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Michael Zwerling: Saturday Special

With Michael Zwerling

The Saturday Special is hosted by the maverick owner of KSCO and KOMY. Michael, always one to buck trends, enjoys crossfire conversations giving all sides an opportunity to express their views.

  • Saturday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Good Morning Monterey Bay

With Rosemary Chalmers and Rick O'Shea

Good Morning Monterey Bay, in its present incarnation with Rosemary Chalmers, Rick O'Shea, Easton Allyn, K.O., and Susan Simon, is radio at its best.

This locally produced 3-hour drive time show will give you up-to-the-minute "King of the Hill" traffic, news, sports, weather, informative interviews, and lots of laughs.

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Good Morning Monterey Bay

With Charles Freedman

Host Charles Freedman brings you commentary on politics and current events as well as music from his vast record collection.

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The Costa Report

With Rebecca Costa

Author of "The Watchman's Rattle", host of the syndicated radio talk show, "The Costa Report" and public speaker.

  • Thursday: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Dr. Joel Wallach

With Dr. Joel Wallach and Doug Winfrey

Call in Number: 831 479 5911

A biomedical research pioneer, Dr. Joel D. Wallach spent more than 40 years in the field of Veterinary Medicine, observing and researching the effects of individual nutrients on animal health, before becoming a Naturopathic Physician in 1982. Today, Dr. Wallach is renowned for his groundbreaking research on the health benefits of selenium and other minerals. He currently dedicates his time to lecturing throughout the world on the therapeutic benefits of vitamins and minerals, and on lobbying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on behalf of the dietary supplement industry.

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With with Greg and Marleen

Your one-stop location for all your culinary news, reviews and ideas. We are the FUN in the kitchen. We are food enthusiasts that have a true passion for food!

We love and enjoy everything with food, and the preparation! During our shows, we will showcase and talk about the following:

- Your Best Recipes, Nationally and Internationally
- Reviews on top Recipe Books
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- Offer Kitchen tips and techniques for when you’re in the kitchen
- And share innovative ideas so we can keep our time in the kitchen exciting and fun.

  • Sunday: 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Dave Michaels

Pilot Dave Michaels & Various Co-Pilots

A fast paced humorous look at today's headlines.

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Michael Olson

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It's a fact: 100% of your audience eats food, but only a very small percentage of your audience knows from where their food comes!

Every week, as he has for over 940 weeks, award-winning author and host Michael Olson brings the most important issues of our lives to the table for an hour of what's-eating-what-radio that entertains listeners and grows audience.

How will the price of fuel affect the price of food? Is it safe to eat genetically-engineered corn? Will we have to compete with the Chinese for food?

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Ruth Copland

With Ruth Copland

Ruth Copland presents a show which balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations. For the topic hour, Ruth goes Out and About talking to people on the street about a wide variety of different subjects that affect us all, both locally and globally. For the arts hour, Ruth features stimulating in-depth interviews with local, national and international guests from all areas of the arts. The show combines a debate topic with an arts interview because discussion and creativity are two of the most vital ways we engage with the world.

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Ruth Copland has an intense involvement with the creative process and a deep interest in the potential impact that creativity may have on individuals, organizations, and the world. Her professional background in business, the arts, psychotherapy, and spirituality gives her a unique perspective.

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KSCO Presents

With Alex Darnell

KSCO radio in Santa Cruz, California brings you a variety of hosts discussing local and national topics.

  • Monday: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Georgia Peach

With Georgia Peach

Georgia will entertain and inform you while she delights you with her Southern charm and sharp wit. She's an unapologetic common-sense conservative who isn't afraid to ruffle the feathers of the powers-that-be with her intelligent commentary and unabashed sense of humor.

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Off The Lip

With Neil Pearlberg

Brought to you by local surf writer Neil Pearlberg, and skate shop owner Terry Campion. The talk show focuses on everything surfing and skateboarding with special guests that you can call in to ask your question. There is local live music, a trivia contest, and up-to-date news of Santa Cruz surf and skate cultures.

  • Sunday: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Out in Santa Cruz

With Steph Taylor and Robert Watson

Out in Santa Cruz is a locally-produced LGBTQ talk show covering news of the week & sharing the diverse voices of the queer community. Co-hosted by Steph Taylor & Rob Watson. Join us live Saturday nights 7-8pm here on KSCO AM 1080.

Rip into the top LGBT issues of the day!

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With Tom Quinn & Dr. David Biles

Perspectives is hosted by Tom Quinn & Dr. David Biles, along with various guests and guest-hosts.

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Raising the Standards

With Mike Jacobi

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Stephen Wagner & Mitch Winick

With Stephen Wagner & Mitch Winick

Join co-hosts Professor Stephen Wagner and Dean Mitchel Winick to discuss issues of law and public policy that affect our everyday lives.

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Veterans Take Charge

With Dave Ramos & Justin Baker


TASK: Conduct an outstanding radio broadcast FOR, WITH, and BY active duty military, veterans and, their families in our communities and around the world.

