50 Years of KALX Radio

KALX 90.7 FM is proud to announce its 50th anniversary celebration!

 

It all started back in 1962 when KALX, originally Radio KAL, began broadcasts out of a simple cigar box heard only on the UC Berkeley campus. Fifty years later, KALX is a well-respected radio station heard over the air at 90.7FM in the SF Bay Area and on the web at kalx.berkeley.edu.

Renowned for its eclectic and adventurous programming, KALX was recently voted Best Radio Station by the East Bay Express in 2011. Few stations in the nation can boast that members of Green Day crashed on their couches, Frank Black strummed Beach Boys songs in their studios, or John Lennon chatted with their news crew about the riots in People’s Park. For a more in-depth look at KALX's journey, check out the Full and Unabridged History.

In the fall of 2012, KALX put on a series of commemorative events celebrating the past 50 years!


Retrospective Exhibit

Friday, September 7 - Friday, September 28, 2012
The 50th anniversary celebration kicked off with an exhibit at Oakland's Rock Paper Scissors Collective showcasing 50 years of select KALX artifacts and ephemera.


Three-Part Concert Series

KALX also curated a music series this fall at L@TE: Friday Nights at BAM/PFA, which featured three unique Bay Area bands that reflected the diverse sounds of the station.

Friday, September 28, 2012 
The Dodos Acclaimed indie rock duo influenced by bluegrass, metal, and gamelan recently released their 4th nationally praised album.

Friday, October 5, 2012
 Young Prisms The Bay Area five-piece dreamy shoegaze rock group with dark, driving rhythms.  Astronauts, Etc. UC Berkeley's own electronic dream pop artist.

Friday, November 2, 2012
Shotgun Wedding Quintet A four-piece ensemble of multi instrumentalists blending hip hop and jazz to make a big funky sound.


On-Air Programming

The festivities continued onto the airwaves!

         Friday, September 21 - Sunday, October 28, 2012
         KALX Throwback
Beginning Friday, September 21st, listeners got to experience KALX's special 50th on-air programming. DJs celebrated each decade of KALX history (1962-71, 1972-81, etc.) one week at a time, ending with the fundraiser. In addition, the "Throwback" programming included archived public affairs interviews, music interviews, and live performances.

Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 28 
KALX’s Annual On-Air Fundraiser In honor of its 50th anniversary, KALX featured special historical programming leading up to the fundraiser, along with its regular award-winning shows, and offered special thank you items to donors. The yearly Fall Fundraiser remains a critical part of the station’s livelihood.

 

News & Events

50th ANNIVERSARY
Posted on 10/2/2012
Beginning Friday, September 21st listeners will hear KALX's special 50th on-air programming. DJs will celebrate each ten year span/decade of KALX history (1962-71, 1972-81, etc.) one week at a time, ending with the fundraiser.

In addition, part of the "Throwback" programming includes archived public affairs interviews, music interviews, and live performances all of which will be aired Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at noon respectively.

50th ANNIVERSARY
Posted on 12/6/2012
"In a landscape that's seldom hospitable to college radio, KALX appears to be thriving" -East Bay Express
50th ANNIVERSARY
Friday, November 2nd - 5:00pm
Posted on 10/16/2012
On Friday, November 2nd @ 5:00PM KALX's last 50th Anniverary Concert Series comes to a close with a performance by the four-piece hip hop, jazz, and funk ensemble Shotgun Wedding Quintet.
50th ANNIVERSARY
Friday, October 5th - 5:00pm
Posted on 9/20/2012
On Friday, October 5th @ 5:00PM KALX's 50th Anniversary Concert Series continues with a performance by the Bay Area five-piece dreamy shoegaze rock group, Young Prisms.  Also on the bill is UC Berkeley's own electronic dream pop artist, Astronauts, Etc.

50th ANNIVERSARY
Friday, September 28th - 5:00pm
Posted on 9/20/2012
On Friday, September 28th @ 5:00PM KALX's 50th Anniversary Concert Series kicks off with a performance by the highly acclaimed San Francisco indie duo, The Dodos.

50th ANNIVERSARY
Friday, September 7th - 6:00pm
Posted on 8/30/2012

Friday, September 7th @ 6:00PM-9:00PM, KALX kicks off its 50th anniversary with a special exhibit at Rock Paper Scissors Collective Gallery.  Featured will be KALX items that provide a glimpse into elements of the station rarely seen by the public. This exhibit will run through Friday, September 28th.

 

50th ANNIVERSARY
Posted on 5/8/2012

Be a part of KALX history by designing our 2012 50th Anniversary t-shirt or bumper-sticker!

Your design could be on this year's KALX t-shirt, bumpersticker, and/or other logo items used during our annual on-air fundraiser this Fall celebrating 50 years of KALX in the Bay!

Get inspired! Check out swag designs from previous fundraisers and a gallery of some previous T-Shirt designs.