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City Santa Cruz, California
Broadcast area Central Coast of California
Branding K-LOVE
Slogan Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE
Frequency 88.9 MHz
Repeater(s) 89.1 MHz K206BQ
89.3 MHz K207CN
Santa Cruz
91.3 MHz K217EK
Palo Colorado Canyon
95.3 MHz K237EV
Big Sur Valley
First air date 1972
Format Contemporary Christian music
ERP 1,250 watts
HAAT 761 meters (2,497 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 51718
Owner Educational Media Foundation
Webcast Listen Live
Website K-LOVE website

KUSP (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 on 89.1 MHz in 1972. In May of 1974 it moved the transmitter to 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 12th 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.[3]

Educational Media Foundation resumed operation of KUSP on April 5, 2017.[4] On April 5, 2017 it filed an application with the FCC to sell the licenses of the K207CN, K217EK and K237EV translators to California State University, Monterey Bay for $5,000.[5]

On April 21, 2017 KUSP was granted a Federal Communications Commission construction permit to move the transmitter site of translator K206BQ 1.14 kilometers to Fremont Peak and decrease the effective radiated power from 200 watts to 150 watts.[6]


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