Mark Prell

Weekday Morning and Afternoon Radio Host

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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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We hit up Preservation Hall in the French Quarter for a potent dose of trad jazz, as bandleader and fourth-generation Creole musician Charlie Gabriel tells of his Caribbean roots, jazz funerals, and New Orleans’ hybrid rhythms. Then we head to the Lonestar state to hear the reworking of jazz into Texas swing, as played by the Quebe Sisters. The fiddling siblings tell of their sheltered upbringing outside Ft. Worth and their fiery baptism into western swing.

California Update for Friday, June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018
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• A new law signed by President Donald Trump Wednesday gives dying patients the right to request experimental drugs. Opponents say the policy gives patients false hope and interrupts the government's drug-vetting process.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

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Our guest this week on Art of the Song is Grammy-nominated, Nashville singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters. She’s well known as the writer of the 1995 CMA Song of the Year, 'Independence Day’. We spoke with Gretchen about her 2018 release Dancing with the Beast.

From her bio: “Dancing with the Beast puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women, and intentionally so. With the 2017 Women's March and #MeToo movement as bookends to her writing, Gretchen knew that a feminist perspective would be the critical core of the record.”

From old school to new school, East coast to West coast, we'll have gangstas, mic battles and consciousness-lifting poets. Eric B. & Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Nas, 2Pac, Spearhead, Company Flow, Jurassic 5, A Tribe Called Quest, Dan the Automator with Kool Keith, Kendrick Lamar, Outkast, Ice Cube and much more!

Hear Ric on the Radio every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast channel 961 throughout the Bay Area / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

California Update for Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018
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• Families of children with disabilities say they aren’t getting the nursing care that they’re entitled to through Medi-Cal. They filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of California last week.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola.

This week on the program we have Mellotron Variations. An instrumental project built around one of the most unique instruments ever conceived.

We’ll also hear from rock and roll veteran, and sideman to the stars, Hunt Sales.

BSC contributor Jim Spake is back with us to continue his series, "Crazy About a Saxophone"  on the legendary sidemen that played rock’s original lead instrument.

This week we’re joined on the air by the  Nashville, TN-based bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys. As the sons of the legendary Del McCoury, Ronnie and Rob McCoury continue their father’s legacy of stellar bluegrass music (along with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram). We’re also visited by Gospel, soul, and R&B vocalist Liz Vice who’s been making quite a name for herself around the country. We’ll round things out with an eChievement Award story about a woman bringing sustainable support to those suffering from the war in Syria.

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• The California governor’s race is in its final week before next Tuesday’s primary. The candidates are hitting the road as campaign ads swarm voters’ screens and mailboxes.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Johnny Rawls released his latest studio effort for Cat Food Records called "Waiting for the Train." Rawls is a Southern Mississippi soul-blues legend who cut his teeth with ZZ Hill, and Joe Tex before becoming O.V. Wright’s band leader. After O.V.’s death he led Little Johnny Taylor’s band before launching a solo career and scoring several hit records, Red Cadillac and Lucy (Get Juicy).

California Update for Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018
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• Cows don’t usually eat seaweed. But researchers at UC Davis want to change that in an effort to get the animals to burp smaller amounts of greenhouse gases.

• California has 13 new state laws on the books so far this year. They range from minor technical changes to responses to some of the year’s most prominent issues.

Today's reporting by Ezra David Romero and Ben Bradford.

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Monday, May 28th – Memorial Day Mix

On this Memorial Day edition of the Café, we’re pairing up different versions of songs and asking, “which came first?” You might be surprised to find out who first performed “Ring of Fire”, and how Jeff Beck could have beaten Stevie Wonder to the punch with his recording of “Superstition” if only his album hadn’t been delayed.  
 

Tuesday, May 29th – Encore: Mary Gauthier

Mountain Stage welcomes back NRBQ, Kat Edmonson and Lindsay Lou, with first time appearances from The Matchsellers and The Wooks.

Mountain Stage can be heard every Monday night at 10:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / Download our free KRCB App for your iOS or Android device from the App Store & Google Play!  

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From legends like Buck Owens, Lucinda Williams, and Merle Haggard, to current torchbearers Sam Outlaw and Jade Jackson, California country has deep roots and an enduring influence.

HearThe Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour every Monday at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ radio.krcb.org / Comcast Cable channel 961 all over the Bay Area / the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!  

Outbeat News for Monday, May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018
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• Winter Olympic ice skater Adam Rippon became the first openly gay man to win the latest season of Dancing with the Stars. 

• A 22-year old gay Latino man was found severely injured by the train tracks in downtown Truckee.  His family believes he was victim of a hate crime. 

