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The Day The KKK Bombed KPFT

Yesterday morning during KPFT's biannual pledge drive, the station was paying homage to recently deceased color-barrier breaker Lena Horne by giving away copies of her biography Stormy Weather and highlighting a 40-minute interview with the black singer/actress about her relationship with whites in the entertainment industry and civil rights activists like W.E.B. DuBois.

Forty years ago today, the station, which had been on the air for only two months, was bombed by Jimmy Dale Hutto, a Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan who objected to the Pacifica station's Progressive forum and messages such as Horne's.

According to the blog Arcane Radio Trivia, KPFT is the first, second and only radio station in the United States to have its transmitter blown up by terrorists.

This year, the station celebrates its 40th anniversary as the fourth Pacifica radio station in America and the first listener-supported radio in Houston. The nine-minute video above details the first bombing and the station's founding.
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