Join KMUD this Saturday during our Community Yard Sale from 8am to 3pm.
Imbibe in a refreshing drink or two at the KMUD Beer & Margarita Garden next door at Dazey Daze...
then join us for Community Movie Night in the KMUD front yard as dusk falls. Bring chairs, blankets and snacks. See you there!
Freedom of expression and communication are fundamental human rights
Today World Press Freedom Day (May 3), we salute thousands of Community radios that exercise their right to communicate. Radios that work in diverse conditions, bringing together ideas and perceptions that are transformed in innovative communication processes. Community radios being managed by women, indigenous communities, youth groups, in urban and rural areas.
For the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC (Association Mondiale Des Radiodiffuseurs Communautaires), freedom of expression and communication are fundamental rights, recognized in international treaties and that should be guaranteed as such by all democratic states. These rights including fair and equitable access to the media, should be protected and extended in the context of rapidly evolving transformations introduced by new information and communication technologies.
Mud Fling Featured
KMUD is unleashing a series of MUD Flings!
The first one to kick off the year will be on
Saturday, February 16th - at 6 PM -
directly following our Wine Tasting Event.
Both events at: the Portuguese Hall in Arcata,
located at 1185 11th St., Arcata.
Tickets: $15.00 presale and $18.00 at the door.
Wine Tasting Featured
The Humboldt Wine Association
is proud to offer 100% local wine as part of
KMUD's Signal Upgrade
Wine Tasting Fundraiser
on Valentines Day weekend,
Saturday February 16th,
at: Portuguese Hall Arcata,
located at:1185 11th St., Arcata.
Tickets are $25.00 presale and
$30.00 at the door.
Nico Luminous at Mateel Featured
Night Shade Presents:
Come on out for an evening of glitchy dance music at the Mateel Community Center.
This Friday, January 25!
The first in a series of benefits for KMUD - Redwood Community Radio during the New World Age starting in 2013.
By Daniel Reyes
"Video Killed the Radio Star" the Buggles said it best in 1979, but radio was losing popularity steadily since the 1950s. The debut of MTV two years later didn't help any. And now that internet is killing the television show, radio is even farther behind the current tech loving times. But when we compare media outlets by the technology they use; Facebook and Twitter would be MP3s, TV would be a CD, newspapers would be cassettes, but radio, radio would be vinyl. It even has all the same signature qualities; simplicity, reliability, and character. Radio has contributed to the evolution of modern and social media, suffered world war wounds, and has played pivotal roles during revolutions all over the world. Here in America though, radio has been swept under the rug of our social consciousness and taken for granted. You may not support radio normally, but when your power is out and your gadgets finally run out of juice, you know that your battery powered or hand crank radio is going to still be there for you.
Radio's obvious necessity is its practical use during an emergency situation. Radio is by far the most durable mass communication system. It is always the last system down and the first one back up in time of crisis. That's one of the reasons why I think rebels during times of uprising in Southern America used them to gain an upper hand during their revolutions. The radio is how I found out about the Tsunami warning, right here in Humboldt County a while ago. I am sure that there have been as many more people saved by that emergency signal than there have been people annoyed by it. The main reason for its life saving success I think is the simplicity of the technology.
Radio technology is incredibly basic. Soldiers in WWII made radios out of spare parts that they could find on the battlefield: wire, razors, and pencils (Foxhole). The signal sending transmitter might be a little more energy intensive, but those foxhole radios, as they became called, didn't even need an energy source to pick up a signal. They would listen to records being played from Rome on the front lines (Foxhole). Today we don't need to search a battlefield to build a MacGyver style radio, but they are still pretty easy to make. If you want to see just how easy, check it out on YouTube and in about 20 minutes you can have your own emergency makeshift radio.
Speaking about the internet, radio and the internet have a closer relationship that you might realize. Not only has radio punched a niche in the internet by streaming most stations live, but they also put up an audio archive on most radio stations websites. This is where fans can listen to programs they missed or listen to a really good program again. A recorded program you can listen on demand, that sounds like a pod cast. In fact it is. The main difference is, that pod cast are usually know for having a video part as well as audio part. Whereas radio lacking in its visual prowess, it isn't completely alien to the camera from entering the studio. Television has been transforming radio programs into TV show for quite some time. Howard Stern started his show on the radio, and despite being on TV, he still has a regular radio airtime. Radio is on TV, online, and even on your phone. Did you know that you can download an AM/FM tuner to you phone, so you can listen anywhere at any time?
