KPFA on the Air

America's first listener-sponsored community radio station is an enduring experiment in communications democracy.

Premiere Date
September 19, 2000
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call

Veronica Selver

Veronica Selver has been an award-winning documentary editor for over 20 years, with credits on such highly regarded films as On Company Business, the Academy Award-nominated Berkeley in the Sixties, Harry Bridges: A Man and His Union; Absolutely Positive; Coming Out Under Fire; and Blacks and Jews, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. She also produced and directed an episode of the 1996 ITVS series, Positive: Life with HIV. Her codirecting credits include YOU GOT TO MOVE, FIRST LOOK and the duPont-Columbia Award-winning Word is Out, the first feature documentary on growing up gay in America.


Sharon Wood

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The Film

KPFA On-The-Air tells the story of the nation's first listener-sponsored community radio station. In the process of exploring the station's remarkable origins and audacious programming — which has consistently offered its listeners access to political and cultural ideas denied a hearing elsewhere in America — KPFA and the Pacifica Network stand out as one of this country's most enduring experiments in communications democracy. A P.O.V. selection.