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.Parade women's boots leather upper heels burgundy color size 7Winter Womens Snow Cotton Shoes Boots Warm Ankle Boots Slip On Casual Tai chi 9 , Woman's leather boots GEORGIA BOOT size 6 M made in USACity Sign Buckled Ankle Chunky BOOT Light Brown /Eu 39 466 W , Forever 21 Women's Faux Suede Thigh-High Boots GG8 Chocolate Size 6.5WOMENS ANKLE BOOTS HEELS SIDE ZIP CUSHION WALK SOFT COMFORT FAUX SUEDE WORKNEW STEVEN BY STEVE MADDEN BROWN LEATHER FAUX SHEARLING PANTHEA BOOTS SZ 40 , Markon Leather & Suede Scrunch Boots Dark Brown Women's Size 6M Mid CalfAdrienne Vittadini Womens av pami Closed Toe Ankle Fashion, Black ks, Size 6.0 iClarks Desert Boot - Women's Size 5 M, Dark Brownwomen's shoes BEVERLY HILLS POLO CLUB 8 slip on multicolor textile AG01-E , NEW Shellys London Colchester Calf Hair Bootie Black Leather Size 41 (10US) $160 , Journee Collection WC Chely-6 Womens Synthetic Chestnut Size 7M , Cole Hann NikeAir Black Leather Over The Knee Riding Boots “Marisol” SZ 7 B $350 , Badgley Mischka Bianca Embellished Ballet Flat Sz 8.5 NEW , STUART WEITZMAN BEADYBOW Black Suede Designer Flats Comfort 8.0 M , Bruno Magli Cascina size 40, black, NIB , Women Weave Casual Leather Fisherman Sneakers Espadrilles Flat Shoes , CLARKS Women's Medora Nina Flat, Black Nubuck, 7 M US , Reebok Print Run Dist [CN0417] Women Running Shoes Black/Alloy , Chaco J105492W: Women's ZX2 Classic Athletic Sandal,Black , ATHLETA $135 ALEC LEATHER SNEAKER BY J SLIDES- BLACK SZ 7adidas Women's Athletics 24/7 Training Shoes -, - Choose SZ/ColorPUMA Womens Suede Heart Reset WNS Fashion Sneaker- Pick SZ/Color.Skechers BOBS from Women's Sunset Fashion Sneaker White 11 M USNEW MATT BERNSON SS18 WOMENS CITRON , Womens Korean Breathable Wedge Heel Platform Mesh Rhinestone Shoes Sneaker Hot , New Women's Skechers 23306 Microburst Walking Shoes - Black Size 8.5 (J11) , OTBT New Wave Sneakers-Women's sz 7.5 Black , Nike Womens Sz 6.5 Air Max Invigor White Athletic Running Training Shoes F6-411 ,