SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) honored Santa Monica-based nonprofit KCRW as the 50th Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year. Jennifer Ferro, the president of KCRW, and Karyn Williams, the KCRW Foundation Board's treasurer, received a resolution in honor of the station's contributions at a celebration in Sacramento.
A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW is Southern California’s leading National Radio affiliate, featuring an electric mix of music, news, information and cultural programming. The station boasts one of the country’s largest arrays of locally-produced, nationally-distributed talk program content. KCRW can be found on the air in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, and as far away as Berlin, Germany.
"I am proud to be honoring KCRW as the 50th Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year,” said Assemblymember Bloom. “Though the station is certainly a source of pride for my district, its impact can be felt throughout the whole LA region and beyond.”
Renowned throughout the world for its music programming, through which many established and emerging artist have made their performance debuts, KCRW also creates culturally responsive programming that speaks to the nuanced interests of the Southern California community. With over 100 weekly hours of original programming, KCRW balances news and culture with local live experiences, including concerts and music events such as its World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl and its annual Summer Nights.
“KCRW is so much more than a radio station. It is a vital source of news at a time when journalism is under attack and when facts are perceived as optional. KCRW provides exemplary, unbiased journalism that enhances the quality of life for thousands of listeners by presenting trusted information that inspires curiosity, promotes understanding, and produces civic dialogue.”
Richard Bloom chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Transportation. He represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.