In May 2005, the Federal Communications Commission granted PCUN’s application--pending since 2001--to construct and operate a “low power," 100-Watt FM radio station in Woodburn.
Our radio station broadcasts 24/7 to thousands of Latinos in a ten-mile radius around Woodburn. We reserved our call letters: KPCN-LP (for “low power”) for our frequency.
In October, we named the station “Radio Movimiento” (Movement Radio) with the slogan “La Voz del Pueblo” (The Voice of the People).
KPCN became broadcast-capable on August 20, 2006--just 30 minutes behind schedule. We began full-time permanent broadcasting in mid November (meeting the November 17th deadline set by the FCC’s construction permit), and kicked-off public promotion of that programming on November 20th, the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.
After an encroachment fight, we are now 95.9 FM. KPCN-LP is exponentially expanding the diversity of voices participating in the Latino media in the Woodburn area.
Many are voice never heard on commercial Spanish-language radio or by a mass audience. They include youth, indigenous people (speaking in their own language), women, workers, plus progressive leaders from Latino communities around the corner and around Latin America.
Simply giving voice combats oppression and discrimination by lending legitimacy and breaking the silence, while building self-confidence, self-esteem and developing valuable skills.