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Published on Sat, Jul 31, 2004

By: The LACar Editorial Staff


Since 1973, KPFK's The Car Show has been broadcasting candid information about cars and all things automotive. As a non-commercial program beholden to no one other than its listeners, hosts John Retsek and Art Gould pull no punches when it comes to their opinions on cars. Topics span the entire automotive spectrum - from drive reports, to racing news, to legislative updates, to inside-industry information. A large portion of the show is devoted to call-ins, wherein the hosts will respond to questions concerning your next purchase or other matters of your automotive curiosity.

John Retsek started The Car Show back in 1973. He used to write regularly for Sports Car International. Recently, he's been winning a string of Emmys for his work at KCET. Art Gould worked for a major manufacturer, and then was the proprietor for one of the largest car dealerships in Los Angeles before moving into the field of automotive journalism. The program was previously co-hosted by Len Frank, before he succumbed to cancer a few years ago. Friends of the late Len Frank created a Web page devoted to his writings. Among his articles is a piece on The Car Show at

KPFK, in Los Angeles, was the second of what would eventually become five Pacifica Stations to go on the air. It was 1959 and Terry Drinkwater was the first General Manager. Blessed with an enormous transmitter in a prime location, KPFK is the most powerful of the Pacifica stations and indeed is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States. The Car Show now airs on Saturdays, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., on KPFK-FM 90.7, in the Los Angeles area.

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