Gallery: CSULB students launch KBeach radio on 88.1 HD3
LONG BEACH - For the first time in more than 30 years, Cal State Long Beach students will have a voice on the radio.
CSULB this month is celebrating the launch of KBeach on 88.1 FM HD-3, the university's first student-programmed radio station to hit the airwaves since 1981.
After broadcasting on the Internet since 1998, KBeach on Wednesday officially launched its new station on traditional radio.
"We're pretty stoked because this has been a long time coming," said Aaron Gordezky, a student from Van Nuys in Los Angeles who serves as KBeach's senior music director and assistant general manager. "It gives a legitimacy to our program, as well as having more listeners we can reach out to."
He said the new program will give students on-air practice for future careers in radio. Gordezky, a communication major who has worked with KBeach for the past five years, said he plans to find a job in radio after graduation.
The project was made possible through a one-time funding of $40,000 approved through the university's Associated Students, Inc., in 2011.
Listeners from Mission Viejo to Oxnard can now hear an eclectic mix of student-chosen music, news and talk shows playing 24 hours a day on the radio.
CSULB's previous student-run station, KSUL-FM, ceased operations over three decades ago to make way for a professionally-run station known then as KLON-FM, which later went off the air as well.
The launch of KBeach gives Cal State Long Beach the distinction of having one of the few student-run and student-programmed radio stations in the Los Angeles area.
"Most student-run radio stations have seen their programming move onto the Internet or cable to maintain their independence," KBeach Radio adviser Danny Lemos said in a statement.
Lemos said KBeach will give student broadcasters experience in the second-largest radio market in the United States.
The program will air through an agreement with Global Jazz, Inc., owners and managers of the campus-based 88.1 KKJZ FM.
Associated Students, Inc. Executive Director Richard Haller said the station represents a historic milestone for students.
"It took us 32 years, but we got Long Beach students back on the air," he said.
To tune in to KBeach seven days a week at 88.1 FM HD-3.