Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host

707-584-2011

Mark Prell began his broadcast career at KRCB in 2008 as a volunteer, hosting Saturday mornings. He eventually took over as weekday Afternoon host, later taking on the duties of weekday Morning host as well. Mark continues to host the weekday Morning and Afternoon drive times, and has a lot of fun doing it. 

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California Update for Thursday, November 23, 2017

9 hours ago
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• Before stores get commercial marijuana sales licenses in 2018, the state's "Let's Talk Cannabis" campaign is spreading the word about health risks.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Join KRCB FM Radio 91 for special programming on Thanksgiving Day!

6:00 AM - NPR's Morning Edition

9:00 AM - "Let's Eat!" from Hearing Voices - An audio Thanksgiving feast.

We binge on fattening stories, then purge with a documentary on refusing food.

10:00 AM - FM Odyssey Thanksgiving Show With Special Guests Graham Nash, Glen Campbell and Arlo Guthrie.

California Update for Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nov 22, 2017
Pamela Kan-Rice / ucanr.edu

• The timber industry and marijuana farms break up forests into very different shapes and sizes. That could impact wildlife in distinct ways according to UC researchers who compared both land-uses in Humboldt County forests from 2000 to 2013.

• Cap-and-trade brings the state $860M in November. It’s the second sell-out since lawmakers extended the program this year through 2030.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nov 21, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio News

• The director of the California Senate Fellows Program allegedly knew last year about a senator’s reputation for inappropriate behavior with women – yet still placed a female student Fellow in his Capitol office anyway.

Meanwhile, a former Senate Fellow says Senate Fellows director David Pacheco discriminated against her because she was a Latina Republican. You can read about that in Ben’s full story HERE.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 20, 2017
instinctmagazine.com

• The FBI reported hate crimes rose by more than 4% last year; including 1,076 hate crimes motivated by the victims' sexual orientation. LGBT advocates, however, say these numbers are dramatically underreported. 

• In Santa Rosa, the LGBT retirement community at the Fountain Grove Lodge welcomed residents back home, following the wildfires that burned all around the facility, but spared the building. 

• Face to Face executive director Rick Dean honored for his 30 years of dedicated service to the organization.

California Update for Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 20, 2017
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• If you use a California driver’s license to board U.S. flights, the card in your wallet won’t work a few years from now. Instead, you’ll need a new one called a REAL I.D. Getting one requires bringing several key documents, in person, to the DMV.

• The leader of the California state Senate is calling for punishment of a fellow Democratic Senator, after allegations of inappropriate advances on at least three women.

• California’s unemployment rate fell slightly to four-point-nine percent in October as employers added nearly thirty-two thousand jobs.

California Update for Friday, November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• An alumna of Sacramento State's Senate Fellows Program says there's a culture of silence around sexual harassment at the state Capitol. The reaction follows the college's decision Wednesday to place the program's director on indefinite leave.

• The state of California has released new emergency rules governing the sale and production of recreational marijuana, just six weeks before businesses can begin selling cannabis under voter-approved Proposition 64.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• Sacramento State University has put the director of its Senate Fellows program at the state Capitol on indefinite leave amid accusations he failed to report a complaint by a female fellow.

Find the full story HERE.

California Update for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nov 15, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• California’s cannabis industry has a banking problem. Federal rules keep most marijuana businesses from even opening a checking account. Many deal in cash. It’s a problem in other places with legal pot, like Colorado...

• Anti-abortion pregnancy centers are again taking on California's Reproductive Fact Act.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Sammy Caiola.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov 13, 2017
Illustration by Lyne Lucien / The Daily Beast

• Voters in Virginia and Pennsylvania elect the first transgender candidates to seats in public office.

• LGBT candidates win 11 different races across Ohio.

• In Louisiana, an applicant for a local sheriff’s department has filed suit alleging he was denied employment because he is HIV positive

• The Gay Mens’ Chorus of San Francisco comes home for the holidays on December 2.

Outbeat Radio News is a service of KRCB North Bay Public Media and can be heard Sunday nights at 8 as part of Outbeat Radio.

California Update for Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov 13, 2017
supervisorbrucemcpherson.org

• A year ago, California became the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Environmental groups say early data shows a significant dip in plastic trash.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

California Update for Friday, November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017
Sen. Mendoza's website

• An attorney for a California legislative staffer says state Senator Tony Mendoza fired her client and two other staffers for reporting his inappropriate behavior towards a young woman in the Senate Fellows Program.

Find the full story HERE.

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch warns Sonoma County residents of scams involving fraudulently filed applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. The Napa and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Offices received several reports from residents whose personal identifying information, including their social security numbers, had been used to file a fraudulent FEMA application.  Some residents reported that they attempted to apply for FEMA assistance, only to find that someone had already applied under their name.

California Update for Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017
Rebecca Blackwell / AP photo

• During his trip to Europe this week, California Governor Jerry Brown is urging foreign governments to bypass the Trump administration and coordinate with states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

• California is now home to the highest gas prices in the nation, one week after the state's 12 cents per gallon gas tax increase went into effect. 

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Chris Nichols.

