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

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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

  • L.A. Theatre Works

    10:00pm - Midnight

    Founded in 1974, L.A. Theatre Works' mission is to record and preserve great performances of important stage plays, maximizing the use of new technologies to make world-class theatre accessible to the widest possible audience...

  • Jazz Sessions / Listen Here

    Midnight - 3:00am

    A program that captures the spirit of the jam session and celebrates & explores timeless jazz recordings of then and now with Dr Jaz Sawyer. 4th Mon of the month "Listen Here" with Ollie Bivins

  • Stairway To Heaven

    3:00am - 5:30am

    a music program that consists of music from the soulful genre...the focus is on stories....the feeling..

  • Counterspin

    5:30am - 6:00am

    FAIRNESS & ACCURACY IN REPORTING

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