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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

Somebody's Gotta Make Insanely Good Cheese

Larry Trask / Thursday, Dec. 4 @ 10:08 a.m. / Community

 

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Humboldt's own Cypress Grove Chevre will be featured on an upcoming episode of the CNN television show "Somebody's Gotta Do It". Hosted by Mike Rowe (famous for being the voice of "Deadliest Catch" and for looking good from behind in bluejeans), "Somebody's Gotta Do It" features, according to a CNN press release, "...innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors, fanatics–people who simply have to do it. [The] show is about passion, purpose, and occasionally, hobbies that get a little out of hand".

The episode featuring Cypress Grove will air locally on CNN Wednesday, December 17th at 6pm and will be rebroadcast later that night 9pm. Set your Tivos so you can enjoy it again and again. 



Giving To Trails on Giving Tuesday

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Dec. 2 @ 12:25 p.m. / Trails


Today we spoke with Emily Sinkhorn from our live broadcast from Wildberries Marketplace during the Food And Fund Drive to discuss all the different trail programs in the county that you can help monetarily or with your time during this "Giving Tuesday."

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Interview: Comedy Mastermind Tom Scharpling

Mike Dronkers / Monday, Dec. 1 @ 2:30 p.m. / Comedy

Tom Scharpling, host of the the critically-acclaimed Best Show On WFMU, called in to talk about:

  • details of The Best Show's revival,
  • the Scharpling & Wurster box set,
  • why using real puppets on the radio is superior to false radio puppetry. 

Listen/download here:

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Or subscribe to the Live At KHUM podcast here

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From today's New York Times

Mr. Scharpling, 45, a New Jersey native with a burly, John Belushi-esque build and the tousled hair of a Roman emperor, compared the experience of immersing himself in this project to diving into a pool without knowing what’s in it.

“Maybe it’s empty,” he said. “Maybe it’s filled with razor blades. Maybe it’s filled with water. My head is about to find out.”

Scharpling was a writer and executive producer for Monk, has written surreal comedy for Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job, and directed rock videos for the likes of New Pornographers and Aimee Mann. The Best Show's theme song has even been played by the organist, also a fan, at the World Series in Boston

The Best Show aired for thirteen years on WFMU, a free-form radio station based in New Jersey, serving the New York City metro area. Scharpling's supporters include Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Aimee Mann, Ben Gibbard, and touring bands stuck in vans nationwide. It's these bands that really gave Scharpling a proto-viral boost, passing cassettes around before on-demand digital audio was a thing. 

Patton Oswalt is not Tom Scharpling

The Best Show fanbase also includes our own Hank Sims, prestigious editor over at Lost Coast Outpost. Scharpling, upset that hipsters had ruined beards, was asking that people 'earn' their beards. Enter then-bearded caller Hank, from Eureka. 

Sims attempts to earn his beard.

So what is The Best Show? Though it sits at the center of the alternative comedy universe, explaining the Best Show is damn near impossible.

And while virtually everything else online addresses shrinking attention spans, The Best Show requires a sizeable time investment from the listener to understand the references and the show's unique comedic voice. 

Bu when it all comes together, The Best Show stands miles above anything you can think of. That is an objective truth, defensible in court.

GQ Magazine: 

...a weekly, three-hour radio program that's fairly impossible to explain in the abstract. First, Scharpling plays about twenty minutes of music, including some Zeppelin. Then he takes calls, some topical, some random. Then there's a guest, usually a comedian. Then more calls and maybe a monologue about recent events in Tom's life or an especially pressing issue in music, television, or movies. Then Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster calls in as one of the lunatic denizens of fictional Newbridge, New Jersey. A puppet squirrel may make an appearance, followed by a dense sound collage based around Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop." Then a rush of final calls. Then out.

The Best Show is a lot of things: a community, a sensibility, a platform for the madcap chronicles of Newbridge, and a tribunal for all that's false and undeserving in the world. What holds it all together is Scharpling himself—golden-hearted, cranky, digressive, and instantly emboldening. And when the final episode airs on December 17, it's his voice that will be missed the most.

Personally, I've failed so disastrously at convincing friends of The Best Show's brilliance that back in 2008, I attempted to make an email-sized documentary about it. It didn't work, either. But have a listen anyway. 

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The Scharpling & Wurster box set is available for pre-order now. 

“Scharpling & Wurster are like an old married couple. Except when they argue it's funny and not depressing. This collection includes hours of fake calls, fake outrage, and fake knowledge. The real part is that it's always funny." - Amy Poehler

“Scharpling & Wurster are purveyors of some of the most bizarre and brilliant comedy I’ve heard in ages. If you want your brain thoroughly melted, this  collection should do the trick nicely.” -Weird Al” Yankovic

"Scharpling & Wurster are keeping the fine art of two-person comedy alive. Some of the funniest stuff out there!" Conan O’Brien

“Listen, I’m not going to sugar coat it; this is a 16 CD boxed set of phone calls. Almost everything about this is technologically redundant. However, I promise this is one of the funniest things you’ll ever own. Scharpling and Wurster are the greatest.” - John Oliver



"Snowball" Drop in Old Town This Weekend

Mike Dronkers / Monday, Dec. 1 @ 11:17 a.m. / Amateur Hour

Photo: Mark Larson

According to a press release from Eureka Main Street, they're going to launch a lot of ping pong balls into the sky. 

