About Pacifica Foundation

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Lewis Hill, co-founder of Pacifica Radio

The Pacifica Foundation was founded in 1949 as a visionary alternative to commercially-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 the promotion of culture. Unbeholden to commercial or governmental interests, we recognize that use of the airwaves is a public trust.


KPFA in Berkeley, CA

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. Pacifica also has one of the most extensive and important sound archives in the world. We are energizing independent, community radio through collaboration, interactivity, and program exchange.

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Young radio producer at NYC Pacifica station WBAI

The Pacifica Foundation is made up of five stations, belonging to the Pacifica Foundation, located 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 local, independent, community based media-practicing the first amendment in a democracy.  Our affiliate network includes more than 200 indpendent affiliate stations around the world.