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New Leader at KFJC in 1971 and Joan Baez

Cynthia Lombard   10/8/2019  

KFJC Station Supervisor Doc Pelzel and I took a fun field trip to the Foothill-DeAnza Historic Archives in order to take a closer look at KFJC’s early history. While combing through vintage copies of the Foothill College student newspaper, The Sentinel, we found some gems, including an article from 1971, “New Radio Leader.” Accompanying the piece is a photo of Joan Baez speaking with Michael Moran “on a recent visit to the KFJC studios.”

Foothill Sentinel, 1971.

We’ve yet to learn more about the Joan Baez visit (if you were there, drop us a note!), as the article focuses on the new leadership and programming changes at KFJC. Under station manager Stu Campbell, KFJC was implementing “campus and community interest” programming in the mornings and plans were underway to air Los Altos and Palo Alto Council meetings as well as campus events.

KFJC ad in 1971 Foothill College Sentinel

It was hoped that some of this new programming, including airing works of literature, would help the station raise needed funds in order to move into stereo broadcasting. Spoiler alert: KFJC’s stereo dreams would soon become a reality.

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