Radio Event No. 9: Boiling Water

From the KPFA Archives

Radio Event No. 9: Boiling Water (Original air date: April 6, 1970)

Independent, free form radio has always been an essential part of the Bay Area’s cultural landscape. As the first listener supported non-commercial radio station in the United States, established in 1946, KPFA has played an important role in shaping this history. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, under Music Director Charles Amirkhanian, KPFA hosted a number of “radio events” which were participatory radio programs created with the input of the station’s listeners. Wild and innovative, the programs involved everything from collectively brewing tea over the airwaves to joining listeners in a public jam session in a Berkeley park. For this program, a selection of KPFA’s Radio Events will air daily.

This program, entitled “Boiling Water” was created by Philip Corner in conjunction with Charles Amirkhanian and his wife Carol Law. In order to participate, the audience was encouraged to listen to the radio while standing near the stove. The general idea was to have the audience boil some water and make some tea, or some other warm beverage, in concert with the two on-air personalities, Amirkhanian and Law.


This program is organized by Ceci Moss. All recordings available thanks to the Other Minds Archive and the Internet Archive. All recordings licensed under Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0.