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KCRW Announces Press Play, Live Daily Show Hosted By Madeleine Brand, 
to Air January 27th at 12 Noon

A Go-To Resource For What’s Happening in Southern California, Press Play and It’s On

SANTA MONICA (January 27, 2014) — Los Angeles’ newest live daily show, Press Play with  award-winning host Madeleine Brand, will debut today at 12 Noon on KCRW.  Mixing Madeleine’s distinct perspective and thought-provoking guests, Press Play will examine stories that truly matter to Southern California — a cultural hub for many of the nation’s most creative industries and cutting-edge ideas.

Among the primary goals of the show is to explore Los Angeles as a major player in the spheres of politics, entertainment, arts and culture, technology, and science — both nationally and internationally.  This means looking at the world through the lens of Los Angeles, and turning to guests uniquely tapped into the region’s culture.  Press Play will also take advantage of such KCRW talent as Frances Anderton, Kim Masters, Matt Miller and Anne Litt, as well as those who cover food, literature, politics, art, and entertainment.

Press Play will live side-by-side flagship programs Morning Becomes Eclectic, hosted by music director Jason Bentley and airing from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and nationally syndicated news program To the Point with Warren Olney, airing from 1:00 to 2:00pm.  The World, which was previously at 12:00pm, will now air at 3:00pm, and All Things Considered will consequently start at 4:00pm, instead of 3:00pm.  All other programming will remain the same.

“It is our great pleasure to announce Press Play and welcome Madeleine Brand to the station,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW’s president and general manager. “Madeleine is like that good friend you always wish to have — intelligent without being intimidating, versed in a wide-variety of subjects from world news to pop culture, a good sense of humor, and always knows what is going on.  At KCRW we’re about connecting Los Angeles to the world and the world to Los Angeles. Press Play is our latest conduit to achieving that goal.”

“I’ve been a listener and member of KCRW ever since I returned to Los Angeles ten years ago to host NPR’s Day to Day,” said Madeleine Brand.  “I want Press Play to continue KCRW’s role as a cultural destination for Los Angeles.  You can listen live at noon or download it later, so whenever you want, you can press play to listen to our unique blend of news and culture.”

“KCRW is the place for originals and Madeleine Brand is a natural fit, with a new show that spans the latest in ideas, issues, and culture.  Following Morning Becomes Eclectic and preceding To the Point, Madeleine takes her place alongside the incomparable Jason Bentley and the legendary Warren Olney — all homegrown shows with hosts of international acclaim,” said Gary Scott, KCRW’s programming director.  ”KCRW has never had more original programming than it does now.”

Audience engagement will be built into Press Play’s DNA, with daily segments drawing on listener interactions from the blog (blogs.kcrw.com/pressplay), Twitter (@KCRWPressPlay) and Facebook (/KCRWPressPlay). KCRW also uses the Public Insight Network to crowd-source topics and sources.

Madeleine joined the station in September 2013 to help develop the show, having previously hosted The Madeleine Brand Show on Southern California public radio station KPCC, which won a 2012 Golden Mike award for best news and public affairs program from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. Prior to that, Madeleine co-hosted NPR news magazine Day to Day and was a correspondent for NPR-flagship Morning Edition.

KCRW’s programming director is Gary Scott, and Press Play’s executive producer is Andrew Walsh. The producers are Matt Holzman, Christian Bordal, Jolie Myers and Anna Scott.

Support for Press Play comes from the Kayne Foundation, Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie and Saree Kayne.  Additional support comes from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.

About KCRW
KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is one of the nation’s leading National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates, also featuring an eclectic mix of originally-produced and nationally-distributed news, music, talk and arts programming.  The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside 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 available worldwide, both live and on-demand, at KCRW.com, and through its smartphone apps (iPhone, Android, and Blackberry).

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A New Show from Left, Right, & Center’s Matt Miller

A New Show from Left, Right, & Center’s Matt Miller

Things Get Interesting as KCRW Launches a New Digital-Only Program

SANTA MONICA, April 24, 2013 — KCRW is proud to give its audience another way to explore ideas that are changing our world: introducing, “This… Is Interesting,” a twice-monthly podcast hosted by one of our most intellectually curious hosts, and the “moderating center” of Left, Right, & Center, Matt Miller.

As timely as the week’s headlines, yet tackling subjects destined to influence events for years, Miller engages in 15-20 minute conversations with some of the smartest minds around, bringing to listeners the thinkers and ideas at the forefront of politics, economics, culture and social commentary.

