Rest in Power: Gina Hotta

30 09 2009

TO OUR COMRADE, G ” by Renee Geesler

On Thursday Oct 1 we paid tribute to G on Apex Express.  Listen to the show here:

You can also listen here on KPFA’s website


A public celebration of the life of Gina Hotta will be held on Sunday, October 25 from 5-7pm, with a reception following.  We will gather at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th street 2nd floor, in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza.

If you are interested in sharing your memories or music, please contact us by Friday, October 16.

You can contribute photos or other small items to the Community Altar, or an appetizer for the reception.

We also encourage you to bring a cranes to add to our 1,000 cranes installation in honor of Gina’s legacy.

510-848-6767 x 464
To send condolences via snail mail:
Michael Yoshida
811 York Street Unit #103 Oakland, CA 94610

Gina Hotta
Gina Hotta, Photo taken By Derek Chung

Words can’t express the shock and sadness that I felt after hearing the news that Gina Hotta passed away on Monday night.  Gina was a true movement leader and truth soulja.

She was an award winning documentary producer, and hosted KPFA’s weekly API show, Apex Express, which airs Thursdays at 7pm.  She was also a graduate of First Voice, Group 3, NOVA.  Now we are at Group 34!

I met Gina after I graduated from First Voice in 2001, she approached me and asked if I would be interested in helping her start another API radio show.  She produced INSIDE/EASTSIDE which was onKPFA in the 90’s.  So we started APEX Express, in 2001.  It was Gina, me, Pratap, Eric and Nishat.

Years later, after many of us moved on to do other political work, she kept that radio show GOING!  And really worked to bring in hip young voices like Kiwi, Maya, Wayie, Ariel, Phatric…  “G”, her on air name, was cool, dedicated to the struggle and an inspiration to so many people through the years.

Much love to Gina’s family and Gina’s husband, KPFA Operations Director Michael Yoshida.

Feel free to post comments and memories

APEX contact information

Phone:  510-848-6767×464 or
past program list:

Berkeley Language Center Tribute:


Bay Area Community and Media Groups

12 09 2009
“Keep it Movin”- Renee Geesler

On tonight’s Full Circle, 9/11/09, we brought together Bay Area community & media groups that attended the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.  We wanted to bring on these groups  to continue the great work that took place in Detroit in July.

We invited Eloise S. Lee Program Director from Media Alliance, Malkia Cyril Executive Director at the Center for Media Justice, Eden Jequinto and Elijah Smith from Eastside Arts Alliance, Khan Pham the Associate Director at Making Contact produced by the National Radio Project, Shanina Shumate who is the Program Director at TEMPO, the Technological Media Project of Oakland at the Women of Color Resource Center.

We spoke with all of the participants about the mission of their organizations, and what they like about their work.  We also spoke about why the Allied Media Conference is so unique and what Media Justice is.  

Here are some audio highlights from the evening.


Members of First Voice, Tempo, EastSide, Media Alliance, Making Contact, (not pictured CMJ)

Members of First Voice, Tempo, EastSide, Media Alliance, Making Contact, (not pictured CMJ)


The crew at KPFA after the Full Circle show.

Audio Excerpt here:

Live Oak High School Broadcast

3 06 2009
Members of the Antioch High School Drum Line

Members of the Antioch High School Drum Line

LIVE FROM ANTIOCH- by Freewillin Franklin

On May 29, 2009 the Full Circle Crew brought live radio to Antioch.  Our first live remote broadcast happened at Live Oak High School, which is a continuation school for students in need of help to graduate on time.

Our broadcast featured student hosts interviewing teachers, college counselors and other students.  We also featured commentaries from the students who talked about their struggles in graduating.  This broadcast was executive produced by me, Full Circle Technical Director Freewillin Franklin, who was a graduate of Live Oak, Class of 1989.

I thought is was great to put together this program and go back to my highschool and be able to give back to my community.   It was cool to finally realize that teaching kids about radio is hella fun and was a good experience in putting together a remote production.



It was amazing to hear the students commentaries and their struggles as they were so similar to my own.  Here are the three commentaries that were produced for the show.

This is Kayla who graduated from Live Oak High in 2009.