Monthly Archives: February 2015

KPFK’s host Wanda Coleman, & unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles



She received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, and the California Arts Council (in fiction and in poetry). She was the first C.O.L.A. literary fellow (Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, 2003). Her honors included an Emmy in Daytime Drama writing, The 1999 Lenore Marshall Prize (for “Bathwater Wine”), and a nomination for the 2001 National Book Awards (for “Mercurochrome”). She was a finalist for California poet laureate (2005).[citation needed]  

She was married to co-host poet Austin Strauss.  She passed in 2013.

KPFK: Tavis Smiley on Jon Wiener’s show, & with IGM Zuberi Fields


Tavis Smiley will be on KPFK today on The 4 O’clock Report with Jon Wiener to talk about his book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.”
You can read an except of the book here via Democracy Now:…/2014/9/10/read_death_of_a_kin…

Watch Tavis Smiley on Democracy Now! Thursday, and read the introduction and first chapter of his new book, which examines the personal struggles of Martin…


Robert & Josh Scheer, now of Truthdig



Robert Scheer, editor in chief of Truthdig, has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. He conducted the famous Playboy magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and he went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures.

Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. In 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times, where he was named a contributing editor.  That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at Truthdig.

He is currently a clinical professor of communications at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Scheer has written nine books, including“Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power”; “With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War”; “America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals”; with his son Christopher and Lakshmi Chaudhry, “The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq”; “Playing President: “My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton—and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush”; and “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.”Scheer’s latest book, “The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street” (Nation Books), was released on September 7, 2010.

KPFK Brochure

KPFK is one of five radio stations in the United States that are licensed to the Pacifica Foundation, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization.  Pacifica was founded in 1949 by pacifist Lewis Hill, in Berkeley, California.  Pacifica’s principles focus on promoting world peace through greater sharing of information and cultures.  Pacifica’s Mission Statement reads, in part:

To encourage and provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community… which will serve the cultural welfare of the community; to engage in any activity that shall contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds, and colors… and to promote the study of political and economic problems and of the causes of religious, philosophical, and racial antagonisms; and to promote the full distribution of public information; to obtain access to sources of news not commonly brought together in the same medium and employ such varied sources in the public presentation of accurate, objective, comprehensive news and public affairs on all matters vitally affecting the community.

KPFK has followed these principles since first going on the air in 1959, presenting ideas and information that have often included the radical and the controversial.  KPFK’s air has also featured music reflecting human diversity, and straight talk on alternative ways of taking care of your health and the environment; without the intrusion of ads from commercial sponsors.  Many KPFK programs are produced locally by volunteers.

KPFK operates 24 hours a day.  Licensed to broadcast at 112,000 watts, we have the most powerful FM signal in Southern California, reaching from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border, and to the San Bernardino mountains.  KPFK may also be heard around the world via streaming audio from our Web site,

KPFK’s source of income is our listeners, who send money directly to the station.  To join in with your support, please fill out the coupon from the back of a KPFK bumper sticker (or simply write out your name, address, e-mail, and phone number), and send it with your check or money order payable to KPFK, or your credit card number, to:

KPFK Membership Department

3729 Cahuenga Blvd West

North Hollywood, CA  91604

(or you may use one of our pre-addressed envelopes)

Our yearly membership rate is $25, but we gladly accept donations of any amount.

Our current program schedule up-to-date information, may be obtained at

KPFK has 5 sister Pacifica stations across the country.

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No amount is too small, or too large. My slogan is “Social Justice and Promotion of Cultures”. Or The Voice of the People