Noncommercial Radio Network

The Pacifica Foundation inaugurated the first listener-supported, noncommercial radio network in the United States in the two decades after World War II. By the 1990s it owned five noncommercial FM stations throughout the country: KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California (acquired in 1949); KPFK-FM in Los Angeles (1959); WBAI-FM in New York City (1960); KPFT-FM in Houston (1970); and WPFWFM in Washington, D.C. (1977). Characterized by unconventional and dissent-oriented programming, Pacifica also provides news and public-affairs material for about 60 affiliated community radio stations.

Pacifist Origins

The Pacifica Foundation was created in 1946 by a small group of World War II-era conscientious objectors ...

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