Humboldt to get new radio station

NEW STATION Matthew Knight, KZZH station manager and Jed Pinnell KZZH station engineer (with clipboard) reflect on legacy technology and ponder the prospects for analog radio as they plan for launch of KZZH in Eureka!

NEW STATION Matthew Knight, KZZH station manager and Jed Pinnell KZZH station engineer (with clipboard) reflect on legacy technology and ponder the prospects for analog radio as they plan for launch of KZZH in Eureka!

Access Humboldt

EUREKA – With support from Common Frequency, based in Davis, Access Humboldt won a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to build a new low power non-commercial FM radio station serving Eureka/Arcata and surrounding areas - the call sign was approved this week. KZZH 96.7FM will be a non-commercial, community based station operated by Access Humboldt.

Access Humboldt’s executive director Sean McLaughlin said, “KZZH radio will originate at our Community Media Center in Eureka as an extension of our community TV and broadband media work - serving public, education and government purposes. We are building this new local station to enhance community resilience, while the license is for “low power” radio of just 100 watts, the goal is high impact analog media. For example, KZZH will be designed to help our community prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural or man-made disasters. In the long run, we expect KZZH to be a leading innovator for media localism benefiting public safety, lifelong learning and civic engagement.”

Today Access Humboldt named the team leaders for KZZH, Matthew Knight and Jed Pinnell, who will be responsible for launching the new station. (photo attached)

Access Humboldt’s Facility and Training Coordinator Matthew Knight is KZZH Station Manager. Matthew majored in Communications at CalPoly Pomona. He worked as a recording engineer and musician in Hollywood area during most of the 1980’s. Moving to Humboldt in 1995, he began a longtime association with public broadcasting, including a stint at KEET-TV as both a volunteer and employee. As a KHSU volunteer/programmer, Matt has hosted the Saturday night music show “Alternative Therapy” for over 15 years. He has also been involved in policymaking at the station, serving on HSU President Rollin Richmond’s KHSU Task Force, as well as various hiring committees. Knight says “I am a true believer in radio broadcasting in general, and public radio broadcasting specifically. I am very excited that Access Humboldt is opening this new avenue for Humboldt county citizens’ voices to be heard.”

KZZH Station Engineer is Jed Pinnell with a background in sound and a degree from Ex'pression College in Audio Engineering and Multimedia Production. Jed has designed and installed custom long-range microwave communications systems for private, commercial and military applications.

He also currently serves as the Digital Media Technician at Access Humboldt, overseeing the organization's information technology and digital media operations. One recent example of his work is a live multi-site TV production for the County of Humboldt’s budget hearing from Hoopa, Redway and points in between, aired live from Eureka and streamed online!

Potential local programming sources for KZZH include:

♦ Podcasts and original content by school-age youth and other community members

ie. local news, information and music programing

♦ Broadcast audio from county and municipal meetings (live and rebroadcast)

♦ Disaster preparation, response and recovery programs - including emergency news and information,

such as extreme weather events, wildfires, tsunami warnings and earthquake information.

♦ Special event coverage - live from anywhere!

If you would like more information or can offer support for launching KZZH, please contact: Matthew Knight, Station Manager via e-mail at: [email protected] or call 707-476-1798.

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