“One of the lucky privileges of being a columnist and author is you get to talk to a lot of fascinating thinkers and public figures. It’s the kind of thing where you get off the phone or leave their office and say to yourself, ‘Wow, that was interesting,’” says host Matt Miller.

“My goal with ‘This…Is Interesting’ is to bring these kinds of deeper encounters to listeners, letting them engage with the people and ideas that are shaping our world. The first show is a good example, and I look forward to sharing conversations with other leading voices in various fields throughout the series.”

The debut episode, entitled “The Robots Are Coming!” looks at how accelerating technological advancements could permanently displace the middle class — and finally prove the Luddites right. It’s the kind of conversation we need to be having as we emerge from the Great Recession.

“This is important programming,” says Gary Scott, news programming director at KCRW. “Rather than looking passively into the void of the future, our audience chooses to engage the world, and Matt Miller is the perfect host for the conversations we want to be having. And, yes, dammit, it’s interesting.”

Miller’s “This… Is Interesting” podcast continues with fresh episodes every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

KCRW bursts at the seams with talented people. With our digital platforms we can bring even more thought-provoking, quality programming to an audience who wants us to be wherever they are, ” Scott says.

For a limited time “This… Is Interesting” will be included as part of the very popular weekly Left, Right & Center podcast subscription, listen at http://kcrw.com/thisisinteresting. Subscribe to “This… Is Interesting” on iTunes or wherever you download podcasts.

 

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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 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 This… Is Interesting
Matt Miller – author, Washington Post columnist and Left, Right & Center host – turns his curiosity and wit to deeper encounters with the world’s most provocative thinkers and newsmakers. As timely as the week’s headlines, yet tackling subjects destined to influence events for years to come. This…Is Interesting brings to listeners the people and ideas that are shaping our world.

 

About Matt Miller
Matt Miller is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Miller has authored two books, the first The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems In Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love (PublicAffairs, 2003) and his most recent, The Tyranny Of Dead Ideas: Revolutionary Thinking for a New Age of Prosperity (Times Books, 2009). Miller’s commentary has been featured on The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Kudlow Report, and many other public affairs programs, and he has been a contributor and guest host on MSNBC. Miller served as Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995. From 1991 to 1992 he was a White House Fellow, serving as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Miller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Screen Actors Guild (thanks to a cameo appearance in the thriller, The Siege.) He serves on the board of directors of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and the nonprofit journalism group Understanding Government, and was appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on The Equity and Excellence Commission, which is examining inequities in US school finance.
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KCRW Announces Changes to Weekend Programming Schedule

KCRW Announces Changes to Weekend Programming Schedule

KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe and TED Radio Hour to Debut This Weekend
Le Show and Tom Schnabel Go Digital-Only

SANTA MONICA, April 15, 2013 — Change is coming to KCRW’s weekend schedule. Starting April 20, KCRW DJ Travis Holcombe will debut a new three-hour music program that will air Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Additionally, the TED Radio Hour comes to KCRW Sunday mornings.

A long-time KCRW program will be moving off the air. Harry Shearer’s Le Show will no longer be heard on 89.9FM. The station plans to continue to distribute the show for podcast and national syndication, and will continue to support the show on its digital platforms. KCRW will add the program to its 24-hour news stream on Sundays.

A mix of political satire and music, Le Show first aired on KCRW in 1983 and is now carried on more than 80 public radio stations across the U.S., the Pacific Islands, and on satellite radio, and has seen significant growth as a podcast in recent years.

Harry Shearer and Le Show have been a part of KCRW since its inception, providing a voice of satire and comic relief while challenging the political establishment. KCRW pledges to support Harry and his incredible national and digital audience,” says KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro.

NPR’s TED Radio Hour, hosted by Guy Raz, formerly of Weekend All Things Considered, will now air Sundays at 10am. The weekly exploration of “ideas worth spreading” was NPR’s biggest new program launch in history and the podcast premiered at the top of the iTunes download charts for its pilot season in 2012.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing the TED Radio Hour to Southern California radio listeners. The show brings ideas that inspire new ways of thinking, which has long been a tenet of public radio programming. We believe it’s a perfect fit for KCRW‘s curious audience,” explains Ferro.

As announced last Friday, legendary DJ and former Music Director Tom Schnabel starts a new digital venture that aims to grow KCRW’s world music audience. An expert in world music and jazz, Schnabel will continue to share his wealth of knowledge through his popular Rhythm Planet blog, an on-demand music show, a Rhythm Planet membership club and a series of live events including an upcoming music salon on May 20.

