Thursday, January 10, 2013

KNSJ Community Radio in San Diego Fundraising for a Broadcast Antenna

SAN DIEGO--KNSJ Radio and Activist San Diego are hosting The People’s Ball, a gala and night of dancing with musical performances and surprise guests, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at the World Beat Center at 2100 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101.  This gala is to raise funds to bring a new and needed radio voice to San Diego—KNSJ 89.1 FM out of Descanso, a truly independent community radio station of the people, by the people and for the people in San Diego county’s border region.

KNSJ radio is already streaming original local community programs online at from contributors such as San Diego's East County Magazine, the San Diego Troubador, Ricardo Beas, David Rovics, Philip Raquel, Zenger's Magazine, and band Liquid Blue. A list of KNSJ's current shows can be found here.

What now stands between having this unique non-commercial community-based radio station of, by and for the people on the airwaves, and losing the FCC license all together, is $20,000 and 5 months. 

The $20,000 will purchase an $11,000 specially manufactured antenna, $4,000 for installation of the antenna, and $6,000 for the purchase of additional equipment for the KNSJ Radio studio.  A full list of the financial break down can be seen on the KNSJ Radio Indiegogo fundraising campaign page at

KSNJ Radio founder Martin Eder explains “It was a 1 year application process.  Then the FCC gave us 3 years to get on-air.  We are down to the last five months, so its do or die time.”

The group continues to apply for grants but as with other non-profit organizations has found that foundations are not able to meet the needs of many of the applicants.

Tickets for the People’s Ball can purchased online at

About KNSJ Radio:

KNSJ Radio, YOUR Network for Social Justice, is an independent, non-commercial community radio station in the San Diego County and border region area.  KNSJ is a radio station of the people, by the people and for the people, and as an independent media outlet will give a voice to hundreds of thousands of people currently unheard.  KNSJ Radio is a project of Activist San Diego, a non-profit 501(c)(3)organization.

KNSJ’s Vision is to train and empower organizations and community members to produce their own news, culture and media, believing that a vibrant democracy depends on information, communications, and mobilization of, by, and for the people in our local and global society.

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