Overview

KCRW

1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Main Office: 310-450-5183
Membership: 310-314-4635
Fax: 310-450-7172

General Email: mail@kcrw.org
Membership Questions: membership@kcrw.org

KCRW at a Glance

KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California's leading National Public Radio affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music, news, information and cultural programming. The station boasts one of the nation's largest arrays of locally produced, nationally distributed talk program content. KCRW.com extends the station's profile globally, with three streams featuring web-exclusive content: all music, all news and the live station simulcast, as well as an extensive list of podcasts. The non-commercial broadcast signal reaches 550,000 listeners weekly and is supported by 55,000 member/subscribers.

The terrestrial station serves Los Angeles and Orange Counties at 89.9 FM, Ventura County at 89.1 FM on KCRU/Oxnard-Ventura, the greater Palm Springs area, Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley areas at 89.3 FM on KCRI/Indio-Palm Springs and Kern, and Northern LA Counties at 88.1 FM on KCRY/Mojave/Antelope Valley. KCRW can now be heard in Santa Barbara at 106.9. Other translators carry the signal to Borrego Springs, CA, at 92.9, Gorman at 89.7 FM, Banning at 90.9 FM, the Ridgecrest area at 100.1 FM, the Thousand Oaks and Conejo Valley areas at 102.3 FM, Ojai at 102.1 FM, and Lemon Grove/Spring Valley in San Diego County at 89.9 FM. KCRW can be found online at www.kcrw.com.

 

Music

KCRW is a recognized tastemaker for new music from around the world, with trendsetting hosts such as Music Director Jason Bentley, who features live in-studio sessions and interviews with established and emerging artists on Morning Becomes Eclectic; indie and alternative rock with music supervisor Gary Calamar (Six Feet Under); nu-soul and funk with Garth Trinidad; Raul Campos features dance rhythms and Latin beats; Chris Douridas spotlights the latest singer-songwriters and music in all genres; and more.

KCRW has produced nine CD's, unique collections of live in-studio musical performances, including Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project which features cover songs by a wide array of artists. "KCRW Presents" and "KCRW.com Presents" promote live performances by bands the station champions in Southern California, San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.

KCRW's Music Channel is the station's Internet radio station featuring original programming by the station's top DJ's, in a 24/7 back-to-back line-up, plus a 24-hour-only downloadable song, "Today's Top Tune."

News

KCRW airs NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition and America Public Media's daily news program, Marketplace.  Plus the station's own locally produced interview, talk & public affairs shows including Which Way, L.A.?, and the national programs To the Point with Warren Olney (a co-production with PRI) and the political week in review show, Left, Right & Center with Robert Scheer, Matt Miller, Arianna Huffington and Tony Blankley.

Arts

Nationally syndicated weekly broadcasts of satirist Harry Shearer's Le Show, Michael Silverblatt's Bookworm, The Business with Kim Masters, and Elvis Mitchell's The Treatment.  Local programs include The Politics of Culture, DnA: Design and Architecture and Good Food with restaurateur and cookbook author Evan Kleiman.  A line up of weekly commentaries ranges from Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal critic Joe Morgenstern's Film Reviews to veteran TV writer/producer Rob Long's Martini Shot, among others.

KCRW also produces award-winning literary and drama programs in its studios, featuring top names from theatre, film and television, in such short-story productions as "Mean Streets USA: A Collection of Short Crime Fiction," "Jewish Stories from Eastern Europe and Beyond," "Short Stories From Modern Mexico" and "Ten by Maugham; plus dramatizations of unabridged novels such as an all-star production of "Babbitt," Walter Mosley's "Black Betty," Ross Macdonald mysteries "The Zebra-Striped Hearse" and "The Sleeping Beauty," and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," among other numerous titles.

The station also produces award-winning documentaries, including "The Walt Disney Concert Hall," "Transforming OC," "Rabbi Abulafia's Boxed Set" and "A Tribute to Spalding Gray," and many others.

Awards and Accolades

The George Foster Peabody Award, Radio & Television News Directors Association Awards, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards, L.A. Press Club's Southern California Journalism Awards and many others.  Named "Best Bit of Everything" radio station by Details Magazine and "trend-setting radio station" by The New York Times.

Equal Opportunity Report

EEO Report 2013

Broadcast Frequencies

89.9 FM KCRW:
LA, Orange Counties

89.1 FM KCRU:
Ventura County

89.3 FM KCRI:
Greater Palm Springs area, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley

88.1 FM KCRY:
Kern, Northern LA Counties

106.9 FM:
Santa Barbara

89.7 FM:
Gorman

90.9 FM:
Banning

92.9 FM:
Borrego Springs

100.1 FM:
Ridgecrest

102.3 FM:
Santa Paula, Moorpark, Fillmore

102.1 FM:
Ojai

89.9 FM:
Lemon Grove, Spring Valley

Coverage Map

 

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