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My name is Marco Angelo McClean. Memo Of The Air – Good Night Radio is a radio show on KNYO (107.7fm) in Fort Bragg, CA and KMEC in Ukiah*. On Friday nights from 9pm (California time) until very late (usually after 4am) I read local writing and stories and articles from the web and from books and magazines. And I play old music and old-time radio drama from my collection and new music that catches my ear.

Email me stories and poems you write and I’ll read them on the very next Memo of the Air. My email address is (remove NOSPAM for the address to work). There’s no length rule, though I might split a very long piece into several parts over several shows. Also, if you tell me in your email about what time you want me to read your work, I’ll try to remember to read it then so you can be ready to hear it live, or so you can easily find it in the recording later.

I’m certain that the best way to learn to write is to write for an audience and sit in that audience and listen to a stranger reading what you wrote. You hear immediately what to change and how to express yourself better in your unique style. Try it and see.

This weblog is partly about my radio show and partly a place to post links to things that are worthwhile but that don’t necessarily translate well to radio. I find them mostly via the websites in the blogroll column to your right.


*In 2015, in the fall, 105.1fm KMEC Ukiah joined the small but growing number of radio stations to use my show in real time by simply instructing their automation system to grab the stream. KMEC initially joined the show in progress at midnight and jumped off at 3am. On December 8, 2017 KMEC pushed the start time up, so now MOTA is on both KNYO and KMEC from 9am forward. Together they reach about 3/4 of Mendocino County.

[Edit: Mendocino Environment Center (MEC) got enough of their people into the hierarchy of KZYX, the countywide NPR station, and get everything they want from them them now, so they’ve simply pulled the plug out for the KMEC transmitter and shut off the Environment Center’s internet access and website and they don’t even answer email anymore. So scratch the above about KMEC, alas.]

If you have anything to do with a radio station small or large, and you’d like to use a portion or all of Memo of the Air: Good Night Radio on your station in real time– please let me know. There may be restrictions that need resolving, laws of physics to be bent. I’m sure we can work something out. It’s a trivial task for any modern radio station’s IT person to add my show to their automation. It merely requires the will to.

  1. hi marco!! i see some chatter on the mcn list about kzyx… i sure hope you stick around with knyo forever but whatever way the wind blows go for it!! recently i emailed djdlt about coming back to knyo and i’m also working on an idea of movie night like bob was doing but with spanish movies!! anyway my observations are kzyx will never have enough money nor ever stop asking for more. i am now on the mailing list for the community foundation so when the next round of grants comes around i will be notified… i would like to get a new board for the downtown studio and some other gear and one thing they require is a board with 5 members… now that margi passed away i think our board is maybe 3?? are you interested in a casual knyo style board position?? iam but i’m a crazy radical guy and i think a more level headed guy with your experience would be more appropriate… or maybe both of us could fulfill board positions… knyo’s the little dog with a big bark and i just want the best for the station and also to feel secure that this outlet is available for years to come…. thanks for your time on the air!!!! joe

  2. Howdy, Marco…. long time no see. It’s Feather…. just stopped by to say hello… hope things are well for you and Juanita! ❤

  3. this evening the signal is bouncing in and out and the “dashboard” is showing bandwidth issues…. listening around 8:45….

  4. Regarding earglasses: Barry Vogel of Radio Curiuos invented something similar. I’ve seen him use them in a Ukiah restaurant.


    Dave Smith

  5. sean keppeler permalink

    Marco really good show 3:30 still listening one of my favorite show on knyo I have saved most of your show and listen when driving on one of my many long trips thank you for doing the show you seem to be a curious and thoughtful person I hope to send some poems and short stories.

  6. Thank you for your very kind words about Everlasting Blort, Marco – much appreciated. We look forward to your post every week, always an excellent compilation!

  7. matteblk permalink

    I was quite
    and addicted:

    Im so fully ready to die now
    (Im a Near Death Experiencer):
    to finally ascend!
    to live! love! exponentially!!
    to VitSee-harmony for eternity!!!
    to RITE with a passion 999×999+
    nonillion novels in ♡OUR♡
    exalted, extravagant excess!!!

    Are you? If you aint, miss gorgeous,
    why donchoo make like a choochoo
    and high-tail it into Seventh-Heaven
    so we can eternally party-hardy, girl:

    Our blogOramma speaks volumes -IF-
    ya gotta lotta primordial moxie as in:
     ‘dunno. dijoo wannum? gotta lotta
    nadda unless youse believe’
    (skuze d’New Joisey accent):

  8. Daniela Peralta permalink

    Hi! I hope you’re okay!
    Just a question! While I searching in your webpage I read this expression “more than cookies and cream” I speak Spanish so I did not understand what it means! Would you mind explain it to me? Here’s the link!
    Thank you in advance !

