- broadcasts in 200 watts, stereo
- is run by volunteer students and community members
- is now over 40 years old
- broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the UC Irvine Campus
- was started in 1969 inside a closet in the UCI physical sciences buildings
- began broadcasting at 10 watts in mono on 89.9FM
- helps promote non-profit events with on-air PSAs
- is always looking to help out local and/or struggling musicians
More information and contacts
submit a PSA for your non-profit
email us for info on underwriting and
financially supporting KUCI
Send music CDs for consideration for on-air play to
PO Box 4362
Irvine CA 92616
Attn: Music Director
||How you can you listen to
broadcast at 88.9FM to the Irvine, CA and UCI area. KUCI can be heard
in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Orange and Tustin.
Since we have a comparatively limited signal, KUCI offers
a high capacity webcast at 128k, CD-quality for those with fast
a 56k, low-quality stream for dialup
connections. This enables us to be heard anywhere in the world.
AAC (Hi-Quality Stereo) (44k)
MP3 (56k | 128k)
Real Audio (56k | 128k)
You can also listen to KUCI
on iTunes at Music > Internet > College/University > KUCI 88.9 FM
started as a pirate radio station, because even back then, there
were people sick of commercial radio. There are currently no independently
owned commercial radio stations in the greater Los Angeles area.
This is the reason that if you call up a commercial station and request
a song, you won't hear it if it's not the flavor of the week. Public
affairs shows are not immune to this, either. There are almost no
people who are willing to express a non-politically correct opinion,
because they are deathly afraid of losing sponsorship.
We are the last bastion against crappy, sound-alike radio in
Orange County. We are the voice of freedom for all the independent
music that gets snubbed by the major labels. We are the defenders
of the faith for those who choose to express a different opinion.
We are Corporate Rock's worst nightmare. We are KUCI.
KUCI Programming Policies
1. NO MAINSTREAM MUSIC... we will not tolerate playing mainstream
music, and even then, they better not have been TOO famous. We
are pioneers and once the world discovers what we've been up to
all along, we move on to the next band that needs to be heard.
2. Our talk shows examine subjects mainstream radio won't. Our
hosts dig deep into subjects that are interesting but somehow not "interesting" enough
to warrant being on a mainstream station. We encourage expression
of all kinds and it shows in our diverse talk programming.
||From "Sugar Sugar" to iPod
1968 by engineering student Craig Will and was later turned over
to Earl Arbuckle, who became KUCI's first Chief Engineer. In October
of 1969, KUCI received test authority from the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) and made its initial broadcast. "Sugar Sugar" by
the Archies was the first song played. On November 25, 1969 KUCI
was granted its official broadcast license, transmitting 10 watts
of power at 89.9 FM.
In 1972 KUCI offered its first news broadcast, while in 1974
the station began broadcasting 24 hours a day. By 1978 KUCI had
been host to some noteworthy guests, including Jackson Browne,
Ray Bradbury, Howard Baker, Cesar Chavez, Blue Oyster Cult, The
Beach Boys, and Monty Python's Flying Circus. In the spring of
1979, an article in Billboard Magazine mentioned that KUCI airs
In August of 1981 KUCI had managed its way out of a threatening
situation. Public radio KCRW in Santa Monica filed with the FCC
to increase its power. Approval from the FCC meant that KUCI could
no longer be heard from some remote areas on campus, let alone
beyond Irvine. Successful efforts on the part of Sue Simone, station
Manager, enabled KUCI to move from its original frequency of 89.9
fm to its current frequency of 88.9 fm on August 20, 1981.
By 1984, trouble seemed to be lurking once again. Station manager
Josh Bleier revealed that KXLU, at Loyola-Marymount University
in Los Angeles and sharing KUCI's frequency, had intentions to
move its antenna to a higher location, which would essentially
wipe-out KUCI's signal. This was the first documentation for the
necessity to increase the station's power to "class A," or a minimum
of 100 watts.
The autumn of 1986 marked the beginning of efforts to raise money
to replace KUCI's dying transmitter. With the threat of it sending
out its last radio waves, a campaign was initiated to raise $7,000
for a new solid-state transmitter. KUCI staged a concert at a Los
Angeles Club, the Music Machine, as well as a Jazz/Fusion concert
at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. After many months of
hard work by the staff of KUCI and some lobbying by the station
management, KUCI was able to replace its dying transmitter and
September 1991, the FCC granted approval for the station to increase
its power to 200 watts stereo, allowing KUCI to broadcast to more
of Orange County than ever before and securing its place on the
dial for future generations. On Monday, March 15, 1993, KUCI began
broadcasting as a 200-watt station, and calls were immediately
received from Mission Viejo and Westminster, opening the door to
a larger Orange County audience.
KUCI takes pride in setting trends, and in 1996 the station became
one of the first to broadcast its signal over the Internet, opening
KUCI up to a worldwide potential listening audience. As KUCI enters
a new decade and a new millennium, the focus of the staff will
be to continue to discover innovative and underrepresented music
and information and to bring it commercial-free to Orange County
and the world.
||How you can get involved...
you interested in hosting your own music or talk show on Orange
County's only public radio station? Then come on down to KUCI's
DJ Training Class for the spring quarter, where you'll learn
how to use KUCI's equipment, the ins-and-outs of FCC policy,
and how you can create your own professional radio show.
UCI students, faculty and staff are welcome to train in any of the four courses during the year — January, April, July or October.
The training class for Winter quarter
begins Thursday ,January 15 at 7 pm in HICF 100-N, and will occur every subsequent
Thursday for 8 weeks. Each class will
run for approximately
The Winter class will be open to UCI students, staff and faculty only. No application is necessary. There's no need
show up! Here is a link to the campus
Volunteering at KUCI, requires that you successfully complete
our training session and pass a written test. There is a
$25.00 fee for everyone, which covers the cost of KUCI’s
In the session you will intern on existing KUCI programs,
create a demo CD to apply for a program and learn about FCC,
KUCI, and UCI policies in relation to the station. You are
allowed to miss only one class. Completion of training does
not guarantee that you will get a program.
For more information contact Chris Torrey at email@example.com
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