“Tom is the vibrant heart of KCRW’s music programming. He’s our first music director and a critical part of the KCRW family. As we continue our digital expansion, Tom is the right person to lead the station into this new territory,” says Ferro. “He has vast knowledge of world music and jazz, among other things, and is an amazing curator, scholar and writer. He is not saying goodbye because he’s not leaving. He’s just changing platforms – from broadcast radio to digital.”

Listeners can hear Travis Holcombe’s new show Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6pm. Additionally, Anne Litt moves to the new time of noon to 3pm both days. Chris Douridas moves his two-hour show to 6pm on Saturday, followed by Liza Richardson and Metropolis, hosted by KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley.

On Sundays, Gary Calamar stays at 6pm. Henry Rollins moves to Sundays at 8pm and Dan Wilcox moves to 10pm. Eric J Lawrence returns to Sunday nights from midnight to 3am and Jason Kramer moves to Tuesday nights from midnight to 3am.

“Travis started as a volunteer at the station, just like I did, and it became immediately obvious that he had something special to offer. His depth of music draws out gems from all decades, plus he’s been an early supporter of a few artists who have become station favorites. I’m excited Travis is bringing his diverse and progressive playlists to the weekend, and am confident the audience will love what he has to offer,” says KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley.

NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered will no longer air on KCRW 89.9FM. Instead, listeners will be kept up to date with top-of-the-hour NPR news headlines beginning at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. KCRW’s digital news stream will continue to carry WATC.

The new weekend schedule reflects KCRW’s efforts to redefine itself as more than just a radio station. KCRW has made significant investment in programming and distribution across multiple platforms. Last year’s launch of respected digital-only shows such as Strangers and the Organist is an example of KCRW’s commitment to expand its offerings beyond the FM dial. The development of the Music Mine and other mobile apps, as well as the successful streams on iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn and others is part of this commitment to put KCRW wherever the audience is.

The new weekend schedule will take effect immediately, starting April 20. View the complete schedule at: http://kcrw.com/schedule.

For a complete list on how to listen to KCRW please visit: http://blogs.kcrw.com/pressroom/kcrw-how-to-listen/

Rachel Reynolds
Music Publicity Director, KCRW
310.314.4625
Rachel.Reynolds@kcrw.org

Alyssa King
Communications Director, KCRW
310.314.4627
alyssa.king@kcrw.org

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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 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.

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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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KCRW Strikes New Chord with The Organist

KCRW Strikes a New Chord with The Organist

Los Angeles Public Radio Station Partners with McSweeney’s to Launch New Podcast

KCRW has joined forces with San Francisco publishing house, McSweeney’s for another joint venture: The Organist. An experimental arts-and-culture program, the new monthly podcast features stories, interviews, reviews, comic radio dramas and more, produced by editors of the award-winning magazine, the Believer and KCRW. The inaugural episode became available the first weekend in February with new episodes available on demand, monthly throughout the year.

The scope of the podcast reflects that of the print edition of The Believer: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence.

Episode One: Little Language Machine, features a variety of interviews and short stories:

  • The short-story master George Saunders talks about how riffing as a teenage benchwarmer led to the richly imagined voices of his fiction.
  • Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman explains the tortured etymology of the word “podcast” (it’s a conflation of the words paw and broadcast — a radio show with claws).
  • Critic Greil Marcus considers a reissue of the first Bikini Kill EP and a new novel by Percival Everett.
  • Amber Scorah tells the story of her defection from the Jehovah’s Witnesses while working as a missionary in Shanghai.
  • Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy presents five five-word record reviews of excellent new guitar rock.
  • The electronic duo Matmos takes a song from their new album apart, piece by piece, revealing its brilliant, pulsating innards.
  • A new(ish) film casts a shotgun microphone as its protagonist;

Listeners can visit the website to access “Web Extras” like an extended interview with George Saunders. Find that and those here.

This is the second partnership between KCRW and McSweeney’s. The two most recently collaborated for a one-hour radio drama, “Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor,” which starred Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. The bizarre, radio adventure in the style of Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds, featured the music from the Flaming Lips, Bill Callahan, Okkervil River, Eleanor Friedberger, Nico Muhly, Oneida and Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear. The special is still available to stream or download here.

