Programming, Station Announcement

KCRW and WNYC Studios Announce “There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles”

KCRW and WNYC Studios Announce

“There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles”

An EightPart Podcast Series

Examining Gentrification in LA in 2017

Hosted by KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez

Inspired by WNYC’s Original Podcast Set in Brooklyn

TGTN: LA to Debut on Tuesday, September 26

Preview Episode Available Today

 

(New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA – September 21, 2017) – Today, two major public radio producers – KCRW and WNYC – announce the launch of There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles, an eight-part podcast series examining the winners and losers of neighborhood gentrification, and the forces driving it in Los Angeles.

The series is a new season of WNYC Studios’ original There Goes the Neighborhood podcast, which featured an in-depth look at gentrification in Brooklyn at a time when the borough had come to symbolize the phenomenon.

Debuting Tuesday, September 26, There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles will explore how LA has gone from the place to chase your dreams to one of the least affordable cities in the country. The series will take an unsparing look at urban development and soaring housing prices that are expanding into previously unaffected neighborhoods such as Jefferson Park, Inglewood, and Elysian Valley.

In the preview episode, Kai Wright – who hosted the original podcast – hands the series over to Los Angeles host and KCRW reporter Saul Gonzalez. Additional episodes will tell the stories of people dealing with the realities of gentrification on an intimate level: long-time residents, property owners, and community organizers, as well as developers and neighborhood newcomers, including:

Photo by Saul Gonzalez

  • Cesar Vega, a native Angeleno whose bungalow in Hollywood is surrounded on three sides by enormous new apartment buildings. “The way the city approaches [all the new construction] is that it’s an improvement, it’s a benefit to everybody. That the rising tide lifts all boats. But I’m not sure people in small boats wrote that, you know?”
  • Erin Aubry Kaplan, an Inglewood resident who welcomes new businesses but wonders why it’s taken so long. “People have been asking for decades for certain things, improvements, better this, better that… and somehow it only happens when this gentrification process starts. Until that happens nothing happens.”
  • Michael Parker, an artist living downtown who’s facing eviction. “If I get pushed out of the Arts District with the name of the neighborhood named after me, then I’m going to go gentrify somebody else and push somebody else out. That doesn’t make me feel good.”
  • David Schwartzman, president of Harridge Development Group. “I think there’s a very negative connotation to the word developer. I mean at least the way I look at it is, I’m trying to create jobs, we’re changing lifestyles, we’re upgrading an area. And that’s the thing, I think we are making the country better.”

In addition to Gonzalez, There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles will feature reporting from KCRW contributors, including housing reporter Anna Scott, data and investigative producer Miguel Contreras, and Design and Architecture host and producer team, Frances Anderton and Avishay Artsy.

“Wherever I go in L.A., I hear people talk about how worried they are about the cost of housing and just how hard they have to work to keep a roof over their heads. That fear is only heightened by gentrification and this feeling that Los Angeles is becoming one big playground for the rich, a great place if you have money, a terrible one if you don’t. I think the fundamental question facing Los Angeles is whether working people can still create decent lives for themselves and their families here. If they can’t, we all get hurt,” Gonzalez says.

Sonya Geis, KCRW’s Managing Editor, says “Whether you own or rent a place to live in L.A., you can feel the changes. Prices are skyrocketing, new building is everywhere, this is not the Los Angeles of 20, or even 10 years ago. The intention of this series is to look hard at why this is happening now and to listen to the voices of the many people who are anxious about whether they will have a place in the L.A. of the future.”

“With shows like ‘There Goes the Neighborhood,’ WNYC’s newsroom has strived to bake deep, local reporting into the surge of podcasting that is among the most vital forces in media today,” said Jim Schachter, Vice President of News, WNYC. “To partner with another public radio station on a new season of one of our signature podcasts is a mark of the kind of leadership WNYC aims to demonstrate.”

