Awards, Station Announcement

KCRW Wins 2014 RTDNA Regional Murrow Award for “Saying Goodbye to Hollywood Park” in the Audio Feature Reporting Category

Segment Originally Aired on December 18th on Which Way, L.A.?, Produced and Reported On By David Weinberg and Edited By Sonya Geis
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 22, 2014) — Today, KCRW won a 2014 RTDNA Regional Murrow Award for “Saying Goodbye to Hollywood Park” in the Audio Feature Reporting category.  The feature, about the closure of the legendary Hollywood Park horse racing track in Los Angeles’ Inglewood neighborhood, originally aired on December 18th, 2013, on Which Way, L.A.?, and was produced and reported on by David Weinberg and edited by Sonya Geis.  The segment is under consideration for the national award, which will be announced in June.

“I’m proud of the work our KCRW storytellers do each day and gratified to have it recognized by the RTDNA,” said Gary Scott, KCRW’s program director.

“Saying Goodbye to Hollywood Park” was made possible because of the Independent Producer Project, KCRW’s initiative to cultivate and support independent media producers and artists by commissioning both long-term projects and weekly on-air and online content. The Project allows KCRW to take chances on finding new ways and partners to help tell stories that move us.

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.

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KCRW Announces Second Round of Judges for Good Food Pie Contest

Jonathan Gold, Susan Feniger to Join KCRW Good Food Pie Contest Judging Panel

NEW Vegan and Kids Categories Added to 2013 Competition

(SANTA MONICA) August 20, 2013 — The second round of judges for KCRW’s 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest, includes Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic Jonathan Gold and Susan Feniger, owner and chef of STREET and Border Grill. The all-star lineup of foodies, pâtissieres, restaurant owners and celebrities, also welcomes Garrett Snyder, Hourie Sahakian, Amy Rowat, Robert Wemischner, Meadow Ramsey, Tal Ronen, Lindsay William Ross, Christine Moore, Elina Shatkin, Gustavo Arellano, Hot Knives, and Nicole Mournian to the judging panel.

 The free, all-ages event returns to LACMA on Saturday, September 7. The contest includes two new categories, “Kids” and “Vegan” in addition to Fruit, Nut, Cream/Chiffon/Silk, Savory, Vegan, and “LACMA Art-Inspired” influenced by artwork in the museum’s collection. Good Food host Evan Kleiman will preside over the afternoon’s pie festivities which include a free pie tasting and an afternoon soundtrack provided by KCRW DJ Anne Litt. Attendees wearing an apron will also receive free admission to LACMA that afternoon only.

Submissions for the pie contest close Sunday, September 1 at 11:55pm PST.

The Good Food Pie Contest is the culmination of KCRW’s annual summer pie celebration. The Pie-A-Day series features a new, daily pie recipe on the Good Food Blog from the 4th of July through Labor Day. The blog will also include pie announcements, baking tips, pie pictures and more. Fans, bakers and listeners can also submit pie photos using the hashtag #PieADay.

For more information, contest details and entry submissions for KCRW’s 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest visit: http://kcrw.com/pie

Daily pie recipes, photos and more can be found at: http://kcrw.com/pieaday.

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MOBY TO JUDGE KCRW’S 5TH ANNUAL GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST

MOBY TO JUDGE KCRW’S 5TH ANNUAL GOOD FOOD PIE CONTEST

KCRW Announces First Round of Guest Judges, a Baking Benefit with Sherry Yard, and the #PieBeer Naming Competition Winner

(SANTA MONICA) July 31, 2013 — KCRW welcomes award-winning musician, Moby to be the official judge of the “Vegan” category at the 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest. Moby, well known for his active stance in the vegan community, joins a star-studded cast of bakers, chefs, restaurateurs, and critics, who will each judge one-of-seven categories at this year’s competition. The first round of judges includes: Russ Parsons, Roxana Jullapat, Karen Hatfield, Valerie Gordon, Zoe Nathan, Shannon Swindle, David LeFevre and Kris Morningstar.

