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KPPC (defunct)

KPPC-FM was a Pasadena, California FM radio station best known during the period 1967–1971, when it was one of the leading "underground" radio stations in the United States, presenting a freeform mixture of experimental and historical music with countercultural ideas. In contrast to the dominant Top 40 format, each KPPC disc jockey selected his own music, which would veer between genres, including rock and roll, folk music, blues and comedy.

Hosts included B. Mitchel Reed, Steven Segal (aka " The Obscene Steven Clean;" not related to the similarly named actor), Susan Carter (aka " Outrageous Nevada"), Barbara Birdfeather, Jeff Gonzer (aka "Bonzo" Gonzer), Tom Donahue, Program Director (2014 Rock Radio Hall of Fame inductee) and deejay Les Carter, novelty music historian Dr. Demento, Charles Laquidara, Ted Alvy (aka "Cosmos Topper"), Elliot Mintz (whose late-night Sunday show played everything from Baba Ram Dass lectures to listener-created recordings), blues archivist Johnny Otis and comedy troupes The Credibility Gap (featuring Harry Shearer, Richard Beebe, David L. Lander, and Michael McKean), and The Firesign Theatre. Station promos were sung by the a cappella singing group The Persuasions. Other staff members included: Don Hall,Larry Woodside,deejay and production wizard Zachary Zenor, Mississippi Fats (Joe Rogers), Sam Kopper, The Pierce Family, and Dr. Sound (Ron Johnson).

KPPC (AM) was also a Pasadena, California AM Christian radio station from 1924 until September 1996.


KPPC may refer to:

  • KPPC-LP, a low-power radio station (96.9 FM) licensed to serve San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • KBEX (FM), a radio station (96.3 FM) licensed to serve Dalhart, Texas, which held the call sign KPPC from January 2010 to August 2011
  • KIDG, a radio station (92.1 FM) licensed to serve Pocatello, Idaho, United States, which held the call sign KPPC from June 2003 to March 2008
  • KROQ-FM, a radio station (106.7 FM) licensed to serve Pasadena, California, United States, which formerly used the call sign KPPC-FM
  • Kings Park Psychiatric Center, the former New York state-run psychiatric hospital