In ‘Bent by Nature,’ learn about KCRW’s pioneering DJ Deirdre O'Donoghue

Former KCRW DJs Deirdre O'Donoghue and Tom Schnabel are with the band The Blue Nile at KCRW's Santa Monica studios in the 1980s. Photo via KCRW archives.

KCRW aired a show called “SNAP!” by then-DJ Deirdre O’Donoghue from 1982 to 1991. It was one of the first shows to feature live performances at the station. Artists like Tom Waits and R.E.M. played unfiltered sets. It was also a haven for underground bands of the time, where many first found their audience. O’Donoghue died in 2001, and she’s now the focus of a new KCRW podcast and digital archive called “Bent by Nature: Deirdre O’Donoghue and the Lost SNAP! Archives.”

Host Tricia Halloran, a music supervisor and former longtime KCRW DJ, discusses the podcast, her relationship with O'Donoghue, and the legacy she left behind.