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KZSC will listen to its history during April alumni weekend

kzscThe 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. . . .


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One Response to KZSC will listen to its history during April alumni weekend

  1. Greg Barman February 13, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Very cool! Sounds similar to what we alum from Indiana University-Bloomington have at our old station. Back in our day, it was carrier-current WIUS(AM), now it’s WIUX-LPFM. For the past 8 years, the students turn over the station to the alumni for one weekend every summer, and we get to don our headphones again and play retro-rock. About 20-30 of us come in to Bloomington from coast to coast to enjoy the camaraderie and do some great radio. The Alumni Weekend gets local news coverage. And we have built great relationships with the students over years, and have come to their aid at various crisis points in the station’s life, such as a recent studio move. We’re looking forward to our next one this summer.

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