My Life in Radio

Fifty Years of Radio for the Community

Nina Serrano Live on KPFA Radio

Nina Serrano Live on KPFA Radio

My radio work began in 1961 when during my first morning in California, I heard KPFA-FM, 94.1 Free Speech Radio (Pacifica Network) and immediately began producing drama and literature, children’s and public affairs programs. I currently produce the regularly scheduled programs “La Raza Chronicles” and “Open Book.”

At first my radio projects were an extension of my theatre interests, including long readings of entire books such as Gertrude Stein’s Alphabets and Buttons and My Life by Isadora Duncan. As the 1960’s and 1970’s heated up I expanded my radio work into political affairs covering topics such as the Vietnam War and the early revolutionary process in Cuba. This led me to help form a Latino Media collective, Comunicación Aztlán, which produced Latino programming in the early 70’s, focusing on the California farm worker movement, the Chilean socialist experiment and the ensuing CIA backed coup, prison reform, and the growing US Latino arts, culture and civil rights movements.

Julieta Kusnir, Nina Serrano and Venessa Bohm. Photo by Tupac Saavedra

My earlier works are archived at the Pacifica Archives.  Over the years I have produced many series including “Freedom is a Constant Struggle: the Cultural Perspective” (seven years) and “Reflecciones de la raza” (three years), which are archived at freedomarchives.org.

Now, over 50 years later, I continue my radio work at KPFA co-producing the regularly scheduled programs “La Raza Chronicles,” a Latino magazine format show of music, interview, politics and poetry, as well as “Open Book: the Poet to Poet Series.

Radio, drawing by Nina SerranoAudio files of Nina’s radio programs

About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.comor contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Ninaon her website.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

 

 


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