The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

25 September 2006

KSCO Radio, Santa Cruz


Powder Sparks Area Shutdown

*** Updated Below ***

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel comes late word tonight that suspicious powder in an envelope sent to conservative talk station KSCO has led to a neighborhood shutdown:

Haz-mat team investigating suspicious powder at KSCO

More than a half mile of Portola Drive is closed as the county hazardous materials team and officials from the county Environmental Health Department investigates the discovery of a white powdery substance, authorities said.

The white powder fell out of an envelope delivered to KSCO radio station building in legal-sized envelope with no return address around 1:15 p.m. today, a fire official said.

Three of the six station personnel in the building at the time were exposed to the powder, but no one has shown symptoms of exposure to a hazardous substance, authorities said.

Those personnel, the building and the surrounding area remain quarantined while officials determine if the white powder is dangerous.

Portola Drive is closed to all traffic between Cocroran Avenue and 21st Avenue, the Sheriff’s Office said. Only local traffic can access Portola Drive between 17th and 31st avenues, the Sheriff’s Office said.

(Read Jennifer Squires’ complete story in Tuesday’s Sentinel. Contact her at 429-2449 or

Your Radio Equalizer worked as a talk host at KSCO in the early- to- mid nineties.

More from the station's website, here.

UPDATE: From the Sentinel, authorities still aren't sure about the substance, while station officials revealed they've recently had problems with an individual who's made threats of some kind. The full story is here.

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  • Incidentally, what was the outcome of this scare?

    (I can confirm something was up, as I heard George Noory mentioning it in passing....)

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 27 September, 2006 22:00  

  • First time I had ever heard about this happening. And so far nothing from the Santa Cruz paper about this.

    Did a Yahoo news search and the most recent I could find was this from KPIX-TV CBS 5 in San Fran.

    But a bit off matters, I've looked at KSCO's website and the pictures tell the story of an historic radio station--even down to their microphones.

    For anyone who is a mic enthusiast, look at this RCA mic:

    And this one:

    Talk about old school

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 29 September, 2006 23:31  

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