As 2019 comes to an end, and I reflect on all of the outstanding volunteers and interns I've met throughout the year, one former Summer Marketing Intern comes to mind as someone who left a positive impression on me.
Meet Paul! For any event he signed up for, Paul was always the first one to show up, and the last to leave at every event no matter what. He came early to help with the set up of the event and jumped into any role that was needed, he stayed late until I was packing my car and good to go. He always went above and beyond his assigned tasks, and engaged with everyone who came by the table on a personal level. He even drove from Wilmington to Santa Barbara for the KCRW activation at the Summer Solstice Festival, and brought lots of snacks and cold waters for the team! He's dedicated, reliable, genuine and just an overall nice guy. For these reason and more, he's our December Volunteer of the month! Here's Paul in his own words:
Where did you grow up and do you have any siblings? Pets?
I grew up in a loving family home in Palos Verdes Estates with Mom, Dad, and my older brother Michael!
What 5 things would you wish you had if you were stranded on a deserted island?
1. Fishing pole
2. Box of Matches
3. A Knife
4. Seeds to grow vegetables
5. BBQ grill
What is your current occupation / what do you do outside of KCRW?
My current occupation is a grocery store manager, buying and selling merchandise! It’s a grind everyday!
What is your fantasy occupation?
Radio Host, DJ or Food Correspondent at KCRW
When did you first discover KCRW?
A friend of mine told me about KCRW Metropolis one Saturday night back in 1992. Since then I became an avid listener and supporter of KCRW. The rest is history.
How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?
I worked at a college radio station and found it to be extremely rewarding and creative. Naturally, when graduation came around I wanted to continue in this direction. KCRW offered an internship for summer 2019, so I jumped at the chance!
What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?
I joined the Summer Marketing Internship May 2019. It has been 4 months since it began and I loved every minute of it!
Favorite Volunteer moment?
Eating & sharing tacos with the crew at the KCRW Santa Barbara Solstice Festival this summer, June 2019.
If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?
“Stay tuned! Your listening to KCRW!”
What song(s) have you hit repeat on lately?
No Stopping >> Slick Dada
Favorite book, movie?
“MAIDEN“ is the movie of the summer 2019! Tracy Edwards & Alex Holmes story of a crew of women yacht racing across the globe.
Favorite thing to do outside the station?
Eating grub with friends all across Los Angeles’ diverse food scene of course while listening to KCRW!!
What does KCRW mean to you?
KCRW is the place to listen to the stories of our community. It is vital our voice, music, culture, and NPR news is heard throughout LA and abroad. Join and support the station!!
And to us Paul, you mean someone we can always count on. It's been an absolute pleasure to work with you and we wish you all the best in your future roles and are happy you're in the KCRW family! Thank you for being you!