KPFT’s longtime program director is moving on.

Ernesto Aguilar, Pacifica Radio’s longest tenured program director, is departing KPFT after over 11 years in the position.

Aguilar began as a volunteer radio host and DJ in 2002. He later became co-director of the news department and, in 2005, was named program director.

Many local programs on KPFT’s schedule were introduced to listeners during Aguilar’s term, including Wide Open Spaces, Partisan Gridlock, Border Radio, Politics Done Right, Blues in Hi-Fi, Vegan World Radio, Music Without Borders, Her Sex Her Health, Jazz Latino, Coming to America and World Music Express. Nationally distributed programs added by Aguilar include Exploration with Dr. Michio Kaku, Economic Update with Richard Wolff, From the Vault by the Pacifica Radio Archives and the popular afternoon rebroadcast of Democracy Now. In addition, longtime programs like Howlin’ the Blues, Arab Voices, Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say and many others saw enhancements during his leadership.

In addition, KPFT’s streaming/HD3 alternative programming schedule, the station’s social media presence, youth radio and various operations and programming initiatives were launched under his leadership.

As co-director of the news department with founding director Renee Feltz, Aguilar helped KPFT create a five-day-a-week news broadcast. KPFT Local News won several awards during this period.

Aguilar wrote a public Facebook post thanking listeners for supporting KPFT and public radio. He stressed that listener support of KPFT is valuable.

“KPFT is the only station in Pacifica to take an engaged and leading role in the surging national movement for community-based media,” Aguilar added. “I enthusiastically encourage listeners to keep lifting up this crucial voice in Texas and beyond.”

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