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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 Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, and via five KCRW-developed smartphone apps and online at

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 hosted by music director Jason Bentley, including Beck, Adele, Massive Attack, Gotye, Sigur Ros, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Coldplay, among dozens of others.

Over 20 years of audio and video in-studio performance archives are available on and through the KCRW Radio smartphone 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 Good Food with Evan Kleiman, DnA: Design & Architecture with Frances Anderton, Art Talk with Edward Goldman and Hunter Dohojowska-Philp, 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.

Listeners can access past programs on-demand and the News24 digital channel at and through the KCRW Radio smartphone app.

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 16th season; the annual KCRW-produced "Summer Nights," a free, all ages concert series throughout Los Angeles; "KCRW Presents," where the station promotes its favorite bands' live performances 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 KCRW's UpClose Series, live conversations between KCRW hosts and leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop culture; First Take, a screening series hosted by Matt Holzman and showcasing indie and foreign films; the annual Good Food Pie Contest; and ongoing events hosted with leading cultural institutions, such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Annenberg Space for Photography, and others.


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
  • 103.1 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. Named "Best Bit of Everything" radio station by Details Magazine and "trendsetting radio station" by The New York Times.


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