KBCZ 90.1 FM
Boulder Creek Community Radio
The Story So Far...
Top row: The Randyman, Kevco, Brookdale Bruce, Redwood Roody, Samtheram, Scotty K, Matt Slayershoes, Uncle Jeffro,
Front row: Orca, Stir-Fry, Tina Davey, Ozzy Freak of Boulder Creek at the 2nd Annual Music Fest, August 4, 2018.
In 2012, an FCC license became available for an NCE (Non-commercial educational) radio station at 90.1 FM covering all of Boulder Creek and surrounding areas. A group of San Lorenzo Valley community members began to discuss plans to support the BCRPD in purchasing the license. The community members had several meetings and were excited to begin broadcasting.
On June 6, 2013 the BCRPD Board of Directors voted to move forward with plans to obtain the station. The public voiced strong support for the project, and the radio station, KBCZ Boulder Creek Community Radio at 90.1 FM was born. Local residents began to arrive on KBCZ’s virtual doorstep wanting to get involved. Tim Welch was named Interim Director, Tina Davey and Sam Peacock were named Interim Associate Directors.
After a year of steadily building infrastructure and pre-programming some original shows in a small room above Jenna Sue's coffee shop, KBCZ then moved to a small room (the closet!) at the Boulder Creek Recreation Center in May of 2015.
We were very happy to have our own dedicated space, even if it was initially a closet, it became our working studio.
In May of 2015, Tina Davey was hired by The Boulder Creek Recreation District as Station Manager for KBCZ and Paul Nanna was named Technical Director.
Under the technical direction of Paul Nanna, KBCZ began to stream limited content on-line at kbcz.org in July of 2015. These early pre-recorded shows were produced by Mike D, Jeff Smith(Uncle Jeffro), Bruce Bellochio(Brookdale Bluegrass Bruce)and Sean Greedy(The Ozzy Freak of Boulder Creek).
On July 15 of 2016, under the technical direction of Paul Nanna and JV Rudnick, KBCZ broadcast it's on-line programming successfully on 90.1FM.
In September of 2016, KBCZ conducted their first live Monday through Friday morning show remotely from local music studio, the Boulder Creek Music Works. With the help of Music Works owner, Barry Tanner, the show continued until early February of 2017.
In December of 2016, the BCRPD gave KBCZ permission to officially share space at it’s Visitor Center in downtown Boulder Creek at 13200 Hwy 9, suite A.
With the wonderful help from Matt and Leslie Buchanan, who built the broadcast space in January of 2017,
KBCZ officially opened its doors to the public in February of 2017. The team was ecstatic to have a storefront in town. After all, that had been the original idea for KBCZ way back in 2012, a small-town radio station in a storefront downtown, a'la Northern Exposure, the popular 90's TV show(minus the moose). It felt magical and prophetic to be in a space that many of us had dreamed about being in.
The BCRPD in June of 2017, seeing KBCZ's continued growth and the teams' unwavering enthusiasm, relinquished the space and gave it's full use to KBCZ.
The radio station currently has 37 local DJ’s producing 100% original shows, currently about 98% of the programs are conducted live in the downtown studio. Programming currently is focused on music shows, with a live PM Drive-Time show that is on Monday through Friday 4:00pm to 6:00pm and many other live shows throughout the week. The station is looking to work with local residents to create talk shows that discuss all range of subjects like cooking, good health practices, cars, hobbies and other topics of interest to the community. Programs for children and teens are being sought as well.
KBCZ has an Advisory Board that meets once bi-monthly and is also overseen by the BCRPD Board.
KBCZ is non-political and non-religious and is managed by one part-time staffer that oversees this fantastic group of dedicated DJ's and volunteers and is under the management of the District Manager of the BCRPD.
As a proud program of the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks District, the radio station provides a unique recreational outlet for a portion of the residents that were previously under served by the District. BCRPD is proud to offer this innovative program with all its potential for creative growth and looks forward to its evolution within the community it serves. Tune in!
KBCZ can be heard locally at 90.1 FM and all around the world at www.kbcz.org.
Matt Buchanan building the studio wall (Jan. 28th, 2017)
Front window and door to KBCZ
Front lobby and office of KBCZ
Broadcast studio of KBCZ
Station Manager, Tina Davey recording
a young BC resident.
Front window of the Visitor Center
The Visitor Center interior before the studio wall.
The studio in the closet at the Boulder Creek Recreation Center with original logo t-shirts for sale. May, 2015