Meet Phil! He’s been a KCRW volunteer for over a year and he’s made himself indispensable! Any event he signs up to volunteer to, the team knows they’re in good hands. Phil is great with the community and with the volunteer team. He’s friendly and funny, making him easy to work with. Phil also works with Raul Campos every other Sunday. Get to know him a little better…
Where did you grow up and do you have any siblings? Pets?
What 5 things would you wish you had if you were stranded on a deserted island?
What is your current occupation / what do you do outside of KCRW?
I work for a construction company (not in the field!). They worked on the Expo to Santa Monica rail line and are currently working on a few more rail projects around LA.
What is your fantasy occupation?
King in the North or a jedi…oh not that kind of fantasy? How about professional basketball player?! But honestly, I’d love to have my own podcast and talk about food, music, basketball, pop culture, etc. with my friends and guests.
When did you first discover KCRW?
By accident. I discovered NPR first in college and then found out that KCRW was the NPR member station in Southern California. I then later found out that KCRW does many more cool things than just showcase NPR. But I didn’t really get into public radio until I started listening to podcasts and NPR’s Morning Edition to and from work. It was only then that I realized the connection between great audio programs and public radio..
How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?
Funny story, I had originally emailed the wrong address, .com instead .org. I was interested because my job was slowing down, so I had some free time and I wanted to help out NPR, and to an extent public radio, in any way I could.
What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?
I’m mainly at events, i.e. Street Team, and I PA for Raul Campos every other Sunday from 3-6pm. For PAing I’ve started just this year, and for volunteering in general I started last year in mid-September.
Favorite volunteer moment?
One of my most absolute favorite things is the look on people’s faces when they’re happy to support the station at Street Team events. Knowing that I’m contributing to a good cause is its own reward…but being able to see exciting artists live or engaging movies doesn’t hurt either!
If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?
It would have to be either: (In my most “Rocky” voice) “If I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!” OR (Impersonating Daniel Plainview from There Will Be Blood) “I drink your milkshake!!”
What song(s) have you hit repeat on lately?
Favorite book, movie?
Favorite thing to do outside the station?
I like going to concerts, I’ve been trying to see a concert at every venue in LA and I only have a few more left to visit, I think! I’m always down to watch movies, the Arclight and the Landmark being my preferred locations. Going to museums is always fun, I’ve been to the Broad a bunch and the Getty Center is a sentimental favorite. And I’m always on the lookout for good bars and restaurants!
What does KCRW mean to you?