A New Community Radio Station for Santa Cruz

For: Central Coast Community Radio/Media Watch
Santa Cruz, CA
Organizer: Nonprofit Media Watch
$217,050
of $300,000 goal.
Raised by 318 donors
72% 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.

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 October 30, 2017

Posted on October 30, 2017

Dear Community Radio stalwart supporter,

We're excited to announce an event on November 12th. We'd love for you to come. It's free, and it's going to be fun.
Please join us for a Community Antenna Raising in support of Central Coast Community Radio. The event takes place from 2-4pm at Seascape Village Fitness (don't worry, you don't have to lift weights to be there). Tammi Brown will sing some soulful songs and Richard Stockton will entertain us with his witty comedy schtick.

You can reserve your spot here:


Posted on October 9, 2017

Posted on October 9, 2017

You are invited to a community meeting! Central Coast Community Radio will hold its second listening/information session on October 19th at 7pm. The meeting will include an update on progress toward buying a radio license and results of its listener survey, as well as a brainstorm on local program ideas. The meeting will take place at Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz.  We hope to see you there. RSVP to: [email protected]


Posted on October 5, 2017

Posted on October 5, 2017

Last night some 20 or so fired up volunteers meet to hear an update and give input on fundraising and programming ideas for the new station. Our strategy is to have a series of house parties inviting potential donors and talking over the plans for station.  Watch for announcements of events near you! If you didn’t make it to the meeting, there will be another very soon! Watch your inbox for a mid-October date.

Thank you for your donation. We have some very good prospects who are helping us over the finish line, which is getting closer by the day. We couldn't do it without you!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t taken the survey, here is the link :

Take Survey Here

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