On Tuesday, March 15th, KPFK Radio 90.7 FM will begin broadcasting Al Jazeera English News at 3pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
"Al Jazeera has been the most important, most influential media outlet in the world in the first years of this decade," says KPFK Program Director Alan Minsky. "By giving voice to the voiceless across the Arab Middle East, Al Jazeera has played an essential role in changing the world. KPFK is also committed to providing an outlet for the voices of the dispossessed; Al Jazeera is a perfect fit for us.”
“The virtual exclusion of Al Jazeera English from the American media market is an absurdity that KPFK is thrilled to help rectify. Al Jazeera's journalism is of impeccable quality - and the people at the network consistently exhibit unwavering courage that makes the network a beacon for serious journalists everywhere. KPFK is thrilled with this joint venture," added Minsky.
The Al Jazeera English Television broadcasts to more than 250 million households in more than 120 countries and has the most watched news channel on YouTube, receiving 2.5 million views per month. However, Al Jazeera English is unavailable on the basic platforms available through the major cable and satellite television providers in the United States.
Al Jazeera English News is now available on the Pacifica Radio network in the United States, and will broadcast locally from Pacifica station KPFK Los Angeles 90.7 FM (98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest / China Lake). KPFK is the Pacifica station for Southern California.
Starting this week, KPFK Radio will also broadcast Truthdig Radio on a weekly basis, Wednesdays at 2pm Pacific. The show will be a joint production of KPFK and the award-winning journalism website Truthdig.com. Rounding out the Wednesday mid-afternoon line-up will be prominent Blogger and veteran radio host Brad Friedman, broadcasting weekly at 3:30pm Pacific. Friedman is the force behind the investigative website, Bradblog.com. Finally, the science program Explorations hosted by Professor Michio Kaku will be returning to the KPFK airwaves this week after a two month hiatus, broadcasting Saturdays at 10am Pacific.