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 Community radio features' music and talk radio from local community activists. The music originally featured was Jazz, Blues and R&B from the 50's, 60's and 70's. In the summer of 1982, KPOO started playing rap music on Sunday Afternoon, becoming the first Radio station on the West Coast with a radio show from 3p-7p with DJ LeBaron Lord King. For several years this was the only radio station in the Bay Area that played Rap music with live interviews. The rap music became a staple of choice music on some of the other programs on the Station and two years later other bay area Stations followed KPOO 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 community commentaries with a variety of talk and music programs. Some of the featured music programming: Salsa, Jazz, Blues, Rap/Hip Hop, Latin, Gospel and Reggae, American Indian talk/music program. Local and national musician host weekly music programs, KPOO can be heard Online at KPOO.com.