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Free forum radio.

From 1962 to 1984, KRAB-FM was the strangest station in Seattle. Its "free forum" format featured poetry, comedy, odd interviews, obscure music, and a wide range of opinions. (At one point the John Birch Society and the Socialist Workers Party alternated in the same timeslot.) Once it even aired a live 20-hour group-therapy marathon.

The outlet was extremely influential in the small but vibrant world of community radio, where listener-sponsored stations can stake out an identity that is neither corporate nor NPR. And now it can be heard again: The KRAB Archive, online at, is full of anecdotes, program guides, and--best of all--recordings of the shows themselves.

Whether it's an interview with a leader of Britain's Tory Party or an interview with a guy who lives in an old Kaiser automobile, a communique from a leftist band of bombers or a half-hour dedicated to Bulgarian brass ensembles, these audio files demonstrate just how much variety one radio station can contain.

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Title Annotation:KRAB-FM, Seattle, archive online; Briefly Noted
Author:Walker, Jesse
Publication:Reason Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:Nov 1, 2015
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