KAWL - AM 1370 - York, NE

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KALW's mission is to: Provide listeners with independent, credible news and information from a variety of local, national and international sources. Produce local programs that connect listeners to their communities and that highlight the music, arts, and literature of the San Francisco Bay Area. Support the educational mission of the ... See more San Francisco Unified School District by informing the public about the San Francisco schools and creating opportunities for student learning in radio. Our Finances & Other Information Follow these links to find information about KALW's operations: ♦ Our audited financial reports for and FY 2010 and FY 2009. ♦ Our FCC Equal Employment Opportunity reports for 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. ♦ The complete April 2006 decision from the administrative law judge renewing KALW's FCC license. ♦ Piecharts of our basic expenditures and revenue for FY 2008. ♦ KALW's tax-exempt status information. Our Privacy Policy It is the policy of KALW 91.7 Public Radio, to never sell, rent, loan, or in any way release any personal information of our members. Since we are not affiliated with any other station, our members' information is secure here at KALW. We maintain physical, electronic and policy procedures that assure your information is handled in a secure manner. It is a top priority of KALW to respect the confidentiality of our members, past and present. Our History KALW's roots go back over 65 years, to a demonstration of a new way of radio -- "frequency modulation" at the 1939-40 San Francisco International Exposition on Treasure Island. "Gompers Men" Kenneth Nielsen, an electronics engineer and teacher who had built a radio station in Wyoming, and Kenneth L. Dragoo, a co-worker there, both taught radio at the Samuel Gompers Trades School at 23rd and Bartlett in San Francisco's Mission District. They created a plan by which they could use a real radio station as a 'teaching aid' and applied to the Federal Communications Commission for an FM channel. The FCC granted 39.7 (later changed to 42.1) megacycles to KALW, and the equipment that was purchased from RCA included the same transmitter that was on display at the Treasure Island exposition. When broadcast began in March of 1941 on the fourth floor of Gompers Trades School, KALW became the first FM station in San Francisco, the first educational FM station in the United States, the first non-commercial FM station west of the Mississippi, and the second one in the nation. According to an early course offerings booklet: "Through the facilities of KALW we can offer the only actual on-the-air training in the West. Most stations in Northern California have had Gompers men on their staff at some time and can vouch for their ability." "Radio Women" When World War II reduced the ranks of available radio and communications technicians, San Francisco took the lead in pioneering women's classes in code work, radio operation, and broadcasting. Before the war, Gompers' radio division had ten women students, with no efforts to include technical training in their coursework. By 1942, ninety women were enrolled and involved in all aspects of radio. In a marvelous tidbit from KALW's scrapbook, Kenneth Dragoo prophesized that the time will come when "people will think nothing of seeing women tinkering around with home radio sets, not to mention our juke boxes and pinball machines." (March 29, 1942 San Francisco Chronicle) Extensive Library With KALW devoted to educational broadcasting, an extensive library became available to teachers. More than 5,000 quarter-hour shows and radio scripts on topics including science, drama, music, health, civics, history, and literature made the KALW library second only to the US Office of Education in Washington, DC. and TV too! In the fall of 1952, KALW started training in television operations as well, with equipment again provided by RCA. The facilities at the Gompers building were to become the first broadcast studios of KQED-TV in 1954. The KALW staff and the students in the training program were an important part of KQED's operations until that station moved to its own facilities in 1956. In 1953 the station's transmitter and studio equipment was moved to the John O'Connell High School in the Mission District (where studios remained until the 1989 earthquake and a subsequent move to KALW's current home at Burton High School on Mansell Street), and the FCC authorized broadcast on the 'new FM band' at 91.7 megahertz. From 1941 to 1971, the training of students for careers in broadcasting remained the primary concern of KALW. However, by 1971, FM broadcasting in the San Francisco Bay area had reached a point where the operation in an FM station primarily to train students was no longer sufficient to maintain a license to broadcast. The San Francisco Board of Education, therefore, added staff and other resources to KALW in order to meet all FCC requirements for an educational, non-commercial FM station. In 1972, the staff and broadcast schedule of KALW had increased to a level which met grant qualification criteria of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and became affiliiated with National Public Radio (NPR). 1980: KALW links to the world KALW was the first noncommercial station in San Francisco to receive programs via the NPR satellite system (also known as the Public Radio Satellite System). KALW had been the first San Francisco station to air NPR's All Things Considered and with the completion of the satellite receive terminal, KALW became the first interconnected noncommercial station in San Francisco and began to air more broadcasts from NPR and the public radio system. Congressional Record May 20, 1981 saw KALW being lauded by then US Congressman John L. Burton in the Congressional Record on its 40th Anniversary. Per the Congressional Record: "Since 1941, KALW has remained a pioneer FM station." KALW Trust 1982 saw the formation of the KALW Trust by the Board of Education. This allowed the station to begin to take contributions/memberships from listeners and started KALW on the path towards financial independence from SFUSD. "And the Earth trembled" On October 19th, 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the Bay Area and made John O'Connell High School (where KALW had moved to from Gompers) uninhabitable. The station was almost destroyed and staff was given very little time to remove necessary items before vacating. Luckily, no one was hurt. However, the station had to find a new home. From that fateful day in October until April 1991, KALW moved the broadcasting operations to a temporary site provided by KSFO at their transmitter site on the outskirts of San Francisco. Administrative operations were established in the former girls' locker room in the John O'Connell gym next door to the destroyed high school. Shortly thereafter, KALW went to full 24 hour broadcasting with the addition of the BBC Overnight news service. Despite the logistical snafu, KALW received the Station of the Year Award in 1995. A New Home Christmas 1996 found KALW moving all operations,administrative and broadcast, to its current home, Philip and Sala Burton Academic High School. Once again, the station was under one roof with a full broadcast schedule. Programming also changed to reflect a more coherent format. Internally, there was unrest. Several consultants had offered suggestions to SFUSD about what to do with the station, and in 1997, a group calling itself Golden Gate Public Radio, challenged the license renewal of KALW to the FCC. Golden Gate Public Radio was comprised of station employees and volunteers. The group no longer exists. That license challenge was settled in April of 2006, and the station's license was renewed. (Read the Administrative Law Judge's decision renewing KALW's FCC license.) New Millennium KALW is now stronger than ever. Since 2000, KALW has garnered more awards from local and national organizations than ever before in its history. KALW is also training students again in a very concentrated and effective method and with partners like NPR. KALW joined the digerati with its new digital transmitter (2004) bringing it into the HD Radio world. KALW also began streaming on the internet and has launched a tremendous amount of local public affairs programming. KALW now has a bona fide news department with the launch of KALW Local News. Some KALW-produced programs have been carried nationwide such as the G.I. Bill Documentary from KALW News. We have more collaborators with our community than ever before. And KALW is completely financially independent. (SFUSD provides KALW with a home and some in-kind administrative support -- we thank them for that.) KALW now has close to 11,000 active members on its rolls. THANK YOU! Without decades of support -- financial, programmatic, moral -- KALW could not continue to survive and thrive. KALW is indeed a Local Public Radio station you can be proud of supporting! If you're not yet a member, please consider making a tax-deductible donation now by clicking on the "Support KALW" button at the top of the page. Thanks!

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