This Day in History

Dec. 22, 1969: Radio Free Alcatraz

Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Native American
Radio Free Alcatraz

Radio Free Alcatraz. Photo from Troy Johnson’s web collection.

On Dec. 22, 1969, Radio Free Alcatraz broadcast for the first time.

In this photo, John Trudell speaks with news media representatives regarding negotiations with the federal government for title to Alcatraz Island.

Trudell conducted the regular radio program called “Radio Free Alcatraz.” For more about the life of John Trudell, see the Independent Lens PBS website for the film Trudell.