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|Broadcast area||Los Angeles, California|
|Slogan||"Radio powered by the people"|
|Repeater(s)||KPFK-FM1 Malibu, California|
|First air date||July 26, 1959|
|HAAT||863.0 meters (2,831.4 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||K PaciFiC (K)a|
|Owner||Pacifica Foundation, inc.|
KPFK (90.7 FM) is a listener-sponsored radio station based in North Hollywood, California, United States, which serves the Southern California, and also streams 24 hours a day via the Internet. It was the second of five stations in the non-commercial, listener-sponsored Pacifica Foundation network.
KPFK 90.7 FM began broadcasting in April 1959, twelve years after the Pacifica Foundation was created by pacifist Lewis Hill, and ten years after the network's flagship station, KPFA, was founded in Berkeley. KPFK also broadcasts on KPFK-FM1 along the Malibu coast, K258BS (99.5 MHz FM) in China Lake, California, K254AH (98.7 MHz FM) in Santa Barbara, California.
With its 110,000 watt main transmitter atop Mount Wilson, KPFK is one of the most powerful FM stations in the western United States. The station can be heard from the California/Mexico border to Santa Barbara to Ridgecrest/China Lake. A second 10-watt translator is licensed in Isla Vista, California, a census-designated place outside of Santa Barbara. The transmitter for that station is located atop Gibraltar Peak, allowing its broadcast to be heard over a large portion of southern Santa Barbara County.
The station is part of the Pacifica Network which has 5 radio stations besides KPFK in Los Angeles: in KPFA in Berkeley, California, KPFT in Houston, Texas, WBAI in New York, New York, and WPFW in Washington, D.C. and provides programming to over 150 affiliates.
Operating costs are covered primarily by donations from listener-sponsors and sponsored events. The 501(c)3 non-profit station runs no paid commercial advertisements or sponsored programming. Memberships at a minimum donation of $25 allow participation in the election of Local Station Board members.
Local Station Board [LSB]
In two years during a 3-year cycle, station members and staff elect the Local Station Board (LSB) as required by the Pacifica Foundation Bylaws. The KPFK LSB elects members from its body to the Pacifica Foundation board of directors and has support and advisory duties for the station. The full LSB meets monthly, and committees of the LSB meet on both regular and ad hoc bases.
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Like all Pacifica stations, KPFK has, since its inception run an eclectic schedule of performing arts, public affairs, and news. Many programs are available through the Pacifica Network  for rebroadcast to affiliate stations and are streamed for a limited period on the Online Archives.
Maintaining its adherence to Pacifica founder Lew Hill's Mission, KPFK 90.7FM focuses on news, public affairs, and performance of local interest, while blending in nationally- and internationally-focused programming. Programming includes twelve hours broadcast in Spanish from 9:00 p.m.-midnight. With the rest of the Pacifica Foundation stations and in accord with the Mission's commitment to dialogue, KPFK maintains community access to the airwaves "to serve the cultural welfare of the community.... to contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors; to gather and disseminate information on the causes of conflict between any and all of such groups; and through any and all means compatible with the purposes of this corporation to promote the study of political and economic problems and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms. In radio broadcasting operations to promote the full distribution of public information; to obtain access to sources of news not commonly brought together in the same medium; and to employ such varied sources in the public presentation of accurate, objective, comprehensive news on all matters vitally affecting the community."
- 1959: The Pacifica Foundation begins its second station — KPFK. Terry Drinkwater is its first General Manager.
- 1961: KPFK wins Pacifica's second George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting.
- 1962: The FCC withholds the license renewals of KPFA, KPFB, and KPFK pending its investigation into "communist affiliations." Pacifica was never cited (see The Investigator).
- 1963: KPFK runs the very first Renaissance Faire as a fundraiser (the event is managed by Theme Events Limited Renaissance fair#History of the fairs in America).
- July 24, 1966: The first broadcast of Radio Free Oz by The Firesign Theatre.
- 1974: The Symbionese Liberation Army delivers the Patty Hearst tapes to KPFA and KPFK. The KPFK manager is jailed for refusing to turn the tapes over to the FBI.
- August 31, 1986: Jerker, a Robert Chesley play dramatizes the reflections of a man dying of AIDS, airs on Pacifica station KPFK. Because it included graphic sexual language, the FCC ruled that it violated an indecency policy.
- 1987: Ladysmith Black Mambazo makes their first live U.S. radio appearance on KPFK.
- 1992: CPB Board member Victor Gold targets KPFK for strident African American programming and controversial speech aired during Black History month, by filing an FCC complaint.