To help raise money for the contest, renowned baker Sherry Yard will join forces with KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman as they share their perfect pie secrets. The special pie fundraiser, hosted by the New School of Cooking, includes demonstrations with both bakers, a pie tasting, a recipe packet, and an essential pie tool for attendees. Kleiman will create a Chicken Pot Pie, while Yard sweetens the deal with a Plum & Blackberry Pie with Toasted Almost Crumble and her Quintessential Apple Pie. Tickets are $85 and all proceeds will be donated to KCRW’s 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest.

Orange County craft brewers, The Bruery, helped kick off this year’s pie festivities with a special Pie Beer naming competition. Over 200 entries were submitted in four days to name the sour beer inspired by a rhubarb raspberry pie with a graham cracker crust. Evan Kleiman and The Bruery chose the winning name, Windowsill, which was submitted by food and beer bloggers, Hot Knives. The special brew will be available for limited release at the beginning of September through The Bruery’s Reserve Society and at KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest.

KCRW celebrates all things pie every summer, with their Pie-A-Day series which features a new pie recipe on the Good Food Blog daily through Labor Day. The site will also include pie announcements, baking tips, pie pictures and more. Fans can also submit their own pie photos which will be aggregated on the blog using the hashtag #PieADay.

For more information, contest details and entry submissions for KCRW’s 5th Annual Good Food Pie Competition visit: http://kcrw.com/pie

Daily pie recipes, photos and more can be found at: http://kcrw.com/pieaday

For more information and to purchase tickets for “Sherry Yard and Evan Kleiman’s Secrets for Perfect Pie” demo click HERE

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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. 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.

ABOUT GOOD FOOD:
Good Food explores current events, social phenomena, history and culture through the lens of food. From food politics to the science behind cooking, host Evan Kleiman highlights the diverse community of cooks, farmers, entrepreneurs, historians and journalists who have devoted their lives to food. Good Food is the only radio show where you can hear LA Times Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold each week. Get Jonathan Gold’s weekly restaurant suggestion sent to your phone! Text “Good Food” to 69866 and get a text with the name, address and phone number of this week’s restaurant.

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KCRW Celebrates 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest with Beer Naming Competition

KCRW Celebrates 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest with Beer Naming Competition
Two NEW Categories Added in 2013 Including Vegan & Kids


SANTA MONICA (July 8, 2013) — Registration is now open for KCRW’s annual Good Food Pie Contest, back for its fifth year. To help kick-off pie season, Good Food Host Evan Kleiman is teaming up with the Orange County craft brewery, The Bruery, to create a special pie-inspired beer. Designed to replicate the flavors of rhubarb raspberry pie, the recipe encourages sweetness balanced by tartness, intense fruit character, and a “graham cracker crust-like” flavor.

Now, KCRW is asking listeners, foodies, drinkers and bloggers to submit their name ideas for the otherwise nameless brew. KCRW will host a live Twitter chat Monday, July 8 with Evan Kleiman and The Bruery to answer all “pie beer” questions. The hashtag #PieBeer is being used for the chat. Finalists will be announced Tuesday, July 9, with the winning named declared Wednesday, July 10 on Evan’s Facebook page.

KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest continues to grow, with 285 pies entered in 2012. This year, two new categories have been added, Vegan and Kids, for bakers under 12, in addition to Fruit, Nut, Cream/Chiffon/Silk, Savory, Vegan, and LACMA Art-Inspired. Pies will be judged by a panel of professional bakers, chefs and celebrities, which will be announced throughout the summer.

“I never expected the Good Food Pie Contest to become what it today. Every year gets better and bigger, from the quality of pies to the community that joins us; it’s like KCRW’s summer family picnic,” says Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food.

KCRW’s Pie-A-Day series is also back to kick-off pie season, with a new pie recipe featured on the Good Food Blog daily through Labor Day. The site will also include pie announcements, baking tips, pie pictures and more. Fans can also submit their own pie photos which will be aggregated on the blog using the hashtag #PieADay.

