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Hear The Zombies interviewed on KZSC

  • September 7, 2016
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On September 7th, KZSC spoke with 1960s pop legends, The Zombies. It was hours before their show at The Catalyst that they visited our studios. Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone shared the story of the founding and dissolution of the Zombies and traced some of the impact that British jazz and choral music had on their songwriting and performing. Listen to hear that and a lot more!
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Programmer of the Month: Art O’Sullivan

  • September 3, 2016
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The Golden Road's Art O'Sullivan moved to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC as an alternative academic experience, but the ocean, redwoods and counterculture kept him here. Upon first listening to KZSC, Art was drawn to the alternative music, talk and special format programming. He started programing The Golden Road on June 18, 1997 as a 30th anniversary celebration of the Monterey International Pop Festival.
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The 88 point ones…

  • August 7, 2016
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Recently, it was my great pleasure to visit MIT's, 88.1, WMBR. It has three studios, AND contains, what has to be, one of the largest music libraries in all of college radio, with more than 100,000 LPs and a similar number of CDs in their library! WMBR's show, Pipeline! is celebrating 25 years of live & local rock music programming with a series of 13 shows, featuring 80 acts, Sept. 12th through Oct. 12th, 2016.
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Radio from a parallel universe.

  • July 26, 2016
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Sometimes a hole in your memory banks can really mess with you. It can be an unsettling feeling. Such was the case for yours truly on a long-overdue trip back East to see family. Turns out that, my hometown high…

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Wakin on a Pretty Day with Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile is almost a little too "hip" to be extremely outgoing during a performance, but that's why we love him, right? To quote one of my new friends from Alabama whom I met at Bonnaroo Music Festival, "Kurt seemed…

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Bonaroo Arch By Flickr User Shannon McGee

Ready for the Heat at Bonnaroo Music Festival?

I'm getting ready to take on the beating sun in Tennessee. The Bonnaroo Music Festival is held annually at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, at the historic location of "The Farm", about an hour South East of Nashville. I am excited to represent KZSC at a large-scale event such as this one, and I hope you can follow my check-ins during the weekend! Tame Impala, LCD Soundsystem, J.Cole, The Internet, and many others.
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May 29 KZSC Presents: Sugar Candy Mountain w/ Luke Sweeney and Jackie Zealous

Sunday May 29: KZSC Presents tropical psychedelic pop band, Sugar Candy Mountain from Joshua Tree, California. Playing with Santa Cruz's surf garage rock band, Jackie Zealous and San Francisco's psychedelic soul pop band, Luke Sweeney. "If Brian Wilson had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with Os Mutantes and The Flaming Lips, it would sound like this— featuring space-age sounds and far-out frequencies from the tripped out tropics," then you would have Sugar Candy Mountain. Hope to see you there!
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Support KZSC and get some great tickets!

KZSC has all kinds of great tickets still available during this Spring's Pledge Drive.  You can get these tickets for less then you would pay at the door. We don't charge service fees! Check out these hot tickets, and click on the ones you want!

May 27: Steven “Ragga” Marley at the Catalyst

May 28: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in SF

June 3: Bad Religion at the Catalyst

June 4: The Budos Band at The Catalyst

June 21: Cherry Glazerr at The Catalyst

July 9: Island Reggae Festival in San Jose

Sept 3: Tame Impala in Berkeley

All you have to do is click on the show you like.  You know you want to! Even more tickets are available during the Spring Pledge Drive are in Pledge Drive Shop.
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May 3-12: KZSC Spring 2016 Pledge Drive

  • April 26, 2016
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Spring is in the air and with all those new flowers in bloom, it's time for the KZSC Spring Pledge Drive! Between May 3rd through the 12th, we'll be reminding everyone that KZSC can't exist without the support of our listeners--that's you! Help us continue our nearly 50-year run and make a secure pledge by clicking here. It only takes a minute. Between May 3rd and 12th, you can call us at 831-459-4036 or 831-459-2811. Help us spread the word with #KZSCPledgeDrive!
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SXSW 2016 is a Wrap.

  • March 20, 2016
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Visiting Austin for South by Southwest was a fantastic experience. Huge thanks to our friends Toni and Jeff Albrecht for allowing us to crash in their home for the week. Also a big thanks to Keith Rozendal and Lucy Rojas for helping us arrange the trip.
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SXSW Day Four! Don’t Mess With Texas.

Friday’s keynote was incomparable, as the conversation between Houston legend Bun B and James Prince, founder of Rap-A-Lot Records and one of the most respected figures in the industry. Nikhil reports, that over the course of the conversation they reflected…

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Day Three Updates! From Texas!

The morning began with a keynote address by Tony Visconti, a high profile record producer who has worked with countless artists. Visconti was extremely close to David Bowie, producing many of Bowie’s records, including the late artist’s final work, Blackstar.…

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KZSC is Going To South By Southwest!!

  • March 9, 2016
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South By Southwest is the fastest growing music and media gathering in the United States. The festival is held yearly in Austin City, Texas, and KZSC is sending five intrepid reporters to bring you the highlights back from the mayhem!! The event will be so fantastic that Obama will be skipping Nancy Reagan's funeral to fly out! So stay posted to our blog from March 14th to 19th for coverage of the conference's exhibitions and music showcases.
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KZSC’s Closet Free Radio Wins Lifetime Achievement Award!

  • February 8, 2016
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KZSC is bursting with pride, for Closet Free Radio!  They've been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Diversity Center Santa Cruz County. Closet Free Radio is the longest running radio show about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning issues in the country. You can count on CFR for a comprehensive stream of LGBTQ news, interviews, and entertaining commentary every Monday at 7 pm.
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