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Q: Why is KFCF doing some local pledge breaks rather than airing all of KPFA's Pledge Breaks?

KPFA and Pacifica Radio's National Office are having some cash flow problems. Due to problems with some of the Pacifica owned stations running a deficit for a number of years, KPFA,The National Office and other stations have depleted any cash reserves they had. They also have not gotten any Corporation for Public Broadcasting Matching Grants for the last two years due to internal problems with providing an audit. Pledge drives tend to mean your money comes in spurts with a drought in between. KPFA is having to decide which "bills" to set aside to make payroll, taxes and benefits payments first as required by law. Unfortunately payements from KFCF's subscribers arte among those bills that have had payment "delayed".

Is KFCF broke?

No. IF KFCF had all the money that our listeners have pledged to us through KPFA, we would be in great shape. However, our landlords, vendors, and staff prefer to be paid in cash, not promises.
As of January 2015 KPFA still owes us money pledged in October, November, Decemebr and January. They have promised us a partial payment in "a few weeks". In the meantime we have payments due to the music royalty companies BMI, ASCAP, SESAC, our insurance (3 policies), payroll, benefits, rent and electricity to pay.

How can I help?

You can call during our local pledge breaks at 559-573-3350, or go to
You can also volunteer to help answer phones by calling 559-233-2221.

What if I want a premium I heard KPFA talking about?

You can still get it by calling KPFA at 1-800-439-5732 or going to

Money pledged via KPFA will eventually get to KFCF minus premium costs, administrative fees and credit card fees.cfffffffffveeeeeeeeerf Thank you for your support of KFCF!

Planetary Radio

Sundays at 6:30 PM

Sunday Feb 1 , 2015: The Planetary Society has just announced that LightSail A will be launched into low earth orbit in May. We’ll talk with Project Manager Doug Stetson and embedded LightSail reporter Jason Davis about what to expect. Bill Nye welcomes a special guest to a conversation about the meaning of this privately-funded solar sail. Emily Lakdawalla updates the Curiosity Mars rover mission and shares spectacular images from the Rosetta comet exploration. We close with Director of Science and Technology Bruce Betts and his recommendations of What’s Up this week.

Bill Nye

Each week, Planetary Radio visits with scientists, engineers, project managers, astronauts, advocates or writers who provides a unique and exciting perspective on the exploration of our solar system and beyond. We also showcase regular features that raise your space IQ while they put a smile on your face. Host Mat Kaplan (right, above) is joined by Planetary Society colleagues Bill Nye the Science Guy (left, above), Bruce Betts, and Emily Lakdawalla. We hit the road now and then to produce a Planetary Radio Live show in front of an audience.

KFCF Thanks you for your generous support during 2014

KFCF Thanks you for your continued support. As you may have heard, Pacifica Radio and KPFA are having some very serious financial issues and it has delayed payments due KFCF. We are not in a critical crisis yet but we are watching things very carefully. KFCF is owned and operated by The Fresno Free College Foundation, not KPFA and/or Pacifica. KFCF is in good financial condition.
A copy of our financial information from our recent fiscal year 2013-2014 can be seen in a draft form from our CPA here: FFCF Budget Draft 2013-14 KFCF has a few months of operating capital at this time, and KPFA does owe us some money. We will strive to keep you informed on air, our webpage and by other means. We appreciate the trust you have had in KFCF.


Dear listeners to my monthly radio show "Down in the Valley." I will be off the air until early next year while I tend to some health problems. I hope all have a happy holiday season. Lloyd G Carter

HOLIDAY Pledge Drive

Thanks to all who donated during the Holiday Pledge drive. You can still help KFCF with a beginning of year donation. See bottom of this page.

Leave a Legacy

Remember KFCF/The Fresno Free College Foundation in your will/estate. Include language such as the following in your estate planning:

"I give and bequeath unto the Fresno Free College Foundation/KFCF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, Taxpayer ID 23-7071044, with its principal office in Fresno, California, the sum of $_______________ to be used to further the work of the foundation." (If you do not wish to specify an amount, you may use a residuary bequest that is stated as a percentage of your estate.) For more information, contact the station at 559-233-2221. Remember KFCF/The Fresno Free College Foundation in your will/estate. Include language such as the following in your estate planning:

Another option is making KFCF/FFCF the beneficiary of your 401(k)or 403(b), IRA, Roth or Keogh retirement plan. The designee should be the "Fresno Free College Foundation", Taxpayer-ID 23-7071044. KFCF/FFCF can get your pre-tax contributions TAX FREE. For more information, contact the station at 559-233-2221.

Alternative Radio

Wednesdays at 11 AM

Nadine Strossen Spying, Secrecy & Suppression

There is an assault on civil liberties and fundamental rights. State spying, secrecy and suppression have vastly increased. 9/11 is the pretext for surveillance that never stops giving. Both Democrats and Republicans have greatly expanded the powers of the multiple government agencies that watch and monitor us. What is called oversight is a joke. We would do well to recall Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas's ringing dissent in his 1972 opinion Laird v. Tatum. This is what he said: "The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people. The Bill of Rights was added to keep the precincts of belief and expression, of the press, of political and social activities free from surveillance. The Bill of Rights was designed to keep agents of government and official eavesdroppers away from assemblies of people."

