A New Community Radio Station for Santa Cruz

For: Central Coast Community Radio/Media Watch
Santa Cruz, CA
Organizer: Nonprofit Media Watch
of $300,000 goal.
Raised by 257 donors
65% Complete

The Story

What if we had our own radio station? You can help build Santa Cruz' own independent community radio station. We are aiming to buy the license for 90.7FM in Santa Cruz. It will serve most of Santa Cruz County! We estimate it will cost around $300,000 to get it on the air. We bought studio equipment. Now all we need is YOU (and your dollars and ideas)! We are in a race to purchase the license before another entity gets wind of its availability. Your donation will be returned (minus card processing fee) if for some reason we are unable to complete the purchase.

In times like these, you 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.   Culturally, the airwaves will celebrate that colorful, exciting, beautiful, innovative and quirky place that we all live. 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 the KUSP shows (The Latin Quarter, Dr. Dawn, Geek Speak, Talk of the Bay, Celtic, Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, and World music), Democracy Now!, Your Call, plus a slate of brand new shows. For a list of sample programs and music genres, visit: www.centralcoastcommunityradio.org.

Please help by donating as much as you can comfortably afford now. All donations are tax deductible. Funds will go toward the purchase of the license, the transmitter and creation of the new studio.

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 July 3, 2017

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

Posted on May 23, 2017

Posted on May 23, 2017

Hi Radio Friends, Here is a fun way coming up June 16th to support our project. Come hear some vibrant Scottish fiddling from some of the best up and coming artists at a house concert/party. Celtic music has always had a strong following here on the central coast, and we are grateful to the organizers for offering to donate a portion of their proceeds to our cause. Here are links to find out more and buy tickets, and to share these with friends through email and Facebook and other social media. Good music for a good cause!



Posted on May 21, 2017

Posted on May 21, 2017

Happy spring everyone! Today we got an anonymous gift from someone in the east bay area for $4,000. Another person called from Seattle wanting to make a fairly large contribution towards our matching challenge. There are angels rooting for us. People are hearing about our plans to buy a new station and when they do, they want to help. That's where you come in. Do you know someone who wants to see Santa Cruz have its own community radio station to share the unique spirit of our town with the world and each other? Please share the link for this campaign far and wide with your friends and acquaintances. Our team is ready and available to meet with potential donors to share our business plan and also the vision of a vibrant, local voice for Santa Cruz that celebrates the rich stories and experiences and musical expressions of the people here. To quote a song I recently heard, "It is time now!". -Rachel Anne Goodman, Campaign Chair, Central Coast Community Radio

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