KPOO Radio

KPOO is an African-American and independently owned non commercial radio station based in San Francisco, CA. It’s mission is to open the airwaves to the disenfranchised and the under served. During the week KPOO covers news, events, interviews, public meetings, and public service announcements. KPOO’s program focus has always been jazz, hip hop, salsa, reggae, blues, and gospel. The station’s diverse programing also includes Irish Americans, Arab American, Latin programing, prisoner rights issues, health issues, and Native American concerns.


Joe Rudolph (1938 to 2001) was the founder and creator of KPOO radio. He helped organize the 1968 student strikes at San Francisco State University. He started Fillmore Media, a precursor of KPOO, a community based media center. He later taught about community media at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. KPOO was the first station that created the first all gospel, reggae, rap, salsa, blues, and doo-wop.

My favorite KPOO programs:

“Love Soul” by Al Glenn Tuesday from 11:30 P.M. to 2:00 A.M. Great soul music rarely heard.

“Uplift! The Music of John Coltrane” by Wanika King-Stephens Tuesdays from 12 to 4. They play all the classics.

“Jumpstart” by Scott Thompson Thursday from 6 to 9. News from around the world & insightful interviews.

“Reality Sandwich” by Julie & Martin Matthews Thursdays from 12 to 1. Insightful information about healthful living.

“Arab Talk” by Jess Thursday from 2 to 3. I listen to this program for my information about the Arab world.

“La Verdad Musical” by Avotcja Friday from 12 to 3. No one knows the musical scene like Avotcja.

“Do I Move You” by Francesca Fridays from 6 to 10. Great musical mix especially reggae.

“Ghetto Gumbo” by K-Maxx Fridays from 10 P.M. To 2 A.M. The best rap show around.

“Wake Up Everyone” by Donald Lacy Saturdays from 7 to 12. Donald gives it to you straight.

“Con Clave” by Chata Guiterrez Saturdays from 12 to 3. Chata is definitely the best salsa DJ.

“Cruisin through the 70’s” by JJ Saturdays from 10 P.M. To 12 Midnight. No one re-creates the 70’s like JJ.

“Vintage Soul” (1960’S) by JJ Saturdays from 12 Midnight to 2 A.M. Live the 60’s through JJ.

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