KPFK 90.7 celebrated their 60th anniversary at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 7 with an all-star lineup of musicians as well as honoring a few of their current and former radio hosts. The evening started off with a red carpet including the performing musicians and KPFK staff and honorees.
The special guests were Sonali Kolhatkar, host of Rising Up, Ian Masters, host of Background Briefing, Jimmy Dore, host of the Jimmy Dore Show, Stephanie Miller, host of the Stephanie Miller Show, Freya Rojo, host of Nuestra Voz, Pamela Anchang, founder of The Immigrant Magazine, and Lisa Garr, host of The Aware Show.
The event's honorees were Blase Bonpane, former host of World Focus, Antonio Gonzalez, former host of Strategy Session, and Doran Barons, former host of Digital Village, Roy of Hollywood of Something’s Happening, Uncle Ruthie of Half Way Down the Stairs and Lila Garret of Connect the Dots.
Following the speeches from the honorees and a keynote speech from Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, there was a live auction hosted by actor and musician Jack Black which included items from John Densmore and guitars signed by all the performers. Several musical performances followed the auction starting with Stanley Clarke. The closing performance was a rare appearance of the Doors’ Robbie Krieger and John Densmore with Don Was, Mike Garson (David Bowie), Dan Rothchild (Heart), Ed Roth (Robbie Krieger), and Jack Black.
“KPFK was the second of five stations in the non-commercial Pacifica Foundation network. The Pacifica Foundation was founded in the late 1940s out of the peace movement surrounding World War II, becoming the birthplace of a listener-sponsored radio.
"KPFK has been broadcasting since 1959 over 110,000 watts, the strongest signal west of the Mississippi. KPFK continues to produce the majority of programs in-house giving it the flexibility to provide a platform for stories, news, music, and information to serve the cultural welfare of the communities in and around Southern California that you will not hear anywhere else. KPFK believes forging social change is a fundamental part of how radio can make a positive impact on communities.” obtained from KPFK.org.