Pacifica station WPFW-FM, DC’s Voice for Jazz and Justice, Launches From New Location

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WASHINGTON, DC….WPFW (89.3 FM), Pacifica’s radio station in the DC metro for 36 years, left its long-time home in the soon-to-be-demolished City Paper building in the Adams Morgan district and began broadcasting at 12 noon on Wednesday May 22 from temporary facilities on L Street.
Pacifica technical experts Otis MacClay  & Jon Almeleh in the new WPFW studio

Pacifica technical experts Otis MacClay
& Jon Almeleh in the new WPFW studio

“WPFW, with its powerful transmitter, has had a stressful time recently given the loss of its long-term facility and the struggle to find a new permanent home in the expensive Capital District,” said Summer Reese, Pacifica’s Interim Executive Director. “We are so pleased,” she said, “to have launched the station in a new temporary location in order to maintain its important and unique voice in the DC area.”

WPFW’s program schedule has always resonated with a vibrant musical mix that includes some of the most knowledgeable experts in the history of jazz music and progressive public affairs, including “Democracy Now!” with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.

Since its inception, volunteerism has always been at the heart of WPFW. In fact, it’s thanks to talented volunteer radio producers who have continued to offer DC listeners a vast array of rich cultural and relevant local and international public affairs information. Von Martin, a volunteer, was the first voice on WFPW 36 years ago. He began his first broadcast with Duke Ellington’s “Take the ‘A’ Train” and WPFW has been the “Jazz Messenger” ever since.

Brother Ah: A lifetime of jazz on WPFW

Brother Ah: A lifetime of jazz on WPFW

Examples abound at WPFW of others who have maintained this tradition, like Brother Ah (pictured here) who continues to both entertain and educate listeners about jazz history and his own experiences as a jazz performer.

As a listener supported network, the Pacifica Foundation and the WPFW board along with its staff in DC are especially thankful to WPFW’s supporters over the years and look forward to continuing to serve the DC community with uncensored programming that can’t be found anywhere else!
The station continues its search for a radio-outfitted studio facility in the DC metro region for a long-term permanent base.