“We started ‘There Goes the Neighborhood’ in our own backyard because Brooklyn is ground zero for many of the trends and tactics developers are using to rapidly transform urban neighborhoods,” said Karen Frillmann, Executive Producer, WNYC. “But, in fact, the ‘Brooklyn-izing’ of cities is happening all over the world and Los Angeles is another example of how the swiftly changing economy of a city can make it inaccessible to its own residents. This partnership with KCRW allows us to bring these stories and perspectives to light.”

There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles premieres Tuesday, September 26 at kcrw.com/theregoestheneighborhood, wnyc.org/shows/neighborhood, Apple Podcasts, and all other places where podcasts may be downloaded. The preview episode is available here.

There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles is funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation as part of a multi-year reporting project to tell stories of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities. It follows “KCRW Investigates” and “Below the Ten: Stories of South LA,” documentaries about the lives of Los Angeles workers and residents who find themselves on the edges of society.

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, Berlin, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via the KCRW smartphone app and online at kcrw.com | twitter.com/kcrw | facebook.com/kcrwradio | instagram.com/kcrw

ABOUT WNYC STUDIOS

WNYC Studios is the premier producer of on-demand and broadcast audio, home to some of the most critically acclaimed and popular podcasts of the last decade, including “Radiolab,” “2 Dope Queens,” “Nancy,” “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” “Freakonomics Radio,” “Death, Sex & Money,” “Here’s the Thing” with Alec Baldwin, “Note to Self,” “On the Media,” and “A Piece of Work” with Abbi Jacobson.  WNYC Studios is leading the new golden age in audio with podcasts and national radio programs that inform, inspire, and delight millions of intellectually curious and highly engaged listeners across digital, mobile, and broadcast platforms. Their programs include personal narratives, deep journalism, interviews that reveal, and smart entertainment as varied and intimate as the human voice itself. For more information, visit wnycstudios.wnyc.org

 

Press Contacts:

KCRW: Connie Alvarez, Communications
310.314.4673, connie.alvarez@kcrw.org

WNYC Studios: Camille Ortiz, Publicist
646.829.4331, cortiz@nypublicradio.org

 

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Berlin’s new English language public radio station – KCRW Berlin 104.1 FM

 

 

Berlin’s new English language public radio station – KCRW Berlin 104,1 FM

Berlin, September 14, 2017- We are pleased to announce that the Medienanstalt Berlin- Brandenburg has granted the license to the frequency 104,1 FM to KCRW Berlin. KCRW Berlin is a locally operated English language community radio station affiliated with KCRW, US public radio’s flagship station for Southern California.

KCRW Berlin represents cutting edge US public radio with an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. Broadcasts will include locally produced content reflecting the spirit of Berlin, NPR news shows, as well as shows produced by KCRW and other public radio entities in the United States. Community events will also feature strongly in KCRW Berlin’s activities, from annual holiday events to Town Halls and panel discussions.

As KCRW’s first international partner, KCRW Berlin provides a unique platform for cultural exchange and leveraging the 50-year Sister City relationship between Berlin and Los Angeles.

Upcoming programming will include:

  •  Visiting hosts and shows between Berlin and the United States
  •   Daily local headlines
  •   Weekly current affairs show on topics of local interest.
  •   Monthly show on German and European public policy
  •   Berlin culture show
  •   Music show featuring Berlin techno sounds
  •   Guests segments featuring Berlin-based DJs on KCRW’s dance and electronic music show,‘Metropolis’“KCRW is thrilled to be expanding its voice within the international community,” said Jennifer Ferro, President, KCRW, Los Angeles. “Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It shares the spirit that we find in Los Angeles – an international destination driven by arts, culture, music, food, politics and policy.”

    To find out more about our upcoming events and programs listen to us, beginning October 1, 2017 on 104.1 FM. Be sure to tune in!

