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.SIGERSON MORRISON ANKLE BOOTS GOLD CHAIN BLACK LEATHER SZ 38.5 / 8.5 MLadies Gorgeous Italian Leather Boots 9M Never Worn , Womens Shoes Combat Boots Military Motorcycle Mid Calf Flat Heel Buckles BLACK , The Violet Collection Women's Brown Suede Knee High Heeled Zip Up Boots Size 38Sam Edelman Women Zip Suede Chelsea Ankle zip Boot Booties Size 10 M , Cherry Red Suedette chunky block high heel ankle boots , Womens 8.5 Calvin Klein Jeans Hollyann Black Suede Knee High Boots HeelsGUESS!! CUOIO VERO! BOOTIES SUEDE SIZE 7 CAMOUFLAGE PRINT , Global Win GLBALWIN Women's 17YY10 Fashion Boots Grey Size 7Marc Fisher Womens Adia Closed Toe Ankle Fashion Boots, Red multill, Size 8.5 dK , Naturalizer Womens Black Leather Calf Boots Size 7.5 , Women’s Carlos by Carlos Santana Brown Leather Mule Boots 9B , Latitude Femme Women's Shoes Dark Gray Leather Mid Calf Boots Size , NIB $225 M4D3 Rafalle Over The Knee Leather Suede Heeled Boot Chocolate Brown 9 , Kork-Ease Women's Maddison Black Mules 10MWomens VAN ELI ARVEL Leopard Print Animal Fur Flats Sz. 7 N, NEW!VINTAGE ITALIAN ELLI NEBULONI LEATHER BOOTS , Aldo Womens Eresa Leather Closed Toe Knee High Fashion, Medium Brown, Size 8.5Womens Leather Comfort Hollow Out Flats Casual Loafers Pumps Slip on Sandals New , Skechers Bikers - Free Thinker Black Blk Womens Mary Jane Size 10MNewbark Red Suede Slip On W/Black Keeper Size 9 , Skechers Flex Appeal Heathered Navy Blue Memory Foam Sneaker 12065 Women SZ 6 E4 , Baby Phat Estelle Womens Black ShoesPropet Mary Jane - Active - Women's Black - 6 X-wide , AB394 MBT shoes black leather women moccasins EUHELIA Made in Spain Pointy BLACK SUEDE Flat Strap SHOES Leather Upper ( 37 )Nike Women's Air Force 1 '07 Mid Seasonal Basketball ShoeWomens Nike Air Max Zero SI White Wolf Grey Reflect Silver 881173-100Puma Vikky Platform Ribbon S Green White Women Casual Shoes Sneakers 366418-05 , Soludos Platform Tennis Sneaker - Women's Size 8, White