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UCSB Reads on KCSB: Week 3 with Aaron Jones

25 Feb, 2021

blog / ucsb

On the third edition of “UCSB Reads 2021” on KCSB-FM (Thursday, February 25th), we welcome Aaron Jones, Director of UCSB’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Interim Director of our MultiCultural Center (MCC). Aaron is reading When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Chapter 3: “Bloodlines.” Every […]

UCSB Reads on KCSB: Week 2 with Kynita Stringer-Stanback

18 Feb, 2021


On the second edition of “UCSB Reads 2021” on KCSB-FM, we welcome Kynita Stringer-Stanback, Sociology Librarian for the UCSB Library, who is reading When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, Chapter 2: “Twelve.” Please note that while “UCSB Reads 2021” on KCSB is broadcast live on Thursdays each […]


18 Feb, 2021

blog / events / fund drive

KCSB’s annual fund drive is always full of special events and programming from our DJs, and this year we are keeping the traditions alive even with the constraints of operating remotely! Tune in Friday night (February 19th) from 10-11pm here on kcsb.org // 91.9 on your local FM dial to […]


17 Feb, 2021

blog / events / fund drive

  IT’S HERE :’) We are so happy to be able to announce that KCSB’s Fund Drive 2021 is now officially live! While it looks a little different this year, KSCB is continuing an annual tradition of celebrating our lil station and reaching out to the community for donations to […]

Tape Quarantine: Sonic Youth’s Sonic Death

29 Jan, 2021

blog / DJ Posts / music reviews

With our 2019-2020 Internal Music Director under self-quarantine, Matty McPherson (Wane Lietoc) has taken to their personal tapes, highlighting and documenting the most outstanding in their collection. This time around, they dive deep into Sonic Youth’s dreamlike Sonic Death. In Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise (1985), Eszter Balint’s character strolls […]

Last Refuge of the Incompetent Presents: Nick Hubble

23 Jan, 2021

blog / DJ Posts / interviews

Your favorite local sci-fi radio show Last Refuge of the Incompetent presents you with a special guest this week: Nick Hubble! This episode will air on Saturday, January 23rd at 6 PM. Nick Hubble is a professor of modern and contemporary English at Brunel University. Their latest work, “Growing Old […]


08 Jan, 2021


Are you curious about getting involved with KCSB? Have you ever wanted to be a radio programmer, sportscaster, or news reporter? Join us for our remote Winter 2021 Orientation via Zoom on Tuesday, January 19th at 6 PM to learn more about how you can get involved in our community! […]

December’s Add of the Month: Ichiko Aoba’s Windswept Adan

01 Jan, 2021

blog / music reviews

KCSB’s music department is sitting down each month to write to you about one album added to our music library that left a strong enough impression on them to be crowned Add of the Month. In December, External Music Director Finnegan Smith goes in depth on Ichiko Aoba’s latest album, “Windswept […]

A Year-End Message from KCSB-FM

30 Dec, 2020

at the station / blog

(click image for gif <3) Hello Radio Friends, Our world has changed radically since the close of our 2020 Fund Drive nine months ago. Terms like “unprecedented” and “essential work” have become fixtures in our everyday conversations, and “pivoting” is now a regular part of our workday as we’ve adapted […]


24 Nov, 2020


KCSB wants to hear what you’re greatful for! We invite you to celebrate the holidays with us by calling into our voicemail line at (805) 253-3091 and leave us a message to be played on the air. Just include your name, where you’re calling from, and something you’re thankful for […]

Checking in With Aural Canyon

16 Nov, 2020

blog / interviews

The private press labels on Bandcamp continue to surprise me at every turn. One reddit comment about my Indonesian tape haul turned into a quick recommendation for Aural Canyon. Now, I’m a fiend for new age ambience and various transient noise bursts. If you are as well, Aural Canyon has […]

PSA: KCSB Sponsors CWC’s Upcoming Drive-In Double Feature

12 Nov, 2020

blog / PSA's

What follows is a transcription of a recent PSA airing on KCSB-FM for an upcoming double-feature at the West Wind Drive-In, presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center as part of their Subversives film series. On Thursday, November 19th, UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center and the Pollock Theater present a throwback evening of cult […]


31 Oct, 2020

blog / playlists

Happy halloween, ghouls and fools! This Halloween, your Music Directors here at KCSB (Yousef & Finnegan) have decided to give you a bag of treats in the form of a *spooky* HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST! In this eclectic mix of songs, prepare to entrance yourself with sounds that are sure to strike you with sheer […]

KCSB Artists Playlist Series Presents: Ntu

28 Oct, 2020

blog / playlists

In this installment of KCSB’s Artists Playlist Series, the New York-based artist, Ntu, curates a playlist that channels the idea of “the happening”: the feeling that music was recorded in a real place and time, as opposed to a vacuum. Photo Credit: Saint A About Ntu: Sultry vocals, sputtering beats, […]

DJ Bios

26 Oct, 2020

at the station / DJ Posts

meet our djs! Alfred | The Creek Walk The Creek Walk is a collection of classical and folk music that depicts themes of the natural world either through lyrics, title, instrumentation and more. I am a student in the Music Department at UCSB and like to use this show to […]


22 Oct, 2020

blog / music

Check out our new programming schedule and some spooky graphics in our new Fall 2020 Program Guide here! The Fall 2020 schedule will be in effect until Monday, January 11th, 2021. Note that for optimal viewing of the weekly schedule, you can download this PDF and in your computer’s  preview application […]


20 Oct, 2020


KCSB-FM is excited to present to you a special livestream performance with singer-songwriter-producer: 𝕵𝖆𝖘𝖕𝖊𝖗 𝕷𝖔𝖙𝖙𝖎! Lotti’s innovative style of dyspop (dystopian pop) will transcend you through a visually and sonically beautiful experience. Step into the future and immerse yourself in Jasper Lotti’s world on October 29th at 7:30 PM, via […]

KCSB Artists Playlist Series Presents: Alms

13 Oct, 2020

blog / playlists

In the first installment of KCSB’s Artists Playlist Series, we present a playlist curated by the Los Angeles-based band Alms! About Alms: Alms was started in 2017 by Roman Zangari as a recording outlet for songs he had written while attending college in Santa Cruz. It grew from a solo-project […]