KCRW’s August Volunteer of the Month!

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Where did you grow up and do you have any siblings?
I grew up on the east coast. I have 2 siblings, a dentist, and an art history student.

What is your current occupation?
Tutor/homeschool instructor extraordinaire! Mainly math and science stuff. I dig physics and outer space in general 🙂

What is your fantasy occupation?
I really enjoy music on all fronts. I play and I sing, but I also love listening to music with other people. When I work the music shifts it reminds me of when I am listening to records with my friends. Except cooler because everyone else is listening too! Idk, if I could get a job that combines the playing aspect with the radio/studio part and THEN all the events and communication and business that goes along with that, THAT would be my fantasy occupation. Or an astronaut. I mean either way…

When did you first discover KCRW?
My neighbor (who I like to jam records with) and I were talking about radio one day and he’s like “You got to check out Morning Becomes Eclectic, it’ll turn you on to some new bands and play stuff you already like.” I tuned in soon after that, and that was that. Simple.

How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?
Really it was being on the road so much for my current job. As I would go from house to house I would listen to the station every afternoon. Eventually they got me in as a member during one of the pledge drives. And finally it just got to the point where it made sense for me where I just started thinking “I want to be there”.

What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?
I’ve been working the front desk, filling in on music shifts, and working events for 8 months now, almost 9.

Favorite volunteer moment?
The best day at KCRW had to be the day I got to write my script for the “Warren Olney” voicemail prize. And yes, it came out amazing.

If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?
You’re listening to morning becomes eclectic, I’m your host Jason Bentley (In my best JB voice)

What song(s) have you hit repeat on lately?
Lately it’s been a lot of St. Vincent and Can, and Foxygen bc I was luckily enough to work the show last week. It’s hard to have a favorite, those are just more solid ones. I also got that William Onyeabor triple vinyl, I can always listen to that. And Haim at FYF fest… wow.

Favorite book, movie?
Movie: My guilty pleasure is Starship Troopers. It’s great every time. I have it permanently downloaded on my comp so if the internet goes out, I’m not stranded. And watch The Room if you haven’t seen it.

Book: I really enjoyed Great Expectations and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And I think Mark Twain is hilarious. I’m currently reading Moby Dick, but it’s taking forever, a lot of dry spots, but when it’s on it’s on. Also kind of cheesy, but the Fountainhead was actually a really inspirational book.

Favorite thing to do outside the station ?
I like to ride bikes, but not for now (I’m typing this w/ one arm. Too much biking fun…) I also have a recording studio where I make my music. Other than that I’d say reading, writing, camping, photography, etc.

What does KCRW mean to you?
KCRW is a safe place where being there feels like being apart of a community. And not just the community of people who work at the station, but the entire community of Los Angeles, (and maybe even past that). Although KCRW felt that way before I ever set foot there. It’s with us on the road, it’s where I get my news, it’s where I find fun events to participate in, and where I constantly am learning new music. It’s where I’ve met great people/friends. KCRW means being/staying connected as a community. I love KCRW and will continue to support it the best I can!

You’ll find August on Tuesdays at the front desk working on projects, answering phones, and reading a classic novel when it’s quiet. He’s always looking to get involved and he’s got a great attitude. More than that he’s a musician, a physics tutor, and all around chill guy. Where do we find these awesome people!?