San Diego.  They contract with local tow companies, auctions,
buyers and recyclers. For their trouble they get a small portion of any vehicles
 donated to KHSU, the station gets 70%.
The donations really add up.  In the 2012-13 fiscal year, listener car donations
 raised $7000.  In just 5 months of this year, friends' donations have already raised
$7,500 for KHSU.
It can also mean more than getting rid of an old car. KHSU was honored to receive
a longtime listener's  car this year after she passed away. Her son let us know
that her wish had been to benefit KHSU with it.
If you know someone who is trying to sell an unwanted vehicle or is just tired of
storing that boat or RV, tell them about KHSU's vehicle donation program.
They can call 877-826-KHSU or use the form at [].

KHSU Student Profile: Tori Thomas

My name is Tori Thomas. I grew up in Poway, California and I am a senior at Humboldt
State University. I am studying Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis
on Broadcast News. I am an aspiring news anchor/reporter and this is my first semester
interning at KHSU. It has been such an incredible experience for me thus far.

Selfie of Tori Thomas in the KHSU Studio

Within a month of starting this internship I have had the amazing opportunity of
 broadcasting live and doing other things like produce shows such as, "Classics
Now." I have also gotten the chance to shadow a lot of the amazing staff at KHSU.
For example, I was able to sit-in on an interview done by Danielle Orr on directors,
JoAnne Schuch and Lynne Canning's recent documentary Tricky Bidness. Another one
 of the main things that I do here at the station is record and produce news segments
for the "Community Calendar."

Everything that I am doing right now through this internship is teaching me the
skills I need for my future. I have also met so many genuine people who really want
to see me succeed, and for that I am forever grateful.

The Numbers

that Make KHSU

We all hear "Listeners Like You" so much it just blends into the background. Since
we're at the end of a year, we're presenting a look at how many people it really
 takes to make KHSU happen.  Listeners, members, volunteers and other supporters.
27,000 - The number of people who listen to KHSU at least once a week (Give or take)
Eastland ratings 2012
3,211 - People who give to KHSU as members in 2013
139 - Businesses and groups that gave to the station as underwriters
100+ - Volunteers who produce programs, interview, edit, record, engineer and monitor
to keep the station on the air 24 hours a day.
1 - You. You are important to KHSU. Thanks for being a member []
this year




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 and

good 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. ipad-3-release-date2.jpg

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 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. 

Pile-of-CDs.jpgHe 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.

See for yourself the behind-the-scenes work with this week's "New Music Arrivals".

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. election-2012-hd.gif

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.

logo_LWV.jpgKHSU 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 


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,

David Reed,
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 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 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

Top Spins in 2011

"Public Broadcasting is Me"

Crescent City Signal is Boosted

Vehicle Donations

KHSU's Community Advisory Group

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.


David Reed, KHSU Development Director

"Public Broadcasting is.." Contest

Photos copy.jpg 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.

The complete rules and a link to the sign are here .

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.

Enter by January 16, 2012.

KHSU's Northern Signal Boosted to 5k Watts

KHSR ant looking North West.JPGThe 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.

The increase in power is one of the last steps in improving KHSU's signal to communities at the northern end of our service area.

Now it's your turn, listen and let us know how the signal sounds where you live. Listener reports as the antenna was moved have helped us understand where changes were needed.

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.

"Top Spins" The music that topped 2011

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

Ranking (Spins) Album Band Section (Label)
1 -32 C’mon Low Rock (Sub Pop)
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)
6 -16 whokill Tune-Yards Rock (4AD)
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-)

What is the "Community Advisory Group?"

KHSU has a special group of volunteers that provide a sounding board and act as a guide to KHSU staff. In the next two issues of Confluence, we take a look at the Community Advisory Board (CAG).

This issue is an overview of the group and next issue we'll interview some of the current CAG members to find out why they feel being on the CAG is important.

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.

Donate my Car?

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 to donate your unwanted car.

CONFLUENCE Ben Tankersley Edition - October 2011

In This Issue

A (Ben Tankersley) Offering

A (Ben Tankersley) Offering

Ben & JT 4049c.jpg 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."

For a number of months, KHSU volunteer JT Johnston has been engineering A Musical Offering for Ben, and after Ben's last show, this Friday, JT will continue hosting the show, at least temporarily.

