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ber of calls from people wanting to be on.
In a healthy political balance is Jack
Wood's program, Informazine (Wednesdays,
6:30-7:30 p.m.) highlighting progressive
Woods was the recipient of much press
coverage in Harris County during the general election in 1976. "To make fun of
phony politicians" he ran for the office
of County Hide Inspector, after finding
the antiquated statute on the books. He
won by 320,000 more votes than were
cast for Jimmy Carter in Harris County.
His landslide victory may be attributed to
the fact that he ran unopposed but he still
claims to have pulled Carter in on his
During the Women's Advocate Crisis of
1977, Woods appeared before City Council
and presented them with the horse's ass
trophy for their opposition to the Advocate's office and to its office holder.
Before his KPFT days Woods was given
an outlet for his opinion of bureaucrats
and "limousine liberals" on the former all-
news radio station, KLYX.
Woods has been dabbling in politics for
some time. "Today Harris County, tomorrow the world."
Wild 'n Stein with Ray Hill and Friends,
on KPFT for nearly four years, is the longest running gay radio program in the country. It is the only continuing gay program
in Houston (Sundays, 10 p.m.-midnight).
Host Hill utilizes a magazine type format on the program. The show provides
listeners with varied segments of interest
such as the Gay World Report and music
of artists like Holly Near and Meg Christian. Periodically, Hill accepts calls on the
air. "Sometimes we get real live honkies
in the wild," he chuckled.
Back in 1968 Hill met KPFT pioneers
Larry Lee and Don Gardner who told him
of plans for a new station for the community. "It sounded strange, but wonderful," Hill remembered.
"In the early days (around 1970) I was
known as the 'stamp man'." Hill acquired
the stamps for KPFT's early mailing list
of about 30 listeners.
Hill served a prison sentence from October, 1970, to March, 1975. Upon his release, he was issued the standard 100 dollar check issued to people leaving the
Texas Department of Corrections. Hill
endorsed his to Pacifica. "I gave them the
check the governor gave me to (supposedly) survive the rest of my life," he proudly said.
Hill is the chair of the national March
on Washington, D.C, planned for October 14 and is coordinator of the Houston
planning committee for the march. He's
the co-founder of the Houston Gay Political Caucus, "the largest single block vote
in Harris County," according to Hill.
A special five hour broadcast of Wild
'n Stein is being planned to mark the week
of June 27, Gay Pride Week.
One of KPFT's newest programs is
Breakthrough on the Air (Fridays, 7-8 pjn.).
The show has been in existence for about
"The program is an extension of some
of the articles in Breakthrough newspaper,"
moderator Nancy Lane Fleming said. "I
interview reporters who wrote the articles
^and they interview their sources. It is a
call in show so listeners can take part in
When asked to host Breakthrough on
the Air, Fleming confesses to being afraid
at first. "You have to be able to think on
your feet and keep people on the subject."
But after the first show, "I was completely
taken. I loved it."
The first show was an interview with
Nikki Van Hightower soon after she was
fired from her talk show on KTRH-Radio.
"The story broke in the Houston Post
that morning so the phones never stopped
ringing. We ran the show into two hours,"
Other shows have dealt with stress,
women attorneys defending rapists, the
police policy of strip search, the situation
of Iranian women under the Islamic regime
and the firing of the all-women's cleaning
crew at the Dow Chemical plant in Brazosport after the workers demanded better
working conditions and job benefits.
Previously an occasional listener to
KPFT, Fleming now says "I listen to
everything. KPFT has given me a lot of
direction, something I never got from
KPFT is truly Houston's one-of-a-kind
radio station. The building, a two-story
hodgepodge of curious nooks and crannies
and poster-clad walls, usually is bustling
"When I look at the people who pass
through our door daily at 419 Lovett
Boulevard, I realize that we are indeed
beginning to reach a broader base of
Houstonians who value and share in the
goals of the listener-sponsored radio station," said Cluthe.
As this reporter bid adieu to the station,
a young business man passed through the
door. He was greeted by a scampering
puppy, affectionately known as Petey, and
one of the staffers. The door swung shut
as the visitor announced, "I'd like to volunteer."
Happy Birthday, KPFT.
Dan Bowen is Creative Services Director
The KPFT Radio Guide, Listen to a Different Perspective, is a monthly schedule
of programming on the station. It is mailed
to listeners who subscribe to the station
for $5 or more per month. This revenue
is the main source for KPFT's operating
expenditures. To support KPFT's alternative programming, send your subscription to 419 Lovett, Houston 77006.
KPFT interim general manager MARGIE GLASER on FM-90