60 Years of KALX Radio

KALX 90.7 FM is proud to announce its 60th anniversary celebration!


It all started back in 1962 when KALX, originally Radio KAL, began broadcasts out of a simple cigar box heard only on the UC Berkeley campus. Fifty years later, KALX is a well-respected radio station heard over the air at 90.7FM in the SF Bay Area and on the web at kalx.berkeley.edu.

Renowned for its eclectic and adventurous programming, KALX was recently voted Best Radio Station by the East Bay Express in 2011, 2013 and 2018 . Few stations in the nation can boast that members of Green Day crashed on their couches, Frank Black strummed Beach Boys songs in their studios, or John Lennon chatted with their news crew about the riots in People’s Park. For a more in-depth look at KALX's journey, check out the Full and Unabridged History.

Please help us celebrate 60 years by assisting us in planning for the future! Donations of any size are gratefully accepted at our crowdfund page!.Thank you!!


Below is an archive of events and programming from our 50th anniversary.



News & Events

Posted on 10/2/2012
Beginning Friday, September 21st listeners will hear KALX's special 50th on-air programming. DJs will celebrate each ten year span/decade of KALX history (1962-71, 1972-81, etc.) one week at a time, ending with the fundraiser.

In addition, part of the "Throwback" programming includes archived public affairs interviews, music interviews, and live performances all of which will be aired Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at noon respectively.

Posted on 5/8/2012

Be a part of KALX history by designing our 2012 50th Anniversary t-shirt or bumper-sticker!

Your design could be on this year's KALX t-shirt, bumpersticker, and/or other logo items used during our annual on-air fundraiser this Fall celebrating 50 years of KALX in the Bay!

Get inspired! Check out swag designs from previous fundraisers and a gallery of some previous T-Shirt designs.

Friday, September 7th - 6:00pm
Posted on 8/30/2012

Friday, September 7th @ 6:00PM-9:00PM, KALX kicks off its 50th anniversary with a special exhibit at Rock Paper Scissors Collective Gallery.  Featured will be KALX items that provide a glimpse into elements of the station rarely seen by the public. This exhibit will run through Friday, September 28th.


Friday, October 5th - 5:00pm
Posted on 9/20/2012
On Friday, October 5th @ 5:00PM KALX's 50th Anniversary Concert Series continues with a performance by the Bay Area five-piece dreamy shoegaze rock group, Young Prisms.  Also on the bill is UC Berkeley's own electronic dream pop artist, Astronauts, Etc.

Friday, September 28th - 5:00pm
Posted on 9/20/2012
On Friday, September 28th @ 5:00PM KALX's 50th Anniversary Concert Series kicks off with a performance by the highly acclaimed San Francisco indie duo, The Dodos.

Friday, November 2nd - 5:00pm
Posted on 10/16/2012

On Friday, November 2nd @ 5:00PM KALX's last 50th Anniverary Concert Series comes to a close with a performance by the four-piece hip hop, jazz, and funk ensemble Shotgun Wedding Quintet.

Posted on 12/6/2012
"In a landscape that's seldom hospitable to college radio, KALX appears to be thriving" -East Bay Express