For information on how you can send Ben an audio postcard, which he'll receive this Friday, see the newsletter sidebar.


In This Issue

Changes, Challenges and Cheers

Program Changes

Prairie Home Spared

Why do you love KHSU?

New "Green Benefits" with KHSU member card

New Program: American Routes

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 

Weekends and Early Mornings Change July 1


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.

Read about all the changes here...

Look at the new schedule..

"Prairie" Spared by 11th Hour Negotiation 

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.

Why Do You Support KHSU?

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.


"Green Benefit" Discounts Added to Membercard

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:

NSpitzer_285-1295894087.jpgAmerican 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.


In This Issue

Valentine Love

Meet KHSU: Mad Dr. Matt

Science & the Search for Meaning

John Ross Tribute available on archives

Voices Raised for Public Radio

Sneak Peek: Spring Premiums


It's All About Love

Dear Listener,

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

 Give a "Radio Kiss" for Valentine's Day

We've got a way to give a little love on the radio to your sweetie. Valentine's Day, we open up the KHSU airwaves to "radio kisses," short messages of love all day.

"Scooby, next time I'll bring the snacks, you bring the Mystery Machine, Please doo. Your friend Shaggy"

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...

Meet KHSU: Mad Doctor's 500th Show

Saturday January 29th at 8 p.m., KHSU deejay Mad Doctor Matt marks a milestone 500th show. He'll celebrate with a Mad_Doctor.jpgversion of "Alternative Therapy" played entirely from 45 RPM records.

Besides those from the station archive and the Mad Doctor's collection, other KHSU volunteers and fans will come in to share their favorite 7-inch vinyl.

We asked Matt a few questions to find out more about the man behind the madness and discovered CB handles and a mean ukulele player.

What’s your on air name?

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.

When did you start at KHSU?

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.

Describe your show.

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.

What do you enjoy about hosting a show? What keeps you coming back?

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!)

Can you remember a funny experience that happened during a show?

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.

What do you like about KHSU?

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.

What do you do for fun when you aren't on the radio?

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.  

John Ross honored on Sista's Place

Revolutionary journalist, beat poet, author, activist and friend of KHSU John Ross died in Mexico City on January 19, 2011.

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 .  

Tuesdays: Science and the Search for Meaning 


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."

Starting February 8, KHSU's excited to present "Science and the Search for Meaning: 5 Questions" from PRI's "To the Best of Our Knowledge."

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
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Listeners Raise their Voices in 170-Million Campaign

About half of all Americans use some form of public media every month. That's where the "170" in the "170-Million Americans for Public Broadcasting" campaign comes from. 

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. 


Sneak Peek at Thank you gifts at KHSU Spring Fund Drive

Spring_Premium.jpgWe are pretty thrilled with the gifts we'll be offering to KHSU members this Spring. In fact, we couldn't wait to show you just a couple of them.

"Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me" has a new ceramic mug that looks like a coffee shop paper cup, but without the waste, and double walled to keep your drink warm and your fingers cool.

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.

Stay tuned this Spring for details how you can receive these gifts with a contribution. 




January, 2011

Dear Friends of KHSU,

More than half of all Americans use public media every month.

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.

It’s time for 170,000,000 Americans to say, “No!” to those efforts. It’s time for 170,000,000 Americans to say, “Yes!” to protecting our country’s unique public broadcasting assets.

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 – – 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:

Food Challenge
meet KHSU: Jessica Eden
What's on Tuesday?
Help "Prairie Home"
Coming in December

What a year!

Dear Listener,

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

"Food Challenge" feeds people, feeds radio


Thanks to Wildberries and KHSU Listeners

In just 70 minutes on a usually quiet Tuesday morning of KHSU's fall fundraiser, Wildberries Marketplace and KHSU listeners worked together to support both public radio and the local food bank.

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. 

Meet KHSU: Morning Host, Jessica Eden

A fair amount of people in Humboldt and Del Norte counties wake up to her voice.

But who is Jessie Eden besides someone who always seems to know the weather, and just when a roaming cow wanderseden.jpg onto a roadway.

We asked our local Morning Edition host a few questions to find out.

