About KZFR

On Monday, June 21, 2021 Golden Valley Community Broadcasters, licensee of KZFR, 90.1FM, Chico, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for a license renewal.

Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit publicfiles.fcc.gov, and search in KZFR public file.

KZFR 90.1FM is a community radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a “non commercial educational” station.  We are a noncommercial, registered 501c3 California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation producing local content for the public airwaves.  We are guided by a dedicated Board of Directors who supervise/advise a General Manager and their paid staff people.

KZFR is dedicated to providing information to our Community and promoting diverse local music.  KZFR's programming and partnerships seek to reflect the needs of the Northern Sacramento Valley, the Foothills, and Beyond.  Most Programming is produced by members of our community and is community oriented.  Programming produced outside our community provides information on issues affecting the region.

KZFR operates with the support of approximately 120 community volunteers who provide a wide variety of music programming as well as local public affairs and information programs, and who assist a small paid management staff with fundraising, outreach and events for the northern Sacramento Valley and beyond. Agreement with the principles and goals of KZFR is the sole criteria for participation. We are guided by the spirit of the First Amendment. We are united in our diversity.  


It is the Mission of KZFR to enlighten, entertain, inform and educate our listeners in support of community.

In order to do this, we will:

  • Train members of the community in best broadcasting practices and the use of the radio medium
  • Provide alternative news and information
  • Promote the expression of ideas without close creative control or commercial consideration
  • Maintain an organization that reflects the diversity of interests in the station’s broadcast area
  • Develop working relationships with other community organizations
  • Cultivate a respectful and collaborative working environment
  • Develop adequate financial support from the listeners we serve

Erik Mathisen is known as the Founding Father of KZFR. What he originally set out to do in 1981 was to build a translator service to bring the signal of KPFA from Berkeley to the North State. His project veered off in a new direction when a KPFA volunteer asked, "Instead of taking our programming, wouldn't it be better to create programming that reflects your community?" At that moment Erik Mathisen set his sights on building a community radio station in Chico. It took nine years to secure the necessary permits and finances to build the station. KZFR-FM is licensed to Golden Valley Community Broadcasters and operates as KZFR 90.1FM.

KZFR Community Radio began broadcasting July 6th, 1990 after years of hard work by some very dedicated pioneers. Erik Mathisen is regarded as the prime mover who got the ball rolling. Lee Edwards and Lars Larson are among the folks we honor for putting KZFR on the air.

Our transmitter is located on Nimshew Ridge, California, overlooking the Northern Sacramento Valley. KZFR Community Radio, FM 90.1, broadcasts with 6300 Watts of throbbing power !

If you are a Programmer from the early years of KZFR we'd love to hear your story! Keep the legend alive. Email [email protected] to schedule a meeting

To view KZFR's Public Documents, please click here