50 Years of KALX Radio

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KALX 90.7FM 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.

This fall, KALX brings you a series of commemorative events celebrating the past 50 years!


Retrospective Exhibit

Friday, September 7 at 6PM 
The 50th anniversary celebration kicks off with an exhibit at Oakland's Rock Paper Scissors Collective showcasing 50 years of select KALX artifacts and ephemera. The exhibit will run through Friday, September 28th. Please call to confirm gallery hours. 


Three-Part Concert Series

KALX will also curate a music series this fall at L@TE: Friday Nights at BAM/PFA, featuring three unique Bay Area bands that reflect the diverse sounds of the station. Tickets for these exclusive shows go on sale a week before the show at the Berkeley Art Museum.

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

Friday, October 5
 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
Shotgun Wedding Quintet A four-piece ensemble of multi instrumentalists blending hip hop and jazz to make a big funky sound.  We recommend taking public transportation to this event. Parking will be in short supply due to a Friday night Cal football game at Memorial Stadium.


On-Air Programming

The festivities continue onto the airwaves!

         Friday, September 21 - Sunday, October 28
         KALX Throwback
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.

Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 28 
KALX’s Annual On-Air Fundraiser In honor of its 50th anniversary, KALX will feature special historical programming leading up to the fundraiser along with its regular award winning shows, and offer special thank you items to donors. This event is a critical part of the station’s livelihood.

More information to come!

News & Events

50th ANNIVERSARY

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.

 

Public Affairs Interviews - Mondays

October 8th @ noon - Tania Ketenjian with Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman
October 15th @ noon - Michael Moore
October 22nd @ noon - John Lennon

 

Live Performances - Wednesdays  

September 6th @ noon - The Runaways live from Sproul Plaza - April 30th, 1976 
October 3rd @ noon - Dead Kennedys live from Old Waldorf - October 25th, 1979
October 10th @ noon - REM live from the Old Waldorf - October 1982
October 17th @ noon- Red Hot Chili Peppers live from the Stone - July 5th, 1985
50th ANNIVERSARY

"In a landscape that's seldom hospitable to college radio, KALX appears to be thriving" -East Bay Express

"Venerable yet still spunky Berkeley college radio station KALX toasts its big 5-0 with a series of 50th anniversary head-turners beginning with a show of flyers, posters, T-shirts and artifacts at Oakland's Rock Paper Scissors Collective" -San Francisco Chronicle

"The great thing about KALX is that you may not like this particular song you're listening to at the moment, but you don't want to turn it off because the next song may be the best thing you've ever heard" -Oakland Tribune

"The sense of pride among volunteers and staff members at the radio station can be traced to its long history of finding and influencing underground artists"- Daily Californian

"And for all of its 50 years, from the days of reel-to-reels and campus strife to digital transmission around the world, KALX and its music-obsessed, radio-loving volunteers have collectively projected a consistent identity and ethic: It’s profoundly eclectic and free"- UC Berkeley News Center

50th ANNIVERSARY

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.

Taking place at: Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

Doors at 5:00PM

DJ Poindexter at 6:30PM

The Dodos at 7:30PM

All ages and wheelchair accessible show.

Get your tickets now!

RSVP on Facebook!

50th ANNIVERSARY

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.

The retrospective exhibit will showcase 50 years of select KALX artifacts and ephemera including historical photographs, local venue show flyers and community designed KALX t-shirts.

Rock Paper Scissors Collective is located in the Uptown district in Oakland at 2278 Telegraph Avenue, CA.

Please call (510)238-9171 to confirm gallery hours.

50th ANNIVERSARY

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.

Taking place at: Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, 2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

Doors at 5:00PM

DJ Bungalow Bill at 7:00PM

Astronauts, Etc. at 7:30pm

Young Prisms at 8:00pm

All ages and wheelchair accessible show.

Get your tickets now!

RSVP on Facebook!

50th ANNIVERSARY
Shotgun Wedding Quintet

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.


Taking place at Berkeley Art Museum2625 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

Doors at 5:00PM

DJ Citizen Zain at 6:30PM

Shotgun Wedding Quintet at 7:30PM

All ages and wheelchair accessible show.

Get your tickets now!

RSVP on Facebook!

Parking will be in short supply due to a Friday night Cal football game at Memorial Stadium.
Public transport and early arrival is advised.