The mission of KSDS-FM is to present, preserve and promote Jazz. KSDS's educational outreach is a critical part of our mission. The key of Jazz88.3’s 4E Initiative is to #Educate, #Enable, #Engage and #Excite. We do this through programs and events throughout the year to nurture young students and musicians in the community.
Special Jazz Programming - local and nationally-syndicated.
HD-2 SDS (Student Delivered Sound) - City College’s student-run radio station that works with the KSDS staff.
Jazz, an American Art Form - music lecture series for school kids.
Music Matters - a used-instrument drive that puts instruments in the hands of school kids who would otherwise not get the chance to play.
The Young Lions, The Mission Bay Preservationists and the SCPA Jazz Ensemble - protégés and students of Gilbert Castellanos, JP Balmat (Mission Bay High School) and The School of Creative and Performing Arts, respectively, that play at KSDS events.
Jazz Live - KSDS’s monthly Jazz series that brings world-class talent to San Diego each month.
KSDS Jazz Orchestra - led by Trumpeter and Educator Gilbert Castellanos.
Jazz Caravan - a club to club event for our listeners to sample SD’s finest musicians.
The KSDS intern Experience - gives students hands-on experience in the development, marketing and production aspects of the KSDS radio station.