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2022 Mendocino Spring Poetry Celebration Submissions Open

May 1, 2022

The 2022 Mendocino Spring Poetry Celebration has been announced!. For the third year running it will be a virtual reading, consisting of recordings from home on smartphones like all the poems you heard today from last years event. This is National Poetry Month so get working on some new poems. I will begin accepting your recordings on May 1 until May 20, and begin airing them on June 5th. More information at You can email me, Dan Roberts, at, or Gorgon Black at  And you will hear the amazing results of the 2022 Mendocino Spring Poetry Celebration here on RRR beginning June 5th.

Opening Date for Submissions: Sunday, May 1, 2022

Submit up to four minutes of you reading your poetry in an audio file to Dan Roberts via email: and copy Gordon Black: Use your smartphone audio recording app, then attach the audio file generated to an email. Submissions to be broadcast on Dan Roberts’ Rhythm Running River show, KZYX Radio, Mendocino County Public Broadcasting, June 2022

From Dan Roberts:

If you do not have a smartphone, you will need to borrow one for an hour. Sincerely, the process is easy. The tricks are being in a quiet room, how you hold the phone relative to your mouth, and not moving your hand on the phone while recording (find a place where you can set the phone a foot away from your mouth without hands is best.). The other trick is to make a recording, listen to it and see where it could be better, and repeat. Then simply email it.

Most laptop computers also have built-in mics and the ability to record, that too is an option, but for most people a smartphone will be simpler and sound better. If you have a problem with the process, ask a techie friend or anyone under 30–they would love to help.

With iPhone, open app Voice Memo; with Android, open Voice Recorder. (More info further below*)

Please speak in this order: your name, and then the title, at the beginning of the poem. Within the app there is a choice to email the recording, that’s it!

The RULES – submissions must be no longer than 4 minutes! (You can see the exact length after you record it). This could be a combination of several shorter poems or just one. Avoid the 7 deadly words so that I can broadcast your work without the Puritans at the FCC pretending that they will torch the radio station in the name of decency.

Email the audio files to both Dan Roberts –  and Gordon Black –

DEADLINE. Please get them to Dan and Gordon by Friday, May 20, 2022


iPhones (Apple) The Voice Memos app is often overlooked, but it offers by far the simplest way to record audio from the iPhone microphone, here’s how it works:
• Open the “Voice Memos” app located on the iPhone.
• Tap the red record button to start recording the voice or audio, when finished tap again on the same button to stop recording.

How do I record audio on my iPhone?
On iOS, the built-in Voice Memo app can capture perfectly fine audio, and you can improve it even further—just not within the app itself. Instead, head to Settings > Voice Memos > Audio Quality and change the quality to Lossless.

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On Android phones open the Voice Recorder and do the same thing. You can send the mp3 right from that app.
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May 1, 2022
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KZYX & Z, 88.1, 90.7, & 91.5 FM
9300 HWY 128
Philo, CA 95466 United States
(707) 895-2324
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Dan Roberts
Gordon Black
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