APEX Express is a weekly magazine-style radio show on Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. featuring the voices and stories of Asians and Asian Americans from all corners of our communities.  The show is produced by a collective of media makers, djs, and activists and airs each week on KPFA 94.1FM.

APEX Express is committed to building a broader social movement for justice and collective liberation for all oppressed people, including poor & working-class people, people of color, women and queer people.  We support grassroots organizing and cultural work that advance these goals, and see APEX as a space for building consciousness and promoting critical discussion about these efforts.

As part of KPFA, we are committed to promoting independent community media that is free and accessible to everyone.

We work collectively to share our skills and resources, and to build the capacity and confidence of community members to tell their own stories.  Within our group, we prioritize maintaining a culture of mutual support, respect, and love.

APEX Express was founded in August of 2001. Gina Hotta rallied a small group of folks to start an Asian Pacific Islander radio show on Pacifica Radio Station, KPFA 94.1 FM. In the 1990s she was part of Inside Eastside, the original API show on KPFA.

Gina Hotta, Eric Park, Pratap Chatterjee, Renee Geesler, and Nishat Kurwa worked hard to bring APEX Express to you every week. Through the years, producers came in and out of APEX, yet Gina Hotta stayed strong as the main coordinator for the show.

On September 28, 2009 Gina Hotta passed away of a heart attack. She is our “Mama G,” as we would often call her. She was a mentor for many and a pioneer for making space and airwaves available for at least one hour a week for the voices speaking about Asian American issues and events. Her legacy lives on.


Marie Choi has been involved in community and student organizing around racial profiling, education, and building ethnic studies programs since she was a high school student. Marie has since supported organizing for prisoner support projects, dignity in the workplace, and healthy communities.  She is also a new mama, educator, radio host and producer.

taraTara Dorabji is a writer, arts educator, mother, and radio journalist at KPFA. For over a decade she’s produced and hosted on KPFA radio, focussing on nuclear issues, environmental justice, Kashmir, and the majority “minorities.” Her writing is published in the Indian ReviewHuizacheCensored 2013, and Midwifery Today. Tara is working on her first novel, Azadi. Her projects can be viewed at dorabji.com.

salimaSalima Hamirani became interested in audio after an accidental volunteer gig at a radio show, and like all accidental predestined meetings, Salima met radio and Salima fell in love. Her primary passion is writing, but she’s fine-tuning her radio chops and hopes to use both media to help educate, incite, inflame, and entertain. She also freelances for the National Radio Project’sMaking Contact and during her off time, she leads surveillance camera walking tours of Oakland with a group of activists linking government oversight to poverty and racism.

Ayame Keane-Lee is a junior at Berkeley High School’s Arts and Humanities Academy. She is a slam poet with Youth Speaks and a graduate of Youth Radio’s summer intensive. Her award-winning visual art has been featured at KALA, Youth in Arts, through the state of CA libraries through Growing Up Asian in America and most recently, SFMOMA. She is a poetry editor and creator for Kerosene Magazine. Her arts mentors are Miriam Stahl and Gabriel Cortez.

Miko Lee is a theater artist, writer, activist and arts education leader. She believes in the power of storytelling as a transformative act. She has enjoyed creating original multimedia theater with incarcerated youth and at professional companies around the country including Berkeley Rep, The Public Theatre, and the Mark Taper Forum.  She currently sits on the leadership team of Teaching Artist Guild and is the executive director of Youth in Arts.

Preeti Mangala Shekar is a feminist researcher, journalist and a communications expert. Preeti has previously worked with the Global Fund for Women as part of their communications team. She has served on the board of Media Alliance, and has been an advisory member of Women, Action and Media, a Cambridge-based group committed to increase women’s positive representation in U.S. media. Preeti’s radio work prioritizes the voices and perspectives of marginalized voices, in the Bay Area and those in the global south.

Robynn Takayama is a community artist whose work has been presented through video, web, and gallery installation in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Chicago. A graduate of the KPFA First Voice Apprenticeship, she has contributed to national and local public radio programs and the Peabody-awarded documentary on Asian American history, Crossing East. Robynn served on the CPB-funded Makers Quest Talent Committee, charged with finding the most imaginative producers and sound artists and urging them to take public radio beyond its traditional airwaves.

Thank you to our past hosts and producers: Renee Yang Geesler, Pratap Chatterjee, Phatrick Huang, Eric Park, Ivan Jaigardar, Kyung Jin Lee, Kiwi, Kenni Camota, Lawton Chan, Curtis Loo, Nishat Kurwa, Yun Suh, Klay Ordona, Weyland Southon, Wayie Ly, Adriel Luis, April Elkjer, Jason Jong, Eloise Lee, Sam Mende-Wong, Kayumanggí KaloyJane Chang, Amit Pendyal, Ellen Choy, Yvonne Tran, RJ Lozada, Roseli Ilano, and Karl Jagbandhansing.

Are you Asian American and interested in joining our collective? Please see this recruitment note and let us know if you think our goals align.

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