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Sunday, September 30, 2012

MooPig's Radio History Nano-second :: "KPFT, Houston, was Bombed"

Bombing of KPFT in 1970
Picked up by Pat Darnell | Sep 30, 2012 | Bryan TX
[Picture LINK] " ...In the quiet, early morning hours of a Tuesday, [in 1970], a deejay was spinning Arlo Guthrie‘s Alice’s Restaurant in a radio station studio on the northwestern edge of downtown Houston. On the southwestern edge of the city, under the cover of darkness, a bomber had placed dynamite on the roof of the station’s transmitter.... "

KPFT Targeted: Bullet Pierces Studio Window of Pacifica’s Houston Station: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2007 :: " ... Station manager Duane Bradley said the shooting might have been political. If so, it would not be the first politically motivated attack on KPFT. More than 35 years ago, the Ku Klux Klan blew up the station’s transmitters twice within the Houston station’s first year on the air. ..." (Democracy Now. Aug 15, 2007. HERE)

In October 1970, five months after the first bombing, KPFT’s transmitter was bombed for a second time just as the station was broadcasting folk legend Arlo Guthrie’s song "Alice’s Restaurant."

'via Blog this'

I remember this happening in 1970. It barely made the news back then. No one gave a whoot whether commercial free radio existed or not, that is people who sit in governing type offices, didn't care.

But the shadow government of KKK must have cared a lot if Pacifica KPFT Houston broadcasted.  Because they put dynamite on the roof of the radio's station's transmitter and blew it up.

I was fifteen. I used to listen to Pacifica late night when they would play full albums of great bands... it was so cool to have FM radio, and cruise in your Momma's Chevy Chevette SS, on a star spangled night with the top down... yes I was a spoiled brat. It was my time of experiential elitism that probably rivaled Mitt Robmoney's upbringing.

And like authoritarians of that decade, many would today remove my freedoms if they could, just to block my 'inalienable rights' to listen to commercial free radio, dammit.


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