KPFK and KPFA to Launch California-Wide Newscast While News Outlets Shrink Across the US, Stations Expand News Coverage
(Berkeley, CA - April 13, 2009) At a time when newspapers across the country are shutting their doors and news departments are disappearing, KPFK Radio in Los Angeles and KPFA Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area
are launching a joint California-wide newscast. The newscast, which will begin airing the week of April 20th, will cover local and regional issues of concern to the residents of America's most populous state, such as incarceration, the foreclosure crisis, police brutality, labor struggles, and the many threats to California's environment.
"It is exciting: Pacifica, the original community radio network, is back with another trailblazing idea," says KPFK General Manager Sean Heitkemper. "Californians will benefit greatly from this statewide news hour."
KPFA General Manager Lemlem Rijio says, "At a moment when news has become an endangered species in the US, we are pleased that KPFA and KPFK can step into the breech and provide listeners across the state of California with crucial information that is not beholden to commercial interests and which they won't find elsewhere."
Pacifica affiliate KFCF in Fresno will contribute to the newscast, with stories covering the diverse communities of California's Central Valley.
KPFA celebrates its 60th anniversary this month as America's first listener-sponsored radio station, while KPFK celebrates its 50th year.