Poor People's Radio was conceived of and named by a radio engineer, Meyer Gottesman. Meyer determined that the frequency was available and applied for a construction permit from the FCC. Upon the application, Meyer advertised for community involvement in the Berkeley Barb newspaper. After three community meetings, the concept had "legs" as shown by a turn out of over 100 community activists at a church at the corner of Oak and Baker Streets in San Francisco. It is one of the many stations operated by community broadcasters Lorenzo Milam and Jeremy Lansman on the premise that any community group with something to say should be able start a low powered radio station to serve that community. The station broadcasts meetings of various local governing bodies as well as different and varied music shows.
In the summer of 1982, KPOO started playing rap music, the first Radio Station on the West Coast with the Sunday Afternoon radio show from 3-7pm with LeBaron Lord King. The Bay Area became to listen to the Station with live interviews, rap and dance music. The rap music became a staple on some of the other programs on the Station.