After 32 years as KCRW's General Manager, Ruth Seymour announced today that she is retiring as of February of next year. She's been a pioneer in public radio, and conceived the station's unusual mix of programming that includes both public affairs and cutting-edge music, as well as shows about books, food and culture in LA and around the country. In years when the Corporation for Public Broadcasting budget has been controversial in Washington, Ruth's been a player in Washington. She's also contributed to the development of nationally syndicated programs. We hear an appreciation from one of KCRW's own and a public radio host who garnered national attention thanks, in part, to Ruth.