Frequently Asked Questions about KPFT and Pacifica
  1. Who Owns KPFT?
  2. Where is KPFT located?
  3. When did KPFT go on the air?
  4. Are there other radio stations in the Pacifica network?
  5. How can I get tapes of Pacifica programs (like Democracy Now!)?
  6. How do I become a KPFT member?
  7. How do I become a KPFT volunteer?
  8. How do I submit an event for the KPFT calendars?
  9. How do I submit a PSA (Public Service Announcement)?
  10. How can I apply for an Open Journal?
  11. Who is in charge of the Pacifica Foundation?
  12. How do I submit music to KPFT?

1. Who Owns KPFT?
KPFT is licensed to the Pacifica Foundation. Pacifica was founded by Lew Hill in 1949 and pioneered the concept of listener-supported radio as an alternative to the market- driven media of the time. Pacifica's programming is not supported or controlled by advertisers. The Pacifica Foundation is a non-profit corporation and is an IRS 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

2. Where is KPFT located?
We broadcast from a 700' tower in northwest Harris County. KPFT's studios and business offices are located in a 1915-era single family home in the Montrose neighborhood near downtown in the heat of Houston.

3. When did KPFT go on the air?
Short Answer- March 1, 1970. KPFT was founded by journalist Larry Lee who convinced Pacifica to establish a listener-supported station in Houston. Lee felt that it was important for the Houston community to have an alternative to standard radio fare. KPFT took to the airwaves in March 1970 and after a tumultuous start, Larry Lee served as KPFT's first station manager. His perseverance and foresight embody the spirit of KPFT and Pacifica Radio.

4. Are there other radio stations in the Pacifica network?
Yes, including KPFT, Pacifica owns and operates a total of five radio stations around the country:

You can check out Pacifica's home page for more information about the network and all five stations.

5. How can I get tapes of Pacifica programs (like Democracy Now!)?
You can call Pacifica Radio Archives at 1-800-735-0230 or 818-506-1077.
The Pacifica Archives address is on Cahuenga W. in North Hollywood,
or you can visit Pacifica's Online Archives.

6. How do I become a KPFT member?
Easily!  Click here to donate!

7. How do I become a KPFT volunteer?
Easily! Visit our volunteer pages.

8. How do I submit an event for the KPFT calendars?
This feature is under redevelopment and will be available soon.

9. How do I submit a PSA (Public Service Announcement)?
Complete the online application .

On any given day, KPFT runs about 20 announcements. Announcements typically air in the last two minutes of any show; announcements allow for program transition as well as KPFT's service to listeners.

Announcements fall in many categories. The following is a priority listing for how announcements are aired.

  1. Elections: Pacifica elections announcements and candidate information.
  2. Direct Benefits: Events that wholly benefit KPFT financially.
  3. Indirect Benefits: Events in which KPFT shares revenue.
  4. Direct Sponsorships: An event that is organized and sponsored by KPFT.
  5. Indirect Sponsorships: An event that is sponsored by KPFT, but organized by another non-profit.
  6. Station Promos: Announcements for station programming, outreach, projects, etc.
  7. Time Sensitive PSAs: PSAs oriented around a date or event.
  8. Evergreen PSAs: General PSAs that can be run anytime.

Play of any announcement is determined by its place in the above priority list, how close its date is, and the number of other announcements there are in the same category. For example, if there are four KPFT direct benefits, one indirect benefit, six direct sponsorships, three indirect sponsorships and 17 time sensitive PSAs, your PSA may air daily. Sponsorships and promos will almost always run at least once per day. Benefits and elections announcements often run more frequently. As the date approaches, your announcement may air more frequently. However, there is no guarantee a PSA will be played, and organizations are encouraged to cultivate a broad outreach effort, in which announcements on KPFT are a part.

10. How can I apply for an Open Journal?
Simply fill out the application online .

11. Who is in charge of the Pacifica Foundation?
Pacifica is run by an Executive Director at the National Office in Berkeley, CA. hired by the Pacifica National Board of Directors, who are chosen from the locally elected boards of the five sister stations.

12. How do I submit music to KPFT?
Visit our Music page for the answer to this and more.

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