THURSDAYS 8-10 PM
on KCSB 91.9
KCSB was started by student Bill Harrison as Navajo Radio,
named for Navajo Hall, a 2nd floor wing in the Anacapa men's
dormitory from which it began broadcasting in 1962,
broadcasting 3 – 4 hours of daily programming to the UCSB
dorms at 5 watts. It was the first University of California station
to be licensed. It gradually grew into the station it is today,
changing frequency in 1976 and undergoing wattage
expansions in 1964 and 1983. On April 18, 1970, KCSB was
shut down by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.
The department took the measure as a precaution against
rioting, which they felt would occur if the UCSB and Isla Vista
community became aware of the events of the Isla Vista riots,
an outgrowth of anger originating with the Vietnam War that
was ignited by the firing of a popular professor. The incident is
the only one on record of a police force shutting down a radio
station. In 1989, the station was embroiled in a controversy
revolving around the dismissal of volunteer host Sean Hannity
for featuring a guest who made offensive remarks about
homosexuals. The Santa Barbara chapter of the American Civil
Liberties Union defended Hannity's right to free speech, and
the station offered Hannity his slot back. He did not accept the
offer, instead demanding more airtime.
KCSB celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. The year-long
celebration included a design contest, a nostalgic addition to
the KCSB program which aired archived shows, an alumni
reunion, an audio exhibit and a radio-themed film series
This is why we need your help. We have the
freedom, as Americans, to keep free speech alive.
Please support us at www.kcsb.org with your
pledge during our fund raising efforts Feb. 20-
March 1. Do it for Ray.