What started as a 10 watt student-run radio station on May 10, 1976 (from the ashes of a prior closed-circuit station that could only be heard on campus buildings), WCSB 89.FM has evolved into a diverse community-focused non-for-profit terrestrial radio station that has pivoted into the modern era with a wide selection of streaming programs found 24 hours a day at www.wcsb.org.
Operated and run by a diverse mix of volunteers from the community (including numerous Cleveland State University alumni – some of whom have been at the station for decades) and current students, WCSB serves a need for programming that can be found nowhere else on Cleveland’s airwaves. A quick glance at WCSB’s current programming schedule highlights Slovenian, German, Asian, Jamaican, Latin, Hungarian, Polish and Arabic programming in addition to an assortment of jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, freeform, experimental, talk, and public affairs programs. WCSB gives its listeners what a streaming service algorithm cannot: programming as diverse and eclectic as the audience.
Since 1984, WCSB has hosted an annual Radiothon fundraiser (except for 2020 when the station broadcast remotely during lockdown) to raise money for essential upgrades to equipment and make purchases for its one-of-a-kind music library. During Radiothon, listeners are asked to support the station and their favorite programs with an annual contribution.
As with past years, phone banks will be staffed by station volunteers during Radiothon week (November 13th through 2pm on November 20th, 2022). Station supporters can call (216) 687-6900 during Radiothon and make a pledge. Station supporters can also pledge to WCSB through a secure credit card donations page or send a check payable to WCSB/CSU Foundation, PO Box 931848, Cleveland, OH 44101-8656.
Along with the improved studio facilities, production space, and live room that came with the move from Rhodes Tower to the Cole Center in 2008, the wide variety of premiums offered during Radiothon has increased exponentially as well. In addition to standard mugs, pint glasses, shirts, beer koozies, sweatshirts, and the like from years past years, Radiothon premiums have expanded into sweatpants, messenger bags, enamel pins, embroidered flat brim baseball caps, socks, a holiday ornament, and a piece of baby clothing.
Station supporters will be able to pick up their premiums in person at one of two Open Houses on December 2nd from 5pm-9pm or December 4th from 12pm-4pm and meet some of their favorite WCSB programmers and other listeners as well.
How to donate:
- on our Scalefunder page, just like last year
- by texting “WCSB” to 216-400-5145 and follow the prompts
If you donate on our Scalefunder or via text, you’ll get a gift card code within 48 hours for our Shopify store to choose from a wide selection of WCSB merchandise!
Or you can go directly to the store and make purchases now, or anytime throughout the year.
THE PLEDGELINE IS BACK! CALL 216-687-6900 to make a pledge. GIFT cards are available through the pledge-line ONLY. We have a limited number of gift cards available from the following local Cleveland businesses:
2022 Radiothon Business Gift Card Premiums
For each $15 Donation – while supplies last
Clevo Books: 1 gift card valued at $10.00
Grog Shop: 1 gift card valued at $10.00
D.W.-Whitaker-Meats: 1 gift card valued at $10.00
Rosso-Gelato: 1 gift card valued at $10.00
For each $35 Donation – while supplies last
Angelo’s-Pizza: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
Cool World: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
Larder Delicatessen and Bakery: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
Loganberry Books: 1 gift card valued at $25
Passport to Peru: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
Root Cafe: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
The Current Year: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
The Fairmount:1 gift card valued at $25.00
Visible Voice Books: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
Lockview Akron:1 gift card valued at $25.00
Zhug: 1 gift card valued at $25.00
For each $50 Donation – while supplies last
Sheridan Zine subscription (4 Issues)
Roasted Tremont Gift pack: (Mug +Coffee+ $15 Gift Card)
For each $60 Donation – while supplies last
Academy Tavern: 1 gift card valued at $50
Beet Jar Juice Bar: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Bombshell Cleveland: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Cleveland Vegan: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Coven: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Eclectic Cleveland: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Flower Power Skin Studio: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Heights-Arts membership: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Joy-Machines-Bike-Shop: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
PurpleBrown Farm Store: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Rook Modern Mid Century Modern Furniture: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Sixth City Cycles+Plants: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Trattoria on the Hill: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Urban Planting: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
Voodoo Monkey Tattoo: 1 gift card valued at $50.00
For each $100 Donation – while supplies last
Range of Motion Massage Therapy: 1 certificate valued at $100
For each $175 Donation – while supplies last
Starwood Festival Weekend Pass (4pm Friday July 14th – July 17)
WCSB ALSO THANKS OUR BUSINESS SPONSORS WHO HAVE DIRECTED CASH, IN-KIND, OR SERVICE SUPPORT DIRECTLY TO RADIOTHON 2022:
Buckland Museum Of Witchcraft
Gotta Groove Records
Little Rose Tavern
Mistake By The Lake Records
My Mind’s Eye
New Pathways Clinic
Porco Lounge and Tiki Room
Renaissance Hardwood Floor Refinishing
Satsang Yoga Studio
The Music Settlement
West Branch Malt and Distillery
Working Class Brewery