Nadine Strossen

Abdullah Al-Arian is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar.; He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt and co-editor of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents in Islam page. He is a contributor to Al-Jazeera English. Nadine Strossen is professor of law at New York Law School. She served as president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008 and now sits on its National Advisory Council. She was twice named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal for her work on constitutional law, civil liberties and international human rights.
  • Jan 28 Nadine Strossen Spying, Secrecy & Suppression
  • Feb 4 Cornel West - Love & Justice
  • Feb 11 Keeaanga-Yamahtta Taylor - From Black Power to the New Jim Crow
  • Feb 18 Michael Eric Dyson - Malcolm X & the Politics of Race
  • Feb 28 Manning Marable - Democratic Values & Economic Inequality
  • In memory of Les Kimber

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    KFCF honors the memory of Les Kimber, who served on our Board of Directors from 1970-1979, and was Vice President of the FFCF from 1973-1979. He was part of the board that worked to get KFCF on the air. Les was founder of The California Advocate, A Fresno City Councilman and active in civil rights, helped organize the annual Martin Luther King Jr. March in Downtown Fresno, and a leader in Fresno's African American community. Les Kimber was a guest on Valley Views on The Law on KFCF last year. That program can be heard here: San Joaquin College Of Law Multi-Media Page LINK

    Democracy Now! Newsfeed

    Heard weekdays at 6 AM and 9 AM on KFCF
    » Democracy Now!

    Pacifica Evening News - Evenings at 6 PM on KFCF

    Activists Urge Fracking Moratorium

    Anti-fracking activists are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to halt the controversial oil-drilling practice in California. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting water and chemicals into wells to get them to produce more oil or gas. Opponents say fracking poses a threat to public health and the environment, and they’re calling on Brown to follow the lead of New York by imposing a moratorium on fracking. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

    Asian Pacific Islander Data Could Be Broken Down to Specifics

    California’s Legislative Asian-Pacific Islander, Black and Latino Caucuses are joining to support legislation calling on public health and higher education agencies to collect data about specific Asian Pacific Islander communities, instead of lumping diverse communities into an “Asian-Pacific Islander” group. They say “disaggregating” data about distinct communities could help tailor health care and education programs to meet the specific needs of California’s 42 different Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Christopher Martinez reports from Sacramento.

    Tens of Thousands Mark Roe v. Wade Anniversary in San Francisco

    Coinciding with the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country to celebrate or denounce the landmark abortion ruling. Activists on both sides have been galvanized by a number of recent legislative pushes to restrict abortions, including the Republican bill HR 7, which passed the House on Thursday. In San Francisco today, anti-abortion demonstrators held a “Walk for Life,” which was met by a relatively small but vocal counter-protest. While California has the reputation of a pro-choice state, several recent laws have abortion-defenders worried that this might be under threat. KPFA’s Andrew Klein files this report from San Francisco.

    Lawsuit Challenges Immigration Holds on Undocumented Californians

    A Sacramento resident has filed suit against the Sheriff of Sacramento for keeping him in jail on an “immigration hold” at the request of federal immigration officials. The lawsuit says the immigration hold violates constitutional protections as well as California’s “Trust Act”. Christopher Martinez reports.

    Shippers & ILWU spar over who's to blame for port slowdown

    Longshore workers who unload the ships in Oakland and other West Coast ports and the shipping companies they work for have been negotiating a new labor contract since May. Neither side is saying much about the issues they are bargaining over, but some signs of the dispute are growing stacks of containers at the Port of Oakland and small a fleet of ships waiting in San Francisco Bay for their turn to tie up at the Oakland piers. Tom Herriman reports from Oakland.


    Free Speech Radio News Weekly News stories are featured on KFCF during newscasts

    Estates, Trusts and Wills Workshop

    Thanks to all who attended the workshop on Sat. July 26th. The Audio is at :

    KFCF Volunteer Opportunities

    KFCF is looking for the following: a webmaster to update and maintain the KFCF website; and someone to help with light janitorial services at our studios. We also can occasionally use volunteers for other things, too. If you can help, send an email to or call the station at 559-233-2221.

    LA Theatre Works

    Sundays at 7 PM

    photo of L.A. Theatre Works poster

    “Man of the Moment”

    Written by: Alan Ayckbourn
    Directed by: Robert Robinson
    Starring: Rosalind Ayres, Kenneth Danzinger, Martin Jarvis, Yeardley Smith

    Synopsis: The price of accidental fame is hashed out in this comedy about a famous bank robber and the clerk who foiled his biggest heist. Ayckbourn’s 1988 play anticipates the popularity - and absurdity - of reality TV.

    An L.A. Theatre Works premiere broadcast


    FFCF Board of Directors Meeting

    The Board of Directors of the Fresno Free College Foundation holds its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. at the Fresno Center For Non Violence/Peace Fresno at 1584 N Van Ness Avenue Avenue in Fresno.

    The next meeting is scheduled for

    Winter 2015 Pledge Drive
    Jan 27 to Feb 13

    A number of people have contacted KFCF saying they want to directly donate to KFCF. If you want to donate, you can send your contribution to KFCF, PO Box 4364, Fresno, CA 93744-4364, or donate/pledge online by clicking one of the buttons below. If you're interested in a premium, you can donate via KPFA's web page or during a pledge drive call their toll free number, 1-800-439-5732.

    If you wish to enter a recurring monthly pledge, click the "Monthly Pledge" button.

    To make a single payment, click the "One Time Payment" button.

    Please note that only individuals who donate a minimum of $25 per year to KPFA by calling 1-800-439-5732 or via the website are eligible to vote in KPFA elections. Potential members who want to donate more than $25 have an option of donating this $25 amount to KPFA (a portion of this donation returns to our local affiliate) and the balance of their intended donation directly to KFCF. All donations of at least $25 to KPFA qualify individuals to vote in KFCF (local) and KPFA (Berkeley) elections.