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In 1996, founders Cliff and Amy Berkowitz decided they’d had it with the over-corporatization of radio and the big city. Like so many of us, they wanted a life that was more about living and less about the rat race. So, they picked up stakes and moved to Humboldt.


Cliff had this crazy idea that in a place like Humboldt--a place where we don’t always (or often) hue to the rules--he and Amy could really build something special. They got some friends together from the community and built a radio station that for over 20 years has reflected the eclectic tastes and unique styles of our home in the big trees--in a way that isn’t always about making money but is consistently devoted to serving the people here. A station that plays whatever it feels like as long as it’s good.


So what is KHUM? A way of playing music that is free and unfettered. A beacon of education and information for and about our community. Freeform radio for a place that loves its freedoms.


Put simply, KHUM is the “Voice of Humboldt County.”



Education: CSU, Fresno State

Radio Experience: 40 + years

Hobbies: Reading, photography, hiking, cycling, community involvement

Personality: Cheerful, ecstatic morning person, family orientated

Mon-Fri 6AM-10AM

Cliff 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 decided to give up the corporate radio world and start his own station. In January of 1994 Cliff, his wife Amy, and 2-year-old son Alexander moved up to Humboldt County to start over.


As the founder and originator of the KHUM sound, Cliff is the master of throwback Motown and soul music, as well as classic and modern folk. On his show you’ll hear everything from Rock to R&B. He’s been serving up free-form radio to Humboldt county for 22 years!

Cliff Berkowitz

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Education: BA Broadcast Journalism from Humboldt State University

Radio Experience: 2 years

Hobbies: Golf, bowling, wood carving, antique hunting

Personality: Wordy, animal lover, hard worker

Midday | Mon-Fri 10AM-2PM

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.


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Education: BA in Mathematics & BS in Astrophysics from Humboldt State University

Radio Experience: 2 years, KHUM

Hobbies: Playing bluegrass Music, running with the dog, and surf-perch fishing with micheladas

Personality: Laid back and chill, friendly and open, and very excitable around astrophysics

Mon-Fri 2PM-6PM

Reared in the high desert chaparral of the Mojave, Cam found his way to the sleepy coastal Humboldt County we all know and love in 2007. he discovered the solace of bluegrass music and fishing for surfperch. His musicianship took him to the Bay Area where he soon found he had no where to store his instruments and headed back to the Redwood Curtain. He was taken with an impulse to become a radio DJ, and here we are today.

Cam’s show is a hodge-podge of Bluegrass, Soul, Funk and Folk, peppered liberally with all manner of requests from his listeners. Armed with a classic sensibility and a love for musical discovery, Cam fights to keep his show interesting and engaging with a focus on community involvement.

Cam Trujillo

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Education: MA in Landscape Architecture, Cal Poly Pomona

Radio Experience: 40 years

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, reading, and hiking

Personality: Hard working, chatty, strong willed

Mon-Fri Evenings - Late Night // Weekend Mornings

Like so many people in Humboldt County, Amy has a number of jobs. In addition to being a radio DJ, she is also a licensed landscape architect, a mom, lecturer at HSU in journalism & mass communication, and a teacher of stained glass as an art form. She has been in and around radio since 1979 when she and her husband, Cliff (yes husband-wife duo), got together. Amy is the Co-founder of KHUM.

On Amy’s show, one can hear everything that makes KHUM the station that it is. Focusing on the core of the KHUM sound, she plays Folk, Pop, Soul, and Americana with just enough quirk to keep things interesting. Amy places a special emphasis on community wellbeing and always has an encouraging word for her listeners.

Amy Berkowitz

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Education: N/A

Radio Experience: 18 years

Hobbies: Playing the harmonica and singing the blues

Personality: Smooth and relaxed, extremely informative

Fridays 7PM-10PM

has been on North Coast airwaves since 2001 and a part of KHUM for the last ten years.

Chas brings you the best in Blues, Soul, R&B, and as he puts it, “whatever it takes,” on The South Side each Friday night. With a superb knowledge of all things Bluesy, he educates and informs the listener as to the historical context and relevance of the music, creating a down home atmosphere and an engaging show.

Chas Lewis

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Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Arizona University, MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts

Radio Experience: 9 years

Hobbies: Playing mandolin, tenor guitar, and records, cooking, eating, drinking

Personality: A wry sense of humor, and endless enthusiasm for Country and Western music

Mondays 7PM-9PM

Darren Weiss loves mandolins, and tenor guitars, and the entire family of fretted instruments tuned to major fifths. Outside of the studio, Darren is a card-carrying registered Professional Engineer.

The Chicken Scratch Show is a showcase of Darren’s extensive collection of all things twangy. From Bluegrass and Appalachian music to Texas Swing and Honky Tonk jukebox tunes, his humorously and lovingly curated show is sure to teach you something new about traditional American music.

Darren Weiss

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Wednesdays 7PM-9PM

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.


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Education: University of West Florida, College of the Redwoods

Radio Experience: 6 years

Hobbies: Calling square dances, playing and recording music, brewing cider, and community building

Personality: Engaging and kind, with an easy and relaxed style

Meet Me in The Morning: Sunday 10AM-12PM

The Lindsey Battle Programme: Sunday 12PM-3PM

Lyndsey Battle is a little quirky… no doubt about that.  Her sincere appreciation of the unusual shines through on her afternoon show to bring you music that may not have otherwise made the trek to KHUM. On any given day, Lyndsey likes to write songs about her love for the simpler things in life. She spends time with her daughter in the garden, hoards a variety of homegrown canned goods in the garage, and enjoys teaching others how to play ukulele. 

Lyndsey’s show is marked by her love for the community and the music. She makes a special point to only play music that she loves, creating a sonic environment that feels both handcrafted and polished. Listening in, one can’t help but feel that Lyndsey is simply a friend sharing her favorite songs.

Lyndsey Battle

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