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KPOO logo.jpg
KPOO storefront, San Francisco (April 2021).jpg
KPOO headquarters (2021)
Broadcast areaSan Francisco Bay Area
Frequency89.5 MHz
BrandingCommunity Radio
OwnerPoor People's Radio, Inc.
First air date
June 6, 1972[1]
Call sign meaning
POOr People's Radio
Technical information
Facility ID53008
ERP270 watts
HAAT165 meters
Transmitter coordinates
37°47′33.00″N 122°24′52.00″W / 37.7925000°N 122.4144444°W / 37.7925000; -122.4144444
WebcastListen Live

KPOO (89.5 FM) is a community radio station licensed to San Francisco, California, United States. The station is owned by Poor People's Radio. It broadcasts from a building in the Fillmore district.[2]

Poor People's Radio was conceived of and named by a radio engineer, Meyer Gottesman.[1] 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.[1] 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[when?] one of the many stations operated by community broadcasters Lorenzo Milam and Jeremy Lansman.[citation needed] 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.

KPOO broadcasts 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.


The radio station seeks funding from the government, grants, and hosts fundraisers.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Lorenzo, Milam (1986). The Radio Papers: From KRAB to KCHU (PDF). San Diego, California: MHO & MHO Works. p. 105. ISBN 9780917320187. Retrieved 2021-12-26. chapter "KPOO" (reproducing a 1973 article in Bay Guardian)
  2. ^ a b "KPOO radio in S.F. remains an enduring voice for community". SFGate. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2018-11-09.

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