Programming

KCRW’s Below the Ten: Stories of South LA continues with “Local Hires”

KCRW’s Audio/Visual Reporting Series on L.A.’s Vulnerable Populations Continues with “Local Hires,” the sixth chapter in Below the Ten: Stories of South LA

Series focuses on people who live and work in neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, Inglewood and Compton

“Local Hires” premieres Thursday, January 14, on Morning Edition

kcrw.com/belowtheten

Los Angeles, CA (January 13, 2016) – The sixth chapter of KCRW’s Below the Ten: Stories of South LA titled “Local Hires” is set to premiere on Thursday, January 14, on Morning Edition. “Local Hires” tells the story of a union carpenter Anthony Fagan and his mentor “Big John,” a man whose mission it is to use local construction jobs as an opportunity to reduce violence in the South Los Angeles community. Across South LA there are a number of large developments under construction, including the $650 million dollar USC village, the expansion of the Crenshaw Metro line, and a new NFL stadium. Many of these city-changing projects have local hire initiatives, with a goal to hire a set percentage of people from the neighborhoods that surround these developments. The question is, will these new developments change South LA so dramatically that the people who constructed them can no longer afford to live there?

Each chapter in Below the Ten: Stories of South LA is produced documentary style, and focuses on the neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, Inglewood and Compton. Produced by David Weinberg, the series examines these changing communities through intimate, personal stories of those who reside there. The audio premieres on KCRW’s airwaves, and complementary photo and video features are available online at kcrw.com/belowtheten.

Many of the people highlighted in Below the Ten: Stories of South LA are poor – some are undocumented, and some lack basic shelter, safety and opportunities to get ahead. The first chapter, “The New Compton,” tells the story of the changing face of Compton. Chapter 2, “Grace of the Sea,” follows Luis Jesus Gutierrez Sanchez – a gay, undocumented immigrant residing in Jefferson Park who is in danger of losing the garage he calls home. Chapter 3, “After Katrina, Finding Refuge in South LA,” chronicles Cassandra Cousin’s relocation to South LA after the hurricane hit New Orleans and left her homeless. Chapter 4 highlights one of the last remaining juke joints in California, “The Barnyard” – part junkyard, part music venue, part shelter – located on South Main Street not far from Watts. Chapter 5, “The Long Commute,” chronicles the Chambers family, who achieved their lifelong dream of homeownership by leaving South Los Angeles for the desert community of Palmdale, keeping ties to the old neighborhood by making a long daily commute to work and school: four hours “on a good day.” Additional chapters in the series will be unveiled in the coming months.

In August, 2015, KCRW announced the development of a multi-year documentary and reporting series on issues affecting the lives of Los Angeles residents who find themselves at the edges of our community. The series, supported by a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will explore Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations. Below the Ten: Stories of South LA is the first set of programs in the series.

For more information and online access to full audio and video, please visit:

kcrw.com/belowtheten

 

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw

Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio

Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw

Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $100 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2014. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

 

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Programming

Below the Ten: Stories of South LA Continues with “The Long Commute”

KCRW’s Audio/Visual Reporting Series on L.A.’s Vulnerable Populations Continues with “The Long Commute,” the fifth chapter in “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA”

Series focuses on people who live and work in neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, and Compton

“The Long Commute” premieres Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 PM on Which Way, L.A.?

kcrw.com/belowtheten

Los Angeles, CA (November 18, 2015) – The fifth chapter of KCRW’s “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA” titled “The Long Commute” is set to premiere on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 PM, on the station’s signature local affairs program, Which Way L.A.? “The Long Commute” tells the story of the Chambers family, who achieved their lifelong dream of homeownership by leaving South Los Angeles for the desert community of Palmdale. Like many others who have fled inner cities for suburbs, the Chambers kept ties to the old neighborhood – in their case by making a long daily commute to work and school: four hours “on a good day,” in the words of Stephanie Chambers. As South LA continues to transition from majority African-American to majority Latino, “The Long Commute” examines the history and human face of demographic change.

Each chapter in “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA” is produced documentary style, and focuses on the neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, and Compton. Produced by David Weinberg, the series examines these changing communities through intimate, personal stories of those who reside there. The audio premieres on KCRW’s airwaves, and complementary photo and video features are available online at kcrw.com/belowtheten.

