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City of license Claremont, California
Broadcast area Riverside-San Bernardino, California
Branding The Space
Slogan Underground Alternative Radio
Frequency 88.7 (MHz)
First air date February 12, 1956
Format College Radio
ERP 3,000 watts
HAAT -81 meters
Class A
Transmitter coordinates 34°5′51″N 117°42′35″W / 34.0975°N 117.70972°W / 34.0975; -117.70972
Callsign meaning Originally K Students of Pomona College. Now, affiliated with the entire Claremont Colleges, it is K SPaCe.
Owner Pomona College

KSPC is a non-commercial radio station in Claremont, California, broadcasting on 88.7 FM, airing college radio programming. The programming is divided into blocks by music genre: Underground, classical, Americana, world, jazz, and hip-hop. KSPC is funded by public donations and the Claremont Colleges' Student Associations.



The station's first broadcast occurred on February 12, 1956 on the campus of Pomona College. Station manager Ron McDonald and program director Terry Drinkwater launched the station with an anonymous donation of $4,000. In his inaugural address, McDonald laid out the station's mission: “We don’t feel that it is the purpose of KSPC merely to duplicate programming already available on other radio stations, but rather to provide our listeners with a desirable type of programming not readily available in the area.”

KSPC was located in Pomona College's Replica House from 1956 until the mid-1970s, when the station received a major anonymous donation and constructed upgraded studios in the basement of Pomona's Thatcher Music Building. It remains there today.

Support and Supporters

KSPC is an active organization at the Claremont Colleges, and often works in cooperation with other students groups in support of social events, speakers, and special opportunities. In the past, KSPC has either supported or been supported by (or both) the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC), The Pitzer Senate,The Student Life newspaper, the Women's Union, and the Pomona college organic farm.


In late 1962 and early 1963 Frank Zappa hosted "The Uncle Frankie Show" which ran Saturday Nights from 11PM-1AM. Zappa was a Pomona College student for perhaps a year, studying under award-winning ASCAP composer Karl Kohn. (Kohn is in the liner credits in _Freak Out!_) The program was usually pre-recorded by Zappa at his Rancho Cucamonga, CA recording facility, Studio Z. A few highlights from these tapes have appeared on authorized Zappa archival releases, including: The Lost Episodes; The Mystery Disk; and Joe's Xmas Message. Zappa later appeared on the station as a guest on various KSPC programs in the late 1960s. One recording currently floating within the underground tape market consists of Frank playing his favorite R&B songs, explaining the difficulties within his band, The Mothers of Invention, and repeatedly dedicating the sound of a skipping record to people such as "Ron and Nancy Reagan," record producer Art Laboe, and numerous friends and family.

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