KZSC Interviews: Jorma Kaukonen

On October 30th, Carol from KZSC’s  Test of Time spoke with Jorma Kaukonen, the legendary guitarist, singer-songwriter and founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.

It’s the 50 year anniversary of Jefferson Airplane’s formation, and Kaukonen spoke about how he helped developed their distinctive psychedelic sound. Other topics include meeting Janis Joplin, a new composition with Woody Guthrie and memories of the Sticky Wicket in Santa Cruz.

Jorma will be performing two solo acoustic shows at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Sunday Nov. 8.


Ari Solus Releases New Single ‘KZSC’

The mysterious and talented Ari Solus has been making rounds this year on his Somewhere to Hide label. His song klonopin was featured as one of Fonzie’s Don’t Sleep On ‘Em Recommendations earlier this year.

Ari is reaching out showing his appreciation for KZSC‘s support on his latest release. The chorus sings, “meet me up at porter//i know u wanna get away yeah//19, i know u ride the 19//u sittin’ right by me, but you wont even look at me,” and it really makes you feel what he is describing. You can read the lyrics of the song on the Somewhere to Hide website.

UC Santa Cruz student Mikey Solomon described his experience listening to the new song, “He captures a lot of moments and experiences here in a really penetrating/melancholic way that’s just beautiful.” Ari Solus really created something special here with the feeling and emotion of the music in conjunction with the lyrics. You can download all of Ari’s releases on his bandcamp.


Fiesta de Artes poster

Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes, Sat and Sun August 8th – 9th

It’s time again for the Fiesta de Artes in downtown Los Gatos!  This free annual art and wine festival – brought to you by the Los Gatos Kiwanis Club – offers something for the whole family: food trucks, a variety of live music performers, a play zone for kids, artists selling handmade crafts, and local beer and wine vendors.

The Fiesta de Artes is Saturday and Sunday, August 8th and 9th, from 10am to 6pm at the Civic Center grounds in downtown Los Gatos. Visit for more information. Don’t miss out on this free summer fun event!



Dag Weiser Painting For KZSC’s Top Donor

Local artist Dag Weiser has donated this amazing painting for KZSC to give to its top donor in the Spring Pledge Drive! The drive wraps up on Thursday April 30th.

Your generous donation during the drive bring you live, local radio all year long. But if you can beat $1000 (thanks Steve!), then you can have this one-of-a-kind Thank You Gift. We can even deliver it–in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay area.

The “Two Henrys” painting is designed in such a way that–depending on your viewing angle–you see either local literary legend Henry Miller, or you see punk rock legend and TV host Henry Rollins. The piece hung at The Rio Theatre and is signed by Henry Rollins! The dimensions are 45 inches tall by 32 inches wide.

You can view more of Dag’s art at


Groundation’s Harrison Stafford interviewed by DJ Tiffany

Professor Harrison Stafford, the leader of Groundation, was speeding across the California desert when he connected with KZSC’s DJ Tiffany on “Joy in the Morning.”

He lays down a history and culture of reggae music and discusses his documentary called “Holding on to Jah.” He also talks about Groundation and their upcoming new album and concert in Santa Cruz on Friday Aug 29th at the Catalyst, with J Boog.

Henry's portrait

Programmer of the Month: Henry Bertheaud (Roux)

August’s Programmer of the Month, Henry Bertheaud, is bringing back talk radio to KZSC!

Henry began his career as a programmer at KZSC this past spring on the classical music program, “Machauts Circus.”  An incoming sophomore at UCSC, Henry is spending his summer hosting Sunday mornings’ “If It Ain’t Baroque…” in addition to Thursday evening’s “Geek Folk” collective. To conclude his hat trick, “Roux” interviews literary artists on the wicked collective talk program, “Happy Beyond Words” on Thursday nights.

Henry has also earned himself a seat on KZSC’s Governing Board as Talk and News Director. We are ecstatic to have “Roux” on our team, so be sure to tune into the Great 88 and check him out! Congratulations, Henry, on being August’s Programmer of the Month!