What does the future of KHSU look like? Focus group scheduled for Thursday – Times-Standard

What does the future of KHSU programming look like? That’s the question NPR’s Sacramento-based member station Capital Public Radio will ask a panel of North Shore speakers and former KHSU members during a virtual chat Thursday night.

CapRadio has operated KHSU under a formal management agreement with Cal Poly Humboldt since April 2021.

The once-vibrant community radio station was gutted in April 2019 when seven of nine staff members were abruptly terminated in a bid to address “KHSU’s operational challenges, avoid further negative impacts on the budget of the university and to better align HSU’s financial support with its mission and with opportunities for students,” according to a previous press release from the university.

Since CapRadio took over operations from KHSU, it has provided a national programming feed and added local news content with two part-time journalists based in Arcata, according to CapRadio.

The goal of Thursday’s virtual panel discussion is to hear from former KHSU members, donors, and local stakeholders about what kind of programming they would like to hear about KHSU.

“We invite…donors, businesses and community stakeholders to a virtual town hall to learn more about our plan and answer your questions,” CapRadio wrote on the virtual event page. “Thank you for your time and interest in preserving and expanding public radio for the North Shore.”

CapRadio plans to host a virtual forum for the greater Humboldt community this spring.

Isabella Vanderheiden can be reached at 707-441-0504.

Jennifer C. Burleigh