Monday, January 29, 2007

Freeform Forum / Google Group

Notice the new sign-up box in the sidebar. There is now a Google group for discussions related to freeform, past and present.

I tried the forum approach back a couple of years ago and a number of us found it useful for sharind stories, recollections and perspectives. Unfortunately, it was hit by some spammers in Eastern Europe, so I had to shut it down in 2005.

Google does a pretty good job combating spam, plus they are investing more time and energy to improve their groups capabilities. So, we'll give it another go and see what happens.

Like I did with the original forum, I'll be taking excerpts of my book in progress, about freeform, and posting them at the Freeform Radio Google Group, in addition to what you all post there. I will appreciate any feedback on the book that you can give me.

Please go to:

Freeform Radio Google Group

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Friday, January 26, 2007

KPOO San Francisco

KPOO-FM still broadcasts in the Bay Area and now even streams over the Internet at:

"In 1971, with the help of broadcasters Lorenzo Milam and Jeremy Lansman, several community organizations with no prior radio experience applied for an FCC license to begin broadcasting community issues on the premise that any community group with something to say should be able start a low-powered radio station to serve that community. The result of that act was KPOO, the first Black-owned, noncommercial radio station west of the Mississippi River. Wade Woods remembers, "None of us knew anything about radio, but we had created the Fillmore Media Center, including video and audio." Two years later, Joe Rudolph took over as Station Manager.

"In the early days the station was housed at Pier 1 in San Francisco. In 1973 the station was asked to leave and moved to a garage on 532 Natoma Street, located in the South of Market neighborhood. KPOO broadcasted from the Natoma location (pictured right) until 1982 when once again it was necessary to find new housing. It moved first into a condemned building at 1325 Divisadero, then an old victorian structure up the street, before finally purchasing its permanent home at 1329 Divisadero in 1985..."

KPOO San Francisco 89.5 FM: About Us

Thursday, January 04, 2007

"Prime Green"

NPR's Terry Gross interviewed Robert Stone and there's some great stuff in it about Neil Cassady, Kesey, Kerouac and the Pranksters. Click on the title of this posting to go to the audio interview. Here's a write-up from NPR:

"Novelist Robert Stone has written a new memoir that begins with a stint in the Navy in the late 1950s, continues through his work as a journalist in Vietnam and then includes his counterculture years in the 1970s, taking hallucinogenic drugs, cross-country road trips, and hanging out with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. His memoir is, Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties. Stone's novels include Dog Soldiers (which was adapted into the film Who'll Stop the Rain), and Outerbridge Reach."