Many of the people highlighted in the “Below the Ten” series are poor – some are undocumented, and some lack basic shelter, safety and opportunities to get ahead. The first chapter, “The New Compton,” tells the story of the changing face of Compton. Chapter 2, “Grace of the Sea,” follows Luis Jesus Gutierrez Sanchez — a gay, undocumented immigrant residing in Jefferson Park who is in danger of losing the garage he calls home. Chapter 3, “After Katrina, Finding Refuge in South LA,” chronicles Cassadra Cousin’s relocation to South LA after the hurricane hit New Orleans and left her homeless. Chapter 4 highlights one of the last remaining juke joints in California, “The Barnyard” – part junkyard, part music venue, part shelter – located on South Main Street not far from Watts. Additional chapters in the series will be unveiled in the coming months.

In August, 2015, KCRW announced the development of a multi-year documentary and reporting series on issues affecting the lives of Los Angeles residents who find themselves at the edges of our community. The series, supported by a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will explore Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations. “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA” is the first set of programs in the series.

For more information and online access to full audio and video, please visit: kcrw.com/belowtheten
About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw

Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio

Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw

Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $100 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2014. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

 

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KCRW Unveils Multi-Year Documentary and Reporting Series on L.A.’s Vulnerable Populations

KCRW Unveils Multi-Year Documentary and Reporting Series on L.A.’s Vulnerable Populations

Series Supported by a Generous Grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Inaugural Series “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA” features intimate stories about people who reside in neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, and Compton

Grace of the Sea, the moving story of a gay, undocumented immigrant residing in Jefferson Park premieres August 28, at 7:30 PM on KCRW’s UnFictional

KCRW announced today a new multi-year documentary and reporting series on issues affecting the lives of Los Angeles residents who find themselves at the edges of our community. The series, supported by a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will explore Los Angeles’ most vulnerable populations.

The inaugural series “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA” focuses on the neighborhoods south of the 10 Freeway, including Watts, Jefferson Park, and Compton. Produced by David Weinberg, “Below the Ten” explores personal stories of residents in Los Angeles neighborhoods once associated with African-American disenfranchisement, gangster rap, crime and civil unrest. Today, however, the vast majority of South L.A.’s population is Latino, and some of these historically neglected neighborhoods are seeing more corporate investment as well as some of the biggest residential development projects in Southern California. “Below the Ten” explores these changing communities through intimate, personal stories of those who reside there.

Many of the people highlighted in “Below the Ten” are poor – some are undocumented, some lack basic shelter, safety and opportunities to get ahead. Weinberg comments, “it’s about elevating people who often get reduced to very simple narratives about ‘struggle’ and ‘bootstraps’. I’m interested in getting as close as possible to trying to learn about how their lives are affected by the circumstances that exist for many in L.A.”

The stories are produced documentary style, with the audio premiering on KCRW’s airwaves with complementary video features available online. Weinberg spent weeks and sometimes months with the people in these communities. “A lot comes out during the hanging out time that you wouldn’t know to ask in an interview. Serendipity happens more when you put in the time,” Weinberg says. “The web of personal connections becomes more apparent. It starts to feel more like a small town.”

“Below the Ten: Stories of South LA” a multi-chapter series will be unveiled over the course of eight months. The introductory chapter, “The New Compton” tells the story of the changing face of Compton. The premiere of Chapter 2 “Grace of the Sea” will air on August 28 at 7:30 PM on KCRW’s UnFictional. Luis Jesus Gutierrez Sanchez, who calls himself “Grace of the Sea,” has been living in a garage in South L.A. for six years. He’s pasted pictures of celebrities cut out from magazines to the walls and written poetry on them in pink chalk. It’s his own magical world tucked away in Jefferson Park, a neighborhood just south of the 10 Freeway between Crenshaw and Normandie. But, now he has to move. His landlord, fearing city inspectors, has told him to get out.

For more information and online access to audio and video features, please visit:

kcrw.com/belowtheten

 

About KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw

Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio

Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw

Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

 

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $100 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2014. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.5 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

 

 

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Events, Programming

Good Food at SXSW! Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold Take on Austin

Good Food at SXSW

Join KCRW’s Evan Kleiman for a live podcast event and a panel during the second annual SouthBites conference.

Los Angeles, CA (March 10, 2015)Good Food Host Evan Kleiman and Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold (LA Times) will head to Austin, TX during the annual SXSW conference and team up to take on the city’s cuisine, which they’ll discuss on the March 21 edition of the show.

They’ll be talking to local chefs, including BBQ master Aaron Franklin and Top Chef champion Paul Qui. They’ll also take a roadtrip out to Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, where female pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz has over 50 years of BBQ experience under her belt.

If you’ll be in town for the festivities, join Kleiman at the Driskill Hotel during the SouthBites conference on Sunday, March 15 for a live podcast event.

She’ll interview an engaging array of food writers, thinkers and chefs for programming that will be recorded for later broadcast on KCRW.

