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KPFA On the Air

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PBS Premiere: September 19, 2000


In 1949, America's first listener-supported community radio station, KPFA, began broadcasting from Berkeley, California. The station quickly became a living testament to free speech and cultural diversity – a vital community of the air that often found itself embroiled in conflict. This riveting film takes us through KPFA's passionate 50-year history, including its founding by pacifists and poets, through its defiance of Cold War conformity, to the present day challenges that confront this on-going experiment in democratic media.

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TAGS: california, community, independent radio, listener-supported, npr, pacifist, radio

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KPFA On the Air

Premiere Date: September 19, 2000

Trailer: Link

Filmmakers: Veronica Selver, Sharon Wood Bio | Interview


Veronica Selver
Veronica Selver
Sharon Wood
Sharon Wood

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