For more information and to hear full episodes of The Organist, please visit www.kcrw.com/theorganist or http://www.theorganist.org/

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About The Organist:
The Organist is a monthly experimental arts-and-culture program produced and distributed by KCRW. The editors of the award-winning monthly magazine the Believer, published in San Francisco by McSweeney’s, produce ten annual episodes of the podcast, which includes reported stories, interviews, comic radio drama, reviews, and more. The scope of the podcast reflects that of the print edition: its contributors take a thoughtful approach to pop culture, along with an irreverent attitude toward the highbrow. From philosophy to daytime TV, from poetry to martial arts, the show scrutinizes and interrogates the world with an affectionate and rigorous intelligence. Pieces from the podcast grow out of stories in the magazine, and vice versa. Weaving together the voices of its contributors, which include the brightest talents in literature and the arts, the Organist is an elegant, impressionistic, funny, and sharp cultural magazine that itself becomes an object of inquiry, discussion, and wonder.

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 The Believer:
The Believer is a monthly magazine where length is no object. There are book reviews that are not necessarily timely, and that are very often very long. There are interviews that are also very long. We will focus on writers and books we like. We will give people and books the benefit of the doubt. The working title of this magazine was The Optimist.

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KCRW’s Oral History Project Sonic Trace Presents Sonic Profiles

KCRW’s Oral History Project Sonic Trace Presents Sonic Profiles

10 Short Interviews Tell the Stories of Los Angeles

 

Tune into KCRW’s Morning Edition this holiday season for a series of short stories produced by the Sonic Trace team. Sonic Trace, the oral history project that begins in the heart of Los Angeles and crosses into Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras will air short features gathered from immigrants all over Los Angeles in La Burbuja or “The Bubble,” Sonic Trace’s portable sound booth.

The series begins on Monday, Dec. 24 and runs through Friday, Jan. 4. Each piece will air at 7:00am PST and can also be heard on the Sonic Trace Blog and the Sonic Trace SoundCloud page.

Sonic Profiles begins with 42-year-old Aldo Velasco who was born in Mexico. Aldo talks about having a ‘gringa’ mother and a Mexican father and he tells the tale of their impromptu departure of his home country.

Mercedes Moreno who emigrated from El Salvador to Los Angeles 36 years ago. She came working as a babysitter, and in the process became a mother. Mercedes is one of the hundred of thousands of Salvadoreans who fled a brutal civil war that killed 75,000 and displaced more than one million people. She shares her story of arrival.

These are just a few examples of stories audiences will hear over the next two weeks. See the full schedule below:

Dec. 26
Guest:  Octavio Oilvas
Description: Octavio Olivas is from Mexico City. His wife is American, and they live in LA. Before getting married, he got a taste of Texas hospitality on a trip into the US from Mexico.

Dec. 27
Guest: Norma Medina
Description: Silverlake resident Norma Medina talks about her picturesque childhood in Mexico, and the culture shock she experienced when she was taken to live with her Aunt and Uncle in their ‘Brady Bunch’ house in California.

Dec. 28
Guest: Eric Garcetti
Description: Fourth-generation Angeleno and City Councilman Eric Garcetti talks about growing up in Los Angeles, the ultimate mestizo culture.

Dec. 31
Guest: Gustavo Arellano
Description: OC Weekly editor and KCRW contributor Gustavo Arellano talks about the romanticism vs. the realism of the rancho.

Jan. 1
Guest: Paulina Lopez
Description: Being a teenager is hard enough, but for Paulina Lopez, it was especially hard. Her family moved from Oaxaca, Mexico to Los Angeles when she was 12, forcing her to learn a new language, new culture, and make new friends.

Jan. 2
Guest: Janet Lopez
Description: 35 -year-old Janet Lopez tells the unlikely story of how her parents met. “They were Match.com before Match.com existed.”

Jan. 3
Guest: Teresa de Jesus Rivera
Description: Teresa de Jesus Rivera was born in the small town in California. Her parents came to the US from Sinaloa, Mexico in the 1950′s. Their job? Picking produce in the fields of Delano, CA. Her family went on to make history in the early days of the United Farm Workers movement of the 1960s.

Jan. 4
Guest: Raul Campos
Description: KCRW DJ Raul Campos talks about his parents’ home in the Maravilla projects in East LA, and how many of his high school peers were phonetically challenged when it came to pronouncing his name.

Be sure to hear these stories and more from Sonic Trace. Sonic Trace is also part of Localore, a nationwide initiative of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, and funded by CPB. Interactive design is produced by Zeega.

