New Community Radio for Santa Cruz

New Community Radio for Santa Cruz


We have an opportunity to purchase a community radio station serving the people of Calfornia’s central coast. 152,000 people. We hope to start a new station with public service and localism at its heart. Community radio is relevant because it connects us to one another in an increasingly digital world. The programming will celebrate cultural, political, and artistic voices that are excluded elsewhere. Our goals are to improve communication, inclusiveness, and access to diverse ideas. The doors are open for your ideas and creativity to flourish.We have 45 days to raise funds. We need your financial help NOW to secure these licenses for the public good.

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Our new station will thrive financially where the previous effort failed because we plan on having a small paid staff with many volunteers. There are hundreds of community radio stations successfully operating on this model.

We are negotiating with Community Television of Santa Cruz for a lower-priced location. We will be buying the station with no outstanding debts. The total liabilities of KUSP at the time of bankruptcy were $842,600. We plan on running programming that is of high quality, but low cost or free. There are hundreds of high quality programs on Public Radio Exchange and podcasts we intend on running in addition to volunteer-produced programs.
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