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☆Native American Heritage Month Playlist☆

25 Nov, 2023

blog / music

The KCSB-FM Music Department is celebrating Native American Heritage Month! As students living and learning on occupied Chumash land, it is especially important to celebrate and learn about the traditions and living legacy of Native Americans in the United States. We have put our heads together to bring you some […]

November Add of the Month: “Wallsocket” by Underscores

25 Nov, 2023

blog / music

Words by: Bella Genolio For November’s add of the month, KCSB’s External Music Director, Bella Genolio, highlights the album “Wallsocket” by underscores Wallsocket, MI is a rural midwestern town rich in history and community. Historically, Wallsocket was a highly profitable area for horse breeders and ranchers due to its vast […]

Excomm’s Spooktober Playlist

23 Oct, 2023

blog / music / playlists

October is here and Halloween is just around the corner! KCSB’s Executive Committee put together a playlist of spooky songs to accompany all of your Fall activities. Whether you’re carving pumpkins, getting lost in a corn maze, or doing a seance, this playlist is the perfect way to get in […]

Life Is Beautiful 2023 Recap and Review

16 Oct, 2023

blog / music / music reviews / show reviews

words by Will Bacaj photos courtesy Life Is Beautiful KCSB’s Promotions Director Will Bacaj attended the Life is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada Sept 22-24, 2023. Here’s his report from the scene. Having never been anywhere in Las Vegas beyond the Strip, going to Las Vegas for a […]

2023 T-Shirt Design Contest!

16 Oct, 2023

events / fund drive

COMPETITION GUIDELINES Original artwork Design must include “KCSB-FM 91.9” AND “KCSB.ORG” 3-color limit “11” x “17” or “8.5” x “11” JPG or PNG at 300 DPI Submitted by November 27, 2023 SUBMIT HERE  

Portola 2023 Recap and Review

12 Oct, 2023

blog / music reviews / show reviews

words by Yasmeen Tsipena Photo courtesy of Portola Music Festival Six months ago I let my roommate convince me to buy a 300 dollar ticket to a music festival I had never heard of.  The 21+ electronic music festival took place the weekend of September 30th on the vast lot […]

An Interview with Shannon Lay

09 Oct, 2023

blog / interviews

words by Bella Genolio KCSB’s External Music Director, Bella Genolio, had the chance to sit down with Shannon Lay and discuss her recent shows in SoCal as well as her new covers album. Read on to hear Shannon’s insights on touring, making music, ceramics, and more! Photo by Kai MacKnight […]

☆Fall 2023 Orientation in Corwin Pavilion October 2, 6-8PM☆

27 Sep, 2023


Interested in KCSB but don’t know how to start? Attend our orientation! Learn how you can have your own radio show, broadcast for news and sports, write for our blog, or volunteer with music/programming/promotions! Join us October 2nd at Corwin Pavilion ‼️ We’ll see you there 🙂

An Interview With Guppy

22 Sep, 2023

blog / interviews / music

KCSB’s own DJ Steely Friedan had the immense pleasure of hosting Los Angeles based band Guppy on his show Welcome to Xanadu where they shared some of their favorite music and tour van song choices. Guppy’s tour kicks off in Los Angeles on September 25th; check out some interview highlights […]

An Interview With Elliott Fullam

22 Sep, 2023

blog / interviews / music

KCSB’s External Music Director, Bella Genolio, got the chance to interview Elliott Fullam about his new album, End of Ways. Read on to learn about Fullam’s creative process, inspiration, and future plans. Trigger Warning: Mental, Physical, and Sexual Abuse  Bella Genolio: Can you introduce yourself with your name, pronouns and […]


17 Sep, 2023

blog / music / playlists

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and here at KCSB FM, we wanted to put together a playlist to showcase the diverse musical genres which have flowered from a variety of Hispanic countries. Though this playlist is by no means exhaustive, we hope it will be a good introduction to the range […]

Buddy Guy at the Hollywood Bowl

11 Sep, 2023

blog / music / music reviews

Our Internal Music Director, Marion, made her way to the heart of Los Angeles to see American blues legend, Buddy Guy, take the Hollywood Bowl. Keep reading for her recap and review.  Words by: Marion Suchowiecky It is difficult to overstate the influence of the blues on American music. If […]

Vote KCSB for Best Radio Station – SB Independent Readers’ Poll

25 Aug, 2023


Thanks to all of your continued love and support, we’re so happy to announce that KCSB-FM has been nominated for “Best SB Radio Station” in the Santa Barbara Independent’s 2023 Best of Santa Barbara Readers’ Poll for the fourth year in a row!  Voting is open (!) so don’t be […]

Newport Jazz Festival 2023 Recap

18 Aug, 2023

blog / conversation / life / music

Words By Lekha Sapers   The 2023 Newport Jazz Festival, in its third iteration post-covid, was a smashing success. Of course, with lineups boasting the likes of Jon Batiste, Branford Marsalis, and Diana Krall, the musical prowess was oozing from every single stage. As a core tenet of working at […]


18 Aug, 2023

blog / playlists

Summer is here and we’ve got the perfect playlist for all your summer activities!  At the end of every school year, KSCB selects the 18 members of the Executive Committee who are responsible for organizing and running the station’s day to day operations. To show off our new Excomm’s music […]

Lekha, our APD, Takes Newport Jazz Festival 2023

25 Jul, 2023

blog / music / playlists

words by: Lekha Sapers (Assistant Program Director 23-24′) If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you have some degree of musical interest – perhaps even, an appreciation for jazz (?). If I’m assuming correctly, then you’re in for a treat. As a native Rhode Islander, I have been privy to the […]

Pride Month Playlist

16 Jun, 2023

blog / playlists

  This Pride Month, KCSB wants to highlight some of the amazing LGBTQ+ talent that exists in music! The LGBTQ+ community has always been at the forefront of musical innovation, pioneering genres like disco, contemporary pop, and more! We hope to put you on to some new artists, as well […]

Pride of Ages Playlist

14 Jun, 2023

blog / music / playlists

words by: Sam Rosen Hey hey hey! My name is Sam Rosen and I am the (former) Communications Chair for the Queer and Trans Graduate Student Union (QTGSU) here at UCSB! I am so honored that KCSB reached out to our organization and gave us the platform to share our Pride playlist with […]