FAQ

 

About

What is public radio, and how is it different from commercial radio?

A: Commercial radio is made possible by commercials and public radio is made possible by you, the public. In the case of Southern California Public Radio, it is our mission to serve the public by strengthening the civic and cultural bonds that unite the diverse communities of Southern California, providing the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media. Unlike commercial radio, we are a service-oriented nonprofit organization.

What is Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), and how is it related to 89.3 KPCC, 89.1 KUOR and 90.3 KVLA?

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a California-based nonprofit organization that operates flagship station 89.3 KPCC, Pasadena as well as 89.1 KUOR, Redlands and 90.3 KVLA, Coachella. SCPR provides governance, management, and operational oversight for all three stations. Principal programming originates on KPCC and is repeated on KUOR and KVLA, extending SCPR service into the Inland Empire and the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs area.

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is an organization of American Public Media (APM). In addition to being SCPR's parent company, APM is also a national program provider and the non-profit support organization of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Although SCPR is organizationally related to APM, it is managed by a Southern California based management team and is governed by a separate board of trustees in Southern California.

SCPR broadcasts some national programming from APM, including Marketplace, Marketplace Money, A Prairie Home Companion, The Splendid Table, and The Story. In addition, APM provides SCPR some administrative and technical support services.

What is the relationship between SCPR and KPCC?

Pasadena Area Community College District (PACCD), which operates Pasadena City College (PCC), owns the broadcast license for 89.3 KPCC, Pasadena. As owner of the license, PACCD has ultimate responsibility and control over KPCC.

SCPR manages, programs and operates KPCC under a long-term agreement with PACCD. This agreement has been in place since January 1, 2000. Prior to that date, the college operated KPCC as a mixed-format community radio station, providing a variety of news, music and entertainment programs, many produced by PCC students and community volunteers.

What is the relationship between SCPR and KUOR?

The University of Redlands owns the broadcast license for 89.1 KUOR, Redlands. As owner of the license, the university has ultimate responsibility and control over KUOR. SCPR manages, programs and operates KUOR under terms of an agreement with the University of Redlands. That agreement is is similar to the one between SCPR and the Pasadena Area Community College District for operation of KPCC.

For many years, KUOR was a student-run station with mixed formats, then later served as a repeater for jazz station KLON, Long Beach (now KKJX). Since 2007 KUOR has been operated by SCPR

What is the relationship between SCPR and KVLA?

SCPR owns the broadcast license of 90.3 KPCC, Coachella, which repeats the same programming broadcast on KPCC and KUOR.

What kind of programming does SCPR air on its stations?

KPCC is a full-time news and information service for Los Angeles and the surrounding region of Southern California. The program schedule mixes locally produced news and information programming along with syndicated programming from NPR, the BBC, APM PRI (Public Radio International), and other independent program providers.

The program schedule includes major news programs from NPR—Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition—and public radio’s other signature programs, such as Car Talk, This American Life, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Marketplace, A Prairie Home Companion, etc.

KPCC’s rapidly growing local news department contributes regular reporting from throughout the area, including from bureaus in Orange County, the Inland Empire, Sacramento, and Washington, DC. KPCC produces a daily news magazine, Take Two, and a daily interview/call-in program, Air Talk with Larry Mantle. John Rabe hosts a weekly news/culture/entertainment program called Off-Ramp. KPCC’s radio programming and other original content also appears on the web site www.KPCC.org and is distributed on other digital platforms, including podcasts, by smart phone apps, etc.

Does KPCC play music? Can I send you my music?

Thank you for your interest. However, since our format is news and information, we do not play music, and are not accepting music submissions.

What is KPCC's relationship to National Public Radio (NPR)?

KPCC is an NPR member station. National Public Radio produces programs, which KPCC licenses and airs on our stations. KPCC is not organizationally related to NPR.

The NPR programming currently on our station includes Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air, Science Friday, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, and more.

Where can I listen to Southern California Public Radio?

89.3 KPCC-FM (Los Angeles and Orange County)
89.1 KUOR-FM (Riverside)
90.3 KVLA-FM (Coachella Valley)

You can also listen with a free app on your iPhone, as well as stream and podcast us anytime online.

Is Southern California Public Radio a nonprofit organization?

Yes, we are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3).

As a nonprofit organization, how are you funded?

We receive a small amount of funding (6%) from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and we also receive funding from underwriters, but the greatest and most reliable source of funding comes from our members.

How can I work for KPCC?

