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UCLA Radio Pledge Drive 2024

Raised toward our $7,500 Goal
113 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 20, at 12:00 AM PST
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UCLA Radio Pledge Drive 2024


UCLA Radio is made up of over 150 students, who contribute as hosts, DJs, writers, designers, musicians, web developers, photographers, audio engineers, and every other job that it takes to run a radio station. Bruins have been broadcasting at UCLA since 1962, when we were established as an underground radio station in the basement of Dykstra Residential Hall. These days, we stream digitally out of our storage room-turned-studio in Ackerman Union.  

Each week, we produce 120 hours of live, housemade programming and content on our website, reaching listeners and readers from around the globe. Through collaborations with more than 25 campus organizations, the addition of over 100 new DJs each year, and an ever-expanding roster of student and local bands, our on-air programming continues to amplify young, fresh creative voices in our community. With the support of our Digital Press and News departments, we also run an online blog where writers chronicle LA’s music scene through show reviews, opinion pieces, artist interviews, and collaborative creative projects.  


Throughout the past few years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, our station missed many key, routine upgrades. This includes replacing broadcast hardware like record needles, DJ equipment, and microphones; cameras and other equipment used to film ISPs and document concerts around Los Angeles; and carpet cleaning for our station, which it has not enjoyed in several years/after several thousand student visits. 

Part of this fundraiser will also go towards putting on live music events in Westwood, providing a space for rising artists and creating an outlet for student creatives. In the past year, we’ve held a Battle of the Bands (co-hosted with KXLU and KXSC), an art fair and flea market with the UCLA Botanical Garden, DJ events at local Westwood businesses, and more. But, we have been severely limited by rising artist and venue fees which can easily break into the thousands; it has become more and more difficult to host shows and events that our community can attend. 


Your gift will immediately allow us to revive parts of our station and programming that are currently impossible, like mixing, vinyl broadcast, and podcast production. We will also be able to update much of the equipment that we use to document concerts and festivals in Los Angeles to industry standards:

  • Camera stabilizer for filming in-station performances - $400
  • Updated camera and lens for concert photography - $1,100
  • New equipment to outfit our podcast studio:
    • 4x Lewitt LCT240s - $400
    • Related cabling and stands - $200
    • New audio interface - $300
    • Table + Chairs - $400
    • Studio monitors - $400
  • Needles, arms, and repairs for our vinyl players - $450
  • Replacement studio headphone amplifier - $250
  • Carpet cleaning for our station - $300
  • DJ controller and hookup equipment - $400
  • Fund for live-music events series in Westwood - $1,500
  • Contingency fund for future annual equipment repairs - $1,500 

1/29 - We're adding a stretch goal!

  • New PAs for out-of-station performances and house shows - $1,000
  • Replacement portable mixer for live events - $800
  • Studio soundproofing panels and blankets - $300
  • Replacement microphones for our 4-person studio configuration - $1,200
  • Replacement streaming computer + consultation & installation of new broadcast setup - $2,000
  • Ongoing fees, licensing, and subscriptions in our new broadcast configuration

Thank You!

On behalf of UCLA Radio, we thank you for your continued support. Without your generosity, we could not continue to grow and thrive. Thank you for keeping the dream of college radio alive!

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A service fee of 3.5% will be applied to gifts made through credit cards.

If you are interested in making a gift through check, please make payable to:

The UCLA Foundation
Memo Line: UCLA Radio Spark Campaign 62988C / M-41775
(The numerical code at the end is our project number)

Mail To: Stephanie Mann, Director, Digital Philanthopy, UCLA Fund.
The UCLA Foundation
P.O. Box 7145, Pasadena, CA 91109-7145

If you are interested in Corporate Matching, please make matching gifts to UCLA Spark Crowdfunding by The UCLA Foundation, and include UCLA Radio Spark Campaign 62988C / M-41775 in the gift notes. We can help with this process too! Reach out to radio.fundraising@media.ucla.edu.


Should this fund reach the campus minimum required for the establishment of an endowment or quasi-endowment, The UCLA Foundation reserves the right to convert this fund to an endowment or quasi-endowment. Please click here to learn more about how the UCLA Foundation invests and manages its endowments.

Our way
of Thanking You


UCLA Radiohead

You just bought us a few new songs to play on air! (fully tax deductible).

10 of Unlimited Claimed
Estimated Delivery: February 2024


Audience Amplifier

You just bought us a new 33/SD card/miscellaneous cable! We will give you a shoutout on air and send you a bumper sticker. (A tax-deductible gift of $32.)

9 of 150 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: April 2024


Frequency Fan

A dollar for every year that UCLA Radio has been operating! We will shout you out on air, and send you a bumper sticker and t-shirt. (A tax-deductible gift of $47.)

18 of 100 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: April 2024


Soundwave Sponsor

You just bought us a new Lewitt LCT-240 microphone for our podcast studio! We will send you a bumper sticker, t-shirt, and tote bag, and you will get a place on our donor wall. (A tax-deductible gift of $84.)

15 of 80 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: April 2024


Parents Pack

Your (parental) support will cover most of our carpet cleaning and some miscellaneous cleaning supplies for the station! As our most loyal listeners, we will send you two t-shirts, two tote bags, and two bumper stickers -- as well as a shoutout on air and a spot on our donor wall. (A tax-deductible gift of $144.)

14 of 35 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: April 2024


Radio Rebel

You just paid for our two vinyl turntables to get repaired and serviced! You will get a UCLA Radio merch pack and a custom playlist from our team. (Tax-deductible gift of $435)

1 of 20 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: April 2024


Bruin Broadcaster

You just paid for our new station camera, which will cover hundreds of concerts in its lifetime! We will send you a UCLA Radio merch pack, and you will get a guest DJ slot on UCLARadio.com. (Tax-deductible gift of $935.)

2 of 10 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: April 2024


Listening Legend

Your donation would allow us to make nearly all of our station upgrades! We will send you a UCLA Radio merch pack, you will have the opportunity to DJ on UCLARadio.com, and our General Manager, Graciela, will make you brunch! (Tax-deductible gift of $4,915.)

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Estimated Delivery: April 2024
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