|City||San Francisco, California|
|Broadcast area||San Francisco Bay Area|
|First air date||June 6, 1972|
|Callsign meaning||POOr People's Radio|
|Owner||Poor People's Radio, Inc.|
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.
KPOO features music and talk radio from local community activists. The music originally featured was jazz, blues and R&B from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In the summer of 1982, KPOO started playing rap music on Sunday afternoons from 3pm-7pm with DJ LeBaron Lord King, becoming the first radio station on the West Coast with a rap show. For several years this was the only radio station in the Bay Area that played rap music with live interviews. Rap became a staple of choice music on some of the station's other programs and two years later other Bay Area stations followed KPOO's lead.
KPOO is the only place to hear local public commentaries and talk programs with community and national Black leaders discussing what's going on in the Black community locally and nationally. The focus on the community continues with commentaries on a variety of talk and music programs. Some of the featured music programming includes salsa, jazz, blues, rap/hip hop, Latin, gospel and reggae, as well as an American Indian talk/music program, and local and national musicians host weekly music programs.