That’s right lovely listeners, you wouldn’t believe it but many UCSC students and KZSC DJs have begun their last year as undergraduate banana slugs. Commonly, I like to write a blog about a new fun event or cool artist that makes me smile, however this time I’d like to take a more personal approach. Before I begin, let me set the scene for you *ahem*

It is a gorgeous Santa Cruz early morning (2 am to be exact) in UCSC’s upper campus. The Violent Femmes scream soothing words of wisdom from ‘Add It Up’ into my distracted mind as my feet scrap methodically across the redwood underbrush. A cigarette dangles loosely from my fingertips, lit only minutes ago from the pilot light of my stove as I ran quickly to the woods for clarity. What has led this commonly sound of mind young heroine to stumble off in such a dramatic fashion? Did a spurned partner say something cruel? Did a close friend decided to move half way across the country? Did the drive thru clerk at McDonalds give her diet coke instead of regular? No dear friends, she was instead struck painfully by the first pangs of graduation anxiety (G.A.). She had her brand spakin’ new future laid out and glowing. It had always held the promise of reward for the past +4 years of academics and odd jobs she had happily endured, but one phone call had dashed it all to dim fluorescent scraps. She was told her dream needed to be, in a sense, ‘demoted’ in order to compensate for her academic achievements. I will not put solid numbers on the young lady’s accomplishments but let’s just say she has enough confidence, drive, and worldly experience to more than makeup for her ‘drawbacks.’ Normally this saucy minx would have told the bearer of bad news to go to hell (in nice terms of course), but the trouble is the information was personally delivered by the head of admissions themselves. What is this educated fledgling now supposed to do? Probably light another cigarette, walk another mile, listen to another song, admire the coming of a new day and smile in spite of everything. I know this sounds cliché, but life needs to suck sometimes for you to appreciate what you have. Sure, my old plans have been scattered to the wind yet a million more pieces of paper are awaiting my ink and my devotion.  What will I do? What will I write? What will I become?  You know what? It’s okay that I don’t know. With the sun slowly bathing my vision with soft pinks and gold, I if find it hard to recall the anxiety that sent me here. Instead, I’ll make a toast to the world and all those within it, ‘It’s okay to be lost, it’s okay to be scared, it’s okay to be unsure, and it’s okay to fail! As long as the simple beauty in this world can cause a smile to play upon your lips, you are exactly where you need to be!’  This may be my last year, but I am certainly going to make it count!

Reggae On The River Review

August got off to a sizzling start as the Mateel Community Center hosted the 29th annual Reggae on the River Festival in Humboldt County. With all the lawsuits settled, Reggae on the River finally returned to its original location, French’s Camp on the Eel River. Young and old, families and friends gathered to camp, cool off and enjoy 4 days of hot reggae music including Julian Marley with The Uprising Band, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley & Blak Soil, Anthony B, J Boog & Hot Rain with Aaradhna, Natural Black and others. Check out the Reggae on the River 2013 Photos below. If a picture is worth a thousand words and you’re a reggae fan, this is one summer festival you don’t want to miss. Hope to see you at the 30th Annual Reggae on the River next year!

No Bull…Istanbul!

Our latest batch of postcards received at The Great 88 from our listeners included one from a “Kiss/KZSC Army Member”, nice alohas from Iris & Duane on Maui, JR on O’ahu plus a typical New York salute added to a “Greetings from Avenue A” postcard from a traveler in Manhattan. But the big apple of the bunch has to be this one from Istanbul. If your summer plans call for travel anywhere between Los Gatos and the Galapagos Islands, don’t forget to take your favorite station along by using our website or Smart Phone App. And before you sail off the edge of the planet, please mail us a postcard. We’ll share your card and comments with our staff & others on our website.  Mail your postcards to:

KZSC/UC Santa Cruz – 1156 High Street – Santa Cruz, CA – 95064


Porter College student Annais Rittenberg joined The Great 88 as program host of “Cajun Spice”, a program devoted to the sounds of New Orleans back in 2010. Her passion for music from other cultures quickly led to serving a term as KZSC’s World Music Director and hosting another show “Global Grooves”. She was a bright spirit with lots to offer new volunteers when they came to the station. Annais passed away July 3rd while working as a children’s summer camp counselor. It’s a great loss to our staff and our listening audience. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Great 88 Vacation Postcards

When we suggested sending KZSC a postcard while traveling this summer, we had no idea what to expect. So far listeners have checked in from Berlin, Kiruna (look it up), prison, and our latest from scenic Petaluma, California. Did you know that the The first practical chicken incubator was invented in Petaluma in 1879? We didn’t either until we got the postcard. Remember, if your summer plans call for travel anywhere between Finland and Fresno don’t forget to take your favorite station on the go by using our Mobile Applications and drop us a line to tell us what we’re missing. We’ll share your card and comments with others on our website.  Mail your postcards to:

KZSC/UC Santa Cruz – 1156 High Street – Santa Cruz, CA – 95064


KZSC presents… The UC Radio Network Conference

KZSC recently hosted the UC Radio Network (UCRN) student broadcaster conference, a mostly harmonic convergence of California college radio stations including KDVS/UC Davis, KALX/UC Berkeley,  KCSB/UC Santa Barbara, Bobcat Radio/UC Merced and others. We’ve never seen so many Warby Parker glasses and Yo La Tengo shirts in one place before. When you get a bunch of radio goobers together, you can only expect them to goober together. Special thanks to guest speakers medial law attorney Michael Couzens, filmmaker Eric Christensen (“The Cover Story: Album Art“), Eva Papp of Spinitron and UCSC Catering. Take a peek at some of the folks who attended and their opinions on how UCRN benefits college radio – which benefits you as a listener. Make sure to watch it in HD (no special glasses needed).