91.9FM KCSS is a non-commercial educational radio station based on the campus of California State University, Stanislaus.
KCSS started out in 1974 in a very small space with a window that faced students walking to and from class. We had a 10 watt transmitter and could only be heard on campus only. From 1985 to 1998 we had a 100 watt transmitter, and from 1998 to 2012 we used a 400 watt transmitter until it gave out the summer of 2012. We ran a 90 watt backup transmitter for almost a year to buy us time to approve and install the 6000 watt transmitter we have today.
Since the station has been established, we have introduced our webcasting and podcasts on KCSS.net. Our podcasts showcase students and volunteers talking about topics such as sports, “Saturday Night Live,” or music. We are also excited to use our new remote system so we can go out into the community and broadcast to bring more awareness to KCSS.
We like to reach out to the community in very fun ways. We host a big show once a year called The Bandstand and we have about 15 bands come out to a local restaurant and bar. We love having those shows every year to give back to the community that supports us and we have roughly 700 people come through and enjoy local music and good company.
KCSS is managed by students receiving internship credit and serves as a lab for two radio production courses. It is nice knowing that students are making KCSS a great radio station. We all feel accomplished and proud to be part of this student-run organization.