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

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
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 314-4625 DIRECT

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

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