We at KSQD are in the communication business. Many of you have complained about losing our signal at some critical moment in a talk show or song . We are excited to announce we have found a solution that not only solves some of the reception issues, but it expands our signal to communities we have wanted to reach for a long time; Watsonville, Aromas, Salinas, Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Hollister, and more.
KSQD has found two new licenses to buy that will serve as repeaters for 90.7’s signal, allowing you to hear us loud and clear as you drive around the Monterey Bay. KSQD has entered into an agreement with the Educational Media Foundation to purchase 89.7 and 89.5 on the FM dial. The new frequencies, broadcasting from Fremont Peak and Mt. Toro respectively, will more than triple our existing audience. With your help, we can make this available by spring. Our goal is to replace the current offering of Christian pop music with our brand of squidly radio magic; local voices and music paired with intelligent talk and news programming.
Our fall pledge drive happens October 1st-8th and we have a big goal: To raise as much money as we can to not only keep our current operation afloat but to put a big dent in our capital campaign goal to buy these licenses. Donate here:
The cost to purchase and build these repeaters is $400,000. The cost of keeping KSQD broadcasting for the next six months is $35,000. The good news is, we’ve raised over 70% of our capital campaign goal of $400,000, with contributions from the Rex Foundation (The Grateful Dead’s Family Foundation), the Kaphan Foundation, Rowland and Pat Rebele, and many more generous souls. That leaves about $145,000 to go by January.
If you’d like more information, please see our Capital Campaign page: https://ksqd.org/donate/ksqds-signal-improvement-and-expansion-campaign/
Tune in October 1-8 during our fall pledge drive to learn more and hear your favorite DJs strut their stuff.