Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host


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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ALSO: State lawmakers are considering a tax to help poor rural communities provide safe drinking water. Agricultural and environmental groups are backing the bill—but water companies, not so much...

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

CalRecycle Report Shows Dip In Statewide Recycling Rate In 2016

Aug 23, 2017

ALSO: Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric and Steve Milne.

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ALSO: Pedestrians in California may be surprised to learn when using a crosswalk, once the timer begins ticking down, it’s illegal to start crossing the street. State lawmakers are considering changing that.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt and Daniel Potter.

Cal EPA Moves Toward Tighter Pesticide Restrictions

Aug 21, 2017
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ALSO: California's use-of-force data for 2016 includes serious injuries, deaths, and any occasion when an officer fired a gun, even if the bullet didn't hit anyone.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Bob Moffitt.

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The California campaign finance watchdog agency has lifted a long-held cap on how much money state lawmakers can give to colleagues facing recall elections.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

ALSO: Three bills moving through the California Legislature seek to catalog and raise money to address a backlog of untested rape kits.

Today's reporting by Daniel Potter and Ben Bradford.

California Lawmakers Ask Feds To Stop Alt-Right Rally In SF

Aug 16, 2017
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ALSO: The Democratic and Republican leaders of the California Assembly are both facing revolts from party activists after their actions on high-profile issues infuriated grassroots liberals and conservatives.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Adler.

Judge Temporarily Blocks State Recall Law

Aug 15, 2017
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ALSO: The State of California sues the Trump administration over new limits placed on federal crime-fighting grants.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

Firearms Research Center to Explore Gun Deaths with State Funds

Aug 14, 2017
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Gun violence as a public health crisis will be the sole focus of a new, state-funded research center in Sacramento. It’s the first robust investigation of firearms in California since federal grant money was slashed in the late 90s.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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Sen. Kamala Harris recently claimed it costs $75,000 per year to incarcerate an inmate in California, more than twice the average cost nationally. PolitiFact California found data that backs up her claim. We rated it True.

Find more Politifact California fact checks HERE

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

More California Farmers Markets To Support Low-Income Shoppers

Aug 10, 2017
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ALSO: Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers are debating how to streamline the development process for multi-family housing projects.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Ben Adler.

ALSO: As California cities and counties design their own rules to allow - or ban - cultivation, processing, and sale of commercial marijuana, they're shifting away from the term "marijuana" in favor of "cannabis."

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Julia Mitric.

It's California Vs. Sessions On Police Seizures Of Cash, Property

Aug 8, 2017
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ALSO: Utilities across the state offer incentives to install “cool roofs” because they can reduce temperatures and cut energy costs. But a new study shows that widespread installation of the materials used in the roofing could increase air pollution.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Amy Quinton.

Back-to-School Vaccines a Must for California Kids

Aug 7, 2017
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It's the second school year since SB277 took effect, and all public school children must have the necessary vaccines. Personal belief exemptions are no longer in play, and vaccine-hesitant parents are adjusting.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

Why Are Alzheimer's Rates So High Among Latinos?

Aug 4, 2017

Latino seniors are 50 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than their white peers. A new research team at UC Davis is eager to find out why.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom made several recent claims about the universal health care program he signed into law as San Francisco mayor. PolitiFact California found he's on the right track but left out key details.

Find more fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols

First Step Implementing California Groundwater Law Successful

Aug 2, 2017
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ALSO: Monthly premiums for Covered California will rise by 12 and a half percent next year. And about 10 percent of those enrolled in the program will be forced to find another plan.

Today's reporting by Amy Quinton and Julia Mitric.

CA Legislature Likely Needs To Re-Approve State Olympic Funding

Aug 1, 2017

ALSO: Today marks the start of a shortened commercial salmon fishing season in the waters off San Francisco. A smaller salmon population is one effect of the drought that could persist for years.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Daniel Potter.

Cap-And-Trade Deal Extinguishes Controversial Fire Protection Fee

Jul 31, 2017
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ALSO: Some California legal experts say coastal communities suing oil companies over climate change have a credible chance of succeeding in state courts – but they will face challenges.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Daniel Potter.

Giant Firefighting Tanker Grounded

Jul 28, 2017

The 747 and its 19,000-plus gallons of retardant were supposed to make a difference in California's war on fires. But, no 747 has been called to a fire since 2014.

Today's reporting by Bob Moffitt.

All Cash Home Buyers Help Spur Price Increases

Jul 27, 2017

ALSO: California cities are trying to gauge the impact of the Trump Administration’s latest effort to discourage sanctuary jurisdictions.

Today's reporting by Steve Milne and Chris Nichols.

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that extends California’s signature climate change effort through 2030, the culmination of the governor’s years-long battle over the state’s cap-and-trade program.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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A former California Senate Republican leader who negotiated the budget deal that ended the largest deficit in the state’s history died over the weekend.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

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ALSO: Gov. Jerry Brown is coming to the defense of an embattled Republican legislative leader who played a crucial role in passing California’s cap-and-trade deal last week.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Adler.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield recently claimed California hasn't built a single major water storage project since the 1970s. 

Find more Politifact California fact checks HERE.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Brown Agrees To Work On Affordable Housing

Jul 20, 2017
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ALSO: On the first day of hearings by the Trump Administration's voter fraud commission, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla expressed continued concerns about the panel's request for what he called sensitive voter data.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Chris Nichols.


Recreational pot will be legal in CA come January. Yet the state's chief marijuana regulator admits many key details of how the system will function are still being worked out. One major, unresolved issue is how to design a banking system.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Cap-And-Trade Deal Passes California Legislature

Jul 18, 2017

A bipartisan supermajority extended the state’s cap-and-trade program yesterday evening.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford.

What Is Cap-And-Trade?

Jul 17, 2017
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ALSO: Activists and farm workers are urging state regulators to ban a pesticide that President Trump has decided to allow farmers to continue to use.

Today's reporting by Sally Schilling and Ben Bradford.

Republican candidate for governor Travis Allen recently claimed California’s taxes “are among the highest in the nation.” PolitiFact California examined the state’s key tax categories and rated this Mostly True.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Find more fact check HERE.