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LIKES TO GET UP EARLY
Cliff is a founder of KHUM and a 40+ year veteran of radio with experience in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Riverside/San Bernardino, Fresno and more. Cliff also spent several years as a national radio consultant working with stations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago and Baltimore, to name a few.
In late 1993 Cliff came to the conclusion that big corporate major market radio was just not fun anymore and decided to give it all up. In January of 1994 Cliff, his wife Amy, and 2-year-old son Alexander moved up to Humboldt County to start over.
"We moved in with my in-laws and I got a job as a shift supervisor for the McKinleyville Round Table Pizza. At the same time I was flipping pizzas, I had the hair-brained scheme to start a local radio station that would get back to the root of what I loved about radio…being a vital part of a real community. It took a series of miracles and lots of good luck, but by January 6, 1996 KHUM was born."
Cliff lives in Cutten with his wife Amy and his now 19-year-old son Michael. His son Alexander, now 27, lives in New York City.
Midge is a Midwestern tumbleweed currently rooted in the redwoods of California.
Penny, her doghter (dog + daughter), takes after Midge in more ways than just looks. Both adore beach walks, the backyard, and both have a heightened interest in whatever anybody else is eating around them. But don’t be fooled, they have their differences. Penny despises a swap meet and dreads a garage sale, while her mother has never met an antique she wouldn’t ponder over endlessly and ultimately, buy.
Midge is committed to only a few things in life. The top of that list is generally populated with the best noodle houses and dumpling shops, but somewhere towards the top lies a commitment to quality music and radio. This, more often than not, means digging through dusty and oft overlooked files for the music left under the radar. The hidden treasures, the ones you find for a bargain but keep forever. These are the best bits.
It also means working hard at never swearing on air.
So far, so good.
Reared in the high desert chaparral of the Mojave, Cam stopped being dehydrated in 2007 when he found his way to the sleepy coastal Humboldt County we all know and love. Deprived of Joshua trees and tumbleweeds, he turned instead to the solace of bluegrass music and fishing for surfperch.
The bluegrass was alright, but finding surfperch unpalatable, Cam picked up the bad habit of doing mathematics and astrophysics at Humboldt State University. After attaining the lowest degrees possible in his chosen fields of study, he moved to Oakland to pursue a career in eating at ramen restaurants and looking at cool vans on Craigslist.
Like most musicians, upon learning that his girlfriend would be vacating her comfortable apartment, Cam found himself homeless and without anywhere to store his instruments. As he began the long journey back toward the redwood curtain, he was taken with a sudden impulse to become a radio DJ, and can now be heard in the afternoon on KHUM.
To this day Cam can still be found fishing for surfperch behind his dilapidated Samoa home, or playing the upright bass and singing bluegrass with the No Good Redwood Ramblers at various West Coast venues and events.
IS DEFINITELY THE BETTER HALF
Also known as 'Mrs. In-the Morning.' Amy can be heard on Saturday and Sunday mornings and also in the evenings during the week between the specialty shows.
Like so many people in Humboldt County, Amy does have a number of jobs. In addition to being on the air, she is also a Licensed Landscape Architect, a Mom, and she teaches Stained Glass as an art form. She has been in and around radio since 1979 when she and her husband, Cliff, got together.
Amy’s first visit to Humboldt was in the early ‘70’s to visit her Dad and Step-mom. She fell in love with the area, and in 1981 Amy brought Cliff to Humboldt for the first time on vacation. He felt the same way about Humboldt and they finally moved here in January of 1994.
HAS SOUL, AND THUS A PLACE ON THE SOUTH SIDE.
The South Side has been on North Coast airwaves since 2001 and a part of KHUM for the last nine years.
Each week, Chas brings a musician's sensibility to the show, hand picking the best in Blues, Soul, and R & B -- from the Delta slide masters of the 30's and 40's to new releases, along with forgotten treasures from the dark corners of the Blues world that you won't hear anywhere else.
HAS BOUNDLESS LOVE FOR AMERICANA AND ROOTS MUSIC
Darren Weiss loves mandolins, and tenor guitars, and the entire family of fretted instruments tuned to major fifths. This kind of flexibility and diversity can be witnessed each week on The Chicken Scratch Show, where he'll cover the broad range of music from Country all the way to Western, and everything in between.
Outside of the studio, Darren is a card-carrying registered Professional Engineer, and is constantly attempting to solve the world’s energy crisis, much to his family’s dismay, by turning down the thermostat to near-arctic conditions.
USED TO GO TO MACK HIGH
Jay Collins, aka Goldylocks, is a Humboldt raised turntablist. With a large collection of vinyl spanning from rock n roll and blues to hip hop and soul, his goal is to please. "I'm deeply inspired by all the artists and natural beauty that surrounds me here in Humboldt" Jay has been DJing at community events, local taverns and parties for the past decade. Goldylocks brings hip hop, soul and jazz, live interviews and performances from local artists, authors and poets for 'Just Right.' Let your hair down and vibe out with Goldylocks Wednesday nights from 7-9p on KHUM.
LIKES TO WRITE IN CURSIVE
Lyndsey Battle is a little quirky… no doubt about that. She’s from Florida.
Her sincere appreciation of the unusual shines through on Sunday mornings, when Lyndsey (clearly not a morning person) makes a whole-hearted effort to pull it together and bring you music that may otherwise not have made the trek to KHUM.
On any other day, Lyndsey likes to write songs about her love for the simpler things in life, usually with way too many wacky chord changes. She spends time with her daughter in the garden, hoards a variety of homegrown canned goods in the garage. She also enjoys teaching others how to play ukulele. Lyndsey strongly dislikes plastics but manages to play only nylon-stringed instruments most of the time. In efforts to reduce her carbon footprint, she often waits way too long to change her strings. Sometimes, you just gotta take one for the team!
Most apparent is Lyndsey’s desire to make life a little better through music, a characteristic that makes sense to most.
[ Cliff in the Morning ]
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