Hearts of Space
11pm - 12am
Hearts of Space grew out of former architect Stephen Hill's fascination with space-creating, ambient and contemplative music. Beginning in 1973, Hill hosted a weekly late-night radio program on KPFA-FM in the San Francisco Bay area. What began purely as a labor of love eventually became the most popular contemporary music program on public radio. Over the intervening quarter century, Hearts of Space evolved into a multifaceted music and broadcast producer encompassing radio syndication, a record company, and an Internet music service.
In January 1983, after 10 years evolution as a local program, Hearts of Space began national syndication to 35 non-commercial public radio stations via the NPR satellite system. Hosted by Hill and original co-producer Anna Turner, within three years the program signed its 200th station and became the most successful new music program in public radio history, as well as the most widely syndicated program of 'spacemusic' — a tastemaker for the genre.
Now in its 27th year of national syndication, a one hour program airs weekly on over 200 NPR affiliate stations, including three of the top five U.S. radio markets and a majority of the top fifty. The program was also heard nationally seven times a week on XM Satellite Radio's "Audiovisions" channel and SiriusXM's "Spa" Channel from 2001 to 2010.
Internet streaming began in 1999 on pioneer webcasters NetRadio and WiredPlanet as well as public radio station sites, and evolved in 2001 into a full blown subscription service offering on-demand access to the entire Archive, now over 900 programs created since 1983.
About the host:
President, Producer and Art Director Stephen Hill created Music from the Hearts of Space in 1973 as a weekly three-hour local radio program on KPFA-FM in Berkeley. National syndication of a one hour version of the program began in 1983 and grew to a network of over 290 NPR affiliate stations. Stephen and original partner Anna Turner then launched Hearts of Space Records in 1984. After over 150 releases, the label was sold to Valley Entertainment in 2001. Hill has produced thousands of live and recorded radio broadcasts and dozens of record albums and soundtracks, including an Academy Award-winning feature length documentary.
In addition to hosting and directing the production of the radio program, Hill handled A&R for the record labels, and served as in-house Art Director of packaging graphics, print and online and promotion. He continues to produce the radio program with Steve Davis, produces new compilations for Valley/Hearts of Space, and works on the Hearts of Space Archive—an Internet service for ambient, space-creating and contemplative music.