About KQED Radio
KQED Public Radio was founded in 1969, and the station began broadcasting later that year with a skeletal staff of paid employees and volunteers. In 1987, the station's format was changed to an all-news and information service. Since the format change, the weekly audience for KQED Public Radio has more than doubled.
KQED Public Radio informs, educates, and entertains listeners throughout the Bay Area, the state, and beyond with a wide variety of news, public affairs, and cultural affairs programming. The broadcast schedule is composed of programs from station, independent, and network producers, including productions by National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and the BBC. Consistently ranked among the top-rated public radio stations in the nation, KQED is currently the most-listened-to public radio station in the country, reaching over 745,000 listeners each week.
Reaching listeners as far north as the North Coast, as far south as Monterey Bay, and as far east as the Sierra Nevada, KQED has one of the strongest public radio signals in the state of California. In 2000, KQED began live online streaming and in 2002, began offering archived audio files of its programs on KQED's Web site.
In May 2003, KQED acquired the 89.3FM frequency in the Sacramento area. The new station, identified by the call letters KQEI, broadcasts KQED's 24-hour news and information program service over the new frequency for listeners in the Sacramento area.
KQED Public Radio produces six award-winning public affairs programs, and also assists in the production of four other radio programs.