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Still Here, Still Playing Great Music

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Thanks to more than 1,000 contributing listeners, KUSP has a little more time. Our Mayday campaign ended April 30. The goal was to raise enough to continue this service for 6-months. While we fell short of the goal, we did raise enough to continue through June.

We’ve had to streamline our operations and lay off dedicated staff and volunteers. None of this was easy. You won’t hear as many voices on the air. But know this:

We’re still 100% committed to providing you with an amazing 24/7 music service worth listening to, and supporting.  

And when I say we, I mean me. I mean former staff and programmers who are volunteering their time to talk to business owners and potential donors. I mean directors on our board who are working near-full time to ensure the best responsible outcome. We’ve all got a bias for continuing to build on this great new music service.

We’re going to keep the music coming for as long as we can. Right now, KUSP is operating on a month-to-month basis. If we are to have a path forward, we can’t afford to lose any momentum.

Here’s how you can help:

LISTEN. Turn on KUSP anytime, day or night, and listen. (If you’re not already listening, click here.) See what you think. Let us know! We think it’s the best curated music mix you can get on the radio and online. And now it’s available to you 24/7.

SHARE. Share KUSP with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and beyond. Share your story other listeners! If you’re willing to lend your voice to a testimonial or fundraising message, contact us here.

SUPPORT. Sustain this service with an affordable monthly “micro-gift” of $5/month or more. Thank our sponsors for their support as a community-minded business. To become a sponsor, click here.

In order to sustain this music service, we’ve got to hear from 200+ listeners each month signing up with a micro-gift of $10/month. Been thinking about helping us out? Yes? Great! Click here to help.

Moving forward together,

Alex Burke

KUSP Station Manager

KUSP Library, Library and more Library


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One picture can’t tell the story.

KUSP’s curated library has been growing of over 40 years. It’s one of the physical aspects that is often taken for granted.

The library occupies floor to ceiling walls in two large spaces. Additionally, many of the 30 volunteer+ (veteran) programmers haul in their own collections to draw from weekly. Nor does it account for the growing digital music library.

Discover Music with KUSP’s Jeff Thornton

Weekday mornings, it’s Jeff Thornton you hear playing the tunes – to start the day off right on KUSP’s Morning Mix Jeff also hosts the Friday Night Soul Shack!


Photo: Laufer/KUSP

Listen to Jeff, Monday through Friday, 6am to 11am and Friday night, 6-9 pm.

Listen to the  most recent Soul Shack anytime on the KUSP’s show player.

Margaret Glaspy – ‘You and I’

KUSP added Margaret Glaspy to the playlist, with this song, ‘You and I’.

Many thanks artist Margaret Glaspy and the public radio station WFUV.org making this awesome video available! More on their session at SXSW, here.

This is the kind of thing KUSP has done in the past and hopes to do again in the future, with listener support.


El Perro Del Mar – Video of ‘Breadandbutter’

New add to KUSP in April: Perro Del Mar, featuring Sarah Assbring from Sweden.



Lianne La Havas, Green & Gold

KUSP added a wonderful new solo version of Green and Gold last week. While we couldn’t yet find a video featuring that solo performance, this one comes closest.

In 2012, KUSP posted this Black Cab Sessions video:

Lianne La Havas from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

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River Cleanup – Part 1


Miles Davis With/By/Remixed by Robert Glasper

Pianist/composer Robert Glasper with Ambrose Akinmusire. Photo: Steve Laufer / KUSP

Pianist/composer Robert Glasper with Ambrose Akinmusire. Photo: Steve Laufer / KUSP

Would Miles Davis be working today with Erykah Badu? Grammy-winning pianist /composer Robert Glasper says yes.

Glasper is involved with two major music projects related to the feature film by Don Cheadle, all arriving this year. Listen to new preview track:

KUSP’s ‘Evening of Ideas’,
Monday-Thursday, 7-8 p.m.

Evening of Ideas are four thought provoking programs you can hear Monday-Thursday at 7-8 p.m. on 88.9 KUSP and KUSP.org.

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Monday: The Agony Column, with Rick Kleffel (Locally produced)
Tuesday: The 7th Avenue Project, with Robert Pollie (Locally produced)
Wednesday: The Moth
Thursday: This American Life

KUSP Veteran Bonnie Jean Primbsch Hired as Interim General Manger

KUSP's new interim general manager, Bonnie Jaan Primbsch. Photo: Chip /Good Times

KUSP’s new interim general manager, Bonnie Jaan Primbsch. Photo: Chip Scheuer /Good Times

 SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Mar. 3, 2016 – Independent Public Radio KUSP 88.9 fm today announced that local public radio veteran Bonnie Jean Primbsch has joined KUSP as Interim General Manager. Ms. Primbsch succeeds Lee Ferraro, who led the recent format change from predominantly news and information to music-centered programming.

Ms. Primbsch has been a KUSP host and volunteer for more than 15 years. Her long and successful history with the Greater Monterey Bay Area community radio station includes notable achievements as public affairs producer/director, host of more than a dozen shows, and on-air spokesperson during membership drives.

Ms. Primbsch takes the helm four months after the station’s transformation to a music discovery format, a move intended to offer more choice to public radio listeners in the Greater Monterey Bay Area. Music discovery has proven popular and successful in other markets across the country and complements KAZU, an NPR member station owned by California State University, Monterey Bay.

discover-full-800“We are excited that Bonnie Jean has chosen to lead KUSP at this particular moment in its long and storied history,” said Board President Kelly O’Brien. “KUSP has an opportunity to reinvent itself and we believe Bonnie Jean has the skills to foster creativity and collaboration within the internal team and with the community at large.”

Ms. Primbsch’s principal duties are to continue the momentum of the music discovery format and fine-tune its appeal; strengthen the ability of the station to bring in revenue from members, sponsors, and major donors; reinvigorate KUSP’s presence in community; and lead professional staff and volunteers in meeting the challenges and opportunities of the changes that began last September under the strategic direction of the Board of Directors.

“I am keen to help us discover how KUSP can serve in a way that reflects who we are now and that reflects the area’s collective sense of place,” Ms. Primbsch said. “It is a new lease on life for an organization that I have loved for over 20 years, and I join the upwelling of excitement from new and veteran ‘Pataphysicians and listeners who want it to thrive.”

Ms. Primbsch arrives at KUSP in time to preside over its Spring Membership Drive, which begins March 9. This will be the first full-length membership drive since the format change and follows a successful two-day, on-air “mini campaign” held at the end of last year which indicated strong listener support for the new music format.