Robert Sward, Poet Laureate

51NWORPzqfLCongratulations to Robert Sward, recently named Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County. His most recent published work is titled New and Selected Poems: 1957-2011.

Robert was one of two featured readers at the Poetry Santa Cruz event in July 2016. Our newest County Poet Laureate was joined at that event by the newest California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia.

A podcast of that July PSC event can be found at the linked page. Today, we’ll repost the podcast of Robert Sward’s last guest visit with host Dennis Morton on KUSP’s Poetry Show. That visit happened on February 1, 2015, and Robert Sward was joined by fellow guest poets David Swanger and Ken Weisner in an hour devoted to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Farewell KUSP, Hello Future

KUSPEven though we’ve been expecting it, the end of KUSP-FM was a punch in the gut for us at The Poetry Show. There will be a period of mourning among longtime KUSP veterans. An excerpt from the press release can be found at the bottom of this post.

Having said that, there’s no way to go but forward. We’re committed to continuing The Poetry Show here, with new guests and recorded local readings. We have our podcast archive going back to May, 2007, which will soon be accessible here (no podcast re-post this week).

The KUSP website is now shut down, as well, so there’s an update to this website: the indispensable Internet Archive “Wayback Machine” has a number of “snapshot” copies of the KUSP website, so the link at the top of this page labeled “KUSP’s Poetry Show (archived)” will take you to the KUSP blog pages archived on that site. Be aware that, because of the way the archiving process works, it’s not as easy to search for a particular blog post and/or podcast.

Local Independent Public Radio Station Contemplates Options

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – July 31, 2016 – Local independent public radio station KUSP 88.9fm | will sign off at midnight tonight, ending nearly 45 years of distinguished on-air public service in the greater Monterey Bay Area and more than 20 years online.

The move is in response to the station’s current financial situation: monthly expenses exceed monthly revenues and the Board has been unable to secure bridge funds necessary to support a new music discovery format as KUSP transitions away from being a National Public Radio (NPR) member station.
“This decision reflects the reality of the station’s financial situation; we simply cannot afford to broadcast any longer,” said Board President Matt Farrell. The Board will continue to search for a buyer and is evaluating remaining options in light of financial issues facing the station.