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CitySanta Cruz, California
Broadcast areaCentral Coast of California
SloganPositive & Encouraging K-LOVE
Frequency88.9 MHz
Translator(s)K206BQ (89.1 MHz, Hollister)
K275CU (102.9 MHz, Monterey)
First air date1972 (as KUSP at 89.1)
FormatContemporary Christian music
ERP1,250 watts
HAAT761 meters (2,497 ft)
Facility ID51718
Former call signsKUSP (1972-2018)
Former frequencies89.1 MHz (1972-1974)
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteK-LOVE website

KLVM (88.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Contemporary Christian music format. Licensed to Santa Cruz, California, United States, the station is an affiliate of the K-LOVE Christian music radio network and is owned by Educational Media Foundation. The signal covers much of California's Central Coast.


Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. started broadcasting from downtown Santa Cruz as KUSP on 89.1 MHz in 1972. In May 1974, it moved the transmitter to the much higher Mt. Toro, increased power from 10 watts to 1,250 watts ERP and changed frequency from 89.1 to 88.9 MHz.

It broadcast music, programs of local interest and many programs from NPR. On November 1, 2015, the format changed to adult album alternative, with a few news and information programs.

On August 1, 2016, KUSP ceased programming [1] and on August 12 declared bankruptcy.[2]

On December 19, 2016, Educational Media Foundation filed an application with the FCC to purchase the license for $605,000. The application was granted on February 6, 2017, and the purchase was consummated on March 16, 2017.

Educational Media Foundation resumed operation of KUSP on April 5, 2017. On April 5, 2017, it filed applications with the FCC to sell the licenses of the K207CN, K217EK and K237EV translators to California State University, Monterey Bay (owner of KAZU) for $5,000. The applications were consummated on June 30, 2017 and July 7, 2017.

On April 21, 2017, KUSP was granted a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to move the transmitter site of translator K206BQ .708 miles to Fremont Peak and decrease the effective radiated power from 200 watts to 150 watts. The station changed its call sign to KLVM on January 22, 2018.

HD Radio[edit]

KLVM broadcasts 1 HD subchannel on 88.9 HD2 airing the K-Love Classics format.


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Coordinates: 36°32′05″N 121°37′14″W / 36.534722°N 121.620556°W / 36.534722; -121.620556