For more information on Sonic Trace you can visit the Sonic Trace Blog. For more information on KCRW please visit www.kcrw.com.

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KCRW Welcomes Gustavo Arellano

KCRW Welcomes Gustavo Arellano

OC Weekly Editor Joins Station in New Role

 

SANTA MONICA, Ca.KCRW (89.9FM and kcrw.com) is pleased to announce Gustavo Arellano as our newest weekly contributor to the station. Arellano has been a frequent guest on KCRW’s Good Food for over seven years. Now, in his new role, drawing on his work as Editor of the OC Weekly, Gustavo will offer his insight into the stories shaping Orange County.

Gustavo’s weekly feature, Orange County Line, will be heard on Monday afternoons starting December 10 at 4:44pm during KCRW’s All Things Considered.

KCRW was looking for someone who could shine a bright light on this sprawling, diverse and vitally important region of Southern California, and we are happy to have Gustavo as a guide,” says Gary Scott, news program director at KCRW. “Gustavo is smart, he’s dogged, he’s funny … and he’s occasionally outrageous — but he’s more passionate and plugged in than just about anyone you’ll ever meet.”

“Orange County is virtually virgin territory in the Southern California media landscape, and my colleagues at the OC Weekly and I have been a lone voice in the wilderness proclaiming its glories and controversies for years,” said Gustavo Arellano. “I’m thrilled that KCRW has assigned me to be their guide to this strange land, especially after having collaborated with them for years on Good Food.

KCRW and the OC Weekly also plan to hold regular events that highlight the cultural and political issues facing Orange County.

Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative weekly newspaper in Orange County, CA, and the author of  a nationally syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!”, in which he answers any and all questions about America’s largest minority community. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States and won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for best column.

Gustavo is the author of two books, Orange County: A Personal History, and, most recently, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He is a lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton.

For more information about KCRW and its programming, please visit www.kcrw.com.

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About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is an NPR affiliate based in Southern California. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit 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 via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.

 

About Gustavo Arellano
Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and lecturer with the Chicana and Chicano Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. He writes “¡Ask a Mexican!,” a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about America’s spiciest and largest minority. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. Gustavo is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2007 President’s Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his “exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic.” Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.

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KCRW & McSweeney’s to Debut Radio Show “Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor”

KCRW & McSweeney’s to Debut Radio Show “Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor”

Airing Live on KCRW on November 24 & 25 at 5pm PST

The one-hour radio event features new recordings from the Flaming Lips, Eleanor Friedberger, Bill Callahan, Nico Muhly and Okkervil River as well as an appearance by Ed Droste from Grizzly Bear

 

KCRW (89.9 FM and KCRW.com) has partnered with McSweeney’s to create a singular radio event centered around Flaming Lips’ singer Wayne Coyne and featuring original music compositions and recordings from Okkervil River, Bill Callahan, Eleanor Friedberger and the Flaming Lips themselves.

A unique radio venture from KCRW and McSweeney’s, “Wayne Coyne’s Human Head-Shaped Tumor” will air on KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) on November 24 and 25 at 5pm PST and will also be available via podcast.

McSweeney’s, the San Francisco-based publishing house founded by editor and author Dave Eggers, and KCRW set out to create not just another show, but a radio adventure. Together, they commissioned Richard Parks, son of KCRW favorite Van Dyke Parks, to produce this radio hour. It’s been described as the Mercury Theatre’s “War of the Worlds,” but mixed with contemporary music and unique sound design – car crashes, helicopters, and even murmuring tumors.

Yes, it’s bizarre, but befitting one of the most creative and outlandish bands in rock music today, and that makes McSweeney’s and KCRW the perfect collaborators for this eccentric piece of experimental radio.

KCRW has always celebrated creativity. For years we’ve wanted to hear what the creative publishing world of McSweeney’s would sound like if you could listen to it. This is the first attempt and it came out strange, compelling and wonderful,” says KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro. “We’re thrilled to present this bountiful plate of odd curiosity and can’t wait to hear more.”

The partnership between KCRW and McSweeney’s is just getting started. The duo is in the midst of co-producing another project, The Organist, a monthly podcast to debut in December.

Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips have performed many times on KCRW, including their most recent appearance when they debuted their version of Pink Floyd’s epic album, “Dark Side of the Moon.”

