A New Community Radio Station for Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA
Organizer: Natural Bridges Media
of $265,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 357 donors

The Story

What if Santa Cruz had it's own radio station? Help us build this independent, noncommercial FM radio station. We will be on the dial at 90.7FM in Santa Cruz. This frequency serves most of Santa Cruz County! It will cost around $300,000 to get it on the air. What we need is YOU (and your dollars and ideas)! Don't worry your donation is tax deductible and will be returned (minus card processing fee) if for some reason we are unable to complete the purchase.

In times like these, we need rapid access to trustworthy local information. Our station will broadcast news and interviews based on the journalistic ethics and standards; truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability. We will celebrate that colorful, exciting, beautiful, innovative and quirky place we call home. Programs will be engaging, high-quality and original, focusing on telling the stories of life here on the central coast. Think: musicians, artists, writers, dancers, scientists, intellectuals, children, youth, seniors, electeds, non-profit leaders, historians,etc. Many voices; one station. Multi-tribal radio. Bringing back the best of programmers we all miss (Latin Jazz, Dr. Call-ins, Tech-Talk, Local News, Celtic, Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, and World music), Democracy Now!, Your Call, plus a slate of new shows. For a current sample of programs and music genres, visit: www.centralcoastcommunityradio.org.

Please help by donating as much as you can comfortably afford now. Take the survey at our website so we can know what sort of information and music you want to hear.  

If all goes well, we are slated to go on the air in Summer of this year (F.C.C. willing). We invite you be a part of it.

Two ways to give:

Online here OR to save processing fees

Mail a check to Media Watch/Radio: P.O. Box 618, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 16, 2018


Posted on June 16, 2018

Dear K-Squid supporters,

We are edging up to our goal, making great progress thanks to all of you. The squid is rising! As of today we have received 134 program proposals, with ideas that range far and wide, from local news/public affairs to local history, alternative healing, poetry, live local music, Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Folk and more, showing just how creative our local community is and how much it has to share. We're aiming to air the Thom Hartmann show, the first in our area, and Democracy Now! Last week we received some very generous donations from benefactors, boosting our total to over $34,000! Our studio plans are proceeding and we're lining up volunteers to help with the finish work. If you have finish carpentry skills please email Sandy Stone: [email protected] Please keep sharing the YouCaring link with your contacts. It is working! If you would like to give again or bring a friend who wants to, we're having a fundraiser on June 23rd at 3pm at the R. Blitzer Gallery with Jazz and Flamenco music and wines from Santa Cruz Mt. Vineyards. Checks and cash accepted. Here is the link in case you'd like to invite a friend: Eventbrite Tickets RSVP Here
Our goal is to raise funds to build our new studio home! Something positive is happening in Santa Cruz, hurray!

Posted on June 6, 2018


Posted on June 6, 2018

Check out our new video describing our Phase II campaign.
If you haven't come on over to the other YouCaring Phase II page to donate, you are invited!

Posted on May 24, 2018


Posted on May 24, 2018

Dear KSQD supporter-

Here's an update:

We are in Phase II of our campaign now; So far we've raised over $22,000 toward funding the studio build and paying our tower and studio rent for the year. If it's been a while since your donation, please consider making another gift to get us to the "on-air" switch flipping celebration! Here are two ways you can do that:

1. Hop over to: Phase II Studio Fundraiser and make a contribution (as much as you can)

2. Mail a check to:
Natural Bridges Media/KSQD,
PO Box 5551, Santa Cruz, CA 95063.

Here are the categories we are looking to fund:

Launch Funds: Goal $83,000

•Admin Staff $30,000               (Radio Reviver) 
•Tower rent: $19,000              (Antenna Angel)
•Fundraising:$14,400             (Business Buddy)
•Equipment:  $  7,000          (Console Companion)
•Studio rent:  $  6,600          (Megawatt Magician)
•Contractors: $  5,000           (Frequency Friend)
•Supplies:       $  1,000       (Not Squidding Around)

Together we can get there!

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