Programming, Station Announcement

DnA On the Go: KCRW’s Monthly Show Becomes a Weekly Podcast

Hand Selected Design Journalists to Curate Local Design Series

 

SANTA MONICA, CA (March 19, 2013) – After ten solid years, DnA has undergone a major renovation. KCRW’s show exploring the world of design and architecture, will grow from a single monthly on-air program to a weekly podcast, a lively blog, and a team of design journalists, also known as “DJs,” to report on emerging design talent in LA and beyond. The LA art and design community gathered to celebrate the show’s relaunch last night, with a live discussion between host Frances Anderton and Tesla-founder Elon Musk at his Santa Monica store.

Frances Anderton continues in her role, which she’s held since 2002, as DnA’s host and executive producer. As the author of several books on Los Angeles and Las Vegas architecture, her diverse mix of editorial contributions include Dwell, the New York Times, and L.A. Architect. Anderton’s most recent contribution as producer on KCRW public affairs shows Which Way, LA and To The Point fostered her knowledge of politics and current affairs, giving her a unique vantage point on the broad impact architecture and design have on communities.

“LA is admired the world over for its innovation in architecture, fashion, entertainment design, and more. And, the design of our visual environment has a huge impact on how we live our lives,” says Frances Anderton. “I’m thrilled to that we will increase our coverage of, and participation in this creative community and the work that shapes our lives.”

Through DnA, Anderton will talk with designers, consumers and critics from Los Angeles and beyond about products, fashion, buildings and more. The stable of DnA DJs, handpicked by Anderton, showcase emerging designers in weekly podcast interviews,  the redesigned DnA blog and at regular public events.

A commissioned series of limited edition, one-of-a-kind art objects by up-and-coming designers will be available to KCRW supporters. The first feature item DnA will have for purchase is a porcelain socket, custom colorized in safety yellow by Commune.

The show’s updated online home will showcase interviews, featured articles by guest contributors, video reporting on buildings and products, and an interactive map of design landmarks recently discussed in DnA.

“Launching DnA out into the world – online – to build its own community of design and architecture fans, is part of our strategy for the future. At KCRW, we’ve never thought of ourselves as merely a local radio station,” says Jennifer Ferro, KCRW General Manager. “Frances is the right person to build what is sure to be national relevance to a national audience.”

Public events hosted by DnA and partners around the city, will allow KCRW listeners an opportunity to access some of the most interesting minds in design and architecture today. DnA will host its first public event on April 14, a celebration of design and architecture in LA with guests from MOCA, LACMA and The Getty at the Helms Bakery District. For more information and ticket sales visit: www.kcrw.com/helms.

For more information on DnA please visit the DnA Blog and DnA Show Page

For more information on KCRW please visit: www.kcrw.com

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About DnA
KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture excplores who and what matters in our designed world – on air, online and at public events. Host Frances Anderton talks to designers, users and critics about products, fashion, buildings and more, in Los Angeles and beyond – revealing how we shape today’s world and how it shapes us. DnA broadcasts one monthly half-hour show and a weekly podcast. It updates design happenings almost daily on its blog and it reports on design issues for KCRW’s news shows Which Way, LA and All Things Considered. It also hosts public discussion about design issues. DnA is a participant in KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and will feature commentaries and stories by design journalist and personalities in LA and beyond.

About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and V entura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’ s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

About Frances Anderton

 

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Events, KCRW Music Announcement

Morning Becomes Eclectic Live Broadcasts from Sonos Studio During SXSW

KCRW to Broadcast Morning Becomes Eclectic
Live from Sonos Studio

During SXSW Music March 11-15

www.kcrw.com.SXSW


Los Angeles public radio station KCRW will be broadcasting Morning Becomes Eclectic live from the Sonos Studio @ SXSW from March 11 to 15 from 11am to 2pm (Austin time) during the SXSW Music Conference.

KCRW was one of the first radio stations to ever broadcast remotely from SXSW and is thrilled to have a new home that is open to the public.

Sonos is committed to quality audio, innovation and music discovery, so this partnership is a natural fit, said Music Director and Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley. “It also allows us to plant our flag in the middle of all the action at SXSW. People are welcome to stop by and pay us a visit.”

Like the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, the Sonos Studio @ SXSW will feature a video installation, WiFi, film screenings, workshops and live bands. Band performances start Wednesday, March 13 from 3 to 8pm, and they will include; Poolside, Robert Delong, Sir Sly, Thomas Dybdahl, Chali 2Na, Kitten, and Robert Glasper.

SXSW badgeholders get priority access to the Sonos Studio, located directly behind the Convention Center at 608 Third Street, and it is open to the public during the day until it reaches capacity.

If you listen to KCRW on a Sonos speaker system, it is brought to you by TuneIn, who will be the supporting sponsor for KCRW’s on air broadcasts. In a continuing effort to make our content as accessible as possible, KCRW has found an ally in TuneIn, a service that offers access to thousands of streaming internet radio stations and millions of on-demand programs. KCRW continues to redefine what radio means in a world of evolving technology.

