KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ Scott and Kathryn Keech on KPFA during the 1960s

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35 min
1974-04-15 | broadcast
| 1974-01-12 | created
Charles Amirkhanian interviews two former KPFA workers who had since moved to The Hague, in the Netherlands. This program was recorded on January 12, 1974, for eventual broadcast on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of KPFA on April 15, 1974. Scott Keech was the News Director of KPFA from 1964 to 1967 and his wife Kathryn Keech produced programs for children under the auspices of KPFA’s Department of Drama and Literature. The discussion includes such topics as KPFA’s coverage of the Vietnam War, racial issues, the Free Speech Movement, People’s Park, and other major stories covered by Keech during his tenure. The history of the station with its listener sponsorship and dedication to covering stories not picked up by the mainstream press is also discussed. The two describe many of the challenges of working at a news organization which had a relatively small budget and a staff of mostly volunteers, and comment on how this often leads to burnout and turnover among both the staff and the listeners. On a more personal note the couple also talk about their move to the Netherlands, and how life in Holland differs from the United States for both themselves and their family.
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Hague (Netherlands) (was recorded at)
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Amirkhanian, Charles
Keech, Scott
Keech, Kathryn