KCRW is also partnering with Cooks County for a special Home Cooked Monday Dinner benefit, which includes a three-course seasonal menu, plus snacks for $35. For dessert, Cooks County’s Roxana Jullapat is teaming up with Evan Kleiman and Nicole Mournian, Gjelina Pastry Chef and last year’s 4th Annual Good Food Pie Contest champion, for a one-of-a-kind pie. All proceeds from the dinner will help raise funds for the event.

For more information, entries and details on KCRW’s 5th Annual Good Food Pie Contest please visit: http://kcrw.com/pie

For all things “pie” including Pie-A-Day recipes, interviews with bakers, pie pictures and general pie news and updates, please visit: http://kcrw.com/pieaday

For more details on the Pie Beer Naming Competition, please visit: http://kcrw.com/piebeer

To purchase tickets for the Cooks County Home Cooked Monday Dinner benefit, please visit: http://kcrw.com/cookscounty

KCRW’s Good Food blog can be found at: http://blogs.kcrw.com/goodfood

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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. 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.

ABOUT GOOD FOOD:
Good Food explores current events, social phenomena, history and culture through the lens of food. From food politics to the science behind cooking, host Evan Kleiman highlights the diverse community of cooks, farmers, entrepreneurs, historians and journalists who have devoted their lives to food. Good Food is the only radio show where you can hear LA Times Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold each week. Get Jonathan Gold’s weekly restaurant suggestion sent to your phone! Text “Good Food” to 69866 and get a text with the name, address and phone number of this week’s restaurant.

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LA Press Club Names Warren Olney Radio Journalist of the Year

Warren Olney Named Radio Journalist of the Year

KCRW Wins LA Press Club Awards for Best Personality Profile, Public Affairs, Documentary & Entertainment Shows

 

SANTA MONICA, June 24, 2013 – Warren Olney earned Journalist of the Year in the radio category at the 2013 LA Press Club Awards. Of the win, the LA Press Club noted, “Olney and his team did a masterful job of remembering a traumatic period in the city’s history. Great job.” Olney was previously named Best Radio Journalist of the Year in 2001 when his signature show, “Which Way, LA?” also won Best Talk/Public Affairs Show.

This year, the “Which Way, LA?” team, led by Warren Olney and Managing Producer Sonya Geis, was also awarded best public affairs show for its special 20th anniversary coverage of the LA Riots. The five show series, which explored how Los Angeles has changed over the past 20 years, featured listener stories, special guests, and an interview by KCRW DJ Raul Campos with band Ozomatli about the riots’ effect on the LA music scene. The series can be found here.

In the radio documentary category, KCRW won for “The Couple in 303,” produced by Gideon Brower and Eric Drachman about a quiet, Santa Monica couple who turned out to be gangster Whitey Bulger and his wife. The entire piece first aired on UnFictional and was funded through the Independent Producer Project. The story can be heard here.

Host Kim Masters and Producer Darby Maloney and of KCRW’s The Business took second place in two categories: Best Entertainment Reporting for “The Hollywood-China Connection” and Best Personality Profile for their interview with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” director Benh Zeitlin.

KCRW contributors also won awards at this year’s ceremony. Gene Maddaus was named Print Journalist of the Year for his work at LA Weekly, while Gustavo Arellano won for Best Newspaper/Print Business Feature for his work at the OC Weekly.

All 2013 LA Press Club winners can be found here.

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KCRW Launches Award-Winning Music Mine App for iPhone

KCRW’s Award-Winning Music Discovery App Now Available on iPhone
Los Angeles Public Radio Station Continues Digital Expansion Efforts with “Music Mine” App

KCRW (89.9FM and KCRW.com) is excited to announce the launch of its renowned music discovery app, Music Mine for iPhone. Already available on iPad and Spotify, Music Mine for iPhone takes the magic of KCRW’s curated music selection and puts it directly into the listener’s pocket.

KCRW has long been known as a station that breaks new artists and the app brings the same spirit of discovery to users. Songs are updated daily in tandem with KCRW‘s on-air playlists, which are hand picked by the station’s world-famous DJs. Music Mine was developed in partnership with the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

“We have always imagined Music Mine would be launched on the iPhone, especially given its success on iPad and Spotify. Our goal is to make KCRW’s brand of music discovery as portable and accessible as possible, with a human touch,” says KCRW Director of Web & Mobile Development Nathan Lubeck. “It’s like having your personal KCRW DJ in your pocket.”