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…..

Do you ever get recognized? Just by the sound of your voice?

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.

what do you like about KHSU?

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.

What do you do for fun?

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.

Thanks Jessie!

Tuesday Night Specials

What exactly is on Tuesday night?

KHSU's Tuesday 7 p.m hour has been set aside for short-run programs.

This means high quality shows, like "the Moth" which only produces 5 shows a year, or the new, but limited, "The Promised Land" can have a place on KHSU.

Expect exciting, groundbreaking radio on Tuesday nights.

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. Majorca Carter, Host of The Promised Land

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.

So Close! Fall fundraiser hits $107K

The fall fundraiser in a nutshell:

* $107,000 donated
* 1067 listeners contributed
* Over 300 new members!
* 100 volunteers
* Over 800 phone calls
* Just $13,000 to go

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.

A Plea for "A Prairie Home Companion"

It is the show many people think of when they think: "Public Radio." It is also the most expensive 2 hours of programming KHSU carries.

We'd like to know, is "A Prairie Home Companion" something you want?

KHSU has launched a campaign for listeners to support part of "Prairie Home's" $20,000 price-tag through online giving.

What do you think? Is "Lake Wobegon," Guy Noir and all the music and comedy of "Prairie Home" an essential part of KHSU?

Please give us your opinion! You can email us at or call the listener comment line 826-6089 or show your support with a donation here .

December Features and Special Programs

Late November and December special programming:

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.

On December 11th at 9 a.m.,  KHSU presents the "Car Talk Christmas Carol" special. Tom and Ray are joined by several familiar public radio voices playing out a twist on the Dicken's story.

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.

Just for Fun: "Good Radiation"

A public radio inspired hip hop video complete with autotune backing vocal

Good Radiation

Turns out this viral video is by former Ferndale Enterprise intern, Adam Cole, who goes by Cadamole on Youtube. Backing vocals by Jenna Sullivan. 

More for Your Membership

Your Membercard is getting more powerful

If you presented your KHSU Membercard at our 50th anniversary party on October 23rd you got in free!

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


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.

From the General Manager - Ed Subkis


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.

Featured Underwriter: Northtown Books

As interviewed by Jeff DeMark, KHSU Underwriting Coordinator

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.

How long have you owned Northtown Books?

I bought the store four years ago from Art and Barbara.  I was working here for 15 or 16 years before I bought it.

What did you do before you owned this store?

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.

How did you get into reading?

I grew up in L.A. and Orange County and I just spent all my time in libraries. I guess I did it myself because my parents weren't readers.

blogheader880x250.jpgDid you ever imagine being a writer?

No I never thought about being a writer; I just appreciate good writing.

What are you reading right now?

Some contemporary fiction, which is kind of abnormal for me. But I tend towards mysteries and classics and anything by George Orwell and Graham Green.

What are the greatest pleasures and most challenging issues of running an independent bookstore these days?

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.

The other unknown right now is the effect electronic books will have on us. Nobody knows where that will lead.


What's the key to your store's survival?

It's our relationship with our customers. They are very supportive of us because we are local and independent and they tell us that.

Why do you underwrite on KHSU?

I would never not be on KHSU. I listen all the time and I know KHSU's programming reaches the kind of people who are generally readers. Plus, it's important to support public radio.

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.

50th Anniversary Tees on Way

50tshirt.jpgKHSU 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.

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KHSU Memories: Tonight on KHSU FM!

 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.

1964_heart_of_station.jpgOpposite 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.

We had a high sense of professionalism that went with our imagined self importance. We even tried to make it to our shifts on time.

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.

“What? I can’t sing! Jeez! OK, how does it go?”

He sang it for me: ♫ What does the weatherman, weatherman, weatherman, what does the weatherman say-ay-ay!♪♪

I can only say that I am forever glad that my performance of that rookie hazing stunt does not exist on any tape archive 1965 Music Library.jpgtoday.

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.

As I look back on it, 10 watts may have been too much power for our limited talents.

Copyright 2010 Neal Fridley

Why "Confluence" ?

confluence_March_91.jpgKHSU 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.

confluence_May_91.jpg 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 confluence_June_92.jpgKHSU 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. 

Welcome back, Confluence!





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