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CityPasadena, California
Broadcast areaGreater Los Angeles
Branding89.3 KPCC
SloganThe Voice of Southern California
Frequency89.3 MHz (HD Radio)
Translator(s)89.3 KPCC-FM1 (Santa Clarita)
89.3 KPCC-FM2 (West Los Angeles)
89.3 KPCC-FM3 (West Los Angeles)
89.9 K210AD (Santa Barbara)
93.3 K227BX (Palm Springs)
Repeater(s)89.1 KUOR (Redlands)
90.3 KVLA (Coachella)
89.5 KJAI (Ojai)
First air dateAugust 2, 1957; 62 years ago (1957-08-02)
FormatPublic radio/News
HD2: Alternative rock (KCMP simulcast)
ERP600 watts
HAAT891 meters
Facility ID51701
Transmitter coordinates34°13′36″N 118°03′58″W / 34.22667°N 118.06611°W / 34.22667; -118.06611
Call sign meaningPasadena City College
Former call signsKPCS (1957–79)
AffiliationsAmerican Public Media
Public Radio International
OperatorAmerican Public Media Group
OwnerPasadena City College
(Pasadena Area Community College District)
Sister stationsKUOR-FM
WebcastListen Live

KPCC (89.3 FM) – branded 89.3 KPCC – is a non-commercial educational radio station licensed to Pasadena, California, primarily serving Greater Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. KPCC also reaches much of Santa Barbara, Ventura County, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, and extends throughout Southern California with five low-power broadcast relay stations and three full-power repeaters. Owned by Pasadena City College and operated by the American Public Media Group via Southern California Public Radio, KPCC broadcasts a mix of public radio and news, and is an owned-and-operated station for American Public Media; in addition to serving as an affiliate for NPR and Public Radio International; and is the radio home for Sandra Tsing Loh and Larry Mantle. Besides a standard analog transmission, KPCC broadcasts over two HD Radio channels,[1] and is available online. The KPCC studios are located in Pasadena, while the station transmitter is on Mount Wilson.


The station originally signed on the air in 1957 from the Pasadena City College campus as KPCS; the call sign stood for Pasadena City Schools, which operated the college before the advent of the state-controlled Pasadena Area Community College District. It used 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 who were studying broadcasting at the college. KPCS changed to KPCC on December 1, 1979.[2]

Formerly, the station broadcast from a transmitter in Orange County, later from Downtown Los Angeles (at the Frank Stanton Studios), and on the PCC campus.

KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center in June 2011

The station originally broadcast from the campus of Pasadena City College in Pasadena. KPCC decided to invest in a $24.5 million modern facility. In February 2010, the station moved to a 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) converted office building on Raymond Avenue in Pasadena named the Mohn Broadcast Center and Crawford Family Forum.

The station is operated by Southern California Public Radio, a group owned by American Public Media Group (the parent organization of 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. Since the APM takeover, PCC student participation has been reduced to internships supported by American Public Media.[citation needed]

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 (along with the traditional responsibility of maintaining FCC-related issues as the licensee), while APM controls the station and all the pledges, grants, and corporate underwriting revenues.

KPCC reaches 600,000 listeners each week.[3]

Current programming

Weekday programming on KPCC includes:Take Two with 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 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.

HD broadcasting

KPCC broadcasts over two HD Radio channels:


KPCC also extends its signal via full-power satellites KUOR Redlands (89.1 FM),[4] KVLA Coachella (90.3 FM), and KJAI Ojai (89.5 FM), as well as low-power translators KPCC-FM1 Santa Clarita (89.3 FM), KPCC-FM2 West Los Angeles (89.3 FM), KPCC-FM3 West Los Angeles (89.3 FM), K210AD Santa Barbara (89.9 FM) and K227BX Palm Springs (93.3 FM). KUOR is licensed to the University of Redlands, while KVLA and KJAI are licensed to American Public Media Group's SCPR. All three of the station's full-power repeaters also broadcast two HD Radio signals.


  1. ^ Archived 2017-08-08 at the Wayback Machine HD Radio Guide for Los Angeles
  2. ^ "KPCC Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  3. ^ page: "About"
  4. ^ "KUOR-FM Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved April 3, 2011.

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