Mendo Island News Service
From BETH BOSK
Anybody besides me had it with John Sakowicz.?!! (And KZYX/Z for that matter for giving such a known charlatan so much air time, while disallowing any measured challenge to his authenticity.)
Sakowicz was here in the early 1990s, too busy identity-thefting the Mendocino Youth Projects’ website for his own gain, talking himself into the foremanship of the Mendocino County grand jury (by posing as a “retired attorney”–then immediately signing the Grand Jury’s training check over to himself) to do anything as sturdy as joining the earnest collaboration to keep then healthy forests standing.
John circuitously engineered himself into ‘The Truth About Money’ show by claiming to be “the founder and manager of a multi-billion dollar offshore hedge fund”, hinting during those dire months of $100,000 debt, that he would create a hedge fund trust for KZYX. Sakowicz has managed to climb up the alternative media ladder because no one with say-so in media had bothered to vet him, or as in the case of John Coate and KZYX/Z news director Paul Hanson, didn’t care… When I repeatedly asked to do a one-hour special on Sacowicz’s climb up the ladder (any ladder) through saturated volunteerism, Coate said he didn’t like my tone. When Christina Aanestad inched toward the story, he ordered her to stay away from it.
It’s a disgrace. Sakowicz has become the most prominent public face of KZYX/Z; attending to his own fledgling financial dealies on both his Friday morning public affairs show and his too regular input on the local news; while someone as earnest and authentically representative of her peers as Johanna Schultz has been capriciously kicked off the air for “insubordination”, for standing up for the free speech, Constitutionally protected rights of the new breed of conscientious, politically and spiritually involved and motivated hip hop artists, who in the long tradition of American rebels and revolutionaries have reclaimed portions of the language as acts of political action. After eight years in the small, cold, satellite studio in Mendocino, deliberately choosing to broadcast during the late night ‘Safe Harbor’ hours, so she would not have to censor the genre, Johanna’s program was cancelled in a one sentence hem and hawed message left on her answering machine by Mary Aigner. more→