KPCC is part of a larger family of public radio organizations, including Southern California Public Radio (SCPR), American Public Media (APM), and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). Job openings for Southern California Public Radio are posted on the American Public Media Web site and are also listed in Los Angeles area newspapers and broadcasting trade publications. See job listings for all three organizations, and apply online

 

News and Programming

What is the call-in number for AirTalk?

866-893-5722 (toll free)

Does KPCC have a local newsroom?

Yes. We have a dedicated newsroom and reporters who have won over 200 awards for journalistic excellence.

 

Transmitters, Coverage, Reception, Etc.

Where are KPCC's transmitters located, and what is the coverage area?

KPCC's transmitter is located on Mt. Wilson, four miles north of Pasadena, CA. The FCC licenses KPCC to radiate 600 watts of power. This is a small amount of power when compared to other radio stations in the Los Angeles area. Presently, there is no possible way to increase KPCC's power without causing interference to other broadcasters in the Los Angeles area.

KPCC's coverage area includes Los Angeles and Orange counties with parts of Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. Our repeater stations KUOR and KVLA cover Riverside and the Coachella Valley, respectively.

Why do I sometimes lose reception even when I'm within your coverage area?

Within the coverage area, reception problems usually are due to obstructions such as hills and valleys in the landscape.

Seasonal weather patterns, atmospheric abnormalities, and sunspots, hills and valleys as well as man-made interference will affect radio reception. For a good discussion on how weather affects radio reception please see this Web page.

If you live outside of KPCC's coverage area, there may be other radio stations from time to time interfering with your reception of KPCC as well.

How can I improve my reception?

To improve reception of KPCC inside a building, experiment by placing your radio and its antenna (usually the power cord) near a window that faces Mt. Wilson. Mt Wilson is four miles north of Pasadena, CA.

Additionally, some retailers sell powered FM antennae that might be useful to you. A general rule of thumb is 'the higher the antenna the better'. Remember that obstructions between Mt. Wilson and your receiver will likely cause reception problems. An external FM antenna may improve reception in those areas where KPCC's signal strength is weak.

Always be careful not to touch power lines and other hazards when installing an external antenna. KPCC recommends that you contract with a professional antenna installer for outside antenna installation.

Is KPCC available on my cable TV service or satellite TV network?

Some cable TV service providers offer KPCC in their program line-up. If your cable TV service provider in Southern California does not offer KPCC, ask them when they will offer KPCC in their program line-up. If you do listen to KPCC via cable TV, please let us know via our cable survey.

 

Web Site/Mobile Devices/Internet Services

Sometimes archived program audio and/or the live stream audio cuts in and out, and the player takes long pauses to buffer. Why does it do this?

Most likely, traffic on the Internet is heavy during the times you experience rebuffering and audio cutting in and out. When the heavy traffic times are over, the buffering problems should get better.

How can I subscribe to a program's podcast?

If you want to subscribe to a program, download some or all of the episodes of that program to your computer, and be able to listen to them on either your computer or a portable MP3 player such as an iPod, then podcasts are for you! Visit our Podcasts page for more information and to subscribe.

Do I need any special software installed to listen to podcasts?

You need an application that supports podcasting. We recommend Apple's iTunes for ease of use.


 

Membership, Sustaining Members and Cancellation

Am I automatically renewed every year?

Yes. Sustaining Membership is an ongoing monthly donation plan that auto-renews annually. You’ll get a letter each year letting you know when it’s time to renew. You can change your donation amount or cancel your membership anytime, not just at the time of your annual renewal.

Why should I become a Sustaining Member?

Sustaining Membership benefits both you and the station. (Read on for special perks offered to our Sustainers.) It’s the most efficient and effective way to give, and it helps build a powerful base of support for KPCC, which may even help us reduce the time we spend fundraising on-air. We save paper and administrative costs are lower, so more of your donation can be spent on programming and news.

How do I change or cancel my membership?

Ruth Calichman can always help you with your membership. You can email Ruth here or call her at 626-583-5129. Ruth can help you change your address or credit card number, increase or decrease the amount of your monthly donation, or cancel your membership. Remember that you can make changes anytime.

Do I still receive a KPCC Members Benefits Card each year?

Yes! Sustainers receive uninterrupted Friends Card benefits.

I’d like a record of my annual contributions for tax purposes. How do I request one?

Each January, Sustainers are automatically sent an end of the year tax summary.

I’d like to enter KPCC sweepstakes and giveaways. How do I do this if I’m already contributing monthly?

One of the perks of a Sustaining Membership is that you're automatically entered in all our sweepstakes and giveaways, You don't have to do a thing!

 

Click here to become a Sustaining Member or call Ruth Calichman at 626-583-5129.

 

Click here if you’re interested in finding out more about Planned Giving opportunities.