KCRW Friends & Family: United in support after Santa Monica Shootings
Seeing the KCRW staff come together for one another in support of the tragic events that we all experienced on Friday has been nothing short of incredible. As members of the community that stretches from this campus where we huddled together on Friday, to the reaches of the globe where our online listeners and social media fans commune with us, we all are encouraged to share and heal and look forward together. Please drop us a note below in the comments, or share your Instagram photography with the community here by tagging your image #santamonicaheals.
VOICES FROM OUR COMMUNITY
KCRW, SMC & Santa Monica Community Members recount the shooting.
#SantaMonicaHeals on Instagram
Monday Evening's Vigil -- Open to the Community
Many of the KCRW staff attended the SMC vigil, Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m. starting in front of the SMC Library on the main campus. We took the opportunity to recall those we lost, to comfort those who are sad, and to share a moment of silence.
The dedicated KCRW news and engineering teams kept KCRW on-air and reporting during this terrible event. Here is a little behind the scenes look at how that went down.
How KCRW stayed on-air after Friday’s shooting and evacuation
More coverage on the Which Way LA Blog
Taking KCRW back is something that we are all doing individually, but we all seem to agree that Anne Litt’s intensely appropriate playlist was perfect healing through music.
More here: Bringing the Music Back to the Basement
A letter from KCRW’s General Manager: who we’ve always referred to, and now even more reasonably so – as our fearless leader, General Jen Ferro.
Friday was an unforgettable day here at KCRW on the campus of Santa Monica College.The day started with Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich of Atoms for Peace performing a DJ set on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Then, at 11am the band Boxer Rebellion played a live set of music.Just before noon we heard the gunshots that started 13 minutes of terror and days of shock and sadness.
All of our staff and visitors were far too close to the violence, and knowing that still causes me to shudder.
The evacuation of the entire campus meant leaving KCRW unattended for the first time in its modern history. Due to the great work of our engineering staff, we were able to remotely operate the station. Our friends and colleagues at NPR West offered their studios and stayed late to accomodate us. Evacuated KCRW producers conducted eyewitness interviews and collected information that we were able to send to the on-air team across town. You can read about it on the Which Way LA? Blog.
After two days out of the station we are now back and operating as usual. We are shaken and sad, but glad to be able to turn to the work you’ve come to expect from us.
Santa Monica College lost a wonderful employee along with his beautiful daughter. The college’s foundation has established a memorial fund honoring Carlos and Marcela Franco.
I want to thank the many listeners and friends of KCRW who reached out with assistance and support. We are proud to be part of such a caring and resilient community.
President & General Manager