Folios from Pacifica Radio stations KPFA, KPFK, WBAI, KPFT, and WPFW ranging in date from 1949 to 1987, as well as a small
number of Pacifica administrative files and promotional pamphlets.
Founded by Lewis Hill in the 1940s, Pacifica Radio (a division of the Pacifica Foundation) was grounded in Hill's pacifist
ideals and devoted itself to upholding the First Amendment through its alternative radio programming. Pacifica's first fledgling
station KPFA-FM in Berkeley, CA went on the air on April 15, 1949. Unique for its non-commercial structure and its listener
sponsored rather than government supported financial organization, KPFA established itself as a locale for minority voices
during a period of intense scrutiny and unease—the Cold War. KPFA won several distinctions in the early years of its tenure,
such as broadcast awards for a feature by Alexander Meiklejohn about the First Amendment and a Robin Hood series by Chuck
Levy and Virginia Maynard, as well as the George Foster Peabody Award for its programs rooted against McCarthyism. Pacifica's
strident stance against the accusatory politics of the US Cold War eventually led to an investigation from the House Un-American
Activities Committee (HUAC) and the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS) into the activities of the organization.
In 1962, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) conducted their own investigation into Pacifica for its alleged communist
ties, resulting in the withholding of various Pacifica Radio license renewals (these were eventually renewed in 1964).
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