The event takes place in the Jim Hogg parlor from 10am to 5:30pm. The schedule is as follows:

10am        Food as Lifestyle with Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport and Andrew
Knowlton

10:30am    Creating Chef Watson with Florian Pinel

11am        Change in the Grocery Aisle with “Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert

2pm        The Kitchen as Sanctuary with chef Curtis Duffy and “For Grace”
Directors Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski

2:30pm    How Tech is Changing Your Coffee with Erin Meister and Cameron
Hughes

3pm        A Look at the Museum of Food and Drink with Peter Kim and Emma
Boast

4:30pm     The Changing Face of Food Writing with Alison Cook and Helen Rosner

5pm        Applying Kickstarter Culture to the Good Food Movement with Eileen
and Michael Chiarello

On Monday, March 16, Kleiman will moderate Food Criticism in the Digital Age with panelists Jonathan Gold (LA Times), Alison Cook (Houston Chronicle) and Helen Rosner (Eater) at the Driskill Hotel at 5pm. They’ll discuss how these talented writers have adapted their crafts in the era of Yelp, where everyone is a critic, and how they foresee the future of food criticism.

Good Food airs on Saturdays from 11am to noon on KCRW.

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/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw
Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

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KCRW Announces $1 Million Grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

KCRW to Expand Coverage
of Underserved Communities in Los Angeles

with a $1 Million Grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

This is the Foundation’s First Large Grant to Public Media

SANTA MONICA, CA (January 20, 2015)—The Los Angeles-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded Southern California’s acclaimed public radio station, KCRW, a $1 million grant to develop a new multi-year documentary and reporting series examining issues affecting the lives of LA’s neediest residents and underserved communities.

The Foundation’s grant will support KCRW’s news team as they take an intimate look into the lives of Angelenos and find and tell stories illustrating the challenges faced by the city’s most disadvantaged and marginalized residents.

The Hilton Foundation’s unprecedented support to KCRW will deepen our ability to tell important stories that require time, depth and analysis,” said Jennifer Ferro, President of KCRW.

“Our goal with this gift is to produce important and compelling stories that shed light on the people who find themselves at the edges of our community. This effort is a major part of the station’s ongoing expansion of original programming through our Capital Campaign.”

The Hilton Foundation’s grant comes after KCRW’s emphasis on new award-winning reporting and storytelling projects produced in-house or as part of the station’s Independent Producer Project.

“We’re pleased to partner with KCRW, because the radio station and the nonprofit team that runs it are an integral part of our local community,” said Steven M. Hilton, Chairman, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “We hope our funding will allow the team to produce even more content about vulnerable populations and social issues affecting our region.”

The Hilton Foundation’s grant marks the foundation’s first grant to KCRW and their first large grant to public media.

The gift supports efforts to advance KCRW’s public service mission by expanding original programming—a key goal of the station’s $48 million Capital Campaign.

The Campaign is KCRW’s first major fundraising initiative and is designed to support the construction of a new 35,000-square-foot KCRW Media Center and investments in new programming and technology.

To date, KCRW has secured $36 million, including $28 million from Santa Monica College, licensee of KCRW, with funding from 2008 Bond Measure AA.

Other supporters of the Capital Campaign include the Annenberg Foundation, The Ahmanson Foundation, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, Kayne Foundation (Ric & Suzanne Kayne and Jenni, Maggie & Saree), The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Santa Barbara Foundation.

To learn more about KCRW’s Capital Campaign, visit kcrw.com/campaign.

Contact: Connie Alvarez
connie.alvarez@kcrw.org
310 314 4673

ABOUT KCRW

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways – on the radio, digitally and in person – to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at kcrw.com.

ABOUT THE CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance abuse, helping children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $1.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants, distributing $92 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2013. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.4 billion. For more information, please visit www.hiltonfoundation.org.

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KCRW Music Announcement, Programming, Station Announcement

KCRW Announces First ALL MUSIC Broadcast Station

KCRW Announces First ALL MUSIC Broadcast Station

Starting today, KCRW’s all-music stream Eclectic24 will broadcast on 106.9FM in Santa Barbara

Total listener hours for Eclectic24 have quadrupled since it launched five years ago. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 15, 2014) Starting today, KCRW’s famed music programming will take center stage in Santa Barbara on 106.9FM, which will air the LA public radio station’s 24-hour music stream, Eclectic24.

This is the station’s first all music terrestrial broadcast.

Launched almost exactly five years ago, KCRW’s online music destination, Eclectic24, has been a huge success, with total listener hours quadrupling in that time.