    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, Berlin, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via the KCRW smart phone app and online at kcrw.com |twitter.com/kcrw | facebook.com/kcrwradio| instagram.com/kcrw

    Media Contacts:
    KCRW: Jill Smayo, VP Operations, KCRW, jill.smayo@kcrw.org, +1 310-314-4628
    KCRW Berlin: Susan Woosley, COO, susan.woosley@kcrwberlin.org, +49 (0)151 2128 3304

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Warren Olney Going Deeper Into the Critical Issues Shaping Our World

WARREN OLNEY
GOING DEEPER INTO THE CRITICAL ISSUES
SHAPING OUR WORLD

KCRW MOVES
SIGNATURE NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS SHOW 

TO THE POINT
TO PODCAST PLATFORM NOVEMBER 13

KCRW announced that starting November 13, 2017, To The Point, the signature daily national public affairs show, will be moving from the broadcast platform to a weekly podcast platform.

The final daily broadcast of TTP will be November 10th.

To The Point joins a comprehensive set of exclusive podcasts that bring a wealth of ideas and topics to KCRW listeners, including  Scheer Intelligence, Unfictional, The Organist, Here Be Monsters, Off the Block, Below the Ten, Celestial Blood / Sangre Celestial, and The Document.

Warren Olney said of his tenure at KCRW, “After 25 years in commercial TV news and 25 years in public radio, I’m getting a rare opportunity for another phase in my career. To the Point is becoming a weekly podcast. Without the tyranny of the radio clock, I’ll have time to explore issues that underlie the 24-7 onslaught of daily information. I think listeners will be glad to hear probing conversations about those issues without artificial limits.

“Over the years, on To the Point—and, before that, on Which Way, LA?– I’ve interviewed pundits, politicians, scholars, business leaders, scientists, writers, activists and comedians—representing America’s diversity in multiple ways. After every program ends, I’ve talked to these guests, and they always have something new and interesting to say, something I wish the radio audience had been able to hear. Podcasting will allow my audience to share extended conversations that are informal, direct, engaging and informative. I’m eager to get started the first week of November.”

KCRW President Jennifer Ferro called Warren Olney, “the voice of reason for multiple generations and the pinnacle of credibility for KCRW and Los Angeles.” Ferro added, “He has helped us all through confusing and often frightening world and national events with calmness, clarity and intelligence.  The podcast platform is perfect for his style of thoughtful conversation and what I love is that Warren is still going to be our voice of reason in a format that is growing more powerful each day. I can’t wait to hear what’s next because the truth is that he is truly irreplaceable.”

Ferro continued, “We are building a parallel broadcast universe with podcasts. Whether they are part of our regular programming, or exclusive to this platform, they give our producers full creativity to explore stories and ideas to their potential, especially in terms of length. It gives our listeners the freedom to listen whenever it is most convenient to absorb these ideas.”

Olney also plans to step up his live Los Angeles appearances. He will host a live event series in partnership with Zocalo Public Square, diving into similar issues that he will tackle in his podcast. The first event will be held on October 10th at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo.

To subscribe to Warren Olney’s To The Point podcast, go to kcrw.com/podcasts.

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 its KCRW-developed smartphone app and online at KCRW.com.

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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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KCRW to Curate Music Programming at 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 23-26

KCRW to Curate Music Programming at
2015 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 23-26

The station will program live music entertainment – both bands and DJs – for three “Acura Hours” events on an outdoor stage in the center of all the action at the Acura Studio on Main Street. 

Hosts Jason Bentley and Anne Litt will also be conducting interviews on site for future broadcast on Morning Becomes Eclectic

Los Angeles, CA & Park City, UT — LA public radio station KCRW will bring live music to the streets of Park City for three “Acura Hours” events on an outdoor stage open to the public in the heart of Main Street.  The early evening sets, from 3 pm to 5 pm, will feature a wide variety of artists on January 24, 25 and 26.

KCRW will also have a space at the Acura Studio as its Park City home, where hosts Jason Bentley and Anne Litt will be speaking with film and music luminaries at the festival for segments to be broadcast on the station’s signature music show Morning  Becomes Eclectic.

