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Broadcast areaCentral Coast of California
Frequency88.9 MHz
FormatContemporary Christian music
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
First air date
1972 (as KUSP at 89.1)
Former call signs
KUSP (1972-2018)
Former frequencies
89.1 MHz (1972-1974)
Technical information
Facility ID51718
ERP1,250 watts
HAAT761 meters (2,497 ft)
Translator(s)89.1 K206BQ (Hollister)
93.5 MHz K228FD (Monterey)
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, 1972[edit]

David Freedman[1] and Lorenzo Milam started KUSP, as Pataphysical Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. on 89.1 MHz in 1972, broadcasting from downtown Santa Cruz. 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.[2][3][4][5][6]

It broadcast music, programs of local interest and later added programs from NPR.[1] On November 1, 2015, the format changed to adult album alternative, with a few news and information programs.[7][8][9][10]

On August 1, 2016, KUSP ceased programming [11] and on August 12 declared bankruptcy.[12]

Educational Media Foundation, 2016[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b Weir, Mat (15 April 2015). "Is KUSP Radio Going L.A.?". Good Times Santa Cruz. Retrieved 8 February 2021. A proposal would have the local public station joining forces with Los Angeles powerhouse KCRW
  2. ^ Mussell, Don (June 2000). "KUSP History". Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  3. ^ Mussell, Don (June 2000). "KUSP History: 1973-1974". KUSP History Pages. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  4. ^ Mussell, Don. "KUSP History: 1975 to 1979". KUSP History Pages. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  5. ^ Mussell, Don. "KUSP History: Winter to Summer, 1979". KUSP History Pages. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  6. ^ Mussell, Don. "KUSP History Corner: 1980 to 1983". KUSP History Pages. Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  7. ^ KUSP Program Guide
  8. ^ Talk Show Audio Archives
  9. ^ KUSP Music Show Player
  10. ^ KUSP Podcasts
  11. ^ KUSP Ceases Programing While Continuing to Find Buyer RadioInsight - August 1, 2016
  12. ^ KUSP.org Files for Bankruptcy

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