KQED-FM is the largest public radio station and National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. The station broadcasts on both 88.5 FM in San Francisco as well as 89.3 FM in Sacramento, California. It’s sister TV station (also named KQED) is an affiliate of The Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Due to its availability in two major markets (San Francisco, Sacramento) KQED is one of the largest NPR affiliates in the United States. In fact, as of 2005 it had more listeners than any other public radio station in the country. Besides its two main transmitters, it also has low-power (10 Watts or less) FM translators in Santa Rosa, Martinez and Benicia, California.
Based in San Francisco, KQED definitely does not follow the trend of most U.S. talk radio stations when it comes to airing conservative talk radio programming. Both its local and national radio talk shows lean decidedly towards the left, which seems to be the norm for most stations in the San Francisco area.
Besides airing a number of national talk radio shows and local call-in shows, the station airs regular national news broadcasts each hour from NPR as well as local news from the San Francisco area throughout the day.
At present, the station’s LIVE stream can be heard as an .mp3 stream, via a Flash player on its own website or via tunein.com. A significant amount of the station’s past programming can also be accessed via its downloadable audio archive page (see below).