Bay Area Local Music Radio Guide

Supporting local music isn't easy if you don't know who's who. Tune in to these local music radio shows and get the scoop. If you only know commercial radio, take a second to change to the left end of the dial and you'll find lots of radio (and TV) shows playing local music.

Listen to the shows on this list to keep up with the latest. Musicians: submission contact info are in the right column...

Also check out Silent Way's Local Live Music Calendars Guide, Bay Area Clubs and Concert Venues, and for a more local stations see the Guide to Bay Area Radio That Doesn't Suck and Links to FM Radio Resources. Outside of the Bay Area? Find other community radio here.

If you have suggestions or corrections, email me. - Tony Brooke

When and Where To Listen / Read How To Submit Music

The Local Music Show

KUSF

90.3fm San Francisco

4-5pm Fridays

KUSF has revived the Local Music Show, now on Fridays! All Bay Area music, featuring live in-studio sets by local bands. KUSF also plays more local music than any other station during their "New Music" hours, midnight to 6PM weekdays.

Mail releases to:

KUSF

2130 Fulton St.

San Francisco, CA 94117

re. Submissions: New Music Department kusfmusic@yahoo.com and (if applicable) attn. The Local Music Show.

Office: 415-386-KUSF    Studio: 415-751-KUSF    24hr Concert Hotline: 415-221-AMEN

The Next Big Thing

KALX

90.7fm Berkeley

6-7pm Monday

This show plays local music from all around the country, not just from the Bay Area. It used to be "cassettes only," but now also accepts self-burned CD-Rs. Host Marshall Stax has been doing it since1984!

Send tapes or CD-Rs, band info, stickers, contact numbers etc to:

The Next Big Thing

attn: Marshall Stax

KALX-FM

26 Barrows Hall, #5650

Berkeley, CA 94720-5650

NOTE: This show is only for cassettes and CD-Rs, not manufactured CDs or vinyl. To get your music to the rest of the KALX DJs, send it directly to "Music Department" at the same address.

KALX Live!

KALX

90.7fm Berkeley

9pm-mid Saturday

Live in the KALX studio, local musicians of varied styles perform from 9 PM to around 10:30. Then there's a live broadcast from a local club and/or rerun of a previously taped live performance.

Interested in playing on KALX live? Send recordings along with a bio and/or press packet to:

KALX Live Booking

KALX-FM

26 Barrows Hall, #5650

Berkeley, CA 94720-5650

Wednesday Night Live on KZSU

KZSU

90.1fm Stanford

9-10pm Wednesday

WNL hosts one new artist live in KZSU's studio each Wednesday at 9 pm. Host: Big Chief.

send a tape, CD or record to:

KZSU

attn: Wednesday Night Live

PO Box 20190

Stanford, CA 94309

and send a copy to the appropriate music director:

KZSU Music Department

PO Box 20510

Stanford, CA 94309

UPS address:

Memorial Hall Basement

Stanford, CA 94305

music dept.: 650-723-4839    requests: 650-723-9010    business: 650-725-4868    engineering: 650-725-4867    fax: 650-725-5865

Beatsauce

KUSF

90.3fm San Francisco

6-7:30pm Sunday

All underground hip-hop, featuring national and local artists. In-studio sets by guest DJs and plenty o' beats. True community... Phonies need not apply. Deftly hosted by J-Boogie, Wisdom, and Raw B.

Send promo vinyl (for 3 DJs please!) to:

KUSF c/o Beatsauce

2130 Fulton St.

San Francisco, CA 94117

email: crew@beatsauce.com or info@beatsauce.com

also submit to KUSF's New Music Department at same address, or kusfmusic@yahoo.com

Office: 415-386-KUSF    Studio: 415-751-KUSF    24hr Concert Hotline: 415-221-AMEN

Soundcheck

Live 105 (KITS)

105.3fm, San Francisco

8-10pm Sundays, with local music spotlight at 9pm

"spinning the latest in new imports, indie recordings, and local bands." Host: LIVE 105 Music Director Aaron Axelsen. Also, Wednesdays at 9pm they do "Fast Forward" with music picks by local industry people.

Contact:

LIVE 105

875 Battery Street, Second Floor

San Francisco, CA 94111

Local Lounge

Live 105 (KITS)

105.3fm, San Francisco

12am Thursdays (After Wednesday nite Loveline)

or it might be on at 8pm Thursday?

(I guess I should actually listen to commercial radio to find out...)

A few minutes a week to local bands is better than nothing. Host: The DJ With No Name.

Contact:

LIVE 105

875 Battery Street, Second Floor

San Francisco, CA 94111

Locals Only

KTVU-TV 2. 1-1:30am Sunday

Instead of another bad Saturday nite live sketch, check out this all-locals music show.

 

KPOO

89.5fm, San Francisco

KPOO features lots of soul, R&B and Hip-Hop. It's very community-minded, and plays local artists often, particularly during the hip-hip shows. Check out their website for the full schedule. Send Hip-Hop attention DJ X-1.

To submit your music:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 423030

San Francisco, CA 94142

Studios:

1329 Divisadero Street

415-346-5373

Fax: 415-346-5173

Email: info@kpoo.com

KCSM Jazz 91

91.1fm, San Mateo

KCSM Jazz 91 is the only commercial-free Jazz station in the Bay Area. KCSM plays many local Jazz artists, and features live broadcasts from many jazz clubs in the area.

Submit new releases to:

KCSM-FM Program Director

1700 Hillsdale Blvd

San Mateo, CA 94402

Studio Line: (650) 574-91FM

Operations: (650) 524-6945

West Coast Live

91.7fm KALW San Francisco

10am-12noon Saturday (and dozens of affiliates all week)

"West Coast Live is a two-hour variety show that broadcasts live coast-to-coast. WCL entertains and informs its audience with music, ideas and humor from a rich mix of musicians, writers and thinkers from the Bay Area and around the country." They feature writers and roots music and feature Bay Area artists often. Host: Sedge Thomson.

Contact:

West Coast Live

915 Cole Street, Suite 124

San Francisco, California 94117

(415) 252-9214

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