It is not too late!
You helped bring KNSJ to life,
now help it survive

Free RadioA year ago today there was doubt in some quarters that Activist San Diego (ASD) would make good on its promise to build a community radio station for YOU! The 6-year effort, a 500 step project, with $40,000 magnanimously raised from the grassroots progressive community, culminated on July 4th with the birth of Independent, people-powered radio KNSJ 89.1 FM. It was born, the offspring of hope and determination, the marriage of passion for justice and the clarion of communication.

As a proud parent you gave it a name, NSJ, the Network for Social Justice. You want to see it grow out of diapers and assume a prominent position transforming the political landscape of our region. You now want to feed our new voice of independence to help it survive and thrive.

Your stipend, your contribution in 2013 of even $2-$10 a month will make a HUGE difference in media justice in San Diego, a small price to pay for the single greatest megaphone to be nurtured by the progressive community. Perhaps you want to gift your car or vehicle as if it were graduation day like Jay, Craig and Larry did. Call 619-871-9354 and we will take care of all the details.

HELP! We need $10,000 to buy the tools of Community Radio, portable microphones and high quality recorders for the budding journalists. Perhaps we can inscribe your name on a recorder or apply your name to the studio that we are building in central San Diego.

Who owns KNSJ 89.1 FM? You do! Your membership and donations to KNSJ and ASD (the FM license holder) keep the treasure of community radio in public hands.

WHO SUPPORTS KNSJ? We do not take money from large corporations, no Monsanto or Walmarts need apply — this means “Freedom to Program” critical and controversial content, but it also means your responsibility to support critical projects. Our annual reports are made to you!

HELP KNSJ DEVELOP A VISION of Non-commercial, Listener-Supported, non-partisan, Community Radio — by the people, of the people and for the people. We want and need your input as well as your donations. Send us your programming ideas, your grand vision of a radio station that serves as a collective organizer, a tribune of the people, a voice for the disenfranchised.

24 hr / 7 days a week KNSJ was born to be the Paul Revere of East County and the San Diego border region. “NSA is coming! — on the backs of Big Pharma, Big Banks, Media Monopolies, Energy Megalomaniacs, War Profiteers and Corporate Conglomerates.” As our voice develops you will nurture local journalism and storytelling about the successes of informed citizens who get information, get organized and inspired social change.

Not a member/donor yet?
Donate with pride in 2013, our founding year.

Today, please consider giving a sustaining contribution of $3 to $30 a month to grow Community Radio

We are still 100% volunteer driven, but we want to offer more, more local news, more dynamic programming, more local culture, more compelling stories, more inspiration, more social justice information.

It is easy as clicking the Donate Now button on this page! Your support comes with the continuing satisfaction that you are liberating the airwaves and spreading your values far and wide.

Thank YOU from all of us!

Jim HightowerJim Hightower, a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and today’s “Johnny Appleseed” of progressive populism has for decades been a champion and supporter of community radio and has this to say about KNSJ. FM Radio:

“More than a spot on the dial, KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio Descanso/San Diego and Networking For Social Justice — is radio of, by and for the people. It’s Community Radio at its best – Transformative, Accessible, Affordable. Unlike corporate media, KNSJ FM and, help put the unity in the San Diego community, linking listeners to information, organization, harmonization and action.”

May Day 2013 - Antenna mounted!

KNSJ’s call letters reflect its mission: Networking for Social Justice.

With the transmitter and tower at over 6200 feet in the Laguna Mountains, KNSJ’s signal can be heard from the US-Mexico border to Highway 52, from the East County mountains to the bay and the entire central San Diego. The estimated potential listenership is over 1 million plus streaming live online for our global listeners.

KNSJ has pledged to train scores of “citizen journalists” to report on the untold stories people in San Diego. While the bulk of KNSJ’s programming will be news and education, KNSJ will be a conduit to local artists from all walks of life. Our objective is to have a quarter of our music shows locally produced, and most all of our programs will be provided by volunteer producers.

KNSJ was “Born on the 4th of July,” initiating with a full day of live broadcasting plus audio and video streaming on The public was invited to come down to the World Beat Center at 2100 Park Boulevard in Balboa Park to celebrate a new era in our city. From 7-8 AM the broadcast emanated out of Descanso with the voices of local mountain residents. KNSJ will pick up ongoing national programming from Pacifica Radio, the BBC, Thom Hartman and Amy Goodman.

For more information contact:
Martin Eder 619-871-9354 / / KNSJ at 619-283-1100

Activist San Diego and KNSJ Radio Announce:
Your “People Powered” ANTENNA has been mounted!!

A crew of five people went up to Monument Peak to tackle the most difficult equipment issue that has faced KNSJ; after securing a contract to rent tower space, we mounted our high end, $15,000 custom-built antenna on the tower!

So as of May Day 2013 KNSJ’s antenna has been installed at 6300 feet elevation pointing toward San Diego and the coast. We feel a great sense of satisfaction that we have gotten to this point and thank all of you who have donated and pledged to make this groundbreaking project a reality.

Please keep the pledges coming as we will have $2000 a month in ongoing expenses and are looking to raise another $1200 a month in pledges for our first part time station manager and staff. Please click here to make a donation.

We are not ready to go on the air until we take up the $5000 transmitter, the $2400 emergency response equipment, satellite down-link and submit our certifications to the FCC. All of this can easily take us to the end of May, give or take a couple of weeks. Nevertheless, after six years effort, we feel like we are only minutes away from broadcasting and streaming on

We will count on you to build our listenership, our membership, our crew of citizen journalists and our monthly pledges. This is your radio station, people powered radio, eager to give voice to the voiceless.

Thanks to the many heroes who have stuck with this project and all who are now coming forward to breathe life into this vision of “information, communication and mobilization”.

To all of you,
The KNSJ members, founders and Leadership Council

Please click here to make a donation.
Founding Member status and Naming Rights are still available.

Update: Who will hear KNSJ?

San Diego Community Radio Project
KNSJ 89.1 FM Coverage Projections – Descanso


Figure D-5: Descanso Longley-Rice Plot & Populations

Population report: Field strength above 60.00 db uV/m.

Total Housing Units: 328,449
Multi-racial & Ethnic Diversity Demographics: > 50% peoples of color

Demographic Total Percentage
White 394,471 44.9%
Black 71,490 8.1%
Hispanic 288,545 32.8%
Native American 3,550 0.4%
Asian 88,472 10.1%
Pacific Islander 4,045 0.5%
Mixed Race 25,921 3.0%
Other 2,098 0.2%

Figure D-6: Descanso Longley-Rice Plot & Populations

Total Population Quality Level
Total population above 60 dBu: 89,862 Prime – Heard on any radio easily
Total population above 54 dBu: 782,902 Good – Heard on many radios easily
Total population above 50 dBu: 901,531 Passable Signal – listenable on many radios, best in cars
Total population above 47 dBu: 1,054,064 Fair – Home hifi with antenna or a car radio
Total population above 40 dBu: 1,457,088 Weak – Car radio with digital tuner