KPFK Mission and History

    Pacifica History: Brief Overview

    Pacifica Foundation Radio (Pacifica) was born in the late 1940's out of the (now nearly forgotten) peace movement surrounding World War Two. Lewis Hill, a conscientious objector and Washington, D.C. newsman, was fired from his mainstream reporting job when he refused to misrepresent the facts.

    This was a time when the idea of a listener-sponsored radio station was a new one which had never been implemented. Many people doubted the viability of a broadcast model which didn't rely on some kind of corporate or government funding. But the idea was too compelling for Hill and others who agreed with him. Pacifica was born and in 1949 KPFA went on the air from Berkeley, California.

    KPFK, in Los Angeles, was the second of what would eventually become five Pacifica Stations to go on the air. It was 1959 and Terry Drinkwater was the first General Manager. Blessed with an enormous transmitter in a prime location, KPFK is the most powerful of the Pacifica stations and indeed is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States. Pacifica Mission Statement


    KPFK is a progressive media outlet challenging corporate media perspectives and providing a voice to voiceless communities. Help keep KPFK a strong and independent source of music, arts, news and information.

    Schedule

    • Global Village Fridays w Sergio Mielniczenko

      11:00am - 12:55pm

      Featuring music from around the world with an emphasis on interviews and live performances.

    • Community Calendar

      12:55pm - 1:00pm

    • Sound of Transformation

      1:00pm - 2:00pm

      With Michael Beckwith. The Sound of Transformation is about waking up to the deep potential that’s within every being on the planet.

    • Arts in Review

      2:00pm - 2:30pm

      Arts in Review celebrates the best in local live performance, including theatre, cabaret, music and dance. Hosted by arts journalist Julio Martinez, the weekly one-hour program features interviews and performances by a wide range of talented performers wh

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