|City of license||Greenfield, California|
|Broadcast area||Santa Cruz/Salinas, California|
|Branding||La Campesina 107.9 FM|
|First air date||1998|
|HAAT||499 meters (1,637 ft)|
|Former callsigns||KRGF (1989)
|Owner||Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc.|
|Sister stations||KBHH, KCEC-FM, KMYX-FM, KRCW, KUFW|
KSEA (107.9 FM, "La Campesina 107.9 FM") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Greenfield, California, since 1998. The station's broadcast license is held by Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc.
KSEA broadcasts a Regional Mexican music and educational programming format branded as "La Campesina 107.9 FM" as part of the Radio Campesina Network. ("Campesina" is a Spanish word meaning "peasant" or "farmworker"). Anthony Chavez, president of Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc., is the youngest son of American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist César Chávez.
In July 1985, Q Prime Inc. applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a construction permit for a new broadcast radio station. The FCC granted this permit on May 31, 1989, with a scheduled expiration date of November 30, 1990. The new station was assigned the call sign of "KRGF" on November 29, 1989, but this was changed that same day to "KQKZ."
In November 1989, permit holder Q Prime Inc., applied to transfer the KQKZ permit to the Troposphere Broadcasting Limited Partnership. The FCC approved the move on December 5, 1989, and the transaction was completed on January 30, 1990. At the new owner's request, the station was assigned the new call sign "KSEA" on May 15, 1991. A significantly delayed, ultimately denied engineering request and several extensions pushed completion of the station well into the 1990s.
In January 1997, Troposphere Broadcasting L.P. reached an agreement to sell the permit to build KSEA to Farmworker Educational Radio Network, Inc. The deal gained FCC approval on March 13, 1997, and formal consummation of the transaction took place on June 11, 1997. After more engineering changes, construction and testing were completed in September 1998, and the station was granted its broadcast license on December 4, 1998.
- "Call Sign History". CDBS Public Access Database. FCC Media Bureau. May 15, 1991. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- Koht, Peter (June 29, 2005). "Shock Waves: Legislative wrangling threatens to hit rural public radio broadcasters and those that serve low-income audiences the hardest". Metro Santa Cruz. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
It's but one show in a schedule aimed at California's vast, growing and increasingly politically influential Latino population.
- "Historia" (in Spanish). La Campesina 92.5. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- "Application Search Details (BPH-19850712TI)". FCC Media Bureau. May 31, 1989. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- "Application Search Details (BAPH-19891106GN)". FCC Media Bureau. January 30, 1990. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- "Application Search Details (BMPH-19891220IC)". FCC Media Bureau. November 6, 1997. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- "Application Search Details (BAPH-19970124GL)". FCC Media Bureau. June 11, 1997. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- "Application Search Details (BLH-19980911KE)". FCC Media Bureau. December 4, 1998. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- KSEA official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KSEA
- Radio-Locator information on KSEA
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KSEA