CONDITIONS: 2 hour weekly frequency at am1340 KOMY. Broadcasting at 1000 watts reaching from Santa Cruz to Big Sur. Updated, posted, streamed, and archived online.

STANDARDS: Maintain a military bearing and code of conduct while operating with integrity and professionalism in sharing content with the general public.

  • Wednesday: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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The Cannabis Connection

With Christopher Carr

TThe Cannabis Connection provides stimulating conversation with professionals, activists, researchers and experts striving to demystify common misconceptions about Cannabis. “Our goal is to educate and open a dialogue surrounding the potential that this plant provides to treat ailments but also heal our society from a social and economic standpoint,” explains host Christopher Carr. “Through conversation and providing a place to answer questions, introduce new ideas and provide empirical evidence of the benefits this plant provides we hope to remedy the negative social stigma surrounding Cannabis.”

Times are changing and Cannabis prohibition is coming to an end. With legalization approaching it is obvious the time to talk Cannabis is now.

  • Friday: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Think Local First Radio

Several Hosts on Rotation, See Below

Local hosts featuring local business leaders on doing business, and staying in business, in Santa Cruz County.

  • Cat Hernandez, Sally Kane & Andrea Mollenauer / Food Lounge
  • Dick Scoppettone / Little Biz
  • Matthew Swinnerton / Event Santa Cruz
  • Jill Sollitto / Modern Life Home & Garden
  • Saturday: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Health And Happiness

With Health Coach Tara

It's a show about fun, user friendly nutrition and lifestyle tips. Highlighting local holistic practitioners and business owners, like myself.

  • Wednesday: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM



With Humble Brian The Great

  • Thursday: 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM


With Jackie Tucker

Stepping In brings to the community all the resources that benefit health, shines a light on programs and eldercare services. We are the health care bulletin board of the air waves for all of your health benefit needs. Our host nurse Jackie Tucker, owner of Care From The Heart In-Home Service Inc., named the show Stepping In because as a health care professional we step into your lives and homes. Jackie spices up each conversation with a variety of weekly prestige guests, who deliver their expertise on any affordable health benefit service they offer within our community.

  • Saturdays; 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

With Dick Scoppettone

The Santa Cruz Oldies But Goodies show airs every Sunday at 6PM on KSCO AM1080. For those who remember Santa Cruz in the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, the show features guests including Ted Whiting from the Boardwalk, Geoffrey Dunn, Jay Topping, Ross Gibson, Len Klempnauer, and Frank Lima (the Great Morgani), all local history buffs. The Oldies But Goodies show is hosted by Dick Scoppettone, native Santa Cruzan and founding member of Harpers Bizarre, the group with the Sixties hit, Feelin’ Groovy.

Call in to the show at 831 479-1080 and join this weekly walk down memory lane from Malio’s and the Boys on the Wharf to Wrigley’s and the Boardwalk, from Spivey’s Five Spot to the Mystery Spot, Alfred Hitchcock, longboards and skateboards, the Tannery and the Suntan Special.

For more information, contact Dick Scoppettone, 831 438-2161 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Sunday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


From The Bookshelf

With Gary Shapiro

From the Bookshelf is heard on radio station KSCO in Santa Cruz California. Host Gary Shapiro brings you interviews with best selling authors of fiction and non-fiction, graphic novelists, actors, photographers, and singer-songwriters discussing their works.

  • Monday: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Letter from the family of Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker

The events of February 26th changed our lives forever. Every police spouse's worst nightmare became my reality when I was told of my husband's in-the-line-of-duty death. The details, emotions, and circumstances surrounding the events of Butch's death have become surreal and definitely overwhelming.

The presence and incredible support from all county emergency responders was seen and felt by my family. My son, a Santa Cruz Police Department Community Service Officer, was working when his father was killed and it will take time for him to heal. My daughter is a Trauma Critical Care Nurse in Texas. Realizing she might be alone when we called to advise her of the tragic events we chose to contact the local police department for support. Without hesitation they immediately sent a police officer to be with her when she called home. Following the notification the police officer stated that out of respect for Butch he would stand watch outside her door throughout the night. The officer remained at that post until my daughter left for the airport the following morning. My daughter has since returned to Texas and was again greeted by their Victims' Advocate who afforded her with local grief counseling and support contacts. Knowing they would be there for her when I could not helped to ease my mind. The police department's actions and gracious support are sincerely appreciated from a mother's heart.

I mourn my husband, not for the police officer he was, but for the loss of my true love, childhood sweetheart, and soul mate. Our lengthy "when I retire" discussions were shattered in an instant along with our hopes and dreams of a beautiful future together. Our family's "normal" is no longer; every day we fumble for a new normal or anything that feels even remotely the same as it was before February 26th. The truth is, nothing will ever feel quite right, but the sincere outpouring of love and support from our Santa Cruz community have given us the strength and courage to carry on. The hundreds of cards, thoughts, and warm wishes are deeply appreciated and acknowledged.

