KPFT Programs A-Z

KPFT features a diverse schedule of programming, though deciphering each program can be a challenge. Here is a brief description of what we feature. To view the time/day of a program, visit our schedule. Programs on KPFT’s HD3 grid are noted below.



The best of blues, jam, rock, bluegrass, and more, with the latest releases from artists near and far and in-studio performances from both local and touring musicians. And if that’s not enough, count on some good old Grateful Dead and live in-studio performances.

Lone Star Jukebox
A diverse range of music from genres including Alternative Country, Americana, Border Ballads, Folk and Roots Rock. This show frequently features live in-studio performances and interviews by local and regional artists.

Night Sounds
Live, original, local, and other Texas music. The door is always open for live performance art.

Spare Change
With no format to speak of, the focus is to allow the listener to participate in a form of “free association.” Tune in anytime during the show and allow your senses to be treated to a variety of sounds and rhythms that make your world a more interesting place to be;

Wide Open Spaces
From Mellow Mondays to classic rock Fridays, showcasing non mainstream Americana roots music; independent songwriters and bands with interviews and in-studio performances.


Blues Brunch
A blues show representing the only form of music that knows no boundaries be it color, religion, national origin, featuring the music and its origins and diversity.

Blues in Hi-Fi
The best of the blues coming from the era of early to present recordings with an emphasis on what sounded best on your home hi-fi system.

Blues on the Move
Concentrating on soul blues, female based blues and local and Texas based artists, as well as interviews of local and touring acts. The definitive family blues show.

Down Home Blues
Blues with a focus is on seminal blues artists who personify the traditional music as well as artists who are recreating the style in more contemporary renditions.

Howlin’ the Blues
Showcasing the evolution of blues, including the interviews, performances, the music calendar, the latest new releases, with an occasional trip to the blues vault to honor where it all came from.


Bluegrass Zone
A traditional representation of bluegrass music as presented in the musician’s point of view. Both new releases and classic Bluegrass music is played each week.

Lee Dibala Show
Czech Polkas, rock and roll and other upbeat Americana – Gulf Coast classics; Artfully spun each week.

Pe-Te’s Cajun Bandstand
Cajun and Zydeco Music.

Song Writers’ Studio
Up close interviews with local artists making new folk music and expanding Houston’s reputation as the new music capitol of Texas.

Zydeco Pa’ Sale
The best in Zydeco and Cajun music, events and artists.

Music covering specialty genre(s), eras and scenes.

Electroluv [HD3] A show playing electronica and jam, with a mixture of live concert recordings by the best of todays jam and electronica bands.

Reach Out in the Darkness
Devoted to 60’s retro, the program spins the sounds of that era, played from the original vinyl and served up in that good old free-wheeling underground radio format from which it sprang. Unknowns are presented along with all the favorites. Local and State artists from the time are featured.

Soular Grooves
Covering the diverse electronic and dance music culture, the program features each week a one-hour live mix from an area DJs.

Variety Rock
Rock/pop based programs that blend other elements.

From new releases to some classics from the past two decades, this program plays the best in independent music.

Sound Awake
Intelligent freeform pop, from the deepest oldies to the choicest indie, featuring your alternative dance favorites from the ’80s and surrounding eras.


Houston Jazz Spotlight [HD3]
Local jazz events, music and more.

Sounds of Jazz [HD3]
Bringing you the best of new and classic jazz, the program features artist profiles and a jazz blend of old and new favorites.

Jazz Latino [HD3 and FM]
From hard hitting big band to a soft bolero to a fusion of flamenco and jazz, a program dedicated to the exploration of Latin jazz from around the musical world.

World Music

GenerAsian Radio
Bollywood at its best. Music from the Indo-Asian region. New releases, featured artists and local Indo-Asian culture rolled up into one dynamic radio show.

Heartbeat of Africa[HD3 and FM]
Promoting African music to a diverse audience of listeners, the program features artists who have performed around the United States and across the world.

Music Without Borders
Multi cultural music that weaves history and culture.

Pure Vibz
A Caribbean music program focusing on music from all of the islands that make within the Caribbean. You will hear Soca, Reggae, Calypso, Chutney, and Zouk, to name only a few genres.

Son Pacifica
Spotlighting the best progressive, urban, popular Latino music as well as the greatest tropical sounds and regional folkloric from Mexico, Latin America and all over the world.

World Music Express
Worldbeat with an emphasis on music from Africa and all over the world.


The Groove
Presenting a variety of hip-hop from different regions and countries, the program also features progressive/alternative soul. Also includes new releases, interviews with local and national artists, mixing by guest DJs and a lot more.

Damage Control
Highlighting Houston’s independent rap scene through extensive interviews and music outside the traditional box and off the charts.


The Chestnut Tree
An assemblage of experimental music, sound collage, textured soundscapes, field recordings, adverse music therapy and electronic music, often with dark administrative themes.

Intended as a talkshow with soundtrack, the program features music, prose and more, shaped to allow audience members to examine themselves and their world.


Modern noncommercial counterculture music, including punk, goth, industrial and other genres.

Sweet Nightmares
A program featuring heavy metal, hard rock and gothic, among other genres.


