KCRW has no bad volunteers. All of them are smart, dedicated, passionate people. That’s why it’s a little tough to single one out every month, but then there are people like Samantha (just Sam to us). She just effortlessly stands out. With her hard work and sunny disposition to boot, how could we not notice her? Get to know her!
Where did you grow up and are you an only child?
I am originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For the most part I grew up there, but I moved to Los Angeles when I was 16 to pursue a career in music.
What is your current occupation?
I’m a vocalist and songwriter. Most recently, I was featured on the posthumous album Eye Legacy from Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. I run a small business called The Sambalaya Shoppe – a moniker under which I do freelance vocal and audio engineering work.
What is your fantasy occupation?
If I can continue to grow my business, and work for KCRW while doing it, that’s the fantasy. As an older woman, I want to own my own recording facility in New Orleans in the French Quarter, and sit on the balcony griping down at the young an unruly tourists.
When did you first discover KCRW?
I discovered KCRW right after I moved to Los Angeles about 8 years ago. A music technology instructor of mine mentioned that “NPR” played some really great music at night and that I should check it out. Ever since then, the dial has been permanently fixed to 89.9.
How did you find your way to our station for volunteering?
About four years ago I began my quest to volunteer for the station after moving close by for audio school. Naturally, I wasn’t the only one with the idea. After a random email to Henry Rollins, some cat and mouse, and a perfectly timed call back from Monika Scott, I finally was able to get my foot in the door. It’s now been six months and I couldn’t be happier.
What’s your current volunteer position and how long have you been at it?
Favorite volunteer moment?
Every live performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic that I am present for is a favorite moment, but a highlight would definitely be meeting actor Tim Robbins in the hallway and chatting by the water cooler not long ago.
If you could get on the mic and say one sentence on the air, what would it be?
“I’m Sam Blanchard sitting in for Jason Bentley and this is Morning Becomes Eclectic on 89.9, KCRW.” – But I’d happily settle for pitching during the pledge drive, I would love to do that.
What song have you hit repeat on lately?
I’ve recently been struck by Susanne Sundfor’s “White Foxes” off of The Silicone Veil.
Favorite book, movie?
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, hands down. Originally on stage in New York, HBO made it into a miniseries in 2003. It is the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen/heard/witnessed in my lifetime, and I’ve yet to find anything that will top it.
Favorite thing to do outside the station?
I’m somewhat of a hermit, so when I’m not at the station or having to work at a studio, I’m typically working on something at home. I love to watch bizarre indie films or depressing political documentaries on Netflix, and spending time with my boyfriend and our two chihuahuas.
What does KCRW mean to you?
I can’t even begin to express how much KCRW means to me. I dare anyone to find a public radio station that has the spirit of this one. It’s one of a kind. I came to KCRW a little beaten up from the LA experience, having kicked around the commercial music industry for the better half of my life. I’ve been very, very discouraged by what the “mainstream” entertainment business has turned into. I’ve been caught up in the revolving door of it for some time. KCRW is a beacon of hope in the music world, but in the general consciousness as well. It’s so much more than a radio station. It’s a community of people, brought together by the love of independent music and art, thought and analysis. It’s about expanding that community and inviting others to share in it. KCRW really is the epitome of a community service – entertaining, enlightening and informing those that it reaches, totally free of a corporate allegiance, without any motive of monetary gain. After living in LA for going on a decade, and after all of the ego and falseness I’ve encountered in my profession, sometimes I feel like the only sane voices are the ones radiating from 89.9. If you need to restore your faith in humanity, check out KCRW.
It’s always a little strange to ask volunteers what KCRW means to them. We’re not fishing for compliments, but rather looking to understand what draws people to generously give us their time. Someone like Sam could easily be welcomed by a plethora of worthy organizations, but she chose us. Lucky us, she warmly adds to the very humanity she mentions above.NEW BONBONS SLINKII WOMENS LEATHER CHELSEA ANKLE BOOTSMG35 Carena Peep Toe Double Zip Ankle Boots, Taupe, 8.5 US DisplayReef Adora Studded Ankle Boots Brown Womens Size 9.5 , Smoky Mountain White & Black Zebra Leather Cowboy Boot Pony Hair YOU PICK SIZE * , Naughty Monkey Womens Natasha Leather Pointed Toe Knee High, Tan, Size 7.0 lRT9New Sofft "Florina" Black Leather Booties Size : 6.5 RRP $129.00 , NOS American Eagle Camel Brown Suede Hiking Boots Unisex Size 11/13 MSRP $100Womens HUNTER Boots Size 6 / 37 Green Tall OriginalA2 by Aerosoles LEMONADE Womens Lemonade Boot- Choose SZ/Color.PLEASER Sexy Single Sole 5" Heel Hot Pink Thigh High Boots SED3010/HPLAUREN by Ralph Lauren Womens cabrey bo Leather Closed Toe, Black, Size 7.0 17h0 , Vintage Women's Boots Robinson's Boots Made In Italy Size 37 , Easentials Etienne Aigner Mary Jane wedge women black shoes worn once US 8,5 MSAS Womens 9 N Bronze Leather Flat Loafers Shoes NEW Made in USA , Dr. Martens Shoreditch Canvas Green Boots-Women's 7-Eye US. 7 UK.5 EU.38Stuart Weitzman Pipelopez Black Womens Shoes Size 6 M Flats MSRP $425Gortz Womens Red Leather Slides Slip-Ons Sz 39 US 8.5 Made In Italy , Free People Women's Brocade At Ease Loafer Size 38 MRSP $128David Tate Womens Pearl Closed Toe Loafers , Nine West Norella Buckle Strap Loafers, Black/Dark Grey, 5 US , AUTHENTIC LUXURY PRADA FULL BROGUE SHOES 1E526G BLACK NEW US 11 , Marni Studded Haircalf Sandal, 36.5, Black , Grenson Ethel Women's Blue Stingray Polka Dot Leather Shoes US 8.5 M M , Vivobarefoot Stealth Women 7/37 White Running Shoe ZeroDrop Sneaker Athletic$150Grasshoppers Womens Windham Closed Toe Loafers, Peacoat Navy, Size 11.0 gzjF , Vaneli Subira Flats - Women's Size 8.5M - Black , Women's Ballerines-CLARKS-Taille 38 FR Flats , Women Ankle Boots Ladies Ankle Martin Boots Low Heel Shoes Short Biker Booties , APEPAZZA Suede Leather High Heel Ankle Boots Size 38 Grey StuddedNew Balance Women's CUSH + 811v2 Training Shoe Cross-Trainer - Choose SZ/Color