Aaron Salazar’s family has set up a Go Fund Me account at https://www.gofundme.com/bv5cn-justice-for-aaron.

California Update for Monday, May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018
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• Republican candidate for governor John Cox levied three attacks at GOP rival Travis Allen in a recent TV campaign ad. PolitiFact California examined those claims and placed ratings on each.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

California Update for Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018
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• A San Francisco brewery is one of a few California breweries ordered to stop production of beer with hemp-based ingredients.

Today's reporting by Randol White.

We celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday with selections from The Band, John Martyn, Adele, Gregg Allman and, of course, Dylan himself.

From member station KMUW, Strange Currency is hosted by Jedd Beaudoin.

This week on Art of the Song our guest is singer-songwriter, John Batdorf. John is a solo artist, and one half of the folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney. He’s also a successful film and television composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.

California Update for Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018
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• Muslims often aren't represented in American politics, but early this week, hundreds of Muslims packed into the State Capitol to break their fast for Ramadan.

• California’s cap-and-trade program generated almost $700 million for the state in the last quarter.

Today's reporting by Ahditi Bundlamudi and Ben Bradford.

This week we feature highlights from Dale Watson’s 2018 Ameripolitan Music Awards, held in Memphis, Tennessee.

This week, hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome the eclectic, Latin/country/jazz/rock influenced sound of Arizona-based music veterans Calexico to the eTown airwaves. Also, Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard shares some great music and hilarious stories. Our eChievement Award story this week focuses on a young Detroit woman who’s found a brilliant way to provide warmth for the homeless during the bitter winters in her town. It’s a great hour of music and conversation on eTown – tonight at 10 pm!

California Update for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018
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• Technology company IBM is proposing to get into the education business in California.

• Legislative Democrats have settled on their top priorities in California budget negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Bradford.

Rockin’ Johnny cut his teeth on the Chicago scene with the likes of Jewtown Burkes and the Taildragger. Since then he’s released 7 critically acclaimed albums, most on famed Delmark Records. Johnny led one of the most requested house bands in Chicago working with Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Willie Buck, Paul De Lay and many more, before relocating to California. He just released his second studio effort as a Californian, both recorded at the renowned Greaseland.

California Update for Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018
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• After the latest school shooting, the California Assembly has passed a bill that would allow coworkers and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders.

• The House of Representatives continues to debate the Farm Bill, which failed to pass last Friday. Democrats and Republicans voted against it because of changes to food stamp programs.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

Outbeat News for Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018
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• The Trump administration is rolling back the policy for housing transgender prisoners to be based on birth sex rather than gender identity. 

• Here in California, next Tuesday is Harvey Milk Day and Stoli Vodka is honoring this year’s event with a special Harvey Milk tribute bottle. 

• In Guerneville, a 55-year-old man was arrested for twice stealing the rainbow flag from the pole in the town square. 

• OutWatch Film Festival will be showing a series of LGBTQ short films as part of this year’s pride celebration on Sunday, June 3.

California Update for Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018
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• The Mental Health Services Act has long supplied the bulk of funding for California counties to prevent and treat mental illness among Medi-Cal patients. But some counties aren’t using the money.

• Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that gives immigrants living in California illegally new protections in court cases.

Today's reporting by Sammy Caiola and Ben Adler.

California Update for Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018
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• A California Assembly investigation into complaints of sexual harassment by Democrat Cristina Garcia has found the most severe allegations to be unsubstantiated.

• A new voter initiative that would allow Baby Boomers in California to save thousands of dollars in property tax if they move to pricier homes is now eligible for the November ballot.

  

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Chris Nichols.

California Update for Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018
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• Cal State and UC students and faculty are calling for more funding for higher education. Turns out, they're getting more funding, just not as much as they asked for.

• California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed charges against four people behind mugshots.com.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Drew Sandsor.

California Update for Wednesday, May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018
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• Two bills in the California legislature seek to tackle a backlog of rape kits in the state.  One will count and track untested kits, the other makes the testing and submitting of kits mandatory.

• With more Californians receiving ballots in the mail this election cycle, voters might wonder what happens if they send one in without the required postage.

Today's reporting by Adhiti Bandlamudi and Ben Adler.

California Update for Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018
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• Efforts to legalize sports gaming in California have new momentum from Monday's U.S Supreme Court ruling. But it’ll be years, if ever, before you can legally bet on the Giants or Dodgers at your nearby casino, card room or race track—or even online.

• This year, advocates are pushing for three bills which would help undocumented immigrants get access to local business licenses, income tax credits, and healthcare.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

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