Daily News/Talk

Democracy Now
Pacifica’s flagship progressive news show, the program brings news, interviews, and investigative journalism on national and international issues.

Open Journal
Morning news/culture magazine.

KPFT’s award-winning news program.

Topical Call-In Programming

Partisan Gridlock
Everything you’re not supposed to talk about on a date: politics, law, science, religion and whatever else is on your mind.

Politics Done Right
Intended to take the mystery out of politics, the program welcomes listeners, whether liberal, conservative, or otherwise, to air their points of view.

Thinkwing Radio
Based on two premises — an educated electorate is a prerequisite for a democracy, and you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts — the program features calls and interviews on politics, technology, science, space exploration, environment and more.

The program focuses on listener calls and interviews with people actively engaged in projects that show promise of providing a future that transcends the limitations of our disintegrating class structured society.

Arts Programming

A community art program which hosts artists from around Houston, including poets, writers, theatre groups, performance artists, visual artists, car artists and others engaging, educating, promoting and advancing art and artists in the Gulf Coast region.

Nuestra Palabra
Featuring interviews with leading authors and new voices in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memorias, teatro and musica with insights into the Latino literary Renaissance in all its splendor.

Environmental Programming

Conversations with solution based citizens from a variety of environmentally-related organizations, focusing on ecological issues and their interdependent relationships.


Growing up in America
A lively discussion on pressing childrens issues, timely news topics affecting our youth, and the policies and programs that influence the healthy development of our children.

Her Sex, Her Health with Dr. Alexandra Simotas
Truthful and insightful answers about your health care featuring listener calls and questions, the program informs you of the best and worst current practices in medicine.

Whole Mother
A show that discusses childbirth and parenting.

Variety Talk
Talk covering a variety of subjects.

Houston Indy Media
Discussion on local to international political movements and campaigns.

The Monitor
Delving into many topics, including war and peace, corporate corruption, global debt and income inequality, the Middle East, gender and voting verifiability.

Progressive Forum
A program dealing with issues, such as politics, human rights, globalization, the environment, and peace and justice concerns, from a progressive perspective.

Show 1002 [HD3] Tackling the issues of life that matter to all without deference to race, gender, religious affiliation, political identity, socio-economic status or orientation.

Weltanschuaang [HD3] Covering the human condition as seen through a mix of scientific, artistic, historical, philosophical, political and ethnic perspectives, the program features a mixture of talk, dialog, music and poetry.

Specialty Talk
Talk covering specific topics and subject areas.

Coming to America
Hosted by former Houston City Council member and immigration attorney, Gordon Quan, Coming to America explores immigration issues in an outspoken and informed manner.

Cultural Baggage
Reporting on the drug war, the program features interviews with prison wardens, prisoners, patients, providers and many others.

The Inner Side
Political commentary through satire, found sound and humor.

Money Matters [HD3] The program’s aim to reframe financial issues from the numbers and academia and focusing on the interview format as well as storytelling and education.

The Prison Show
Featuring criminal justice issues and call-ins from family and friends to loved ones behind bars.

So, What’s Your Story?
Spotlighting a storyteller each week, the program offers theme-centered tales that can connect a community better and faster than any method of human expression.

Technology Bytes
A computer and technology call-in show, the program leans towards a live radio computer help desk, with debates about technology and the people who try to shape it for the rest of us.

Vegan World Radio
Telling the story of the vegan revolution that’s saving the animals, the planet and our health.

Voices at Work
A mix of labor news, music and interviews with members of the labor movement.

African-American Interest

Community Dialogue
A call-in program on topics of African-American history, culture, current affairs and politics.

Connect the Dots
News, talk, music and contemporary matters, focusing on Houston and the Gulf Coast region.

Conscious Mindset
A program merging health, spirituality, society and philosophy with African-American experiences.

Life In Focus
The program features commentaries by Mumia Abu Jamal each week, current events, the Black World, politics, economics, women’s issues, health, music, art and relationships, all with an Afro-centric flavor.

Pan-African Journal – Sunday: 8-9 p.m.
Featuring historical speeches, community events and current debates, the program brings listeners a progressive perspective from the African Diaspora.

Hispanic/Latino Spanish-Language Interest

Bailando en Tejas
The program aims to educate the younger generation to the richness and variety of Tejano Music.

Proyecto Latino Americano
Spanish-language public affairs, covering, local, national and international subjects.

Voz de la Tierra
A Spanish-language program about the original nations that compose what we now call the Americas, featuring poetry, music, history and more.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender

After Hours
A queer variety show featuring different GLBT community leaders to bring many monthly viewpoints.

Queeer Voices
Tapping the pulse of the local and national GLBT community with interviews and commentary. Features a monthly Queer Music Heritage (QMH) segment and more.

Cultural/Ethnic Interest

Arab Voices
Information and guests about events in the Middle East, cultural events locally and more.

Irish Aires
Celtic music, local Irish/Celtic community events, Irish language lessons and updates on the political situation in northern Ireland are regularly featured.

People of Earth
A program created to provide Native American and non-Native people with timely news and information about culture, news and realities

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