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KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center, June 2011
City of license Pasadena, California
Broadcast area Los Angeles-Orange County
Branding 89.3 KPCC
Slogan "FM with IQ"
"No Rant No Slant"[1]
Frequency 89.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Format KPCC/KVLA-FM: Public Radio
KPCC-HD2: Ahora
KPCC-HD3: "The Current" (Alternative rock)
Language(s) English
ERP 600 watts
HAAT 891 meters (2,923 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 51701
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning K Pasadena City College
Former callsigns KPCS (?-1979)[2]
Affiliations NPR
American Public Media
Owner Pasadena City College
(operated by American Public Media Group)
(Pasadena Area Community College District)
Sister stations KUOR-FM
Webcast Listen Live
City of license Redlands, California
Broadcast area Riverside-San Bernardino, California
Frequency 89.1 MHz
Format Public Radio
Language(s) English
ERP 35 watts
HAAT 848 meters (2,782 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 69217
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning K University Of Redlands
Former callsigns KUOR (?-1978)[3]
Owner University of Redlands
Sister stations KPCC
City of license Coachella, California
Broadcast area Palm Springs, California
Frequency 90.3 MHz
ERP 340 watts
HAAT 175 meters
Class A
Facility ID 85911
Affiliations Southern California Public Radio, NPR
Owner American Public Media Group
Sister stations KPCC, KUOR

KPCC (89.3 MHz FM) is a public radio station based in Pasadena, California. It is a member of National Public Radio, and is one of two full NPR members serving Southern California; Santa Monica-based KCRW is the other.

The station broadcasts at 600 watts, which on paper is relatively modest for a full NPR member on the FM band. However, it operates from the Mount Wilson transmitter, and thus boasts one of the widest coverage areas of any public radio station in Southern California, providing at least secondary coverage to all of Los Angeles and Orange counties. The station is listened to by approximately 600,000 listeners each week.[4]

KPCC is operated by Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), a subsidiary of American Public Media Group. The station's broadcast license is registered to Pasadena City College. KPCC has three satellite stations and two translator frequencies: stations 89.1 FM KUOR in Redlands, 90.3 FM KVLA-FM in the Coachella Valley (Indio, California & Palm Springs) and 89.5 FM KJAI in Ojai, CA (previously KLFF (FM)), and translators 89.9 FM K210AD in Santa Barbara, California and 93.3 FM K227BX in Palm Springs. KUOR is licensed to the University of Redlands, while KVLA and KJAI are licensed to SCPR. The station originally broadcast from the campus of Pasadena City College in Pasadena. In February 2010, the station moved to a new 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) facility in a converted office building on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena named the Mohn Broadcast Center and Crawford Family Forum.

In addition to syndicated shows from National Public Radio, American Public Media, the British Broadcasting Corporation and Public Radio International networks, KPCC also produces several original programs, including Take Two, AirTalk, The Frame and Off-Ramp. The station also produces several regular shorter features, including The Loh Life and The Loh Down on Science.

KPCC broadcasts in the HD format.[5]


  • Programming 1
    • On-air staff 1.1
  • History 2
    • Studios 2.1
    • Ownership 2.2
    • Broadcast details 2.3
  • Awards 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
    • Further reading 5.1
  • External links 6


KPCC currently airs four original programs: Take Two with Alex Cohen & A Martínez, AirTalk with Larry Mantle, The Frame with John Horn, and Off-Ramp with John Rabe. The programs The Madeleine Brand Show and Patt Morrison used to air but were replaced in 2012. The station also produces Sandra Tsing Loh's The Loh Down on Science, a 60-second science feature on weekdays, and The Loh Life on weekends, which features her commentary on various issues. Local news coverage is part of both Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Syndicated weekday programming includes Morning Edition, BBC Newshour, Fresh Air, Marketplace, All Things Considered, The Story with Dick Gordon, The World, Q and Talk of the Nation.

In addition to original and syndicated American public radio shows, KPCC also broadcasts programming from the BBC World Service.

On-air staff



KPCC originally broadcast from the campus of Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. In 2010, SCPR opened a new $24.5-million broadcast facility in Pasadena. The $27 million facility also houses administrative staff that were formerly headquartered in Los Angeles.

Formerly, the station operated from an unspecified location in Orange County, from Downtown Los Angeles (at the Frank Stanton Studios), and on the PCC campus. Reporters are stationed in Orange County and in the Inland Empire in addition to being dispatched from the KPCC studio.


The station is operated by Southern California Public Radio, a group owned by Minnesota Public Radio); however the license remains in the hands of Pasadena City College. The station is usually identified as a "public service of Pasadena City College" at the top of each hour.

PCC's contract with American Public Media permits either side to terminate the arrangement after giving sufficient notice, APM with six months notice and PCC with five years notice after 2015 (effectively making it a 20-year contract with an unlimited option to renew). PCC gets on air recognition and funding for a broadcast internship program while APM controls the station and all the pledges, grants, and corporate underwriting revenues.

Broadcast details

KPCC operates with three full powered satellite stations: 89.1 FM KUOR at the University of Redlands in Redlands, and 90.3 FM KVLA-FM in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley & 89.5 KJAI Ventura County. KPCC reaches 600,000 listeners each week.[4] KPCC broadcasts digitally with the HD Radio system. As of March 2006, it is reportedly carrying the Spanish-language BBC Mundo and KCMP 89.3 "The Current", an alternative music station from Minnesota Public Radio, in addition to the main KPCC signal which is broadcast from remote-controlled transmitter facilities on Mt. Wilson.

The station originally went on the air in 1957 from the Pasadena City College campus as KPCS ("Pasadena City Schools," which operated the college before the advent of the state-controlled Pasadena Area Community College District) using the former KWKW-FM 250-watt transmitter and studio equipment, and a small antenna on the roof of the campus administration building that provided limited coverage. The station was operated by, and for, students studying broadcasting at the college. Since the APM takeover, PCC student participation has been reduced to internships supported by American Public Media.


KPCC's news department has become the most honored in Southern California among large radio stations. It won nine Golden Mike awards for news coverage in 2005.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ "KPCC Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ "KUOR-FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b page: "About"
  5. ^

Further reading

  • Stuart, Tessa (November 1, 2012). "How KPCC's Quest for Latino Listeners Doomed The Madeleine Brand Show".  

External links

  • 89.3 KPCC official website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KPCC
  • Radio-Locator information on KPCC
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KPCC
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KUOR
  • Radio-Locator information on KUOR
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KUOR
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KVLA
  • Radio-Locator information on KVLA
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KVLA
  • KPCC's page on StylusCity
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