Are you a UCSC student interested in being a DJ or getting involved at KZSC?

We have good news! About 70% of all the programming at our station comes from UC Santa Cruz students. KZSC is also governed by UC Santa Cruz students. There are tons of opportunities for YOU both on and off the air. (Not a student? KZSC does not have any new non-student volunteer opportunities at this time.)

Becoming part of KZSC in our News, Sports or Music Department is a simple, four-part process.

Step 1:  Attend one of our weekly Volunteer Tours.  These tours are led by our charismatic Volunteer Coordinator inside the lovely KZSC studios, located behind Crown/Merrill colleges (email for schedule & directions).

Step 2: Volunteer 20 hours at KZSC in one quarter. This makes you eligible to apply for KZSC’s on-air preparation course, Intro to Radio. Space in the class is extremely limited; as a result not all applicants are accepted each quarter. Students who do not get in during a particular quarter are still eligible and may apply the following academic quarter. You can volunteer for the news department and get stories on the air without taking the course.

Step 3: Pass the Intro to Radio course. This class teaches you everything you need to know about radio and being a KZSC staffer/DJ. You’ll learn radio history and culture, FCC rules and regulations, audio production skills, interviewing techniques and more. Bonus: you’ll actually be on the air under the guidance of a seasoned programmer as part of a mentorship program. Once you pass the class, you’re KZSC staff and are eligible to program. Questions about the class should be directed to the student Class Instructor at

Step 4: Apply for a programming slot! This is your chance to take to the airwaves and spread your wings. To secure a timeslot for your awesome show, a program proposal is submitted for review to KZSC’s Program Review Committee at the beginning of the quarter.

Get Started Today!

You can get more information on volunteering by emailing the Volunteer Coordinator at, sending the Volunteer Coordinator a message below. If you’re looking for information on our various departments and staff, check out the contact page. You can also call the station at 831-459-2811 or stop by during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5pm.