Pacifica Radio went on the air in 1949 to bring a new voice and a new style of radio to the airwaves. This week, on From the Vault, we pay homage to this spirit of freedom, through a 50th anniversary montage produced in 1999 by Andrea Kissack and former KPFA Drama & Literature Director Susan Stone. Quintessential Pacifica voices, drawn from the Archives, form a critical progressive landscape; included are recordings of Alan Watts, Allen Ginsberg, W.E.B. DuBois, Rosa Parks, Paul Robeson, Rachel Carson, Aldous Huxley, Harry Bridges, Dorothy Parker, Lenny Bruce, and others.
From the Vault is presented as part of the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration, and past grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners. We also thank our partners and collaborators at the Pop-Up Archive, Amara, Other Minds Archives, George Blood Audio, and the California Audio Visual Preservation Project.