Pacific Time (radio show)

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Pacific Time
Running time ca. 29 min.
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station KQED
Hosted by Oanh Ha
Created by Nguyen Qui Duc
George Lewinski
Nina Thorsen
Written by Oanh Ha
Directed by Nina Thorsen
Produced by Nina Thorsen
Executive producer(s) Raul Ramirez
Recording studio San Francisco, California
Original release November 16, 2000 – October 11, 2007
Audio format Stereophonic
Website Official website

Pacific Time was a weekly radio program that covered a wide range of Asian American, East Asian and Southeast Asian issues, including economics, language, politics, public policy, business, the arts and sports. With news bureaus in Bangkok, Beijing, and Tokyo,[1] it was the only public radio program devoted to Asian-American issues.[2]

Produced by KQED in San Francisco, California, the show was syndicated by as many as 37 other public radio stations in markets around the United States.[1] The show premiered in 2000 and was hosted by Nguyen Qui Duc until September, 2006, when Nguyen returned to Vietnam.[3] After Nguyen's departure it was hosted by K. Oanh Ha. Citing financial difficulties, KQED cancelled the show and its last broadcast was October 11, 2007.[4] At the time it was cancelled the program cost $500,000 per year to produce and had a weekly audience of 190,000.[2]


Stations carrying Pacific Time:

  • KQED, San Francisco (producer)
  • KAZU, Monterey, California
  • KHSR, Crescent City, California
  • KHSU, Arcata, California
  • KIDE, Hoopa, California
  • KIPO, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • KPBS, San Diego, California
  • KQEI-FM, Sacramento, California


  1. ^ a b Sam Chu Lin (August 3, 2001). "Pacific Time". Asian Week. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b Megan Kung (October 4, 2007). "Time’s Up For ‘Pacific Time’". Asian Week. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  3. ^ Vanessa Hua (August 15, 2006). "Good morning, Vietnam: decades after he fled, a radio host is going home". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  4. ^ Joe Garofoli (September 26, 2007). "Citing finances, KQED cancels 'Pacific Time'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 

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