The University of California, Santa Cruz is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the campus’ radio signal will do its part on UCSC Alumni Weekend, scheduled for Friday April 24 through Sunday the 26th.
All former Slug Radio Wizards at KZSC are invited to “spin some classics and share personal reflections about their glory days on the air” on those respective dates, at any time between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Present tense KZSC staff “will be on hand to document your treasured stories and give flashback tours of KZSC’s redwood outpost,” the announcement that we received promised.
KZSC began in 1967. It was called KRUZ back then, and did not transition to ‘ZSC until 1974. The station broadcast at 10 watts until 1980, when it received Federal Communications Commission permission to run at 1,250 watts. Now the operation airs at 20,000 watts, which is why I can listen to it pretty much everywhere I drive around Santa Cruz (I teach at UCSC).
I look forward to learning more of KZSC’s hallowed past as alumni regale us with musical war stories from those lovely bygone days. . . .