About Pacifica

The Pacifica Foundation Radio (formerly known as Pacifica Foundation) was founded in 1949 as a visionary alternative to commercialy-driven media. We pioneered listener-sponsored, community radio and have been a beacon for noncommercial, free media.

Pacifica’s mission is to promote peace and justice through communication between all races, nationalities and cultures. We strive to contribute to the democratic process through public discourse and promotion of culture. Unbeholden to commercial or governmental interests, we recognize that use of the airwaves is a public trust.

Pacifica’s tradition of unhampered access to the airwaves has allowed our network to play a uniquely pivotal role in American media. We have broken pivotal news stories and brought issues and artists to the spotlight that may have been overlooked.

We broadcast via satellite and Internet and have one of the most extensive and important sound archives in the world. We are energizing independent community radio through collaboration, interactivity and program exchange throughout the network.

The Pacifica Network is made up of five stations, belonging to the Pacifica Foundation, located in in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Houston along with an affiliate network that contains nearly 200 independent community radio stations.

The Pacifica Affiliate Network is a program of Pacifica’s national administration, with a mission and goals for furthering and sustaining grassroots community radio. Built upon the inherent and historic cooperation between community radio stations, the Pacifica Affiliate Program helps build collaboration in radio production, journalism, technology, and management between its network members. Two people form the Pacifica Network sit on Pacifica’s National Board and an Affiliates Task Force of the Pacifica National Board assists the program.

The Pacifica Affiliate network includes approximately 200 independent radio stations, primarily in the United States. Some affiliates are also located in Canada, Europe, and Africa. The network includes community radio stations, Internet stations, low-power stations, and college stations. The network enjoys a culture of mutually beneficial cooperation for the purpose of furthering grassroots community media, collaborating in production, journalism, technology, and management.

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