 

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SNOWBALL DROP –  FUN FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Eureka, California – Eureka Main Street is excited to announce the return of a fun event to holiday shoppers in Downtown and Old Town Eureka. Eureka Main Street will host the 2nd Annual Snowball Drop at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 6th. It’s a man-made blizzard with hundreds of snowballs gently floating down to waiting shoppers. These snowballs, which are actually ping pong balls will be fired high into the air from a “snowball cannon”. Each snowball displays a main street business name/address and ball number.  The discount, gift, and or give-away is determined by the participating business. Snowalls must be redeemed at the business by December 24th. Snowball Drop participants are invited to gather on the Gazebo at 2nd & F Street to catch the snowballs as they rain down on waiting shoppers, but remember…don’t be late the blizzard starts at 11:30 a.m. sharp! This is a free family event. What a great way to start your holiday shopping!!

After the Snowball Drop, start your holiday shopping at the variety of unique locally owned small businesses in Downtown and Old Town Eureka. Santa Claus will be at the Gazebo and roaming the area searching out good girls & boys (bring your camera for photos)! Festive music will fill the air at the Gazebo throughout the day beginning at 1pm with Tuba Christmas. Music will be moved to The Eureka Theatre in case of rain. The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place at the Gazebo at 5pm. During Arts Alive, 6-9pm, take silly photos with  Santa Claus in a photo booth at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 528 2nd Street!

Happy holidays from the businesses of Eureka Main Street!

For more information, please contact Eureka Main Street at 442-9054.

 



Dronkers' Deep Web: Kindness Sighted On Humboldt Craiglist

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 26 @ 4:53 p.m. / Deep Web , Feel Good

I'm just going to leave these here.

Happy Thanksgiving, guys. - Mike

 

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Not all hope is lost in Humboldt (Eureka):

"The most amazing thing happened today a very sweet angel paied for our groceries today at winco unfortunately I was unaware that winco doesn't accept credit cards an I almost lost my thanksgiving meal. We live in a beautiful place surrounded by beautiful people an I am a firm believer in that thank you so much marlyn I will pay it forward happy holidays Humboldt."

Go Deep. 

 

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To the guy on Highway 36, Blue windstar (Highway 36):

"You stopped to help me change my flat tire you were very kind. I think you said your name was Jeff I should have asked for your number but was so thankful for your kindness and generosity that I was at a loss for words. If by any chance you see this put the name and color of the car I was driving in the reply I would like to buy you dinner and get to know you better."

Go deep.

 

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Your surfboard flew off your van near moonstone (Moonstone):

"Your surfboard came flying off your large white van near moonstone beach. I saved it, Please describe it and it shall be yours again!"

Go deep. 

 

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Peace

"I am so sad to see how many people tear each other down on this site and in the community. We should be encouraging each other and lifting each other up. To each there own. Everyone is so concerned with what everyone else does. If you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything at all. Instead of looking at someone and picking them apart, focus on what is beautiful about them. The world would be a much nicer place if we just loved each other. I may be just a peace loving hippie who likes my weed, but there is no drama in my life. Look for the beauty in everything and everyone and I promise, you will live a happier life. No body knows the struggle that every person goes through. Everyone faces their own battle, we should not judge our fellow people. We are all people and deserve to be treated with kindness."

Go deep.

 



KHUM Food Drive IS ON!

Cliff Berkowitz / Wednesday, Nov. 26 @ 1:32 p.m. / Community

Once again, KHUM and Food for people are teaming up for a big one week food drive all over Humboldt County. KHUM will be broadcasting live at various supermarkets throughout the county this coming Monday through friday. Along with the KHUM DJs, members from Food For People, Humboldt County's food bank will also be on hand to answer questions and collect the food and funds. This is all part of Food For People's annual Food and Fund Drive. When we come to your community, please be generous with food and or funds to help out fellow community members who are a little less fortunate. 

Here is a list of where and when we will be:

Monday: Eureka Co-Op (Larry live 2pm - 6pm)

Tuesday: Wildberries (Cliff live 6am - 10am

Wednesday: Murphey's Cutten (Mike live 10am -2pm)

Thursday: Ray's McKinleyville (Cliff Live 6am - 10am)


Friday: Eureka Natural Foods (Larry live 2pm - 6pm & Amy live 6pm - 7pm)

Please note that members of Food For People will be at each location the day of the broadcasts calling in live and encouraging participation. Please do what you can to help out our friends and neighbors in need this holiday season. KHUM's live broadcast is sponsored by Redwood Capital Bank.



Meet Humboldt Made's New Executive Director

Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 26 @ 11:07 a.m. /

When K-Mart touched down in T. Aaron Carter's hometown, its local business wilted. As Humboldt Made's new incoming director, his job is to make sure that the Humboldt economy is strong, resilient, and united. 

Carter spoke on KHUM today about his early plans for Humboldt Made, sleeping in his car, and how not being a Backstreet Boy has affected his Facebook page. 

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