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A Format Switch for Eternity

Listeners to WPFW, the Washington radio station that specializes in jazz and left-wing political content, or other stations around the country that are part of the Pacifica network of listener-supported radio outlets will especially love a dramatic moment that took place Sunday out in Berkeley, California. There, Pacifica station KPFA unexpectedly changed its format from news and doctrinaire identity politics to something completely different.

Across the country, the sale of erstwhile public radio stations to religious organizations has been a growing phenomenon. For this to spread to Berkeley is a huge step for the evangelical movement. April 1 will go down in both radio and political history as a particularly momentous day. Check it out here. The new station is taking comments at

Charlie Varon, who created The New KPFA, is an old friend and fellow lover of odd sounds and pranks. You can find out more about him at Charlie's one-man show, The People's Violin, played at Theater J in Washington a few years back.

By Marc Fisher |  April 1, 2007; 6:40 PM ET
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WPFW: Possibly the single worst radio station in the region. Nutty, paranoid, extreme, racist, completely wacked. Great music, though.

Posted by: FisherWatch | April 5, 2007 12:21 PM

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