The popularity of the stream extends worldwide, with steady online listenership in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Mexico, Australia and more. Expanding the stream to a larger audience in the station’s own backyard was a natural evolution.

Curated by former Music Director and current DJ Chris Douridas, Eclectic24 shares an eclectic menu of artists drawn from the playlists of the station’s talented stable of deejays – as well as exclusive live performances recorded in our studio – 24 hours a day. You can view real-time playlists here.

Eclectic24 presents the best music on the planet – from all styles, past and present, including rare demos, unsigned artists, and exclusive live on air performances,” said Douridas.

“It has grown steadily and swiftly and its expansion onto the airwaves in Southern California satisfies a real demand for unique programming with a personal touch, all day, every day.”

KCRW’s on-air offerings can now be heard on a new frequency in Santa Barbara, 88.7FM, with local news programming.

Eclectic24 can be found online here and is also available to HD Radio users.
To best satisfy the growing demand for KCRW’s music programming, the station has actively pursued expansion on multiple platforms and with numerous partners, including a notable presence on services like Spotify and YouTube, as well as app development for mobile and much more.

The station continues to explore every opportunity to reach our fans and new listeners worldwide.

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/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw
Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

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KCRW Strengthens Santa Barbara Area Signal With New Broadcast From 88.7 FM

KCRW Strengthens Santa Barbara Area Signal With New Broadcast From 88.7 FM

KCRW Announces New Board Members,
Santa Barbara Residents Dr. Victoria Riskin and Scott Brittingham

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 8, 2014) — Today, KCRW begins local programming on its new frequency in Santa Barbara at 88.7 FM. The new frequency, which greatly increases KCRW’s signal strength in the region, launched as a simulcast on August 28th.

The launch follows KCRW’s successful bid to acquire KDB from the Santa Barbara Foundation, which was approved by the FCC and finalized in June

Along with the acquisition, KCRW welcomes Dr. Victoria Riskin and Scott Brittingham, both Santa Barbara residents, to the Foundation Board to provide guidance in the visioning of KCRW’s expansion in Santa Barbara.

“Since announcing our interest to increase KCRW’s presence in Santa Barbara, we have been met with the warmest welcome by area listeners, arts and culture institutions, philanthropists, and the business community,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW President and General Manager. “We look forward to working closely with Victoria and Scott, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and other trusted partners, as we expand our coverage of Santa Barbara public affairs, culture and arts.”

Through a partnership with Antioch University, KCRW’s Santa Barbara studio will be located on campus starting Fall 2014, and will provide opportunities for students to gain insight into storytelling and broadcasting through internships.
KCRW has also partnered with The Santa Barbara Independent in the launching of local editions of NPR’s popular morning newsmagazine Morning Edition and afternoon news show All Things Considered.

The on-air schedule will also include over 100 weekly hours of KCRW’s originally produced, award-winning content, ranging from flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic with music director Jason Bentley to news and culture show Press Play with Madeleine Brand, nationally-syndicated To The Point with Warren Olney, and cultural programming on art, film, architecture, food, literature, and politics.  The schedule is available online at www.kcrw.com/schedule.

As a result of KCRW’s acquisition, Santa Barbara listeners will benefit from an increase in programming across the spectrums of news, culture, and a variety of music genres. KCRW broadcasts from 88.7 FM, while KUSC will combined its broadcast (previously at 88.7 FM) with KDB to preserve 93.7 FM as a high quality source for classical music with Santa Barbara-focused programming.  KCRW’s previous Santa Barbara frequency at 106.9 FM will soon broadcast KCRW’s all-music station Eclectic24.

Committed to supporting local cultural institutions, KCRW is building on its already established partnerships with the Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and other organizations. In addition, KCRW has formed a Santa Barbara Advisory Board, including philanthropic, arts and culture, and academic leaders from the community.

KCRW is also expanding its Fringe Benefits program to Santa Barbara, bringing a curated collection of discounts from local businesses to residents, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (15% off specialty ticketed events), Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (two-for-one tickets), Lobero Theatre (20% off tickets), Municipal Winemakers (10% off), American Apparel (15% off), Italian Pottery Outlet (10% off), Santa Barbara Sailing Center (two-for-one tickets), and Santa Barbara Zoo (15% off), among dozens of others.

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/

About KCRW:

KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.  A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smart phone apps and online at kcrw.com.

Twitter | twitter.com/kcrw
Facebook | facebook.com/kcrwradio
Instagram | instagram.com/kcrw
Google+ | plus.google.com/+kcrw

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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).

Visit KCRW.com and follow below for updates and exclusive content:
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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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