Station Announcement

Stephen Merchant to Join Colin Hanks, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Retta & MORE!

Stephen Merchant Brings Wealth of Talent to Storytime for Grownups

Colin Hanks Hosts KCRW Show at Riot LA Comedy Festival

SANTA MONICA, CA., September 14, 2012 – KCRW (89.9FM and is excited to announce that Stephen Merchant will join their comedy showcase, Storytime for Grownups, which takes place as part of RIOT: LA’s Alternative Comedy Festival. Merchant, the co-writer and co-director of the British sitcom The Office, is also known as the co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show and was formerly the co-writer, co-director and a co-star of Extras. Merchant will share his own 7-minute story at the special benefit event, hosted by actor Colin Hanks.

Unlike traditional stand-up shows, Storytime for Grownups is a unique evening of comedic monologues, in a format similar to the popular storytelling series The Moth. An eclectic mix of guests take the stage including WTF podcast host ,Marc Maron Indoor Kids podcast co-host Kumail Nanjiani, Parks & Recreation actress Retta, Maria Bamford star of Comedians of Comedy and many more. Each will share a personal, funny and often touching tale with the audience.

Tickets to Storytime for Grownups, sold separately from RIOT LA festival passes, also include access to THE LOT, an outdoor food and vendor market. KCRW Presents THE LOT which will host LA’s favorite food trucks and provide free beer to entrants. Dozens of local vendors will also set-up in THE LOT selling hand crafted and vintage jewelry, clothing, accessories, art, knick knacks and numerous other indescribables, all carefully curated by the Tin Box Of Curious Artifacts. THE LOT will also feature giveaways, activities and surprises from RIOT LA sponsors.

RIOT: LA’s Alternative Comedy Festival, is a celebration of the underground comedy community and all that makes it unique. The first of its kind in Los Angeles, RIOT LA was born out of the need to share LA’s vibrant comedy scene with the world.

For more information on the event, including a full list of presenters and to purchase tickets, please visit Proceeds from Storytime for Grownups ticket sales will benefit KCRW.

For more information on RIOT: LA including schedules, please


KCRW Music Announcement, Station Announcement

KCRW Premieres Iggy Pop + Bethany Cosentino Duet for True Blood — “Let’s Boot and Rally”

KCRW Premieres Iggy Pop + Bethany Cosentino Duet
for True Blood — “Let’s Boot and Rally”

Stream it on the KCRW Music Blog now and tune in at 10:20am to hear the radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic

KCRW DJ Gary Calamar co-wrote the track which will air on the July 8 episode of the HBO show.

SANTA MONICA, CA, July 5, 2012 – Los Angeles public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and is premiering “Let’s Boot and Rally”, a duet by Iggy Pop and Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino recorded for the July 8 episode of HBO’s True Blood. The track, co–written by KCRW DJ Gary Calamar, can be heard right now on KCRW’s Music Blog. Calamar also shares the story behind how the collaboration came about.

Calamar will join KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley to debut the track on air on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 10:20am this morning.

“To me, it sounds like classic punk rock Iggy. And Bethany’s vocals take it over the top. They sound beautiful together,” said Calamar.

Calamar has music supervised all five seasons of the show and has put together notable collaborations in the past. Neko Case and Nick Cave teamed up to do The Zombies “She’s Not There” and Karen Elson and Donovan took on “Season Of The Witch“.

This was a case of a tight deadline breeding inspiration. Each episode of True Blood is named after a song used in a show and rather than change the name of an episode called “Boot and Rally”, Calamar called on his friend, songwriter James Combs, to help craft a tune that would work.

Pop had already declared himself a fan of the vampire drama and signed up after hearing a demo. Best Coasts LA-based frontwoman jumped at the chance to sing with the punk hero and the rest is history.

Calamar received Grammy Award nominations three years in a row for his work on the True Blood soundtracks. His weekly KCRW show airs Sundays from 6 to 8pm PST.

About KCRW:
KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is NPR’s flagship station for Southern California. The Los Angeles-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, 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.

Rachel Reynolds – KCRW
(310) 314-4625


Station Announcement

KCRW Voices Support for Corporation for Public Broadcasting

KCRW Response to Corporation for Public Broadcasting Funding Report
June 20, 2012

On June 20, 2012, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting submitted a special report on alternate funding options to Congress. The CPB was instructed by Congress to investigate whether public radio and television could survive without federal funding. 

An independent agency prepared the report and concluded that public radio and television could not survive without federal funding unless it adopted five drastic measures to raise funds. These options include the acceptance of commercial advertising funds and restricting access via subscription. The report also concluded that altering the non-commercial mission would reduce existing funding sources, resulting in a net loss of revenue for public radio and tv stations.

KCRW plays an active role in advocating for federal funding of public broadcasting. An assertive voice on the Hill, General Manager Jennifer Ferro regularly meets with lawmakers to explain how cuts to the CPB would significantly affect the entire public broadcasting system and stations like KCRW that are providing an important service to their community.

Upon Wednesday’s release of the CPB report, KCRW has shared the following statement:

KCRW’s primary responsibility is to serve the audience – not shareholders, nor advertisers. There’s nothing else like that in today’s media space. Federal funding from the CPB accounts for eight percent of the KCRW budget. It is seed money that allows the station to serve its local community with balanced and high quality news, information and cultural programming. KCRW is able to leverage this funding many times over into wide community and individual support. We help to inform our community which is an essential part of any democracy. Public stations also provide critical, real time support in times of natural disasters. KCRW is a pillar in our community, is freely accessible and provides a service that cannot be easily duplicated.

Click here to access the full CPB Report

Events, KCRW Music Announcement, Station Announcement

KCRW Returns to Pasadena for TWO Free Concerts

 KCRW Returns to Pasadena for TWO Free Concerts

Bahamas + Delta Rae

June 9 and June 23


SANTA MONICA, CA, May 10, 2012 Tastemaking public radio station KCRW (89.9FM and is bringing two of our favorite new bands — Bahamas and Delta Rae — to the One Colorado Courtyard in Old Pasadena to kick off a season of summer concerts. The shows, on Saturday, June 9 and Saturday, June 23, are free and open to the public.

Bahamas is the musical pseudonym of Toronto-based songwriter Afie Jurvanen, who first gained attention as Feist’s touring guitarist. His songs are a laid-back excursion into tropical pop that have earned him both a devoted fan base and a significant amount of critical acclaim. Simple, sublime, and sweetly melancholic, his music will make for a perfect Saturday evening in this outdoor setting on June 9.

From the deep woods of North Carolina, 6-piece buzz band Delta Rae will deliver a powerhouse set of music. Founded by three siblings, the band’s fusion of gospel, country, folk and rock is built around mesmerizing four-part harmonies that made them an instant KCRW favorite.  We’ll hear songs from their forthcoming album “Carry the Fire”, on June 23, just days after the album’s release.

Both shows begin at 7:30pm in the One Colorado Courtyard, amidst 17 historic buildings with numerous bars and restaurants nearby. One Colorado spans one city block in Old Pasadena, between Colorado Boulevard, Union, Delacey and Fair Oaks.

Stay tuned for more info.

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 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 at  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.


Rachel Reynolds – KCRW
(310) 314-4625


Bahamas and Delta Rae


Bahamas by Dave Gillespie








Delta Rae