KFCF 88.1 FM began broadcasting on June 9, 1975, and, at that time, was the only public electronic medium serving the Fresno area. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day with 50,000 watts of equivalent effective power from a transmitter site at Meadow Lakes , 30 miles northeast of Fresno in the Sierra Nevada . With a elevation of 5,200 feet, the signal can be received as far north as Modesto and as far south as Bakersfield , as well as in many Sierra foothill communities. Pacifica encourages and provides outlets for the creative skills and energies of the communities in which it broadcasts, with a commitment to produce programs that contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and individuals of the world. Pacifica stations are dedicated to the distribution of information and art for the enlightenment of the communities they serve.