Please note: KZSC is not accepting any new community member volunteer applications at this time.

Community members interested in volunteering at KZSC should be aware that their participation requires a great deal of time, effort and patience. If you don’t want to wait or follow the process described below, we suggest you check out other awesome community radio station in our area such as KUSP/Santa Cruz, KKUP/Cupertino and Free Radio Santa Cruz. Their requirements to become a volunteer are less time-consuming.

First, community members must apply to become a volunteer at KZSC by completing an application and submitting it, along with two letters of reference to the Volunteer Coordinator.  The application will then be reviewed by KZSC’s Executive Committee and Broadcast Advisor. If the application is approved, community members are required to be finger printed and have a background check completed prior to starting as a volunteer. New volunteers receive a station orientation first, then volunteer a minimum of 20 hours as described elsewhere before they can apply to take our broadcast preparation course, Intro to Radio. Please note that KZSC’s priority is to be a broadcast learning experience for UCSC students. Students have priority to the limited space in the class. Class typically meets twice a week for two hours; there is a sizable amount of outside classwork to be completed as well.

If space allows and the background check is successfully completed, the community member spends one quarter in the Intro to Radio course. Upon passing the class, volunteers are then eligible to apply for a program timeslot. Like the class, new community members should be advised that students have priority in the allocation of timeslots. An application to become a volunteer can be obtained by emailing the Volunteer Coordinator at or by regular mail to: KZSC/UC Santa Cruz/1156 High Street/Santa Cruz, CA  95064.