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KPCC opens up new $24.5-million studios in Pasadena

March 20, 2010 |  1:10 pm

Photo: Larry Mantle, right, host of the popular "AirTalk" program, in one of KPCC's new studios that celebrated its grand opening Saturday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

KPCC, the radio station in Pasadena that carries NPR programs to Southern California, celebrated the grand opening its new $24.5-million studios Saturday.

The grand opening represents a major expansion for the station, which is moving out of its cramped, single studio in Pasadena City College's library to a large facility boasting 13 studios and control rooms.

A look at how KPCC-FM ratings compare with those of other public radio stations in the Los Angeles area. Key to the expansion was the willingness of KPCC's board to write big checks and hit up their rich friends for contributions.

Saturday's opening of the Mohn Broadcast Center marks a significant turnaround for a station that a decade ago was a low-budget, student-staffed operation with fund-raising so anemic it was about to lose its Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding.

An open house will be held Sunday.

Read more about KPCC's new studio and its turnaround story here.

--- Steve Carney

Related:

KPCC-FM blog post: KPCC begins life at Mohn Broadcast Center

Photo: Larry Mantle, right, host of KPCC's popular "AirTalk" program, in one of the station's new studios that celebrated its grand opening Saturday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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