Radio & TV: Highbrow Station

Highbrow Station For more than a year tiny, 550-watt Station KPFA had been fighting a losing game. Its highbrow FM programs were a big hit with a limited audience in Berkeley, home of the University of California. But without sponsors or commercials it had trouble making ends meet on the $10-a-year subscription fees paid by 300 of its listeners. Last August KPFA finally closed the doors of its two-studio station, regretfully fired its underpaid seven-man staff.

The public reaction was immediate and astonishing. Some 150 Berkeley citizens held a hasty mass meeting, raised $2,300 from the floor. Such notables as Philosopher Alexander...

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