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San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport sponsoring “KQED Live” events  

San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport sponsoring “KQED Live” events  

Press Releases
September 25th, 2021

Oakland, Calif. – September 25, 2021: San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport (OAK) is partnering with KQED as a key sponsor of “KQED Live,” a year-long innovative multimedia series of events that kicks off tonight at 7PM featuring Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Rita Moreno and a preview of the new PBS documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It.”

“KQED Live” is a new groundbreaking series of interactive community events that brings journalism to life onstage, amplifies local culture and builds community. Hosted in KQED’s newly reimagined San Francisco headquarters, the multiplatform program makes the mission of public media tangible through affordable and free live programs offered in-person and accessible online.

“San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport is proud to sponsor ‘KQED Live.’” says Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland. “These unique and innovative events reflect the rich culture, diversity, creativity and ingenuity that is apparent throughout the Bay area.”

San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport has been a partner of KQED for over a decade, sponsoring television shows such as “Check Please! Bay Area,” “KQED News” on radio, and various other programming and live events. KQED audiences across all platforms are based largely in the East Bay and many event speakers feature East Bay notables such as Rita Moreno and the Fantastic Negrito. It’s natural for San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport to partner with KQED on this innovative and unique format in their new studio space.

"Our mission is to inform, inspire and involve," says KQED CEO and President Michael Isip. “‘KQED Live’ will provide an inclusive space for personal, participatory experiences that enhance civic and cultural vitality as well as cultivate a sense of community. ‘KQED Live’ will also elevate diverse Bay Area community voices and stories, adding fresh context to our reporting and programs in an informative and entertaining way.”

Tickets for events are available at kqed.org/live. To help ensure the safety and wellbeing of attendees, staff, and partners, “KQED Live” events this fall will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for entry. And attendees will be required to wear face masks in compliance with local public health guidelines at the time of the event.


About KQED

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source, leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas. www.kqed.org


About San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport

Oakland International is the main airport for the greater East Bay, the most populated area in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area. It is the closest airport to most Bay Area employers. By roadway and BART air-rail, OAK enables excellent access to all of the region’s business, entertainment and tourism venues. The vision of San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport is to be the airport of choice for San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors alike. OAK is operated by the Port of Oakland, which also oversees the Oakland seaport and 20 miles of East Bay waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs in the region with more than a $130 billion economic impact. Updates about travel during the COVID19 pandemic, current departure and arrival information, airport maps, and details about on-airport parking, shopping and dining and more, can be found at  www.oaklandairport.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media Contact:  

Kaley Skantz – San Francisco Bay Oakland International Airport Spokesperson