Transom Returns to Catalina

The Traveling Workshop is back on Catalina for its fifth year of radio storytelling.

Be sure to listen the culmination of the weeks work when the 9 student pieces are premiered live on the radio, including interviews with each student producer.

Come to City (aka Machine Gun) Park for a BBQ
Listen on the radio at 88.7 FM locally
Stream from anywhere in the world onlineListening PartyCheck out the previous years workshop pieces on the ‘Avalon Speaks‘ Archive Shows page

Transom Catalina 2016

The Traveling Workshop is coming back to Catalina Island, and so can you (probably for the first time, though)!

Over the last 3 years Transom and KISL have brought 24 students from around the country to learn how to produce radio stories through a full week of radio fun, and work.

Applications for the June 19-25, 2016 workshop are available and are due March 25th.

Catalina residents are eligible for a scholarship supported by CIPAF and, but you must apply online by the deadline. If you have any questions about the scholarship and the workshop feel free to email or

Hear ya’ round!Radio Workshop Catalina

There are as many stories as there are grains of sand…but get stories in your microphone, not sand.

Some Things to Listen To

KISL is  a community station, and when you turn in you hear the Catalina Community.  Check out our local DJ shows by tuning in on FM, online, and for some of our shows via podcast!

Stay tuned to find out who you can download and listen to any time!

DJ shows summer

Community Fundraiser Event

The Catalina Island Foundation, a local non-profit, is hosting the Avalon Charity Home Tour this Saturday, August 29, 2015 as a fundraiser.  Read more about the tour in The Avalon Bay News.


CIF is a part of the San Diego Foundation and has been in existence since 2014.  It has taken the roll of filling the void left by the ending of the ChurchMouse Marlin Invitational Tournament by donating to small island non-profit organizations.  They have gifted project-specific funds to groups such as the Catalina Island Women’s Forum mentoring program, the Cornerstone Teencenter, and even our own studio equipment upgrades here at KISL 88.7 FM.  Their goal is to hold two to three fundraisers annually in order to increase the visibility of the organization, as well as to increase their funding availability.

Local Stories Heard from Far away

You can also listen to the stories from past years. So far we’ve collected 28 great stories from Catalina.
Story Workshop Returns to Catalina in June
The Catalina Island Performing Arts Foundation is offering two full scholarships to the Transom Story Workshop taking place this June here in Avalon.

The workshop, normally held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is an intensive week-long training in the art of audio storytelling.  Participants learn to develop NPR-style audio stories which are written, produced and broadcasted in conjunction with local radio station KISL 88.7.

The workshop travels to Catalina once each year. This year’s dates are June 14-20.  The workshop is led by internationally acclaimed radio producer Rob Rosenthal with assistance from NPR “Marketplace” reporter David Weinberg.  Catalina Island residents are invited to apply for the scholarships by visiting or by calling KISL at (424) 226-2837.

Story Workshop participants learn to create audio stories suitable for public radio broadcast.
Story Workshop participants learn to create audio stories suitable for public radio broadcast.
Workshop leader Rob Rosenthal trains future NPR reporters on Catalina once a year.
Workshop leader Rob Rosenthal trains future NPR reporters on Catalina once a year.

…a stairway to KISL

The Avalon Lion’s Club took time out from their Saturday to help make sure everyone has access to the KISL studio.

Volunteering their time, the Lion’s Club torn down the old stairs and rebuilt them from the ground up!

Now KISL’s volunteer DJs, studio guests, and visitors can not only ascend with confidence but the sold decking and railing provides the perfect raised platform to act as a soap box, but luckily for you the airwaves are all the soap box they need, and you can choose to tune in.

But maybe we will do a jig on the deck.

To celebrate their hard work the KISL DJs shared their appreciation the best way they know how, on the radio!

Rapidly Rotating Records host Glenn Robison dedicated two segments of his show to ‘stairs’ and ‘stairways’. (see Glenn’s post below*)

Ladies Night with Catalina Pinky was inspired and did a whole show on the group STEPS!

Read about the Lion’s fun and see some pictures on

Epilogue: a shout out to Johnny B-Side for painting the stairs green!


A huge THANK YOU to the Avalon Lions Club for replacing the porch, stairs and railing at the massive KISL studio complex…

Posted by Rapidly Rotating Records on Friday, December 12, 2014