How To Affiliate If You Are A Public Radio Station

Public service is your mission. You strive to ensure that your listeners hear the broadest range of responsible points of view, the whole story and the story behind the headlines.

Pacifica can help. With Pacifica affiliation, your station will:

  • Complement public radio programming with Pacifica’s independent grassroots news and information programming
  • Easily exchange programs and ideas with other radio stations that share your values and your concerns
  • Encourage in-house production with resources for gathering and distributing content
  • Offer listeners diverse views and voices, a wide spectrum of public opinion and progressive perspectives
  • Expand programming with access to the Pacifica Archives, a national treasure documenting peace and justice movements and the voices of our cultural heritage
  • Increase public support and fundraising ability

Pacifica is a powerful ally strengthening your radio station. We offer your listeners the rich legacy of listener-supported, listener-governed radio and the tradition of the oldest noncommercial radio network. With this programming, your station can seize a vital public service opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in affiliating with us. Please fill out our interest form.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Ten Valuable Features of Pacifica Affiliation

Pacifica offers flexible and affordable services that help strengthen your station. Through America’s network for independent radio broadcasting, you gain access to station-builder services and the nation’s foremost radio production addressing issues of social justice and culture. We bring you breaking news and analysis for today’s world events – as well as hope.

We value the uniqueness of every radio station in our network. We are dedicated to supporting your station on its own terms. We listen carefully to what matters to you. We offer administrative, promotional, and operational support services to help you build loyal listeners, financial prosperity, and sound infrastructure.

Our administrative and technical staff is at your service to assist daily operations and to help connect you to others in the network. Through our online AudioPort, we will also distribute any programs originating at your station that seek a larger audience.

There are many reasons to join our network. Ten features most often cited are:

1. Pacifica AudioPort

Our own web-based distribution system for receiving and exchanging audio content from throughout the network. Broadcast-quality sound files are available for download and broadcast at your convenience, as well as Internet streams of our satellite . Also a perfect tool for distributing your programs natioanally throughout the Pacifica Network. For more information on the AudioPort,click here.

2. National and International News

Unembedded, uncensored, grassroots, and breaking. News magazines like:  Democracy Now! and Flashpoints.

3. High Quality Programs

Award-winning grassroots public affairs and cultural programs, as well as actualities – for you own production use – of speeches, interviews, and breaking events. For more information about programs distributed by Pacifica, click here .

4. Access to Pacifica Radio Archives

More than 50 years of historic recordings of pivotal, speeches, interviews and music, and culture. Pacifica affiliates have free access to the Pacifica Radio Archives, one of the world’s oldest and most important audio archives for broadcast and can purchase CD’s at a low cost, to sell as premiums.

5. Live In-Depth Coverage of Important National and International Events

Our special coverage of wars, demonstrations, governmental hearings, conferences – even concerts – is live and un-embedded. In the Pacifica tradition of giving voice to the voiceless, we cover large events from the perspective of real people who are most affected but may get less representation in other media.

6. Station-builder fund-raising and promotional assistance

Proven fund-raisers from Pacifica as premium CD’s with detailed instructions, live fund-raising events, assistance with on-air pitching, and custom-made promotional PSA’s. Affiliates report that Pacifica programming itself raises their profiles, increases listenership, and helps greatly to bring in financial support from listeners. Some cite Pacifica programming as their primary fund-raising resource.

7. Flexible Reception Options

Content is distributed by our KU satellite or via Internet with the Pacifica AudioPort, which offers broadcast-quality sound files and streaming.

8. Opportunities to Collaborate With Talented and Accomplished Radio People

Radio workers across the country and throughout the world, find each other and collaborate to improve programming, share sound files of breaking stories, create new programs, train their producers, and create new professional communities based on similar interests and geography.  Novice producers easily meet highly-regarded veterans of the profession at radio stations throughout the network. Collaboration is facilitated by the Pacifica AudioPort, liaison services provided by the Pacifrica Affiliates Coordinator, regular conference calls for affiliates, working list serves, sister station projects, and Sprouts, a weekly program ditributed and coordinated by Pacifica that showcases stations’ local production.

9. Administrative and technical support

Pacifica staff are on call to help solve technical problems, administrative, and legal problems. Our affiliates coordinator,  satellite engineers, and Internet staff answer questions, share new information and resources, and facilitate collaboration between the many experts throughout the network at many of the Pacifica affiliated stations, for solving technical problems.

10. A National Audience for Production From Your Own Station

Joining the Pacifica Network is a partnership that serves to raise your local voices and talent to a national – even international platform. Aspiring producers at your station deserve opportunities to grow and encouragement from the radio world. Your community voices are important. We bring you to the big table.


What Public Radio Stations Say About Us

“Pacifica complements our NPR programming and helps raise KUNM’s profile in our community. The Pacifica AudioPort lets our producers collaborate with producers around the country and acquire sound to include in our productions. Being in the Pacifica Network increases KUNM’s value as a community resource.”
Richard Towne
General Manager, KUNM
Albuquerque, NM

“Democracy Now! has really helped build our audience during the afternoon news block and it has been very important in our fundraising. The show has been hugely successful. It has brought a whole new audience to KUNM and it has allowed us to diversify our listenership”
Marcos Martinez
Program Director, KUNM
Albuquerque, NM

“Since day one, Democracy Now! has consistently outperformed both Morning Edition and All Things Considered, both during fund drives and in listener loyalty. For many listeners, it is the high point of our broadcast day. We highly recommend adding Democracy Now! to any station looking to expand the reach and scope of their news programming. I can’t imagine KZYX without Pacifica programming which is an indispensable part of our programming schedule, giving voice to progressive perspectives that are almost completely absent from mainstream media.”
Mary Aigner
Program Director, KZYX
Philo, CA

“The response to Democracy Now! over the last six years has been overwhelming. The show raises more money for us than either Morning Edition or All Things Considered. The message from our community is clear – Democracy Now! is an essential part of our programming schedule.”
Christine Ahern
General Manager, WJFF
Jeffersonville, NY

“Listeners appreciate hearing the same story told by different voices. We provide programs that wouldn’t otherwise be heard in our listening area, programs such as Democracy Now! and independently produced programs such as Counterspinand Making Contact. Without these programs, stations are missing a public service opportunity and a big fundraising source.”
Michael Black
General Manager, WEOS
Geneva, NY