KCSB does not receive any funding from the University of California system. Rather, our funding primarily comes from student lock-in fees. The remainder of our budget is fueled by donations from students and community members like yourself! With the help of your donations, KCSB has been able to proudly serve as a student-run, non-commercial, educational, alternative, and independent station for 60 years!


The funding we receive finances our operational expenses, station staff, and special projects year to year. Our operational expenses include transmitter repairs and studio renovations to help improve the quality of our station for our programmers and station staff. This year, KCSB staff returned on-site to resume operations and live events since the COVID-19 pandemic such as our Coco and Clair Clair concert, quarterly orientations, and expanded our training programs to include pre-recorded audio production. We have set up a hybrid schedule featuring live programmers as well as our remote DJs, including KCSB alumni from all over the world! KCSB also has our very own music label: Bank Burner Records, inspired after our historic coverage of the Isla Vista Riots. 

Your donations will help us continue playing an active role supporting DIY, independent artists and the Santa Barbara community.


materials wishlist

Our station is in need of the following materials. If you or anyone you know is able to provide, please contact the email below. Thank you so much!


  • – PA equipment
  • – tape decks
  • – CDJs
  • – record players
  • – turntable needles
  • – lounge furniture
  • – van/bus


  • – vinyl
  • – cassette
  • – CDs
  • – mp3

all donation offers and queries may be forwarded to donations AT

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Donate to Network for Good and become a member of our radio community. Any amount is appreciated.

Note: Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We also want to give a special shout-out to our Fund Drive business donors! Full list available here.