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KCSB 91.9 FM, Santa Barbara’s only community radio station (which happens to be based at UCSB), is near the end of its annual fund drive. Running through Friday, November 13th, this fundraiser gives listeners an opportunity to support a vital local resource, to become official members of the KCSB community.

KCSB’s volunteers show up 24/7 to produce a non-stop mix of unique music, independent news, public affairs, cultural arts, and UCSB sports. KCSB is a key information source during wildfires and other public safety emergencies. Last spring, the station was recognized with numerous year-end University awards, including a “Special Award for Extraordinary Service to the Community” from UCSB Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Michael Young.

Supporters can call the station any time up to around midnight on the 13th to donate, at (805) 893.2424, can drop by our studios at a the base of Storke Tower, and can donate online at kcsb.org. A minimum pledge of $25 for students and $50 for non-students entitle donors to a selection of thank-you gifts (including the station’s new KCSB 2009 t-shirt. KCSB has so far raised over $16,500 in donations but needs your support to break the $20,000 threshold! (Update: KCSB’s end-of-drive total is just under $20,000, with more sure to trickle in!)

Other reasons to support KCSB:

• Community service is at the core of KCSB’s mission. The station distinguishes itself with live broadcasts of many key events in our community, and records even more for later airings. A recent focus has been coverage of activities related to the University’s budget situation, including the October 14th event, “Defending the University: A Teach-In on the Current Crisis.” Our website now offers links to recordings of the many speeches and panel discussions from that day’s proceedings.

• As part of its commitment to presenting special events, KCSB (in association with The Santa Barbara Channels Community Media Access Center) is bringing the award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, producer of the internationally-distributed news program Democracy Now!, to UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Wednesday, November 18th at 630pm for a presentation on her newest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier. (For more information, click here)

• The following evening, KCSB presents the Santa Barbara premiere of the documentary, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, the radical attorney’s daughters. Scheduled for Thursday, November 19th, 730pm in Campbell Hall, this event anticipates the 40th anniversary of the Isla Vista uprising, as Bill Kunstler spoke at Harder Stadium the afternoon before the bank burning. (For more info, click here).

• KCSB aired exclusive live presentations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talks from the UCSB Events Center on March 24th, 2009. The broadcasts drew a record listenership to our webstream, were heard on Voice of America Radio into Tibet, and are now archived online (to find links to both, click here).

• KCSB provides free year-round training in the radio arts to students and non-students alike. At KCSB, volunteers learn how to be music DJs, news reporters, sportscasters, engineers, producers, event promoters, and more. KCSB actively connects and supports groups who otherwise have no access to media resources. KCSB provides a live webstream of its programming at this site. Finally, KCSB receives no money from the University.