KPOO Mural

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Business/Location: KPOO Mural
Address: Steiner St & Post St
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Zip Code: 94115

Posted by:  Eric Saxon
Photo:  Eric Saxon
Coming at you in 400 megahertz of rich color, the KPOO mural "The Blues Evolution" at Post and Steiner broadcasts a cosmology of African-American music and history. Major deities range from James Brown to Mahalia Jackson to Jesse Jackson. Token white guy Stevie Ray Vaughn is also there. KPOO, the first Black-owned noncommercial radio station west of the Mississippi, has played a crucial role in the recent history of the Fillmore District, a Black working-class neighborhood that grew with the WWII shipbuilding industry into a major center of music and art on the west coast. The radio station is still going strong, broadcasting 24 hours a day to the Bay Area from 89.5 FM on your radio dial and to the rest of the world via an Internet stream. Dividing the two gigantic panels of the celestial frieze, which like many in SF uses a "rainbow prism" palette of every color, there is a dark green center panel illustrating athletic events, a trace of the building's past as a structure designated for athletics.

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