Border Radio, hosted by veteran KPFT DJ Susan Darrow, debuts Wednesday, Nov. 26, 6-7 p.m.
An hour-long weekly program, Border Radio features an eclectic mix of emerging and essential artists in rock, folk, alternative country, blues and world music, plus a focus on independent touring artists coming to the Houston area with a look ahead to the upcoming weekend and beyond.
Susan Darrow explains the inspiration for the title comes from the powerful stations in Mexico that used to broadcast a mix of rock, country and blues, from which the ZZ Top song “Heard it On the X” as well as the Blasters song of the same name originated.
Many listeners have heard Susan Darrow on a variety of programs, including as a host of the morning show. From The Vault, the Pacifica Radio Archives program that aired at that time, will settle into a new timeslot it began in early November, on Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
KPFT's New Streaming Music Channel
Access HD3 free on your tablet and phone
Maybe you or someone you know subscribes to one of
the great music streaming services out there.
But did you know you can stream KPFT HD3 on your
smartphone, free? Just use an app like TuneIn Radio [direct TuneIn link] to hear a mix of
indie, Americana, electronic, soul, blues and jazz. And when you've
had your fill of our great music on the weekends, HD3 offers you
lively talk shows you'll never forget.
Along with Democracy Now weekdays at 8, HD3 is your
gateway to music discovery and the best news we have to offer. Check it out!
Volunteers are still sought by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston for help Thursday. volunteers will deliver more than 4,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors during the organization's Meals on Wheels program on Thanksgiving Day. More than 1,000 volunteers still are needed to make deliveries on the holiday. Volunteers should come by on Thursday at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian Houston, 5300 Main Street.
On Friday, Pop Shop Houston returns to Silver Street Studios for its biggest festival of the year. Now three-days, the Pop Shop Winter Festival features more than 90 Houston-based artists, small businesses and makers of unique design goods. In addition, guests will enjoy family-friendly activities, food tastings from local eateries, a vintage video game arcade, science activities from TX/RX Labs and craft tables for kids and adults. That free event starts at noon Friday and continues through the weekend at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St.
Hiring Morning Operations Coordinator
KPFT has an immediate opening for a morning operations coordinator
at its studios near downtown Houston.
The morning operations coordinator is mostly working alone in a
studio with minimal supervision, on a 5:45-9 a.m. shift. Applicants
must on a typical day be able to run their own board, edit audio for
air, serve as an on-air presence in various capacities, and hit posts
with ease. Essential functions of the role include engineering/board
operating during national and local programming; digital production
of announcements and programming via tools like Audacity; providing
IT support and maintenance; and taking responsibility for building
safety and integrity while on duty. [job description PDF]
Please submit a short resume with relevant experience and contact
information to Business Manager Markisha Venzant-Sampson at
email@example.com. Please, no phone calls. Closes November 28.
Music Lovers Wanted
KPFT seeking new volunteers
KPFT is seeking prospective volunteers to help out in our Music Library.
Our Music Library is a massive resource for our DJs and listeners. Volunteers will be assigned a number of different tasks. Initially, you'll help with refiling CDs and miscellaneous tasks. As you progress, you may be assigned to screen music for language or fit to the station, and rip music for inclusion into the upgrade of our Music Library, focused on digital. We're also looking for people who can spot up-and-coming bands to feature on our HD3 music stream.
Successful volunteers will be team players who work well with others, have the ability to alphabetize and can manage multiple tasks. Shifts happen weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. This is an unpaid volunteer gig, but is one of the most fun times ever for anyone into music, music discovery and turning others on to outstanding music.
Interested? Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Music Volunteer." We'll take it from there!
Current Volunteer Opportunities at KPFT
Get On The Air With Open Journal
Airing weekdays at 8 a.m., Open Journal is one of KPFT's longest running programs. It has welcomed a eclectic range of subject matter and visitors. From musicians to scholars, activists to iconoclasts, Open Journal's roster has featured the memorable, the invigorating and the informed.
Open Journal is one of KPFT's most interactive programs, as everything from its guests to calendar events to the Song of the Day is shaped by listeners. We welcome people in the community making a difference, local musicians and many others to share their passions with listeners.
Have an idea for a local guest? Tweet us @KPFT, send a Facebook message (we're KPFT Houston) or email email@example.com with your suggestions. No phone guests, please. We're looking for people willing to come to our studios at 8 a.m., ready for a lively conversation.
Openings on HD3/ Web Schedule
KPFT has immediate openings for programming on its HD3/web streaming grid on Mondays (1-5 p.m.), Tuesdays (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Fridays (1-3 p.m.).
Our HD3/web streaming channel is KPFT's pioneering schedule offered to online listeners and owners of HD Radios. As the only Pacifica radio station broadcasting in HD, KPFT features for HD Radio owners our regular FM stream with fuller sound on HD1, Rice Radio on HD2 and local programming on HD3. Don't own an HD Radio? No problem. KPFT's web player gives listeners access to programming on HD3.
Throughout the day we air short announcements that help our listeners find out about events, community resources, or issues affecting the health and safety of the public. Typically 60 seconds, these PSAs must be non-commercial in nature and consistent with the overall mission of KPFT and the Pacifica Foundation.
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