KCRW is hosting two official showcases
open to anyone with a festival badge or wristband (no RSVP needed) on Wednesday, March 13, at the Radio Day Stage from 3pm to 6pm (Jake Bugg, Devendra Banhart, Boy) and at Haven from 8pm to 2am (Toro y Moi, Ra Ra Riot, Atlas Genius, Flight Facilities, Tom Odell, Wild Belle)

KCRW is also sponsoring Filter Magazine’s Showdown at Cedar Street showcases, which are open to the public. RSVP here and make sure to arrive early.

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About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’ s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

About Sonos: Founded in 2002, Sonos® is the leading manufacturer of wireless music systems. The Sonos Wireless HiFi System lets you stream all the music on earth wirelessly in every room of your home with control from your Android® smartphone, iPhone®, or iPad®. In addition to playing your personal digital music collection, Sonos gives you access to millions of songs and thousands of radio stations by partnering with AUPEO, Deezer, iheartradio, JUKE, Last.fm, MOG, Napster®, Pandora®, Rdio®, Rhapsody®, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker Radio®, Spotify, Stitcher SmartRadio™, TuneIn, Wolfgang’s Vault, and more. The award-winning Sonos Wireless HiFi System is available at more than ten thousand retailers in over 65 countries worldwide; or direct from Sonos at www.sonos.com. Sonos, Inc. is a privately-held company, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Hilversum, Netherlands, Shenzen, China, and Penang, Malaysia.

About TuneIn: TuneIn lets people listen to the world’s music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are, with over 70,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent across 200 connected devices. The company raised venture funding from General Catalyst Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and Jafco Ventures, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director
KCRW 89.9FM
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

http://twitter.com/RachelRkcrw

http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/

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Events, KCRW Music Announcement

Metropolis Back By Popular Demand – Starting This Saturday

Metropolis Returns to KCRW
Saturday nights – 10pm to Midnight
Hosted by Jason Bentley

Bentley brings back the show that launched the electronic dance music revolution in Los Angeles in the early 90’s.

Metropolis will air Saturday nights from 10pm to midnight, starting FEBRUARY 23

KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley is relaunching his groundbreaking exploration of electronic dance music, Metropolis, as a weekly show from 10pm to midnight on Saturdays starting February 23. The accompanying website will be a destination for fans to find exclusive mixes, playlists, interviews, and more with some of the top names in the genre.

Bentley, one of the most respected figures in EDM, both as a DJ and an industry leader, currently serves as host of the LA public radio station’s signature show Morning Becomes Eclectic.

“People always tell me they miss Metropolis, so we decided to bring it back in the perfect time slot – Saturday night. It’s a new chapter for Metropolis and you can expect the best new music, classic tracks and guest mixes each week,” said Bentley.

As a daily nighttime show in the 90’s, Metropolis gained a dedicated following and, like other trailblazing KCRW shows airing in an age before internet streaming, fans would tape the show on cassettes and share them with their friends, even sending them around the world. KCRW’s current focus on making our unique content available in the digital realm will now take the show to the next level.

“While the EDM movement was taking shape in the 2000′s, Jason ushered in a new way to translate that intoxicating club feeling into nighttime radio in LA. Metropolis, as solely a radio program, became a magnet for those intrigued by driving beats and finding out what was happening across the globe,” said KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro. “Now we are in a unique position to take that a step further and become an online gathering place for this community, with fantastic, exclusive content and Jason’s forward-thinking vision.”

The online home for MetropolisKCRW.com/metropolis — will feature exclusive content like a series of short documentaries tracing the roots and surveying the evolution of electronic music. As part of the Electrospective series produced by EMI, Jason hosts interviews with an array of artists like Paul Oakenfold, Crystal Method, Boys Noize, Mute Records Founder Daniel Miller, Photek, MIike Snow, and Deadmau5.

Tune in on February 23 for the inaugural episode and find show archives, exclusive mixes, and much more on KCRW.com/Metropolis. Read an exclusive interview with Jason, at LA Weekly’s West Coast Sound.

About Jason Bentley: As music director for LA NPR-affiliate KCRW, Jason oversees all music initiatives for one of the most influential radio stations in the country. While his roots are firmly in the underground, Jason now hosts KCRW’s signature weekday radio program, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Widely respected as a live DJ, he has performed at major music festivals everywhere from Ibiza and Australia to Los Angeles’ own Coachella. Jason was instrumental in the creation of a new Grammy category to recognize the “Best Dance/Electronic Album” and hosted the inaugural EDMbiz Conference last year, held in conjunction with Electric Daisy Carnival. He is also a distinguished music supervisor whose credits include TRON: Legacy with Daft Punk and The Matrix trilogy.

About KCRW: KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’ s programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW.com. KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. . Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW’s acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery.

Rachel Reynolds

Music Publicity Director
KCRW 89.9FM
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org
http://twitter.com/RachelRkcrw
http://blogs.kcrw.com/musicnews/

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