In preparation for anticipated rain this winter, people who live in burned areas, or downhill of burned areas, should be aware of increased risks for:

• Flash Flooding: Normally, rainfall is absorbed by vegetation and soils, reducing runoff. However, wildfires remove vegetation and may leave soil unable to absorb water, creating flash flood conditions. Flood risk remains significantly higher until vegetation is restored—up to 5 years after a wildfire.

California Update for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Nov 8, 2017
Melissa Bosworth / Capital Public Radio News

• California’s pot industry could top seven billion dollars a few years from now. But a lot of that business might have to be handled in cash, because most banks are reluctant to go against federal drug rules. 

• California Governor Jerry Brown says the state should link its signature climate-change program, cap-and-trade, to its European counterpart.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nov 7, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio News

• For four straight years, the California Senate has quietly shelved an Assembly bill that would have provided whistleblower protection to legislative employees. Now, the sexual harassment turmoil at the Capitol could give the bill new life.

• Two separate campaigns are seeking to repeal California's controversial gas tax increase. How are the repeal efforts different and will they help or hurt each other as they try to make it on the November 2018 ballot?

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

olympic.org

• Egypt and Russia and fighting to eliminate a UN resolution prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people during the upcoming Olympic games.  LGBT rights groups said these countries are encouraging violence.  

• A Mitsubishi car dealership in Austin Texas is being sued for discrimination by a transgender male employee, but lawyers for the dealership are claiming a first amendment right of the dealership as a defense. 

California Update for Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov 6, 2017
sacbee.com

• Republican candidate for governor John Cox recently claimed it costs ‘nearly five times as much’ in California to build a mile of road as it does in the rest of the nation. 

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, November 3, 2017

Nov 3, 2017
coveredca.com

• While federal advertising for public health exchanges was slashed, Covered California is spending $111 million on outreach this year.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

California Update for Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nov 2, 2017
PolitiFact California / AP file photo

• Do millennials have ‘only A 50-50 chance’ of doing better than their parents? Candidate for governor Delaine Eastin says so. PolitiFact California fact-checked her claim and rated it True.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Find more PolitiFact California fact checks HERE.

California Update for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nov 1, 2017
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

• Total insured losses from California's October fires tripled over the past two weeks to $3.3 billion. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says insurance companies may rethink the coverage they offer in some areas.

• California gas and diesel taxes are higher Wednesday, under a law approved this past spring by the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown. The tax hikes will raise several billion dollars a year for road repairs, public transit and other projects.

Today' reporting by Randol White and Ben Adler.

California Update for Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oct 31, 2017
davisvanguard.org

• California law enforcement officials and crime victims groups filed a ballot initiative today Monday aimed at reversing what they see as ineffective criminal justice measures. Proponents of those measures point to a decrease in property crime rates in CA.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, October 30, 2017

Oct 30, 2017
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• Georgia State representative, Betty Price, a republican, suggested during a hearing that HIV positive people might be quarantined to prevent spread of the virus. 

• A man in Berkeley was arrested for various crimes including a hate crime for setting a rainbow flag on fire and punching a volunteer in the face at the LGBT center. 

• The annual OutWatch film festival, now in its fifth year, opens this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Sonoma.

Outbeat Radio News is a service of KRCB FM Radio 91 and can be heard as part of Outbeat Radio Sunday nights at 7 pm.

California Update for Monday, October 30, 2017

Oct 30, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP photo

• A California Assemblyman is the first lawmaker to be named in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping through the state Capitol. A legislative staffer says Democrat Raul Bocanegra groped her at a public event eight years ago.

• Governors Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York are crying foul over the Republican push to end a federal tax break that largely benefits their states.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017
Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio News

• All 14 California House Republicans voted for the budget bill Thursday. Its passage paves the way for a tax code overhaul that would eliminate a major tax break for Californians.

California Update for Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP photo

• Women in California politics protesting sexual harassment and abuse at the Capitol distrust the response from legislative leaders.

• The prospects for Governor Jerry Brown’s push to build two massive tunnels to pipe water from the Delta to Southern California lurched from murky to bleak—then back to murky today.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

California Update for Wednesday, October 26, 2017

Oct 25, 2017
Rich Pedroncelli / AP photo

• It's Flood Preparedness Week, and state officials are worried about water runoff and quality issues at the sites of recent fires. State workers are evaluating risk factors, such as mud flows in urban areas, at these locations.

• A panel of California lawmakers is promising state action, after a major cyber security breach at the credit agency Equifax.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Oct 24, 2017
commentarymagazine.com

• After Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shot down single-payer health care, he tasked a committee with taking a hard look at universal coverage. They hold their first hearings this week.

• California’s new gas tax will add twelve cents to the cost of a gallon of fuel starting November 1st. That will help pay for tens of billions of dollars worth of deferred maintenance and roadwork. Officials say catching up on it all will take years.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Daniel Potter.

Outbeat Radio News for Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct 23, 2017
wonkette.com

• An alleged joke made by Vice President Mike Pence about “hanging gay people” might have been the inspiration for a vicious poster found hanging on the walls at Cleveland University this week and university officials are being criticized for defending it.   

• California will have a new legal gender designation called “non-binary” that can replace traditional male or female designations on birth certificates and drivers licenses. 

• The HRC released the 2017 Municipal Equality Index this week.  Santa Rosa and Guerneville scored well above average.

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