|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2008)|
|Broadcast area||UCSD campus FM cable|
|Slogan||Fiercely Independent College Radio|
|Frequency||off air - online only|
|First air date||June 1968|
KSDT is an online College radio station which refers to itself as "fiercely independent college radio." Its facilities are located on the campus of UCSD, the University of California San Diego, in La Jolla.
It broadcasts on the internet over iTunes Radio (under College Radio) and from its homepage
KSDT is a student run radio station. Its staff, consisting of a General Manager, Operations Manager, Head Engineer, Programming Director, Promotions Director, and its core staff of Music Directors are all required by KSDT's charter to be students at UCSD. Oversight is provided by the Associated Students (AS) and UCSD administration.
The majority of the organization's staff and budget is devoted to providing a public service to the surrounding communities by playing music and hosting programming not normally heard elsewhere; usually taking the form of music shows featuring independent and underground music from a variety of genres. While so-called indie rock music and its many sub-genres are consistently found being broadcast from KSDT along with electronic music, other genres such as jazz, blues, heavy metal, experimental, hip hop, world, and others often have considerably less airtime devoted to them. This is indicative not of any preference of music directors, but more on the makeup of its completely volunteer DJ staff and the communities they represent.
KSDT does feature an open-door policy to accepting volunteer DJ's. Any member of the community, student or not, can sign up to take the required 4 training classes and 1 two-hour hands-on training (basically DJing with someone more experienced there to help). After that, any open time slot can be filled with a new show featuring a new DJ. Despite this open-door policy, only a few non-student DJ's can be heard on KSDT.
KSDT also has a recording studio, which runs under the responsibility of the Head Engineer. Mainly used for live broadcast performances of visiting bands, it has been used to record demos for local bands, booked over longer periods of time to record full albums or EP's, and also to create and archive station identifications.
Founded in the 1960s, KSDT originally was an AM radio and FM cable radio station broadcasting on the UCSD campus. Throughout its history, KSDT has tried multiple times to obtain a terrestrial FM radio signal but failed due to strict Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadcasting laws. It continues to pursue this goal.
As a public service college radio station, the format was largely musical, with some community access programming. Commercial-free, it received funding from the University.
In 1999 it moved to become an internet radio station. In 2000 and 2001, it split with its "sister station" SRTV (student-run television).
The recording studio on its premises was used to record and broadcast live many independent bands such as aMiniature, Rookie Card, Skeletor, The Locust, Estradasphere, Dressy Bessy, The Robot Ate Me, Creedle, Sub Society, Milestone, etc.
Currently KSDT's most popular program is Dynamic Panel, broadcast Sundays at 9PM PST. The program is hosted by Warren College student, Joseph Lieu and features Sixth College student, Paul Korol and Revelle College student, Ehsan Ahmad. The show was created in Winter of 2011 and gained popularity with its style combining humor with news.
KSDT's second most popular program is Thom Yorke's Lazy Eye. It is always broadcast 4 hours before its most popular program. Due to extensive budget cuts and controversy surrounding host DJ Centaur's upbringing the show was forced to keep only some of the Dogs it had acquired throughout the years.
KSDT is also where legendary Post-Black Sludge Prog-Gaze Fusion ensemble We Care got its start in November 2011. Since then they have extensively toured Southern California and parts of the Pacific Ocean.
- "official KSDT page". Retrieved 2007-08-03. "strives to promote independent music not available from other sources and works to help the San Diego Community as well."
- "Why KSDT Can't Be Picked Up On a Normal FM Radio". Archived from the original on December 31, 1996. Retrieved 2009-11-15. "Why KSDT Can't Be Picked Up On A Normal FM Radio"
- "A Partial History of KSDT". Archived from the original on December 31, 1996. Retrieved 2009-11-15. "A Partial History"
- "http://www.ucsdguardian.org/focus/ksdts-hunt-for-a-new-wave/". Retrieved 2009-11-16. "KSDT's Hunt for a New Wave"[dead link]
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