I can understand the point of view that the radio may not play the music or shows that you like, and that's why you don't listen to or support radio. This is a grievous mistake. Radio, especially community radio stations, like KMUD, play such a massive assortment of random things from eclectic people, that there has to be something there you like. And on the off chance that there really isn't a show you can get in to, then you should make one. That is one of the radios greatest strengths and most exciting real life opportunities, the ease it takes to generate new shows. The radio would even be on air if not for the many volunteers it takes to organize and create enough shows to be constantly airing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. If there is a style you don't hear or a community you want to build, community radio is the best tool you could have to start something. Before I ask you what your show would be about, let me tell you how you get one first.
The best way to get some airtime of your own is to make sure there is airtime to begin with. Support your radio station. There are no radio waves if the lights don't turn on and the rent doesn't get paid. Support your radio station. Concerts don't happen if there is no one to set up the stage or work the crowd. Support your radio station. Guess who donates prizes for the radio station to give out? They are people who support their radio station. I cannot stress enough how vital communal support is for a community radio station. There are plenty of ways to donate: money, time, and gifts. All are needed and accepted all the time. No voices are heard if there isn't a station to broadcast them. If you want to be heard you got to make sure people can hear you. Struggling musicians trying to get played or small businesses trying to spread their name, there are a lot of people who can benefit from the involvement of community radio.
So I urge you, bring radio back from the brink. Listen to, support and participate in your local radio station. You have a much better chance of hearing what you want to hear, and in some cases hearing what you need to hear. Radio has inspired, suffered, and yet endured. I hope that radio can be resurrected to its former glory that it had in the 20's and 30's. Back before video really did kill the radio and TV started its mess. When the TVs play static, the internet down, and your phone is out of power, the radio will still be there. At least I want it to be. Do you?
"Foxhole Radio" Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Oct. 2012. Web.
November 26, 2012
Daniel Reyes is a student at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, and a volunteer at KMUD.
Good Morning Humboldt County
by Daniel Reyes
You wake up on December 22, 2012 to the sound of heavy rain hitting the window. You know what the date is, because you went out with a couple of friends for dinner, to celebrate the supposed "End of the World." It turned into a later night out than you expected, and the late night out turned into a late morning of sleeping in, but you don't know how late. You look at the clock on the night stand, but the cool digital blue is pitch black on your alarm clock. Great! The power must have been gone out. Normal for this time of year and you remember hearing on the radio that a big storm was on its way in. It must have hit.
You go for your phone. What, your phone died to? You slowly make it to your laptop and hope there was enough juice left to at least see what's going on, because you know power outages don't always knock out the modem. Unfortunately it lacks the power to answer your call. It's at this point you remember the date, and then, just a moment, you entertain the fantasy. That fantasy that any one of those many scenarios Hollywood has given us, in the name of entertainment, just came true. With a quick quiver up the spine, you shrug off the coincidence as ironic and quicken your pace as you search for your last line of defense. You feel a quick smile shot across your face when you realize that; no one in Hollywood ever has an emergency pack. Pulling out your handheld radio, you tear into a pack of batteries. You know if this doesn't work, then something is wrong. You know if this doesn't work, you will probably be pulling out a little bit more of your emergency pack. But this will work, it always works. Right? Batteries in, and that first crackle of static bugs you just enough to spin that dial as fast as you can. Just to hear that there is something else on, besides dead air. Christmas is going to be great this year! The "End of the World" did not just happen!
You need to hear a live person, you don't really care who it is, just someone who can tell you what's going on. Most importantly; "Why is the power out and how long will it last?" You have spun all the way through the range and to your horror nothing. Your mind and pulse quicken in a second and fade just as fast when you realize you're on AM. Switching to the FM you take a breath, look out the window, and quickly contemplate the gravity of the situation before spinning the dial again. What if there was no one on the air? If I spin this dial and hear static all over again, that's it, I am cut off. There has to be someone broadcasting. There is someone always someone on the air. There has to be, right?
Tibetan Rug donated by Himalayan Rug Traders, 529 Second Street, Eureka, California, 95501.
The rug depicts a Golden Dragon flying throught the clouds, a protective symbol. It is 3x6 feet in size, 100 knots per inch.
This hand-knotted wool rug was made by a Tibetan weaver in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalayan sheep wool has a high lanolin content which makes the rug very soft and naturally repels stains. The dyes are color-fast and the rug can be washed with soap and water. These rugs are made to last a lifetime.
Every pledge today will be entered in a raffle for this rug. As soon as $5,000 are reached, the The raffle drawing will be held this afternoon at 5 pm. Donation is welcome but not necessary to be entered in the raffle. Call (707) 923-3911 or (800)568-3723, or pledge online now.
Election Coverage on KMUD
This Tuesday, November 6, 2012, KMUD once again teams up with Access Humboldt to bring you election results and discussion. From 8 to 11 pm KMUD will be sending a video stream from studio B the will show on Channel 11 on the Suddenlink cable system. Unfortunately Access Humboldt is not able to make a video stream available on the internet.