KQED 88.5 FM :: www.kqed.org
Public Media For Northern CA. KQED-FM (88.5 FM) is an NPR-member radio station owned by Northern California Public Broadcasting in San Francisco, California. KQED-FM was founded by James Day in 1969 as the radio arm of KQED Television. The founding manager was Bernard Mayes who later went on to be Executive Vice-President of KQED TV and also co-founder and chairman of NPR (National Public Radio). KQED-FM was first located in a former church building where the Presbyterian church ran station KXKX-FM the licence of which was sold to KQED. The first programming of KQED-FM included news feeds from NPR, ‘street radio’ broadcast live from local street corners, drama and music. Later, due to reduced funding, Mayes opened the air to ‘Tribal Radio’ – productions by local non-profit groups, some in their own languages.