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CityCutten, California
Broadcast areaEureka, California
Humboldt County, California
Slogan"Radio Without the Rules"
Frequency104.7 FM MHz
First air dateJanuary 7, 1996[1]
Power24,500 Watts
HAAT504.9 meters (1,656 ft)
Facility ID33653
Transmitter coordinates40°43′36.0″N 123°58′18.0″W / 40.726667°N 123.971667°W / 40.726667; -123.971667
Call sign meaningK HUMboldt (County)
Former call signsKBEY (1990-1995)
KHUM (1995-Present)[3]
OwnerLost Coast Communications, Inc.
Sister stationsKSLG-FM, KWPT, KLGE[4]
WebcastKHUM Webstream
WebsiteKHUM Online
The KHUM studios in Ferndale, California. (left)

KHUM is a commercial Freeform broadcast radio station licensed to Cutten, California, serving Eureka and Humboldt County in California.[2] KHUM is owned and operated by Lost Coast Communications, Inc.[5]

KHUM simulcasts on translator K282AD, broadcasting at 104.3 FM.[6] The translator and the station's studios are located in Ferndale, California.[7]

History and operations[edit]

Founded by Jacqueline Debets and Cliff Berkowitz, KHUM signed on January 7, 1996.[8] Patrick Cleary (along with his family) is KHUM's majority owner.[9][10]


Cliff Berkowitz is KHUM's Program Director and Larry Trask is the Music Director. Past air staff include Lila Nelson, Emily McLongstreet, Michael Moore, Pam Long, Matt Brunner, Gary Franklin, Jess McGuinty, Ryan Lee and Mike Dronkers.[11] Air staff also included "Digital" Dan Lawrence, who lost part of his throat to cancer and used a computer voice simulator during his two radio programs.[12]

The current weekday lineup consists of Cliff Berkowitz "in the morning", Bayley Brown during the midday, Larry Trask in the afternoon and Amy Berkowitz in the evening.[13] Chas Lewis, Darren Weiss and Lyndsey Battle are also heard on KHUM.[13]

Each year, KHUM undertakes a local Stop The Violence campaign, which includes three weeks of drive-time interviews with experts in and survivors of domestic abuse, street violence, and systemic violence.[14] KHUM maintains a Stop The Violence Fund at a local foundation, and annual donations are made to local charities.[15]

KHUM broadcasts live coverage of the annual world championship Kinetic Sculpture Race, which was founded in Ferndale and runs down Main Street past their studio.[16]


KHUM has won numerous national awards for production and programming, including an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Director Association for its broadcast series, Picking Up: Meth on the North Coast,[17] an NAB Crystal Radio Award for public service on June 12, 2006,[18] as well as several awards for commercial writing and production.[11] In 2006, KHUM was awarded the "Friend in Need Award" by the National Association of Broadcasters for keeping the "community safe and informed" after a large storm left three quarters of Humboldt County without power.[19]


In addition to the main station, KHUM is relayed by an FM translator to widen its broadcast area.[6]

Call sign Frequency
City of license Facility
m (ft)
Class FCC info
K282AD 104.3 FM Ferndale, California 33652 250 watts 509.5 m (1,672 ft) D FCC


  1. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 2010 (PDF). ProQuest, LLC/Reed Publishing (Nederland), B.V. 2010. p. D-87. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Arbitron Station Information Profiles". Nielsen Audio/Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Call Sign History". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Lost Coast Communications launches documentary series on marijuana". The Redwood Times. Garberville, California: MediaNews Group. February 7, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "KHUM Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "K282AD Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Contact - KHUM". Lost Coast Communications, Inc. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "KHUM to celebrate 15 Years On The Air". The Humboldt Beacon. Eureka, California: MediaNews Group. December 30, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  9. ^ McHugh, Paul (September 17, 2005). "Foiled by the Waves". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, California: Hearst Corporation. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "KHUM hits the decade mark". North Coast Journal. Eureka, California: The North Coast Journal Weekly. January 5, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Beech, Kai (January 4, 2011). "KHUM tunes in on 15th birthday bash". Tri-City Weekly. Eureka, California: MediaNews Group. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Hastings, Deborah (February 1, 1998). "Man Who Lost His Voice to Cancer Becomes Digital Disc Jockey". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  13. ^ a b "djs - KHUM". Lost Coast Communications, Inc. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "HSU and KHUM Kick-Off Annual Stop the Violence Campaign". Humboldt State University. October 31, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  15. ^ "KHUM's 'Stop The Violence' campaign begins this week". Times-Standard. Eureka, California: MediaNews Group. November 1, 2009. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "Kinetic Grand Championship". Kinetic Grand Championship. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  17. ^ "KHUM series earns Edward R. Murrow award". Times-Standard. Eureka, California: MediaNews Group. March 31, 2007. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  18. ^ "Radio Currents Online - May 1-May 7, 2006". NewBay Media, LLC. May 1, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  19. ^ "Celebration of Service to America Awards - Presented by the NAB Education Foundation". National Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved September 4, 2015.

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