2012 SCPride Marshals

KZSC’s Closet Free Radio Wins Lifetime Achievement Award!

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.

2012 SCPride Marshals

2012 Santa Cruz Pride Grand Marshals Kai Azada, Jane Schwickerath, and Richard Baldwin photo by Tané Tachyon

The Trailblazers Lifetime Achievement Awards spotlight leaders who have been exceptionally proactive for the local LGBTQ community. The award recalls the time that Santa Cruz gathered in San Lorenzo Park for the first Santa Cruz “Gay Pride” Parade in 1975. CFR was honored as Grand Marshalls of the Pride Parade in 2012. The first awards were given in 2014 for the 40th anniversary of Santa Cruz Pride and the 25th anniversary for the founding of The Diversity Center. This is the second time that The Diversity Center has picked a list of Trailblazers.  The award ceremony on March 13, 2016 will coincide with the “coming out” of the Museum of Art and History’s new LGBTQ Archives.

Congratulations and thank you for Closet Free Radio’s dedication to KZSC’s educational and community service mission!


KZSC’s Bruce Bratton

We know him as the host of KZSC’s Universal Grapevine and movie critic during Friday’s Bushwhackers program but our beloved Bruce Bratton has contributed a lot more. In honor of his 80th birthday, Bruce received both a special Congressional recognition award and acknowledgement from the California State Assembly. Congratulations Bruce!


Vote For KZSC!

Odds are KZSC will never win an Oscar, however we have been voted “Best Radio Station” many times in the past. That was then – this is now…the 2014 Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Awards. You need to vote for a minimum of 25 categories and one, we hope, will be for The Great 88. You can vote on-line right now; deadline to make your decisions is the end of February. And who knows? We might win an award for “Best Documentary About A College Radio Station” with this KZSC FILM. Thank you Nikki O’Neil for the production.

2013 Award

If the entire city of Gridley in Butte County voted for KZSC it would be impressive, however an equal amount of ballots came in to the Santa Cruz Good Times during their 2013 “Best Of” voting. With over 6,500 votes cast, the people of Santa Cruz (and possibly Gridley) have spoken. “Best Radio Station” honors went to The Great 88. To those who voted for KZSC, we thank you for your good taste. Keep listening while we polish our gold star.