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The 2013 KFJC Mayhem guide honors the memory of Phil Hertz (DJ Cy Thoth); poet, radio DJ, friend and gentleman. Cy Thoth's show The Firebunker was a KFJC staple every Thorsday (as he called it) for 7 years. His microphone delivery was poetry as aural pandemonium and included phrases like "let us listen to the voices of the damned and the possessed as they ingest the narcotic carcasses of the gods and descend the spiral staircase into the netherworld." He would then play a "juxtaposition or mix" such as an 18-minute doom metal track and a Samuel Beckett record side-by-side. Cy Thoth's on-air and real life personae defined showmanship as everyday art.
The idea for the tribute illustration contained in the guide came about because Cy Thoth died the same week as the papal inauguration, in mid-March 2013. Thus, the leader of The Firebunker stands atop his bamboo pyramid as the cardinals profess their obedience. One of his poems is also used as artwork for the guide.
The "Month of Mayhem" on KFJC features a whole month of special radio programming. The program guide is printed at 12" x 18", folded, and mailed to listeners.