The app also includes full shows by DJs, video from in-studio performances from KCRW’s flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic and access to Eclectic24, KCRW’s acclaimed all music stream.

KCRW and PRX share a vision for connecting talented artists with audiences beyond broadcast,” says Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX. “Music Mine is a shining example of what stations with a passionate purpose and curatorial prowess can achieve in the competitive mobile market.”

The special format of Music Mine allows users who don’t have a lot of time to put together their own listening experience without being overwhelmed by options. Listeners who want to delve into the world of KCRW playlists, Eclectic24 and MBE in-studio live performance videos can do so, through an paired down Music Mine interface designed specifically for the iPhone.

“It’s time to dispel the traditional notions of what radio is, and start imagining what radio can be. It’s not just about tuning in anymore,” says KCRW Director of Digital Content Strategy Betsy Moyer. “KCRW is putting the power in the hands of the listener.”

Music Mine for iPhone is the most recent example of KCRW’s continued investment in digital programming and multi-platform distribution. Mobile app development and distribution partnerships are key aspects of KCRW‘s goal to be wherever the audience is. In the last year, the station has launched such digital-only programs as, This…Is Interesting hosted by Left, Right & Center’s Matt Miller and The Organist, a collaboration with San Francisco publishing house McSweeney’s. Partnerships with streaming services like iHeartRadio, Spotify and TuneIn has put KCRW in a unique position among public radio stations.

For more information on Music Mine for iPhone please visit: http://www.kcrw.com/about/musicmine-for-iphone

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

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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’s Transmedia Project Sonic Trace Secures Funding for Second Year

KCRW’s Transmedia Project Sonic Trace Secures Funding for Second Year

Major Grant Support Provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Cal Humanities

SANTA MONICA, April 24, 2013 — Two major grants recently were awarded to KCRW for its Sonic Trace transmedia project. The grants include $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and $40,000 from Cal Humanities’ 2013 California Documentary Project. This is the first time KCRW has been awarded a grant from Cal Humanities while the NEA Art Works grant is the largest in the station’s history.

Sonic Trace, a multi-platform storytelling project, traces people living in the heart of Los Angeles to their origins in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, using radio, video and mapping to ask ¿Por qué te vas? ¿Por qué te quedas? ¿Por qué regresas? Why do you go? Why do you stay? And, what makes you return? The inaugural year of the project saw the conceptualization and creation of Sonic Trace’s portable sound booth, local and national radio pieces, a content rich blog and interactive, mapping website.

“In year one, we laid the foundation for Sonic Trace, which makes it beyond exciting to be given the opportunity to expand on all of our hard work,” says Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, Sonic Trace founder and executive producer. “We are incredibly grateful that the NEA and Cal Humanities see the value and potential in Sonic Trace to plant seeds of innovation, experimentation and ground-breaking storytelling.”

Launched in March 2012 as part of Localore, a nationwide initiative of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Sonic Trace goes beyond traditional story gathering by venturing into neighborhoods on both sides of the border to show how community connects across borders.

Through the interactive website, Sonic Trace maps the stories of immigrants in Los Angeles using stories gathered from La Burbuja, or the “The Bubble,” a portable sound booth specially designed for the project. Dozens of contributed stories are embedded on the map, creating a link between LA neighborhoods and cities, towns and villages across the border—creating an interactive, oral-history mosaic of Los Angeles not possible through radio alone.

“I love this project. To share your own story, in your own voice, and discover others with similar stories and circumstances, is empowering. There is nothing like telling the history of your life. It helps to define who you are for yourself, for your children and grandchildren,” says KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro. “Sonic Trace is a moving way to tell the story of immigration in Los Angeles – something that defines LA and the US. I’m so pleased that both the NEA and Cal Humanities, two important organizations that have long supported projects like this, also believe in giving it the resources to keep going.”

