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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 LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.


World-renowned for its music programming, KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” Many established and emerging artists have made their U.S. live performance debut on flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic, including Beck, Adele, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Kamasi Washington, Ty Segall, Anderson .Paak, among dozens of others.

Over 20 years of audio and video in-studio performance archives are available on KCRW.com and through the KCRW app. Listeners can also access music shows on-demand, as well as Eclectic24, KCRW's all music digital channel featuring original programming from the station's DJs back-to-back, 24 hours a day. KCRW also offers "Today's Top Tune," a free one-day exclusive downloadable song available daily.

News & Culture

KCRW creates culturally responsive programming that speaks to the nuanced interests and needs of the Southern California community. Over 100 weekly hours of original programming features nationally syndicated news and culture shows To The Point with Warren Olney (co-production with PRI), The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt, political week in review show Left, Right & Center, and The Business hosted by Kim Masters; in addition to Los Angeles-focused shows such as Press Play with Madeleine Brand, Good Food with Evan Kleiman, and DnA: Design & Architecture with Frances Anderton, among others.

As Southern California's flagship NPR affiliate, KCRW airs local editions of NPR's popular morning newsmagazine Morning Edition and afternoon news show All Things Considered. KCRW also broadcasts American Public Media's daily business and economy program Marketplace, and PRI's global news program The World.


KCRW has a history of bringing unique live experiences to Southern California and around the country – whether concerts with musical talent, or conversations between our hosts and the world's leading thinkers and creators.

Music events include KCRW's World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, now in its 20th season; KCRW’s annual "Summer Nights," a free, all ages concert series throughout Greater Los Angeles; "KCRW Presents," live music shows in Southern California, San Francisco, New York, and other major cities; and live broadcasts and DJ performances from cultural events such as Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, among others.

Cultural events include live conversations between KCRW hosts and leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop culture; The Document screening series hosted by Matt Holzman and showcasing compelling and independent documentaries; the annual Good Food Pie Contest; and ongoing events hosted with leading cultural institutions, such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Natural History Museum (NHM), California African American Museum (CAAM), Hammer Museum and others.

Santa Monica College

As an externally-facing department of Santa Monica College, KCRW is committed to being a positive and contributing member of the SMC community. SMC has three externally facing departments: KCRW, The Broad Stage and the SMC Foundation. KCRW serves the SMC mission through public service, community engagement and visibility and branding. The KCRW Foundation, an independent 501c3, exists to support KCRW’s operation. SMC holds the broadcast licenses with the FCC, and is the entity of record with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. SMC has seats on the KCRW Foundation Board and the President of the organization reports to both institutions.


Broadcast Map
  • 89.9 FM & HD KCRW: LA, Orange Counties
  • 89.1 FM & HD KCRU: Ventura County
  • 89.3 FM & HD KCRI: Greater Palm Springs area, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley
  • 88.1 FM & HD KCRY: Kern, Northern LA Counties
  • 88.7 FM & HD KDRW: Santa Barbara
  • 101.3 FM KERW: San Luis Obispo
  • 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
  • 106.9 FM: Goleta


Edward R. Murrow Award, 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, Gracie Awards, and many others.


Mailing Address:
1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Main Office: 424-538-8500
Membership: (888) 600-KCRW (5279)
Fax: 310-450-7172

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