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.

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

New Hires

KCRW Brings Aboard Andrew Walsh, Jolie Myers, Jenny Hamel, and Ben Gottlieb as News Producers

Walsh Joins as Executive Producer of To-Be-Announced News and Culture Show Hosted By Madeleine Brand

KCRW announced today it has brought aboard Andrew Walsh, Jolie Myers, Jenny Hamel, and Ben Gottlieb to the station’s team of news producers.

“Talented producers are at the heart of what we do everyday at KCRW. By creating original programs that cover the arts, culture, politics and technology, we strive to give our listeners a better understanding of their world.  We’re also preparing to launch our first daily program since 2001 with Madeleine Brand, and that means building a top-notch team,” said Gary Scott, program director for KCRW.

Walsh joins KCRW as executive producer of a daily news and culture show to be hosted by Madeleine Brand.  Walsh brings more than 15 years of experience producing public radio programs for Seattle’s KIRO Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, and Kent State University’s WKSU; and most recently as executive producer and host of The Andrew Walsh Show, a daily news analysis show broadcast on KIRO.

Jolie Myers will join as a producer on the new show, along with seasoned KCRW producers Christian Bordal and Anna Scott, who previously worked on Which Way, L.A.? and To the Point, and Matt Holzman, co-creator of The Business and KCRW veteran.  Myers brings experience in radio production, photojournalism, and web journalism, most recently working as associate producer on Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty Desk.

Jenny Hamel and Ben Gottlieb join KCRW as producers of Which Way, L.A.? and To the Point. Both Emmy-award winning journalists, Hamel brings 11 years experience, previously serving as a general assignment reporter for San Diego’s FOX 5 and 6 CW; and Gottlieb holds experience as associate producer for HuffPo Live and KCET Public Television’s SoCal Connected.

About KCRW
KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is one of the nation’s leading National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates, also featuring an eclectic mix of originally-produced and nationally-distributed news, music, talk and arts programming.  The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW’s programming is available worldwide, both live and on-demand, at, and through its smartphone apps (iPhone, Android, and Blackberry).

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