Jazz station getting back into the swing of things


KSDS DJ Ron Dhanifu, on-air during his “Afternoon Jazz” session, jumps back into his seat after running across the hallway for a CD from their new music library room. Photo credit: Richard Lomibao

Aldo Ramírez

With the renovation of the C Building underway at San Diego City College, longtime City College radio station KSDS has had some interference in transmission regarding its broadcasts.

Last fall, the studio moved from the C Building, where it had been located since programming began in 1973, to a new facility in the L building that will act as a temporary headquarters for the college radio station.

According to Interim Station Manager Claudia Russell, the move to the station’s new location has caused some problems with the transmission and forced KSDS to do automated programming.

“It was a little challenging because our studios weren’t ready over here and our offices weren’t quite ready so we had kind of a challenging transition period and we’re still moving in,’’ Russell said.

Also moving into a more digital technology, KSDS now has new equipment that permits the backup of their entire CD and vinyl collections and four new studios equipped with state of the art machinery, such as new boards and additional microphones.

“Things that we used to have to worry about, CDs getting scratched or disappearing, things like that we don’t have to worry about that anymore,” said Russell.

The renovation also includes completely new electrical and mechanical systems that provide KSDS with more quality space and capacity for more people in their cabins, which will help the live performances and interviews that they transmit.

With the transition, KSDS also experienced some momentary trouble with the way they connect with their audience due to technical difficulties like the connection of phones lines and failures on the Internet stream.

“The audience is used to being in touch with us and it was difficult to get in touch with us during that automated period,” Russell said.

Russell expanded about the connection to the audience, “The people that support Jazz 88 is people who support their community and education, when they got the explanation they understand, they are excited that we are able to provide better cooperation with students and student programs.”

Although glitches caused some inconveniences, KSDS has managed to strengthen its relationship with its audience through live events like the Jazz Live concert series at the Saville Theatre which have given the community an opportunity to connect with the station in a more direct environment and has been a crucial part of their statement as a station and non-profit organization.

For more information on KSDS visit www.jazz88.org.