    • Hi, Daniela. Okay, I’ll try. Before that, I had heard or read somewhere that it was something people in the U.S. Midwest would say of someone– that he or she was “more into the cookie (or cookies) than the cream”, and I didn’t and don’t remember /where/ I heard or read it. I know I didn’t just dream it. It seemed to /almost/ mean something folksy and wise, like so many folk sayings that you can take in any of several different ways. I looked it up, couldn’t find it anywhere, ran out of time to play with it and gave up.

      When I’m near the end of getting a show ready, when I have like forty or fifty thousand words in front of me in a file I print out to read on the air, I get a sense of a theme to that particular show, and make it the title that I later put on the recording and the web post about the show. It just seemed like that particular show had a greater than normal feeling of this or that story or section /almost/ but not quite meaning something, so I used it. I’m sorry I can’t answer any better; I still don’t know what it means. If you ever find out, please tell the world, because I see that other people have heard /More into the cookie than the cream/; it’s not something you’d type by accident by mashing the keys, and it’s one of the most searched for phrases that I made titles of my shows, behind /Hot Israeli army girls/ and /Boobs of Mona Lisa/, of course, though I don’t think anyone’s looking for those because they don’t know what they mean but because they think they do.

      And… Oh, my God, I’ve been an idiot. I just realized what it must be. There’s a very popular ice-cream flavor: /Cookies and Cream/. A person might say that he or she likes that flavor but “really is more into the cookies than the cream”, and that’s probably what I read or heard in the first place and just forgot. So from now on it won’t be a thing to say to describe some folksy numinous mystery but instead to say when the answer has been staring me in my stupid face the whole time, a thing a private detective might say. Thanks for bringing it up!

      I’d be more into the cream than the cookies or marshmallows or whatnot. Nuts and chocolate syrup on top of some plain kind is good. My favorite is vanilla ice-cream with orange sherbet in it, but not mixed up. A root-beer float is pretty good.

  9. Lora Stonden permalink

    Hi there,

    Huge fan of your content here!

    Anyway – to keep this short. Could you please let me know if this is a right address for and editorial inquiry?

    If not, I would appreciate if you can direct me to the right one.

    I know that has a great potential an a real base of visitors so I would really like to start a collaboration with you. Could you tell me if you would be willing to accept any other type of link placement? Seeing that it’s pretty hard to match your writing style, I think it would be a lot better if you could include a link to our website into a new or even older article of yours, for a fee.

    If this sounds like something you could do, just reply to this email and let’s make a deal! 🙂
    Lora Stonden

  10. Douglas Coulter permalink

    Close your eyes let us lead you tomorrow we’ll bleed you
    Pretend that our words may be true
    And while we’re here to stay Civil Rights fade away
    As we spin propaganda for you
    Propaganda we will feed to you
    All that fake news censored by our crew
    All that fake news! All that fake news!
    Propaganda is easier to chew
    Guys like Manning and Snowden with Wikileaks exploding
    Exposing a war crime or two
    Don’t allow a free press to limit corporate success
    When propaganda’s better for you

  11. Douglas Coulter permalink

    It may seem kinda funny all our leaders have much money
    They promise to care for the poor
    And once your destitute they offer one orange jump suit
    And the safety of a big iron door
    Propaganda we will offer you
    Truth is always first one on the floor
    Must be fake news all is fake news
    Do not question leaders anymore
    by Douglas Coulter stolen from TheBeatles Dec 2020

  12. Douglas Coulter permalink

    New here but I’m an old trike hobo trying to get out of VA senior apartment and back into a tent.
    I am not a domesticated old Marine hobo!
    A poet and a prophet I’m looking for farm or land near Ft Bragg that needs maintenance or care taking. I’m too old to offer 8 hour days but I can fix anything. Certified Diesel mechanic.
    I live in a tent or any old barn/shed you offer.
    Camped homeless out of Casper for 6 years. You might remember the recumbent trike? My adaptive wheelchair I learned how to walk again.
    I will be back on Mendocino and Ft Bragg streets singing my songs. Coast still refuses to play them.

  13. Douglas Coulter permalink

    “Playing them can dirty your heads” you spoke tonight on old black and white Movies! Sounds like Paul’s religion sorry I have a dirty head

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