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KPFK Radio Logo.jpg
CityLos Angeles
Broadcast areaSouthern California
Frequency90.7 MHz
BrandingPacifica Radio
FormatPublic Radio
AffiliationsPacifica Radio
OwnerPacifica Foundation
First air date
July 26, 1959 (62 years ago)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID51252
ERP110,000 watts
HAAT863.0 meters (2,831.4 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
34°13′45″N 118°4′3″W / 34.22917°N 118.06750°W / 34.22917; -118.06750
Translator(s)See § Translators and booster
Repeater(s)See § Translators and booster
WebcastListen LiveMP3 Edit this at Wikidata

KPFK (90.7 FM) is a listener-sponsored radio station based in North Hollywood, California, United States, which serves 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,[1][2] 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 booster KPFK-FM1 along the Malibu coast, K258BS (99.5 MHz) in China Lake, K254AH (98.7 MHz) in Isla Vista and K229BO 93.7 MHz in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego.

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 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, 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][edit]

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.[3] 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.


Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei as a guest in historian Jon Wiener's radio show on KPFK, 2017.

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 [4] for rebroadcast to affiliate stations and are streamed for a limited period on the Online Archives.[5]

Maintaining its adherence to Pacifica founder Lew Hill's Mission,[6] KPFK 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, which was stated as:

"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."[6]


Translators and booster[edit]

In addition to the main station, KPFK is relayed by an additional four translators and one booster to widen its broadcast area.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info Notes
K258BS 99.5 China Lake, California 9 D FCC FM Query
K254AH 98.7 Isla Vista, California 10 D FCC FM Query
KPFK-FM1 90.7 Malibu, California 1,500 D FCC FM Query Booster
K229BO 93.7 Rancho Bernardo, Etc., California 10 D FCC FM Query
K212FA 90.3 Temple City, California 10 D FCC FM Query


  1. ^ "About Pacifica - A Short History". Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  2. ^ Blaine, John; Baker, Decia, eds. (1973). "Support Groups". Community Arts of Los Angeles (Report). Los Angeles Community Art Alliance. p. 49. hdl:10139/2728. OCLC 912321031.
  3. ^ "The Pacifica Foundation".
  4. ^ "Pacifica Network - Broadcasting Network for Grassroots Community Radio".
  5. ^ "KPFK Public Radio - Online Archives Archive".
  6. ^ a b "The Pacifica Foundation".

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