KMEC radio is part of the Mendocino Environmental Center (MEC). The radio station came about in 2002 when it was announced that the FCC was going to be issuing a number of low power radio licenses. A committed group submitted an application and the MEC was awarded one of the licenses. A low power license means the broadcast wattage is maximum 100 watts.
KMEC broadcasts programming that reflect the mission statement of the Mendocino Environmental Center:
The Mendocino Environmental Center (MEC) works through educational outreach, nonviolent direct action and the legal system to uphold and promote environmental and social justice in Mendocino County and beyond. The MEC is a resource center, which offers support to grass roots community groups and empowers individuals to work for positive change. The MEC networks with a politically and socially diverse community, encouraging integrity, tolerance, non violence and a sustainable future.