Important Note: Radio Sausalito is the emergency broadcast information source for Sausalito. In the event of a major earthquake or other disaster, city officials and the Police and Fire Departments will use Radio Sausalito to share important information with residents.
On the Radio: AM 1610
On Comcast Cable in Marin: Select Channel 26 and press SAP on your remote for Second Audio Program. They also use Radio Sausalito as the background music on Channels 26 and 27 community bulletin boards.
Radio Sausalito and its “foot stompin’ jazz” on AM 1610 is the brainchild of Jonathan Westerling. It’s one of those special mirrors of the city’s character that may surprise outsiders but makes perfect sense to the residents.
Starting with a mighty one tenth of a watt of power (the most you can have without an FCC license), Westerling’s non-profit project of passion initially served just a few blocks at the north end of Caledonia. As a commercial-free community broadcaster focused on sharing jazz music and community news, he soon drew the attention of City government.
Instead of hassling him for fees and licenses, the City hailed him for being free and conscientious.
How does one tenth of a watt reach much of Sausalito and points nearby? A series of “repeaters” scattered through the valleys of Sausalito and in the Houseboat Community (plus one on the western side of Belvedere) mimic the music “over the hill” instead of having to broadcast from one massive tower.
Recently the coverage expanded dramatically when Radio Sausalito — after overcoming a series of bureaucratic obstacles — was added to Comcast Cable channel 26 for all of Marin County.
In recent years, the advent of Internet broadcasting and podcasts has meant that some of Radio Sausalito’s content is available not only in Sausalito and Marin, but also anywhere in the world. OurSausalito.com readers in Paris, Madrid, Singapore and Sydney can sample Sausalito’s Jazz and Blues By the Bay concerts, which the station records and rebroadcasts every summer.
In addition to playing Jazz 24 hours a day, the station also offers other programs that cover a wide range of local topics.
Radio Sausalito is a non-profit organization and can be supported through this page. We think they’re a great part of the unique character of Sausalito.
Image created to the Foot-Stompin’ beat of Radio Sausalito by our crack design team.