Keep an eye on all the action, including contributions from the curator of KCRW’s film series First Take, Matt Holzman, as well as producers behind The Business, The Treatment and more, on our Sundance page.

KCRW’s
presence at the Festival began two years ago, when the esteemed entertainment powerhouse was chosen as the first-ever radio station to join forces with the independent film festival in programming evening music performances.

2015 marks Acura’s fifth year as a Presenting Sponsor of the Sundance Film Festival and the Official Vehicle of the festival.

Media Contact:

Rachel Reynolds
KCRW 89.9FM
(310) 314-4625
rachel.reynolds@kcrw.org

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, 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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About Acura:

Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of 275 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models: the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan (arriving this summer), the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger MDX luxury sport utility vehicle. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as the top luxury brand for retained value, with products that are projected to hold more of their original value after five years of ownership than any other luxury brand.

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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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Presenting CARGOLAND: An In-Depth Series on LA’s Ports from KCRW

CARGOLAND

An in-depth series about the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

This is a seminal economic story for the new age, as machines move in and people move out. Hear from the people behind the gates and more.

LISTEN / LOOK

KCRW’s Cargoland series takes an intimate and unflinching look at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, taking listeners behind the gates and telling the stories of the men and women on the frontlines of international trade.

Award-winning producer Lu Olkowski (2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for As Black As We Wish To Be), spent over two years producing the 5-part series, offering insight and analysis into the most pressing issues surrounding Southern California’s waterfront.

As the ports turn to technology to stay competitive, the workers struggle to keep their jobs.

She spoke to the pilots who guide massive cargo ships into harbor, the linesmen who tie vessels to the docks, the longshoremen who load and unload the containers, and the casuals who pick up jobs whenever they can, hoping to make a life on the waterfront and riding the waves of supply and demand.

Listen to the 5-part audio series, see photos, and immerse yourself into life at the ports at KCRW.com/cargoland.

Cargoland is part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project, a forum for supporting the work of independent radio artists.

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.

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KCRW Names Kevin Systrom to Board of Directors

Co-Founder and CEO of Instagram brings expertise in technology to innovative content distribution platform

KCRW today announced that Kevin Systrom has joined its Board of Directors. Systrom, the co-founder and CEO of Instagram, will join the board effective immediately, bringing the total number of members to 25.

“Kevin is an industry leader and it is our great honor to welcome him to the board,” said Jennifer Ferro, KCRW General Manager and KCRW Foundation President. “KCRW’s goal is to inspire, inform and engage people no matter where they live and Kevin’s reputation and experience in the digital space is exactly what KCRW is looking for to take us beyond the radio dial. Kevin will help us as we explore new ways to connect with our audience in the rapidly changing media landscape and prepare to build and unveil our new facilities in 2016.”

“I’ve been listening online to KCRW for years, and I’m thrilled to join the Board and have the opportunity to work to further its mission,” said Systrom, 30. “KCRW was built around a community of creative and passionate people, and I’m excited to help them explore new ways to reach more listeners.”

In 2010 Systrom co-founded Instagram, a community of more than 200 million who capture and share the world’s moments. He is responsible for the company’s overall vision and strategy as well as day-to-day operations. Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook in 2012, has become the home for visual storytelling for those with a creative passion. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

In addition to Ferro, Systrom joins current KCRW board members Michael Fleming, Stu Bloomberg, Tom Donner, Norris Bishton Jr., Scott Brittingham, Jay Borzi, Shawn Colo, Donald de Brier, Shahram Delijani, Donald Girard, Paul Haas, Matt Kline, Jay Markowitz, Rod Perth, Rob Rader, Deborah S. Ramo, Lee Rierson, Victoria Riskin, Christine M. Robert, Monica Shilling, Tom Wertheimer, Karyn L Williams and Adele Yellin.

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.

To learn more, visit http://www.kcrw.com/about

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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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Programming, Station Announcement

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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