KCRW’s November Volunteer of the Month

Meet William Kehoe! Bill is an outstanding volunteer who goes above and beyond for KCRW. Whether being available for last-minute calls for help, jumping into any role that needs assistance, or signing up for an event first, we know we can count on Bill to get the job done. Not to mention he’s one of the kindest people ever! He helps out at KCRW events all over town, posters KCRW Presents shows and works with engineers and DJs assisting our music programs. For these reasons and more, we’re happy to announce he’s our November Volunteer of the Month!

 

Where did you grow up and do you have any siblings? Pets?

I grew up in the South of Ireland in a town called Waterford. I have two sisters and I’ve always had cats.

 

What 5 things would you wish you had if you were stranded on a deserted island?

1. Solar panels for power
2. The backpack that contestants on the TV show ALONE get (It’s filled with all the survival wares)
3. Canoe
4. Sunblock
5. Fully fueled SpaceX Falcon rocket in case island life get too monotonous

 

What is your current occupation / what do you do outside of KCRW?

I work in TV Post Production.

 

What is your fantasy occupation?

You mean besides DJ at KCRW, sound designer at a large video game company in Santa Monica.

 

When did you first discover KCRW?

When I first moved to LA back in 2004.

 

How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?

I’d been a fan of the radio station for a long time, and I was curious about working there.
I applied via the website, then re-applied, and made the cut for the Summer Nights events.

 

What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?

I’ve assisted the audio engineer for the live sessions on MBE for a couple of weeks now.

Favorite volunteer moment?

Probably my first really big KCRW live event: Nas at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Wonderful LA crowd, beautiful environs and great music.

 

If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?

Oof tough question! I’d love to announce that the US passed single payer healthcare. Failing that I’d probably just fake a Randy Newman voice and say “I Love LA”.don’t care, I’d just want to capture my perfect radio voice. It’d be dramatically soft, whispery and drawn out, like ASMR but less creepy.

 

What song(s) have you hit repeat on lately?

Roche “Solicitude” on Vinyl Dreams records, Emma Lohan “Black Atlantic”, and Waajeed “Make It Happen ft. CJay Hill” in fact that whole “From the Dirt” album is just so good.

 

Favorite book, movie?

Probably the last book I completed “Aurora” by Kim Stanley Robinson, a Sci-Fi novel that’s an allegory about climate change. It’s smart, engaging and suspenseful. My favorite movie is Bladerunner. Its shadow looms large over so much of 80’s and 90’s culture and Ridley Scott basically invented photoshop in the scene where Deckard was enhancing the replicants photos (imho).

 

Favorite thing to do outside the station?

Go for bike rides. Hang out with my daughter. DJ. Go out to see DJ’s and bands.

 

What does KCRW mean to you?

For me KCRW is integral to my experience in LA. KCRW has a strong signal to noise ratio, it doesn’t have three DJs talking over one another vying for your attention, with canned laughter, cowbell and other distractions. There’s a kind of a Zen like quality to the programming that allows the listener space to think, to form their own ideas on a musician, an artist, or political event.

Bill, we can’t thank you enough for all that you do for us and for dedicating your time and expertise. We are so lucky and proud to have you on the team and in the KCRW family!