A New Community Radio Station for Santa Cruz

For: Central Coast Community Radio/Media Watch
Santa Cruz, CA
Organizer: Nonprofit Media Watch
$82,778
of $300,000 goal.
Raised by 219 donors
27% Complete
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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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PLEASE NOTE IF USING A CHARGE CARD YOUCARING ATTEMPTS TO ADD ON A FEE THAT GOES TO THEIR WEBSITE. You DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE THIS FEE. 
THANK YOU!!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 17, 2017

Posted on April 17, 2017

Hi everybody!
We're happy to share an article that recently ran in the Good Times about our project. We will keep fundraising until at least end of June then assess where we stand and see if the sellers of 90.7 will meet us where we are. That's the plan. We recorded some wonderful testimonials at our fundraiser in March which we will be sharing in short clips to the public to get folks excited about the programming vision and supporter's enthusiasm. Meanwhile, you can help by sharing the link to this fundraiser regularly with friends. The more people hear about this, the more they get on board and donate. To quote John McCutcheon: "Step by step the longest march can be done..." Here is the article link:  http://goodtimes.sc/santa-cruz-news/kusp-fans-try-bring-back-community-radio/
best regards, Rachel Anne Goodman

Posted on March 28, 2017

Posted on March 28, 2017

Dear Radio friends,
Thanks to the hard work, time and energy of all of you, and especially to Ann Simonton, Mathilde Rand, Brett Taylor, Jozseph Schultz, Kathleen Eschen-Pipes, Leigh Hill, Tommy Martin, Jeff Emery, and so many more who pitched in, we had a great event Sunday. Wonderful food, drink, and music raised our spirits. We videotaped some wonderful testimonials that got to heart of why having our own media is so important. Watch for those to be posted soon. We raised over $2,000 and connected with some generous donors who are considering larger gifts. Best of all, we all got to celebrate our commitment to this wild idea we can have our own station to connect our community. We are edging ever closer to our goal. Please continue to spread the word and share the link through email and Facebook and word of mouth. When people hear about this, they get excited and want to help. We hope to do another event soon, so if you missed the fun, look for further announcements. If you know folks we should talk to for major gifts, email me ([email protected])warmly, Rachel Anne Goodman

Posted on March 18, 2017

Posted on March 18, 2017

Hi all,
Happy almost spring! We are up over 207 donors and counting, and just $500 away from topping the $80,000 mark. We just found out that Jeff Emery from award-winning Santa Cruz Mountains Vineyards will be donating wine to the Salsa and Tapas fundraiser with DJ Brett Taylor on March 26th at India Joze (3-7pm). Get tickets here in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salsa-dance-benefit-tickets-32423438377
Don't worry if you have two left feet, there will be help for the salsa-impaired (like me). We'll have an update on the project, some ways you can get more involved, and some brainstorming opportunities for what our station will sound like. We expect to sell some tickets at the door. Hope to see you there!
If you want to volunteer at the event, (we could use a couple more folks) go here: https://goo.gl/forms/ghgvpYBGLOClp6d82
If you want to take our survey and have not yet: https://goo.gl/forms/XseQHyyWxUcCfvgD2
Please keep sharing the link to this Youcaring site and talking this up with friends through email and social media. Many, many thanks! As always, please write with any questions or comments.
-Rachel Anne Goodman
[email protected]

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