Tune in to a Stronger Signal on KCLU
KCLU, a community service of California Lutheran University, has taken over KIST-AM 1340 (Santa Barbara), making it the only NPR station on AM radio in Southern California.
Previously broadcast only on 102.3 FM in the city of Santa Barbara and part of Montecito, the acquisition boosts KCLU’s Santa Barbara signal from four watts to a powerful 650 watts. Now the station may be heard from Goleta and Isla Vista to Camarillo in Ventura County on 1340 AM.
KCLU continues to broadcast throughout Ventura County on 88.3 FM and in Santa Barbara on 102.3 FM and can also be heard around the world on www.kclu.org.
CLU bought KIST for $1.44 million, but the cost will be reimbursed as part of a $7.5 million capital campaign to fund improvements to KCLU. The station has received a $300,000 Challenge Grant from SAGE, a leading international publisher of journals, books and electronic media for academic, educational and professional markets. The grant will match gifts received for the acquisition. The Santa Barbara Foundation also has awarded KCLU an $85,000 grant for the purchase.