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

    • Edna Tatum's Gospel Classics

      6:00am - 8:00am

      Gil Fears - Host of “Edna Tatum’s Gospel Classics” has served as co-host for “Gospel Classics” for the past sixteen years.



      Gil is an ordained Minister and is associated with the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

    • Alan Watts

      8:00am - 8:30am

      For more than forty years, Alan Watts has earned a reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of Eastern philosophies for the West. Beginning at age sixteen, when he wrote essay for the journal of the Buddhist Lodge in London, he developed an audience

    • Anti-War Radio

      8:30am - 9:00am

      with Scott Horton

    • Economic Update w Richard Wolff

      9:00am - 10:00am

      Prof. Richard D. Wolff delivers updates and perspectives on national and international issues

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