Having traveled across the US (especially the Southwest and West) by car a lot, I have to say it’s always amazing to find a great radio station in a small town. In fact, it’s exceedingly rare — but we have such a rarity here. The Coast (KOZT at FM 95.3 or 95.9 or over the Web at www.kozt.com) has been broadcasting the music and the news and the power outage notices and everything else for years now, while winning multiple Crystal and Marconi awards in the last few years. Owners Tom Yates and Vicky Watts are huge supporters of the community in a lot of ways, and they keep people in touch with events happening in the area. Trust me, when the power goes out during a wild storm, every radio is tuned to the Coast for their frequent detailed updates on the situation directly from PG&E! And when the power’s on, they’re rocking out and talking about happenings in the community.
One of the features at the Coast for 14 years is Local Licks — a chance for local musicians to get their music on the air for free on Wednesday nights. This Saturday, November 10, 2007, the Coast is producing Local Licks Live 14, showcasing acoustic performances by local musicians: Acoustic Serenade, Coast Celtic Band, The Freys, David Hayes, and Holly Tannen. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The show starts at 7:30 pm at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg, located at the corner of Fir and Harold streets. The proceeds from the show go to benefit music in local schools.
You can find out more about the LLL XIV show on the Coast Web site, and you can even check out their live feed over the Web. Tom and Vicky and their crew are accomplished radio people who left major markets in the Bay Area and L.A. to live up here, and the quality of their work and commitment to the area are evident in everything they do.