Before KCLU signed on air, radio audiences in the Ventura/Santa Barbara areas had limited choices for local and national broadcast news, and virtually no in-depth radio coverage of important community issues. However, on October 20, 1994, that all changed. As a result of the foresight and vision of California Lutheran University’s Board of Regents and the support of its faculty and administration, KCLU was born and was quickly embraced by the community.
In 12 years, the station has grown dramatically from a few thousand listeners per week to almost 80,000 weekly listeners. From signing off at midnight in the early years to broadcasting 24 hours a day and expanding to include Santa Barbara County, the station is on the move. KCLU listeners have made this dynamic growth possible through their listening patronage and active financial support.
Committed to providing Ventura and Santa Barbara counties with in-depth reporting, the station has developed a stellar reputation among listeners for local news and public affairs programming. In addition, KCLU has repeatedly been recognized for its excellent news coverage by professional organizations including The Associated Press Television Radio Association, The Los Angeles Press Club, the Radio Television News Directors Association of Northern California and the Radio and Television News Directors Association of Southern California. In the last five years alone, KCLU has received 95 major journalism awards.
Local business leaders and civic organizations have also honored KCLU for its coverage of unfolding local news and live events such as the Simi Valley firestorms, the funeral of President Ronald Reagan and the La Conchita landslide.
“…I’ve been telling everyone I know to tune in to KCLU. The coverage just doesn’t get any better than that and, when it’s something as critical as covering a fire as consuming as this one, hearing up-to-the-minute coverage is so important.”
Steve Brogden, Library Services Director, Thousand Oaks Library
Letter to the Editor, Ventura County Star, October 31, 2003