A New Community Radio Station for Santa Cruz

For: Central Coast Community Radio/Media Watch
Santa Cruz, CA
Organizer: Nonprofit Media Watch
$218,219
of $300,000 goal.
Raised by 345 donors
72% Complete

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.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION of this new radio?   Fill Out Survey

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 December 16, 2017

Posted on December 16, 2017

Dear Radio supporter,

We’d love your help picking the call letters for our new community radio station. We’ve narrowed it down to three choices. Please help us pick the one that sounds best out loud and that you like best. 


Click on this survey link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N5PQ5XM

We're excited to move forward. If you'd like to share this link with friends (and the YouCaring link) please feel free to do so.
-The Radio Team

Posted on December 12, 2017

Posted on December 12, 2017

See what our community is saying about this NEW COMMUNITY RADIO STATION FOR SANTA CRUZ!
https://youtu.be/aHvVuKDTfWs

Posted on November 26, 2017

Posted on November 26, 2017

Dear Radio supporters,

First, we'd like to express our gratitude to you for helping build a new community radio station for Santa Cruz County and beyond. As the world seems to swirl with forces outside our ability to change them, this is one thing we can do locally.

Here is a new video with testimonials by some of our supporters. Please share widely with your networks via email and social media.

Thanks to you and 240 other donors we have raised $ 217,050 toward the creation of a new community radio station at 90.7FM. Every donation gets us closer to the goal of having a new local community radio voice for Santa Cruz County.
Recent milestones and activities
  1. Scouting for a location in Santa Cruz county to house our new community radio. 
  2. Meeting with consultants about our Business Plan. 
  3. Reviewing the process to buy the license and applying to the FCC.
  4. Shaping the organization and its Community Advisory Board.
  5. Calling in all pledges so we can initiate the purchase of 90.7 FM’s license.
  6. Boosting responses to our survey
Please visit and share our website centralcoastcommunityradio.org with friends and family to help bring in the final funds needed to buy the license. In addition, please consider a year-end gift that will help us flip the “ON AIR” switch by late spring of 2018? All donations are tax deductible.
With gratitude, your steering committee,
Ann, Jean, Linda, Mathilde, Ned and Rachel

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