Posted on July 3, 2017
I just spent a wonderful weekend at the Kate Wolf Festival helping run a tiny pop-up radio station that reached the festival grounds. On the air with me were radio DJ’s from all over California who have a passion for community radio. It was inspiring to see that even a tiny, temporary station can still create such excitement. We even interviewed the musicians as they wandered by from backstage.
That’s the kind of ongoing fun we want to create in Santa Cruz, which is such a mecca for great artists of all kinds.
And, we’re getting closer! We’re happy to announce we’re just $70,000 away from the purchase price of 90.7 FM.
As you may know, our steering committee has been working to secure donations for the purchase and operation of a non-commercial community radio station for Santa Cruz County. It will be a beacon of news, information and music/culture with a distinctly Santa Cruz flavor.
What we need from you now are more donations and/or names of donors we can ask. We would also like a few more folks willing to do some fundraising along with us. We will help provide materials and support and go to meetings. If you or someone you know would like to join us ,please let us know.
We have had two major gifts, one from Rowland Rebele, local philanthropist and former publisher of alternative weeklies around the U.S. and Shel Kaphan, a philanthropist and former Amazon engineer from Seattle. We would like to double their gifts in the next three months. Any amount will help.
With $300,000 on hand, we can buy and start the station. We feel confident we will find a space that is free or cheap (already several overtures have been made), and the real hurdle now is to raise the purchase funds.
If you donated, we would also like to ask your forbearance while we work to close this deal. We appreciate your patience and want to update you on this latest jump in donations.
Thank you for your continued support, and believing, as we do, that community radio is what can make this an even better place to live.
-Rachel Anne Goodman