Tuesday, May 27, 2008
When I was seven years old I used to sleep with a transistor radio under my pillow. That little black RCA receiver brought a wide world of music and dialogue to me that would deeply affect my future listening habits and also forge a deeper love for all music. To this day radio remains an essential medium for me to hear new music and the thoughts and viewpoints of a diverse world.
KCRW (89.9 FM) is a public radio station broadcasting from the campus of Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, California, carrying a mixed NPR news, talk radio and freeform music format. A network of repeaters and broadcast translators allows the station to serve the Los Angeles metropolitan area and other communities in Southern California. Thankfully, the station has also become widely known because of nationally-distributed programming, streaming Internet radio broadcasts, and podcasts. That in a nutshell is how a guy from Canada can grow to love a radio station based out of Southern California.
Now if I could find a way to sleep with my laptop under my pillow I would be listening to this program. KCRW's Guest DJ Project invites an array of cultural icons to share and discuss songs that have inspired and moved them with KCRW DJs. Actors, authors, chefs, athletes, directors, tech entrepreneurs and more share their musical passions, giving deep insight into both their lives and their creative process. Illuminating sessions recently hosted by Conan O’Brien, John Cusack and Saffron Burrows have been archived for your listening convenience. I recommend your perusal.