A bit more history thru 1997 is on KPFK website. http://kpfk.org/index.php/aboutkpfkpacifica/92-historyofpacificaradio
A tape history of a few special programs are also available online. http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org/subject-tags/sound-and-fury-tape-history-kpfk-produced-mike-hodel-lucia-chappelle-and-other-kpfk
A book about Pacifica's history includes KPFK too. http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/1389_reg.html
Another website includes some history information too and photos of some early leaders at Pacifica therein. http://pacificanetwork.org/pacifica-remembers-its-pacifist-roots/
An archive of KPFK folios, schedule brochures long no longer available is selectively shown here. Prior views and programs are noted therein. https://archive.org/stream/novefolio79kpfkrich/novefolio79kpfkrich_djvu.txt
A few websites refer to what is occurring at KPFK and the concerns about the radio station's transparency and survival. These may include more recent and current history and note changes happening to this radio station. http://kpfkcommentators.blogspot.com
This is only a partial list of all radio programs. See this page on the KPFK website for a full list.
Note the programs listed below are a slim few of the total played 24/7 on-air. Many have been placed here by the programers - promoting their own shows. These here are now listed in order of how many hours/week they do occupy on air, though changes may later be made.
- Something's Happening - with Roy of Hollywood.
- Democracy Now - News and current affairs. M-F, 6:00 - 7:00 AM, Rebroadcast M-F 9:00 - 10:00 AM.
- Global Village - Local and international music. Monday-Friday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
- Background Briefing - with Ian Masters. Inside breaking international and national news. Sunday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday - Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM.
- Uprising Radio - Weekday mornings 8:00 - 9:00 AM. Host: Sonali Kolhatkar.
- The Aware Show - with Lisa Garr. Self-help programming. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 PM.
- Digital Village  - Ric Allan and Doran Barons. Digital Village is KPFK's weekly show about computing and the Internet. Wednesdays at 7pm PST.
- Connect the Dots - with Lila Garrett. News, current affairs. Monday 7:00 - 8:00 AM.
- Truth Seekers Radio – Saturday 12:00 Midnight – 3:00AM. Hosts: Santana aka Nexus102, Dj Daz, Shakespeare, Andre S. Belcher, Stan B., Lady Christal.
- Reggae Central - with host Chuck Foster Rock steady, dub, and dancehall. Sundays 2:00 - 4:00 PM PST.
- Poets Cafe - rotating hosts Lois P. Jones, Jaimes Palacio, Myrenna Ogbu second, fourth, & fifth Wednesdays at 8:30 PM.
- Pocho Hour of Power - Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Hosts: Lalo Alcaraz, Esteban Zul, Patrick Perez, Paul Vato.
- Spaceways - with host Carlos Gabriel Niño|Carlos Niño (and his son Azul Niño, when available) Sundays 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM.
- Radio Afrodicia - with Nnamdi Moweta. African and Afro-Caribbean music. Saturdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM
- The Lawyer's Guild - A public affairs program to discuss current political developments. Hosted by atty Jim Lafferty, Thursday 7:00 - 8:00 PM.
- Melting Pot - with Michael Barnes - Sunday 4:00 - 6:00 PM.
- Truthdig Radio - with hosts Kasia Anderson and Peter, Josh and Robert Scheer- Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 PM.
- The Axis of Justice Radio Network - with Tom Morello and Serj Tankian. Protest music. Airs every second, third and fourth Friday @ 7:00 PM.
- The BradCast - Hosted by journalist Brad Friedman, featuring topical news, commentary, listener phone calls and live interviews with news makers. Wednesday 3:00 - 4:00 PM
- RISE - with Mark Maxwell. A creative jazz celebration of African roots. Sunday (evening), Monday (morning), 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM.
- Jimmy Dore Show - Hosted by comedian Jimmy Dore, this is an irreverent and humorous take on today's headlines and hypocrites.
- IMRU - IMRU is the nation's longest-running broadcast produced by and for the LGBT community. Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.
- Bibliocracy - with Andrew Tonkovich. Weekly books show. Wednesdays 8:00pm.
A more updated complete List of all programs are on KPFK's website and a layout showing programs by type is also available there. http://kpfk.org/index.php/programs/programschedule
In addition to the main station, KPFK is relayed by an additional three translators to widen its broadcast area.
|City of license||ERP
|K258BS||99.5||China Lake, Kern County, California||9||D||FCC|
|K254AH||98.7||Isla Vista, California||10||D||FCC|
|K229BO||93.7||Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, California||10||D||FCC|
- KPFK 90.7 FM - official website
- Pacifica Radio Foundation
- Pacifica Radio Archives
- Pacifica Radio Archives weekly radio series
- Mt. Wilson transmitter
- Historical transmitter photos
- "Superpower" Grandfathered FM's
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KPFK
- Radio-Locator information on KPFK
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPFK
- Query the FCC's FM station database for K254AH