Happy Birthday KPFA!

Sixty-Six years ago KPFA started as a simple vision. Run a radio station by asking listeners to donate of their own free will. Build a structure that’s accountable to its community, instead of its advertisers. When KPFA started broadcasting on this day in 1949, it was the first listener-supported station in the world. That grassroots … Continued

Richard O. Moore (February 26, 1920 – March 26, 2015)

Richard Moore was one of the original founders of listener-supported KPFA and Pacifica Foundation along with Lewis Hill and Eleanor McKinney. On April 15th 1949, Moore was the presenter of the first program on KPFA’s air: Anglo-American Folk Ballads. Moore was a published poet and a close associate of Kenneth Rexroth’s intellectual circle in San … Continued

Welcome to Our Website!

Good news! We’ve upgraded our server and improved how swiftly our website performs. Of course like any new creation there will always be problems to be addressed and modified. So please continue to send us your feedback. It’s important to point out that the website is now optimized for smart phones and this makes KPFA more accessible to a much wider … Continued

Block the Boat

KPFA Live Broadcast from August 16, 2014. “Block The Boat” with special guests, hosted by Dennis Bernstein, Steve Zeltzer, and the KPFA Apprentices.

KPFA General Manager’s State of the Station Report

There is good news and bad news in the results of our year-end fund drive. The bad news first: We didn’t make our goal during our 2-week campaign, and for a very good reason – we were executing our mission. As you all know KPFA did an excellent job of covering the unexpected local and … Continued

Ella Fitzgerald: Quintessentially American

“The song has ended but the melody lingers on”—Irving Berlin When I heard the news of Ella Fitzgerald’s death, I took it very hard.  I knew it signaled more than the end of the greatest jazz singer of all time, whose remarkable career spanned six decades and whose  incomparable body of work is not humanly … Continued

Will my son be the next Trayvon Martin?

This question is not a new slogan for fighting injustice. Sadly black folks have been asking it for hundreds of years, merely replacing the victims names —Emmett Till, Sean Bell and Oscar Grant to name a few. Two things happen when I hear about black teenage boys gunned down by trigger happy policing or executed … Continued