I continue to fill my quiet nights reading the cards and notes sent from all over the country. The children's pictures of their "Hero Butch" bring tremendous pride and strength to my now broken heart. According to the children, Butch now has wings, is in the clouds, has a halo, and sometimes he even wears a cape. They tell me jokes to try and make me feel better or share in their personal story of losing someone special. These heartfelt cards, flowers, and gifts are unique and very special to me and my family. A teddy bear wearing a United States Service Member's Purple Heart was left at the memorial site in honor of the ultimate sacrifice, former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta gave me a Challenge Coin stating my husband was a true warrior, and Congressman Sam Farr presented me with a condolence letter signed by 33 State of California Congress Members indicating this horrible tragedy has united all of California. Butch and Elizabeth were acknowledged in the Senate by Senator Monning; they have a Congressional Record Remembrance stating they were extraordinary officers; received Medal of Honor Awards from the American Police Hall of Fame and will have their names etched in the marble walls at the Florida memorial.

I've received condolence letters from the United States Secret Service, Director of the FBI, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Leon Panetta stating Butch left a "beacon of heroism and honor that will never be forgotten." Words cannot express my gratitude to everyone who has stepped forward to give me a hug or simply say they are sorry for my loss.

My daily healing is in part due to the nationwide outreach of compassion and kindness. My husband would have been so proud of his community's support and the love shown to his family. Butch spent 28 years protecting his beloved Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz responded with the utmost respect and honor to him and his years of his service. I have lived in Santa Cruz for over 20 years and I couldn't be more proud to call this city my home.

I must formally acknowledge and relay to the community my family's continual gratitude to Santa Cruz Police Sergeant Michael Harms and his family. They continually stand by our sides, support us everyday, and carry out our wishes. We may have lost a husband and father, but gained the love and support of hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency First Responders.

I personally thank my cousin Carol Koller for staying with me for the month following Butch's death. She took command of all situations, answered all phone calls, and instantly was nicknamed "Sarge" for her organization, control, and support to me and my family. I could never repay her for the assistance and love she gave during my darkest days. Howard and Renee Skerry immediately came to my aid and also helped me with anything I needed. Kayla Gray has taken friendship to a new level and continually watches over us. Thank you to Loran and Virginia Baker, Sandy Perez and all my family members who came from all over the United States to be with their grieving relative. My relatives were filled with awe and astonishment at the outpouring of love and support from Santa Cruz. It was seen throughout the city and lined the streets, all the way to the memorial service at the HP Pavilion.

I would like to thank Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Congressman Sam Farr, the entire Santa Cruz Police Department and Chief Kevin Vogel, Donna Lind, The Fallen Officers Foundation, Renee Hassna Executive Director Oakland Police Officer's Association, Mike Pool and The West Coast Post Trauma Retreat Center and Peer Counselors, Pastor Rene Schlaepfer, James Durbin, Santa Cruz Warriors, San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion, San Francisco Giants, Rod Chambers and NASCAR, C.O.P.S. President Tami McMillan, Attorney General Kamala Harris, California Governor Jerry Brown, Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant, National Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation, California Peace Officer's State Memorial Foundation, American Police Hall of Fame and Museum, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Rosell, Capitola Police Chief Rudy Escalante, Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Steve Clark, Watsonville Police Department, Capitola Police Department, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Association, UC Santa Cruz Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Santa Cruz County Fire Departments, Grief Counseling of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz County Emergency Dispatch Center, AMR, San Jose Police Department, San Jose Fire Department, Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Employee Association, Santa Cruz County Probation Employees Association, Attorney/Fallen Officer Foundation Board Member Larry Brenner, Santa Cruz Memorial, Paradox Hotel, Twin Lakes Church, Superior Alarm Company, Benefits Communication Network, Summit Uniform, Coroner Dr. Richard Mason, Zach Friend, Irma Rios, Karen Goehring, Jackie Tripodi, Wes Grant, Gloria Simpson, Steve and Robin Black, Joseph Heartsner, Dr. James Cartwright D.C., Carl and Patty Kustin, Well Within, Scotts Valley High School, Tammy

Montague, Sue Faria, Kianti's, Chardonnay II Sailing, California Pizza Kitchen, and the countless others who gave their support.

My hope is to show strength to the law enforcement families and resonate the love that has been given to me throughout the nation. I am now walking in the shoes of a police officer widow, I am filled with respect and admiration for my husband and his fellow Police Officer Elizabeth Butler. My family and I join hands and step forward to endue dignity and respect to law enforcement officers for being who they are and for what they represent.

Thank you for the incredible kindness and sincere affection.


Kelly Baker - Widow of Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker

Jillian Baker - Daughter of Loran Baker

Adam Baker - Son of Loran Baker

The Family of Loran "Butch" Baker: EOW 2/26/2013


For additional information, contact: Deputy Chief Steve Clark Phone: (831) 420-5815