Soundbreaking Previous Broadcasts

I Am My Music (Episode #108H)

KQED 9: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 -- 10:02 PM

From LPs to cassette tapes, CDs and MP3s, discover how listening formats determine how and where we listen, and also the ways we collect, store and share the music we love; featuring Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Sound and Vision (Episode #107H)

KQED 9: Mon, Sep 25, 2017 -- 10:01 PM

Trace the rise of MTV and see how music videos transformed our experience of music - from David Bowie, Devo and Madonna to the Eurythmics and Nirvana. Learn how a marketing tool became an art form and a powerful mediator between artist and audience.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

The World Is Yours (Episode #106H)

KQED 9: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 -- 9:30 PM

Meet the pioneers of hip hop and explore how sampling - the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records-created a new genre of music that took over the world; including Public Enemy, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Beck and more.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Sep 25, 2017 -- 3:30 AM

Four on the Floor (Episode #105H)

KQED 9: Thu, Sep 21, 2017 -- 9:34 PM

Chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beat box and beyond - from Little Richard and James Brown to disco with the Bee Gees, EDM and Beyonce. Witness the endless experimentation that transformed the bedrock of all music.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Fri, Sep 22, 2017 -- 3:30 AM

Going Electric (Episode #104H)

KQED 9: Wed, Sep 20, 2017 -- 10:03 PM

From the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new sounds. Evaluate the power of technology to continuously redefine music, from Delta blues to the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder and Devo.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Thu, Sep 21, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

The Human Instrument (Episode #103H)

KQED 9: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 -- 10:02 PM

Celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture--the vocal track. Consider the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great; with Adele, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 20, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Painting with Sound (Episode #102H)

KQED 9: Mon, Sep 18, 2017 -- 9:32 PM

Learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument. From the advent of magnetic tape, chart the evolution of multi-track recording and the ingenuity of artists such as the Beatles, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Tue, Sep 19, 2017 -- 3:30 AM

The Art of Recording (Episode #101H)

KQED 9: Sun, Sep 17, 2017 -- 9:30 PM

Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist's vision into a hit and view the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers. Featuring George Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Mon, Sep 18, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
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    • Audio Issue KQED DT 9.1 /25.1

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    • KQED will no longer broadcast the KQEH signal from Monument Peak Tower effective 1/17/2018

      KQED will be removing its over-the-air television signal from the Monument Peak Tower in the San Jose area on January 17, 2018 (Note: this maintenance was previously scheduled for December 15, 2017). KQED will now broadcast our full suite of channels (KQED 9, KQED Plus, KQED World and PBS Kids) on Channel 9 and 54 […]

    • KQED LIFE OFF AIR Friday, December 15

      KQED will no longer offer the KQED Life channel beginning Friday, December 15. Several of the most popular exercise, cooking and lifestyle programs exclusive to KQED Life will now be scheduled on KQED Plus and KQED 9, where they can be experienced by more viewers. View/Download Schedule

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