Prepare for a true radio event this weekend, featuring the following players:

Wayne Coyne, Michelle Martin Coyne, Steven Drozd, and Scott Booker (Flaming Lips), Will Sheff (Okkervil River), Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnaces), Jack Hitt (This American Life, Harper’s), Paul F. Tompkins (The Pod F. Tompkast, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Mr. Show), Bill Callahan (aka Smog), Nico Muhly (Björk, Philip Glass, Antony and the Johnsons), Fat Bobby and Kid Millions (Oneida), and Edward Droste (Grizzly Bear).

For more information please visit www.kcrw.com or www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/a-radio-show

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Alyssa King – KCRW
(310) 314-4627
alyssa.king@kcrw.org


About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is an NPR affiliate based in Southern California. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit 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 via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.

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Warren Olney Takes On The World

Warren Olney Takes On The World

KCRW Flip Flops Its Midday Programming
 

SANTA MONICA, CA., September 4, 2012 – KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) announced today its signature public-affairs program To The Point will change places with The World. Starting Monday, Sept. 10, Warren Olney’s daily news program will air between 1 and 2 p.m. PST on 89.9 FM and KCRW.com. PRI’s The World will start an hour earlier at noon following KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.

“We’ve been thinking about this change for over a year. We think it will provide better service to our audience to follow The World with Warren,” said KCRW News Director Gary Scott. “We’ve been building our news department and this change, while small, can really help to highlight our new efforts.”

In the last year, KCRW has expanded its newsroom with the addition of All Things Considered host Steve Chiotakis and producer Avishay Artsy in addition to morning producers Saul Gonzalez and Darrell Satzman. Social-media producer Caitlin Shamberg joined the team to add a layer of engagement as editor of the Which Way, LA? blog and To The Point producer. Most recently, journalists Anna Scott and Evan George have joined Warren’s team under managing producer Sonya Geis.

The programming change will take place following this week’s live To the Point broadcast from the Democratic National Convention.

Co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International, To the Point is nationally syndicated. It will air on KCRW at 89.9FM and at www.kcrw.com Monday – Friday at its new time of 1:00pm PST starting September 10.

The schedule change will not affect when the show airs in other markets. Please check local listings. To see a full list of syndicated stations or for more information on To the Point please visit www.kcrw.com/tothepoint.

The World, a daily, hour-long weekday news magazine, covers an array of topics including news, features, interviews and music from across the globe. It will air on KCRW at 89.9FM and kcrw.com Monday – Friday at its new time of noon PST on September 10. For more information on The World please visit: www.theworld.org

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Alyssa King – KCRW
(310) 314-4627
alyssa.king@kcrw.org

 

About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is an NPR affiliate based in Southern California. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit 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 via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.

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“To the Point” Broadcasts Live From the Conventions

TO THE POINT BROADCASTS LIVE FROM THE CONVENTIONS

KCRW Sends News Team to Tampa and Charlotte

SANTA MONICA, CA, August 27, 2012 – KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) will be covering the Republican and Democratic Conventions live from Tampa and Charlotte. To the Point, the signature public affairs show hosted by Warren Olney, will be broadcasting the one-hour show live for the next two weeks starting today, August 27. KCRW producers will also provide on-the-ground reports and will inform listeners what others are saying at the To The Point 2012 Election Coverage page.

Guests on today’s To the Point include:

  • Michael Shear – Chief correspondent for New York Times Caucus blog
  • Bruce Fein – Senior policy advisor to the Ron Paul campaign
  • Sal Russo – Chief consultant to the Tea Party Express
  • Major Garrett - White House correspondent for the National Journal
  • Gary LangerPresident of Langer Research Associates and a pollster for ABC News
  • Wayne Slater – Senior political writer for the Dallas Morning News

Additional KCRW 2012 election coverage includes the weekly To the Point segment Red State Blue State which airs every Monday on the show. Host Warren Olney discusses politics and the presidential campaign with Carla Marinucci from the San Francisco Chronicle and Wayne Slater from the Dallas Morning News to hear both sides of the issues.

To the Point is a fast-paced, news based one-hour daily national program that focuses on the hot-button issues of the day, co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International. The nationally syndicated show airs live on KCRW 89.9FM and kcrw.com Monday – Friday at 12:00pm.

To see a full syndication list of stations please click HERE. For more information on To the Point please visit: www.kcrw.com/ttp

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Alyssa King – KCRW
(310) 314-4627
alyssa.king@kcrw.org

About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is an NPR affiliate based in Southern California. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit 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 via KCRW.com, including three streaming channels, 27 podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances. Hear KCRW music online, all the time, on the ALL music stream Eclectic24.

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