Oh Goodie, It’s the KCRW Pledge Drive! And You’ll Think So Too When You See These Premiums. . .

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2012 Winter Membership Drive: Get Your Design Goodies Here! By Beth Topping Before I was a KCRW employee, and before that a KCRW volunteer, I was a KCRW member.  I had…

2012 Winter Membership Drive: Get Your Design Goodies Here!

By Beth Topping
Before I was a KCRW employee, and before that a KCRW volunteer, I was a KCRW member.  I had just moved to Los Angeles and found that KCRW gave me a sense of community and helped me feel grounded in my new city.  I even enjoyed listening to the membership drives — it gave me a sneak peak at the heart of the organization and an understanding of its importance, with the pitching often being done by the folks who weren’t typically on-air.  But wait!  They even wanted to GIVE me stuff for becoming a member?  Stuff like gift certificates to restaurants and stores and vacations?  What?  This was getting cooler by the minute.  I became even more resolved to be a part of this wonderful cultural institution.
Fast forward twelve years and I’m now helping to manage the membership drives.  I get to actually talk to the businesses that so generously provide the premiums that we then give to YOU as a thank you for becoming  a member. Life is crazy sometimes.
So I wanted to share with you that in the upcoming Winter Membership Drive, there are some very special premiums for design-lovers — whether it’s to wear, own, be inspired by or just learn more about.  Here’s a small selection of what’s being offered…  And don’t forget to tune-in from January 26 – February 3 to become a member and choose some of these gift certificates for yourself!


Ben Sherman
Since 1963, Ben Sherman’s designs for men have been effortlessly cool, having been adopted by almost every English youth culture or style movement of the last five decades, from the Mods to Ska and Brit Pop.  Visit the store at Beverly Hills and become your own style icon.


Get a fresh pair of kicks with your own custom-designed Vans.  Choose from several styles of the iconic shoe and from more than 45 colors and prints to design your own pair of Vans online.  It’s fun AND it’s cool, how can you beat that?

Praised for their full sound and solid craftsmanship, the tiny speakers of Orb Audio give big, clean sound from a compact design.  The sphere-shaped speakers are futuristically-retro, as though they could be straight out Michael York’s apartment in Logan’s Run.  Handmade in L.A., they’re perfect for audiophiles with style.
Bauer Pottery Company
First made popular in the 30s and 40s, with it’s vibrant happy colors and California style, Bauer Potter is available today with the same great design.  The classic designs are available in ten colors, with styles ranging from kitchenware to decorative home and garden pottery.

Whether it’s a vintage Victorian towel rack or an Art Deco doorknob, you’ll find it at Liz’s.  You can also checkout the Loft At Liz’s, which is full of art, sculpture and jewelry that changes with each themed show.

A+D Museum “Celebrate” Gala                                                                      This annual fundraiser at the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles brings design leaders and creative thinkers together for one night.  This year’s event includes a runway show and live auction of wearable creations by design luminaries.  Get two tickets to the event on Saturday, March 10, PLUS a one-year membership to the museum.

This off-beat tour company offers several architecture and urbanism tours, including tours of Route 66, an historic look at downtown L.A., the “new” Chinatowns of San Gabriel Valley, and L.A.’s fascinating and poorly understood Eastside, with a tour of Boyle Heights.  The tours examine the development of Southern California and how our unique sense of place was created.
Getty Museum Package
Pick up this package for yourself and the next time you visit one of the Getty Museums, checkout the museum store and peruse award-winning Getty publications, inspired home accessories, jewelry, posters, apparel and much more.  The package also provides you with free parking for either the Getty Center or the Getty Villa.

There are many more, from museums to galleries to design boutiques.  Keep your ears open during the drive and see what inspires you…  Join KCRW and let us keep giving back to you all year long!