A New Community Radio Station for Santa Cruz

For: Central Coast Community Radio/Media Watch
Santa Cruz, CA
Organizer: Nonprofit Media Watch
$88,990
of $300,000 goal.
Raised by 229 donors
29% Complete
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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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THANK YOU!!!

Fundraiser Updates

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!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/traditional-scottish-music-house-party-tickets-34805478122

https://www.facebook.com/events/1872016856164328/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2223%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

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

Posted on April 28, 2017

Posted on April 28, 2017

We are moving ahead one donor at a time. Some very good conversations are underway with folks with real interest and capacity for seeing this station get on the air. The challenge from a donor for $50,000 to leverage another $150,000 has helped us open doors. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more news we can share. Sometimes, a phone call will come exactly at the right time, as happened today. You never know what sharing this link or mentioning our project to friends might yield, so please keep up the momentum and keep talking it up. Like any long-distance run, it can seem the finish line is a long way off, but to quote a civil rights song, "Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on."

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