Funding for the second year allows Sonic Trace the opportunity to explore new communities in Southern California, including Orange County and MacArthur Park. In its inaugural year, the program focused on gathering stories in Koreatown and South Los Angeles.

“With our state’s incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare,” says Ralph Lewin, President and CEO of Cal Humanities. “Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians.”

The NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa notes, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.

For more information on Sonic Trace you can visit www.sonictrace.org.

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

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Media Contact:
Alyssa King, KCRW
Communications Director
310-314-4627
alyssa.king@kcrw.org

 

About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is NPR’s flagship station for 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, 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 The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

 

About The California Documentary Project (CDP)
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. CDP grant awards support film, radio, and new media projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Through its California Documentary Project, Cal Humanities has granted over $2.7 million to projects since 2002. Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org.
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KCRW’s Transmedia Project Sonic Trace Secures Funding for Second Year

Major Grant Support Provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Cal Humanities

SANTA MONICA, April 24, 2013 — Two major grants recently were awarded to KCRW for its Sonic Trace transmedia project. The grants include $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and $40,000 from Cal Humanities’ 2013 California Documentary Project. This is the first time KCRW has been awarded a grant from Cal Humanities while the NEA Art Works grant is the largest in the station’s history.

 

Sonic Trace, a multi-platform storytelling project, traces people living in the heart of Los Angeles to their origins in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, using radio, video and mapping to ask ¿Por qué te vas? ¿Por qué te quedas? ¿Por qué regresas? Why do you go? Why do you stay? And, what makes you return? The inaugural year of the project saw the conceptualization and creation of Sonic Trace’s portable sound booth, local and national radio pieces, a content rich blog and interactive, mapping website.

 

“In year one, we laid the foundation for Sonic Trace, which makes it beyond exciting to be given the opportunity to expand on all of our hard work,” says Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, Sonic Trace founder and executive producer. “We are incredibly grateful that the NEA and Cal Humanities see the value and potential in Sonic Trace to plant seeds of innovation, experimentation and ground-breaking storytelling.”

Launched in March 2012 as part of Localore, a nationwide initiative of AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Sonic Trace goes beyond traditional story gathering by venturing into neighborhoods on both sides of the border to show how community connects across borders.

 

Through the interactive website, Sonic Trace maps the stories of immigrants in Los Angeles using stories gathered from La Burbuja, or the “The Bubble,” a portable sound booth specially designed for the project. Dozens of contributed stories are embedded on the map, creating a link between LA neighborhoods and cities, towns and villages across the border—creating an interactive, oral-history mosaic of Los Angeles not possible through radio alone.

 

“I love this project. It is a moving way to tell the story of immigration in Los Angeles – something that defines LA and the US.  There is nothing like hearing the tale of your life from someone who shares your story and circumstances.  It helps to define who you are for yourself and your children and grandchildren,” says KCRW General Manager Jennifer Ferro. “I’m so pleased that both the NEA and Cal Humanities, two important organizations that have long supported programming like Sonic Trace, also believe in giving it the resources to keep going.”

Funding for the second year allows Sonic Trace the opportunity to explore new communities in Southern California, including Orange County and MacArthur Park. In its inaugural year, the program focused on gathering stories in Koreatown and South Los Angeles.

 

“With our state’s incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare,” says Ralph Lewin, President and CEO of Cal Humanities. “Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians.”

 

The NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

 

Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa notes, “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts.

 

For more information on Sonic Trace you can visit the Sonic Trace blog and Sonic Trace interactive website. For more information on KCRW please visit www.kcrw.com.

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Media Contact:

Alyssa King, KCRW
Communications Director
310-314-4627
alyssa.king@kcrw.org

About KCRW:
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is NPR’s flagship station for 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, 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 The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA):
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov
About The California Documentary Project (CDP):
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. CDP grant awards support film, radio, and new media projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Through its California Documentary Project, Cal Humanities has granted over $2.7 million to projects since 2002. Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org.
 
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Programming, Station Announcement

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

Hand Selected Design Journalists to Curate Local Design Series

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Frances Anderton

 

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