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About KHSU


KHSU is a community-supported, non-commercial public radio station, licensed to and located on the campus of Cal Poly Humboldt University in Arcata, California. We broadcast a diverse mix of programs to a population of about 135,000 people throughout Northwest California and Southwest Oregon.

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Student deejay drops the needle at the KHSC studios circa 1960.

History of KHSU

The 55+ year history of KHSU, from 1930s radio classes to 21st-century podcasts...


Mission Statement
The mission of KHSU-FM is to educate, enrich, enlighten, and entertain people throughout Northwestern California and Southwestern Oregon by providing innovative, high-quality public radio programming.

As a public service of Cal Poly Humboldt University, KHSU strives to present thoughtful and intelligent perspectives on local, national, and international issues. Its objectives include fostering the arts, sciences, and humanities, giving voice to underrepresented points of view, serving minority as well as majority needs, and both guiding and reflecting public intellect and taste. KHSU encourages faculty, student and community participation in programming and other station affairs.

"Diverse Public Radio" and "KHSU" are service marks of the Board of Trustees of the California State University. 

KHSU Commitment to Diversity

KHSU adheres to federal law regarding workforce diversity goals articulated in the Federal Communications Commission regulations on Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) as stated in 47CFR § 73.2080: "Equal opportunity in employment shall be afforded by all licensees or permittees of commercially or non-commercially operated AM, FM, TV, Class A TV or international broadcast stations (as defined in this part) to all qualified persons, and no person shall be discriminated against in employment by such stations because of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex."

In addition, KHSU is licensed to Humboldt State University (HSU) and follows the policies and guidelines of the university, including the university's commitment to diversity. HSU has a longstanding commitment to institutionalizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of its work, including KHSU.

HSU affirms and protects the rights of students, employees and the public to seek and obtain the services of the University without discrimination. No employee, student or member of the public shall, on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, veteran status or national or ethnic origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be otherwise subjected to unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, under any program of the University.

Furthermore, as a department of HSU, KHSU participates in the HSU Campus Diversity Plan 2013+. This campus-wide diversity plan provides the mechanism for benchmarking and evaluating success in meeting the university stated goals relative to diversity.

Additional information about HSU diversity programs and activities can be found at:

KHSU reflects a high level of diversity in its staffing and programming. KHSU employees, interns and volunteers are gender-diverse and include persons that are of African-American, Native American, Hispanic and Asian descent. KHSU also produces local public affairs programming focused on women's issues and LGBT concerns, and music programs that feature music from the African-American tradition,  various world music traditions, and a bi-lingual Hispanic music program.